MKR edges out BBL final in Sunday night ratings

Arvind Hickman
By Arvind Hickman | 5 February 2018
Jake Weatherald plundered 115 runs off just 70 balls to set up the Strikers win.

My Kitchen Rules (MKR) has beaten the final of Ten's Big Bash League and reality TV rivals I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here and Married at First Sight to win Sunday night ratings.

MKR attracted a metropolitan TV audience of 1.1 million viewers, 61,000 viewers ahead of the second session in the BBL decider in which the Hobart Hurricanes failed to chase down the Adelaide Strikers 2-202. The first session of the BBL attracted an audience of 806,000. 

Session two had a 1% larger capital city audience than last year's BBL final even though that match featured a Sydney team. This year's finalists Adelaide and Hobart have a combined population of 2.4 million – less than half the size of Sydney.

A solid TV audience (882,000) tuned in to watch WA boxer Danny Green enter the jungle on I'm A Celebrity in what has been dubbed the Rumble in the Jungle. Ten is banking on Green's verbal jousting with rival Anthony 'The Man' Mundine to draw in the punters. 

Married at First Sight, which had slowly been creeping up on MKR's ratings as last week progressed, attracted 835,000 viewers.

This was a strong night for Seven's cooking juggernaut and with BBL cricket now finished, the ratings race will largely evolve around each of the network's reality TV formats and Seven's broadcast of the Winter Olympics this month.

Weekly ratings wrap

My Kitchen Rules was the top perfroming program last week with audiences of 1.31 million, 1.18 million and 1.08 million respectively. Married at First Sight had a stronger start than last year and slowly gained on MKR with audiences of 912,000, 907,000 and 929,000 on the evenings the two shows competed.

Married at First Sight topped catch-up ratings with the top four spots of the week, with gains of 95,000 to 116,000. It dominates catch-up vieweing ahead of MKR and Ten's I'm A Celebrity.

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