MasterChef Australia passed the 1.8m figure for the second time this week, netting 1.81m viewers as Jimmy Servai was eliminated. Before it has even hit the halfway mark the series shows no sign of slowing down.
It crushed Seven’s factuals The Zoo on 792,000 and Find My Family on 712,000. Nine was better able to compete with the comedy alternatives of Two and a Half Men on 1.53m and The Big Bang Theory on 1.36m.
TEN’s 7PM Project just nudged the 1m mark with 995,000 tuning in for Hamish & Andy and Twilight stars on what is traditionally its biggest night of the week. It was its best audience all year. Good News Week followed on 991,000.
The Mentalist‘s 1.24m won its timeslot, now a clear leader over Desperate Housewives on 948,000.
Best for Seven was Seven News on 1.68m and Today Tonight on 1.5m viewers.
Today pipped Sunrise by 1,000 viewers (355,000 v 354,000). Deal or No Deal‘s 729,000 was ahead of Hot Seat‘s 721,000.
Australian Story pulled 882,000 for ABC1 while Man vs Wild was an impressive 531,000 for SBS ONE.
ABC’s new Dance Academy didn’t make the Top 100, beaten by Total Drama Island‘s on ABC3 in the same timeslot which took 153,000.
In primary channels Seven was actually third behind TEN, but a good performance from 7TWO kept it afloat in network figures with Heartbeat pulling 314,000.