Perennial Footy Show gives Nine another Thursday win
Ratings: MasterChef topped the demos on a quiet Thursday but Nine's Footy Show still kicks goals after 21 years.
On a quiet Thursday MasterChef managed to top the OzTAM rankings, but only by coding its extended episode into two titles, which is a strategy increasingly used by networks to skew the numbers. TEN has become more aggressive in its techniques in this numbers game.
While the number was very good, the better achievement by the show is that both titles took top places in the Demos and perform strongly in network shares.
But the night belonged to Nine with The Footy Show in its 21st year giving Nine its seventh consecutive Thursday.
Nine network won Thursday with 28.2% then Seven 24.7%, TEN 23.9%, ABC 16.4% and SBS 6.9%.
Nine News was best for Nine on 1.15m / 1.05m, then ACA (922,000), The Footy Show (821,000), Big Bang (731,000) and Hot Seat (626,000).
Seven News (1.08m / 1.03m) led for Seven then Home and Away (886,000), Border Security: International (633,000), Million Dollar Minute (578,000) and What Really Happens in Bali (482,000). The Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You pulled 341,000.
MasterChef Australia was 1.24m / 1.05m for TEN then The Project (662,000 / 448,000) and TEN Eyewitness News (637,000). Law and Order: SVU was 518,000.
ABC News (770,000) led for ABC1 then Catalyst (697,000), 7:30 (669,000), The Time of our Lives (593,000), QI (419,000) and The Men Who Make Us Spend (365,000).
Luke Nguyen’s France (264,000) led SBS ONE followed by French Food Safari (222,000), Tour de France (184,000), The London Markets (179,000) and SBS World News (155,000).
ABC2’s Peppa Pig topped multichannels at 222,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 17 July 2014