Nearly two million viewers tuned into MasterChef Australia last night, a new record for the TEN reality series.
1.96m viewers watched as seven aspiring chefs cooked prawns and nuts -an idea which on paper sounds like it would never work. But the series is surging, and doing exactly what producers want at this point of its life: building towards the finale.
MasterChef thrashed its rivals 60 Minutes (a still healthy 1.43m) and Border Security USA / The Force (909,000 / 974,000 -neither aired in Adelaide due to AFL).
Also of note last night was a strong start for Nine’s Random Acts of Kindness, winning its slot with 1.41m, much healthier than homeMADE which it replaced. It just bettered Merlin’s 1.39m and beat Sunday Night (1.15m, aired late in Adelaide).
On the ABC a new locally produced drama, 3 Acts of Murder, did respectably with 975,000 -the best figure for one of its local dramas this year. Nine’s CSI franchise is now a regular loser to Seven’s Bones and Rove. Elsewhere on Sunday, Nine’s Today show (299,000) was beaten Weekend Sunrise (403,000).
TEN won the night, despite the fact that The Biggest Loser is still tanking. Can it afford to stay?