Seven’s mini golf competition Holey Moley wins the ratings race against MAFS and Amazing Race | Ralph Lauren

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Holey Moley swung past its competitors in the ratings race last night, drawing a massive 983,000 households across the country.

The premiere episode of Channel Seven’s latest reality series teed off against Nine’s Married at First Sight Australia Grand Reunion special, which only had 781,000 people tune in nationally.

Meanwhile, the premiere of Ten’s The Amazing Race failed to launch, drawing in a measly 501,000.

Pro golfer Montana Strauss took out the first round of Holey Moley.
Camera IconPro golfer Montana Strauss took out the first round of Holey Moley. Credit: Paul A. Broben

In Perth, Holey Moley was by far the most watched reality series, with a huge 144,000 watching as the mini golf competition began.

Comparatively, Married at First Sight only had 76,000 watch on here, while The Amazing Race’s trip around Australia failed to inspire, with just 54,000 viewers.

Both shows were beaten out by The Chase Australia (118,00) and Home and Away (107,000), while Four Corners (71,000) drew in a bigger audience than the return of the reality travel competition.

With most of the State’s population enduring its second night of lockdown, families appeared to flock to the all-ages golf series.

The absurdity of the show — which included exploding volcanoes, a life-sized windmill that knocked contestants into a pool, and a massive Uranus putt putt hole that generated plenty of below-the-belt jokes — was a clear winner for families.

Holey Moley was developed by Australian company Eureka Productions and was first produced in the US, where the second season drew an average of 4.5 million people.

Nearly 50 contestants start the competition with eight fighting it out each round for a spot in the grand final.

They must first make it through some of the course’s 15-holes while also dealing with plenty of distractions, which last night included a surprise appearance from singer Joe Dolce who belted out his novelty hit Shaddap You Face in the final stages of the competition. 

While Busselton’s James Carr (a former pro golfer who once played against Tiger Woods) failed to make it past night one, Queensland pro golfer Montana Strauss secured a spot in the Grand Finale.

Episode two begins 7.30pm tonight on Channel 7.

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