The appearance of the Dalai Lama helped MasterChef Australia to some holy ratings last night.
The show topped the night with 1.72m viewers, beating 60 Minutes on 1.3m and the excellent Great Migrations on 1.03m viewers, Grand Designs on 910,000 and Who Do You Think You Are? on 266,000.
MasterChef‘s seven cooks served up vegetarian meals to the Dalai Lama, who seemed to love them all in equal measure (of course). He even consoled a tearful Ellie when she explained how her dish had fallen apart. But it wasn’t enough to stop her landing in the bottom three alongside Billy and Kate -will she use her Immunity pin tonight in a three-way cook off?
Nine’ shifting of The Block to its traditional 6:30 Sunday timeslot paid off, with 1.58m viewers over Sunday Night‘s 1.32m and Merlin‘s 805,000. Significantly, 60 Minutes pulled a strong crowd as a result.
Downton Abbey‘s finale (1.59m) outrated The Mentalist (871,000), Die Hard 4.0 (736,000), a Midsomer Murders repeat (587,000) and Dateline (141,000).
Insiders 10th anniversary was 186,000.
The top show on multichannels was The Big Bang Theory on Go! at 342,000.
Seven won the night.