Last night barely 1 million saw Emma Dean win the 2013 title.
1.05m watched The Winner Announced segment of the show and only 921,000 watched the bulk of the show, Finale Night.
These are very disappointing numbers for TEN and not even season highs for the show. With the exception of a few nights of sunshine, the fifth season has struggled against heated competition. Yet it is still one of TEN’s best performers. The network has wisely opted to rest the show for nine months.
TEN Programming Chief Beverley McGarvey told TV Tonight, “For a show that is in its 10th season, including spin offs such as Junior MasterChef and MasterChef The Professionals, we are pleased so many people still embrace the show.
“It is definitely our intention to grow MasterChef Australia’s numbers next year. It is still a great show and we like what it represents. It is about dream fulfillment.
“There is plenty of life left in MasterChef Australia. We are looking forward to a new, fresh version in 2014 that will appeal to the loyal MasterChef fans as well as new viewers,” she said.
Talent shows took glory again last night as The X Factor topped the night with 1.36m viewers.
Seven network was 32.9%, then Nine 29.4%, TEN 18.6%, ABC 15.1% and SBS 3.9%.
Next for Seven was Seven News (1.3m) then Bones (1.02m) and Castle (715,000 / 435,000).
Nine News (1.28m) was best for Nine. Australia’s Got Talent also beat MasterChef on 1.12m viewers. Next was 60 Minutes (985,000) but Underbelly: Squizzy petered out with just 489,000 / 381,000.
MasterChef aside, TEN’s other numbers were Modern Family (497,000 / 370,000), TEN News (355,000), The Simpsons (306,000) and Ripper Street was just 237,000.
ABC News (857,000) was best for ABC1 then Dream Build (719,000), Grand Designs (687,000), The Time of our Lives (665,000), Steve Jobs: Billion Dollar Hippy and Compass (both 429,000).
On SBS ONE it was Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan (257,000), World News Australia (215,000), The Observer Effect (104,000) and 9/11: The Day that Changed the World (84,000).
The Big Bang Theory (279,000) topped multichannels.
Insiders: 194,000 / 110,000 / 46,000.
The Bolt Report: 125,000 / 80,000
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 1 September 2013.