MAFS trounces MKR in reality ratings war

Gillian Wolski
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Poppy almost walked out of her wedding to Luke. Photo: Channel Nine.

We’re only one episode in but Married At First Sight is already a clear winner when it comes to TV ratings, taking the top spot in Monday night’s free-to-air report.

MAFS’s drama-packed 2020 season premiere attracted a whopping 1,154,000 viewers, beating out rival reality shows MKR and Survivor as well as ratings juggernauts Seven and Nine news.

The debut episode of Channel 10’s Survivor: All Stars - which sees previous contestants battle it out - placed tenth in the top 20 programs with 624,000 viewers.

Channel Seven’s revamped My Kitchen Rules: The Rivals trailed behind at number 16 with a measly 517,000.

My Kitchen Rules: The Rivals trailed behind at number 16 with a measly 517,000. Photo: Channel 7

MAFS kicks off with cold-feet drama

In true MAFS style, this year’s offering kicked off with a bang courtesy bride Poppy who almost walked out of her wedding reception.

After tying the knot with lonely heart Luke Eglin, 39, the 38-year-old mum of two broke down in tears, revealing she was missing her twin boys.

Poppy’s disastrous first marriage broke up when she discovered her husband had cheated on her when their twins were just six weeks old.

It was a completely different story for newlyweds Josh and Cathy whose instant sexual chemistry saw them smitten from the get-go.

Cathy and Josh tied the knot in episode one. Photo: Channel Nine.

Married At First Sight continues on Channel Nine tonight at 7:30pm.

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