Aussie import concludes successful summer run on E4

Trying its best to save E4’s summer, Married at First Sight Australia ended after six weeks of couples repenting at leisure. Meanwhile, not having quite enough of the clock meltingly hot sun, BBC4 fans went to Thailand in droves then Sheffield indoors, where balls clicked on the green baize – the atmosphere didn’t seem all that different without snooker’s hushed spectators.

Married at First Sight Australia ended after six weeks on Thursday 6 August with 526,000/4%. Over four nights, this final week averaged 491,000/3%, on par with the overnights series average of 489,000/3%.

Thursday’s final achieved 41,000/8% for 16-24s, but the highest for the week was Wednesday’s 58,000/11%. The biggest rating for the age group across the whole series was Wednesday 15 July’s 68,000/8%. The highest for individuals was Tuesday 21 July’s 628,000/4%.

BBC4’s best was Thailand: Earth’s Tropical Paradise, first shown on BBC2 in 2017 with 516,000/3% at 9pm on Monday. The best of the channel’s Snooker: World Championship coverage was Thursday’s 389,000/3% for two hours from 7pm.

Top 30 multichannel programmes - 3 - 9 August
 TitleDayViewers (millions)Share (%)Channel
1 LIVE FORMULA 1: 70TH ANNIVERSARY GRAND PRIX SUN 0.88 11.08 Sky Sports F1
2 ENDEAVOUR MON 0.80 4.87 ITV3
3 LIVE: BRENTFORD V FULHAM TUE 0.77 4.72 Sky Sports Main Event
4 MIDSOMER MURDERS TUE 0.76 4.36 ITV3
5 LEWIS WED 0.74 4.49 ITV3
6 LIVE: MAN CITY V REAL MADRID FRI 0.60 4.09 BT Sport 1
7 DOC MARTIN FRI 0.59 3.95 ITV3
8 THE REPAIR SHOP SUN 0.55 3.63 Quest
9 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT AUSTRALIA THU 0.53 3.65 E4
10 THAILAND: EARTH’S TROPICAL PARADISE MON 0.52 3.08 BBC4
11 DOWNTON ABBEY THU 0.50 3.67 ITV3
12 JOANNA LUMLEY’S JAPAN SUN 0.50 3.31 ITV3
13 AUSSIE GOLD HUNTERS MON 0.49 2.94 Quest
14 MARRIES AT FIRST SIGHT AUSTRALIA MON 0.49 3.11 E4
15 LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE TUE 0.48 3.19 Drama
16 SALVAGE HUNTERS: THE RESTORERS WED 0.48 2.94 Quest
17 LIVE FORMULA 1: 70TH ANNIVERSARY GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING SAT 0.46 6.62 Sky Sports F1
18 ITV RACING: LIVE FROM ASCOT SAT 0.43 6.30 ITV4
19 SALVAGE HUNTERS MON 0.42 2.66 Quest
20 DEATH IN PARADISE THU 0.42 2.80 Drama
21 TEST CRICKET BITESIZE HIGHLIGHTS FRI 0.41 2.98 Sky Sports Cricket
22 FYI DAILY SUN 0.40 3.99 ITV2
23 BRITAIN’S NUCLEAR SECRETS: INSIDE SELLAFIELD WED 0.39 2.42 BBC4
24 YOU’VE BEEN FRAMED! GOLD WED 0.39 2.44 ITV2
25 SNOOKER: WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP THU 0.39 2.72 BBC4
26 LIVE: ENGLAND V PAKISTAN SAT 0.39 5.28 Sky Sports Cricket
27 AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT TUE 0.39 2.60 ITV3
28 GRAND DESIGNS MON 0.38 2.37 More4
29 FAST & FURIOUS 7 FRI 0.38 4.06 ITV2
30 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA SUN 0.37 4.04 ITV2

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