Junior MasterChef is on the rise, seemingly at the expense of The X Factor.
TEN’s reality series tied for Sunday night’s top ratings with a strong 1.44m viewers over Seven’s sing-off at just under 1.08m. 60 Minutes sandwiched in between both with a respectable 1.22m.
The lift for Junior MasterChef comes after the show’s enormous debut only to be interrupted by the Commonwealth Games and a drop in figures. Last Monday even Undercover Boss Australia outrated it. But the MasterChef brand is always one that works better with multiple episodes as viewers connect with its contestants.
The X Factor is not without its fans. The much-talked about “Altiyan” was one of the world’s top trending topics on Twitter last night. Seven also won its slots with Seven News (1.44m) and Sunday Night (1.2m). Bones was just under 1.1m.
While Offspring pulled 989,000 for TEN it won its slot in key demos.
Nine’s final instalment of Sherlock settled on 1m viewers. The ABC’s Poirot: Murder In Mesopotamia ABC1 was 914,000.
Sport proved a drawcard yesterday with Seven’s V8 Supercars: Gold Coast (551,000), Nine’s Four Nations Rugby League (455,000) and ONE’s FIA Formula One (326,000).
Bear Grylls’ Escape To The Legion on SBS TWO again showed viewers love their wild guy. It was the network’s third most popular show 184,000 all night, even outrating a Free to Air first-run episode of critical darling Mad Men (132,000).
GO! was the top digital channel of the night on 4.6% with ONE in second place on 3.4%.
Seven won the evening in network shares.