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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 2020 ENTERTAINMENT 23 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Married at First Sight contestant Poppy was allowed to leave to be with her children Picture: SUPPLIED The reason Poppy was allowed to leave A MARRIED At First Sight spokesperson has explained why Poppy was allowed to controversially quit the experiment. Typically couples on the Channel 9 reality show are allowed to leave only if they both write leave during the commitment ceremonies. If one person wants to stay while the other wants to leave, then that couple must stay in the experiment until the next commitment ceremony, MAFS expert John Aiken explained in an episode last year. But that rule was seemingly thrown out the window in last nights episode when Poppy quit the show because she found it too difficult being away from her two children. The decision to let Poppy leave confused fans of the show. Another person who was confused by Poppys exit from the show was 2019 MAFS alumni, Mick Gould, who was matched with Jessika Power. The farmer from Gympie told NewsCorp that during his appearance on the show he was told by producers he could only leave the show during a commitment ceremony and that quitting was not an option. Im surprised, Mick told news.com.au when he heard Poppy was allowed to walk away from the show. I thought we were in until we both wrote leave. Mick tried several times to end his relationship with Jessika last season by writing leave during the commitment ceremonies, but he had to remain on the show because Jess wrote stay. It was later revealed by Jess she wanted to stay on the show so she could secretly start a romance with fellow contestant Dan Webb. ANDREW BUCKLOW THE Today shows ratings nightmare continues for Channel 9 after figures dropped to a record low this week following Karl Stefanovics much-hyped return. The breakfast TV show had a measly 173,000 viewers across the 5-metro market on Tuesday, trailing ABC News Breakfast which had 178,000 viewers. Channel 7s Sunrise remained number one with an impressive 272,000 people tuning in. In Sydney, Today attracted 52,000 viewers while rival Sunrise had 69,000. The overall figures are the Today shows lowest this year. Channel 7s The Morning Show also saw a record margin yesterday with 242,000 viewers nationally, while Today TRIVIA Wednesday - Starts 7pm BINGO Thursday - Eyes Down 10:15am Friday - Raffl es & Member Badge Draw Friday - Members Superdraw Daily Bistro Specials Lunch and Dinner Open Every Day Daily Lunch and Dinner Specials Win From $7,000-$100,000 This Week $8,800 *Jackpots Every Friday *Drawn Between 6-8PM (Second Draw if Required) *Must Be Present to Win BUFF CLUB 57 Stuart Hwy - 08 8981 3201 email@example.com www.buffclub.com.au The return of Stefanovic not helping Today MIBENGE NSENDULUKA Extra had 120,000 and Studio 10 had 63,000. The latest figures are a huge blow for Channel 9, which anticipated that Stefanovics return would be a ratings boost for the embattled breakfast show. Stefanovic made his highly-anticipated return alongside co-host Allison Langdon on January 4, with the first show attracting an audience of 231,000 compared to 312,000 on Sevens Sunrise. The Today show has been under 200,000 (across the five city metro) 12 times out of 35 episodes this year. Last year, Georgie Gardner and co-host Deborah Knight became the first female duo to front a breakfast TV show and they suffered consistently low ratings. Figures plunged to a historic low at 143,000 viewers in October just 30,000 less than Tuesdays episode with Stefanovic and Langdon. Todays best national audi ence with Stefanovic in the chair was 475,000, which it hit in 2016, with 315,000 of those residing in the key five-city metropolitan viewers bracket. This year, Perth reporter Tracey Vo joined the panel as news presenter, while Tim Davies was promoted to weather presenter. Brooke Boney remains the entertainment reporter. Last month Sunrise boss Michael Pell said constant line-up changes could be a factor in the Today shows declining ratings. Im quite surprised at how all of thats gone down with that show. Not to talk too much about them, but Ive never seen that many people sacked that quickly for no apparent reason, Pell told news.com.au. DARWI
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