Second serve of MasterChef pushes TEN’s primary channel

A double episode of MasterChef pushed TEN to one of its biggest audiences in months, topping the night in primary channel share.

Two episodes drew 910,000 / 899,000 viewers -with episode 2 highest- as Rashedul became the first contestant eliminated from the show. Both episodes also led the way in the Demos.

That left RBT and House Rules to fight it out for second place, but there wasn’t much between them both well behind under 700,000.

Meanwhile there were other problems elsewhere. The Footy Show drew an uneventful 461,000 viewers while ABC’s Seven Types of Ambiguity is not firing in overnight numbers, on just 341,000.

Nine News and A Current Affair both won their slots and Home and Away was ever loyal at 714,000.

However thanks to multichannels, Seven network won Thursday with 26.5% then Nine 26.1%, TEN 25.0%, ABC 14.8% and SBS 7.6%.

Seven News was best for Seven at 1.04m / 951,000 then Home and Away (714,000), House Rules (630,000), The Chase (596,000 / 377,000) and Wedding Surprises: Caught on Camera (358,000).

Nine News was #1 with 1.07m / 1.02m for Nine followed by A Current Affair (829,000), RBT (662,000), Hot Seat (548,000 / 330,000) and The Footy Show (461,000).

MasterChef (910,000 / 899,000) led for TEN then The Project (588,000 / 392,000), TEN Eyewitness News (570,000), Family Feud (370,000) and Law and Order: SVU (317,000).

ABC News (727,000), 7:30 (511,000), The Checkout (486,000) and Seven Types of Ambiguity (341,000) comprised ABC’s night. A repeat of Restoration Man drew 207,000.

On SBS it was Great Continental Railway Journeys (279,000), Italy Unpacked (255,000), Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong (194,000), Medici: Masters of Florence (136,000) and SBS World News (134,000).

Shaun the Sheep showed up multichannels once more with 223,000 viewers.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 4 May 2017

23 Comments:

  1. Really enjoying MasterChef! The food creations is fantastic and you really get to see the contestants showing their passion for food.

  2. Secret Squïrrel

    The first ep of Seven Types of Ambiguity was so full of drama clichés that I haven’t gotten around to checking out the second to see if it improved.

    • No, it actually gets worse. The cliches come thick and fast (the only thing left is for someone to get cancer). I got halfway through the third episode and hurled the remote control at the TV, vowing to stop subjecting myself to this show, which is slowly becoming a form of torture that could be used on inmates at Guantanamo Bay.

        • I don’t mind slower Aussie dramas. Loved Kettering and Glitch. This however, lost me after one episode. Cliche ridden and charcters I don’t care about. Sorry ABC.

  3. timmydownawell

    Seven 26.5%, Nine 26.1%, TEN 25.0%, ABC 14.8% and SBS 7.6%

    Even coming third, if Ten could keep that kind of even-ish split you’d have to think they would survive. As seen at the Logies, they have a lot of popular shows and personalities. Hopefully they can dump their expensive output deals and rebuild.

  4. Tricks is right, but I gave up at 9.30….I couldn’t endure another 30 minutes. I have checked TV Tonight’s guide for next week and they episodes are one hour (ish) long, but Thursday will have the second hour, with the traditional Masterclass following at 8.30.

    Good on 10 for doing so well in the ratings early on, but it was a very long episode….

  5. Come on Rupert – don’t let 10 fold. Give the 10 PR team that populates this site, the Logies and social media (though sadly not the Stockmarket) a new home. They’ve managed to convice everyone here that every 10 show is a masterpiece (except TBL – even they couldn’t pull that off) and every 7/9 show is an abomination (despite 7/9 having 5 times as many viewers!). The synergies are enormous – you could use them to convince the public that your tabloids are the home of quality journalism, that The Australian plays its politics straight down the middle, that you are a “fit and proper” person in Britain and that Independence Day:Resurgence was a box office and critical hit!

    • bobbysox….”that The Australian plays its politics straight down the middle”

      Well compared to the left wing dross of the ABC, SBS, the Guardian and Fairfax, it is

    • “… and that Independence Day:Resurgence was a box office and critical hit!”

      There are some things not even Rupert can do…

  6. We were recording ‘MasterChef’ and watching ‘Sex And The City’ on Eleven.
    Just wanted to say thanks to Ch10 for advertising the next episode of ‘MasterChef’ on Eleven before it had finished on Ten and giving away the results.
    I was expecting it might happen after it’s finishing time of 10pm (and would be ready with my mute button), but the ads came on from 9.30pm onwards.
    Too bad if you were watching ‘MasterChef’ live on 10 and just happened to flip channels during an ad break and see the outcome of the show you’re in the middle of.
    You’d think programming multiple stations was close to brain surgery.

    • Here’s another ‘Riddle me this’ for the geniuses at the 10 Network, why run tired old Sex and the City repeats in prime time for the unteenth time and then put brand new episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on after that in a graveyard timeslot? Where’s the logic in plonking brand new 2016 episodes late at night after repeats that have been around for 20 years? #Facepalm_programming

  7. Woo hoo!

    Well done Channel 10.

    Great eps last night, only thing on TV that was good, elimination (until after 10pm) rated higher.

    Wonder if MasterChef can still pull in the magic million (probably from Monday) or not?

    • I don’t think so – given the content Ten has another channel would have simply diluted the other 3.

      What they need on Thursday nights during 2+ hours of Masterchef is a good movie on ONE and animations on ELEVEN that rate well then they can do it with 3 channels over Seven & Nine’s 4 seeing that their main channels aren’t doing well.

  8. As said on the other page, why did Masterchef go for nearly 3 hours? I thought the challenges and eliminations are usually on different nights. I hope they don’t plan on doing this every week. 60 minutes is enough reality per night.

    • Probably because they premiered on a Monday night (traditionally had been Sunday) and had an extra episode to burn off to before their usual Sunday night episode.

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