At 90 minutes just to showcase cookbook recipes, MasterChef Australia helped Network TEN to win Sunday night’s ratings share. But it wasn’t the only help.
MasterChef was the night’s top show on 1.73m viewers. It bettered 60 Minutes (1.3m), Grand Designs (922,000), Great Migrations (695,000) and Lost Worlds: Secrets Of Stonehenge (329,000).
Earlier The Block delivered a similar knockout blow with 1.72m viewers, thumping Sunday Night (1.44m), Merlin (898,000) and ABC News (697,000).
At 8:30pm Midsomer Murders was (1.16m), followed by Bones (1.00m), Angels & Demons (558,000), Dateline (114,000). TEN’s Devil Wears Prada movie at 9pm was 673,000 but it helped them sustain eyeballs for longer across the night.
Also aiding TEN’s win was FIA Formula One World Championship with 303,000 viewers on ONE. All up it proved to be a night where TEN’s three channels combined to give it a network win.
Second place was a close tussle with Seven edging out Nine by 0.1%.