Married at First Sight a winner at first sight

James McGrath
By James McGrath | 19 May 2015

Nine's “noisy” Married at First Sight has had a strong debut, with the program the highest non-news presentation of the evening, delivering the network a 4.4 point win in the ratings war.

Nine previously said it commissioned it to be noisy in a fragmenting marketplace, and at least for the premiere, it worked.

It grabbed 1.34 million sets of eyeballs according to the metro overnight preliminary ratings from OzTAM.

While the reality trio of MasterChef, Reno Rumble, and House Rules continue to slug it out at 7.30pm, Married at First Sight dominated the 8.30pm timeslot, comfortably beating nearest competitors Four Corners, Revenge, and Have You Been Paying Attention?

However, while MasterChef grabbed fewer numbers than Married at First Sight at 1.13 million, it managed to take the chocolates in the lucrative 16-39 and 18-49 demographics.

Meanwhile on Foxtel, the finale of Mad Men had 21,000 people tuning in on the afternoon session and 20,000 tuning in after Game of Thrones, which grabbed 113,000 and 209,000 respectively.

However, Mad Men should pick up more viewers on playback, with those numbers due in next week.

The good performance of Married at First Sight delivered Nine a 29.2% share of the audience for the night, with Seven coming in behind at 24.8%.

Meanwhile Ten grabbed a 21.2% as MasterChef continues to draw the punters, and ABC's current affairs line-up delivered the ABC 15.4 points.

SBS had a 5.4% share for the night.

You can check the numbers out for yourself below:

 

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.

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