MasterChef Australia has won a three way Reality TV battle in a decisive blow, winning the first round on a single channel, while Seven and Nine simulcast their shows on three and two channels respectively.
MasterChef was the #1 show last night with 1.23m viewers, crushing the competition and taking TEN to the top in primetime share.
To win the battle on a single channel makes the victory doubly sweeter -with Seven relegated to third place for the night.
The results are an absolute U-turn in the first shot of the new Reality battle. It will be another 24 hours until we can see genuine numbers for tonight’s shows without simulcasting stunts.
TEN won with 27.4% then Nine 26.5%, Seven 22.1%, ABC 17.7% and SBS 6.3%.
MasterChef launched with a big increase on its 2014 debut (874,000) and was most popular in Melbourne (422,000) over Sydney (342,000). The show was trending at #1 on Twitter across the night. NCIS was 707,000 for TEN, The Project was 653,000 / 467,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 592,000 and NCIS: LA was 428,000.
Nine News was 1.09m / 968,000 for Nine. A Current Affair was 868,000 and Hot Seat was 654,000. Footy Classified was 219,000 in 3 cities.
Seven News (1.08m / 1.06m) led for Seven. Home and Away was 883,000, Million Dollar Minute was 519,000, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares was 511,000, and emotional Grey’s Anatomy episodes were 241,000 / 173,000.
ABC News (859,000) was best for ABC then 7:30 (771,000), Foreign Correspondent (727,000), Slow Train through Africa with Griff Rhys Jones (698,000), Antiques Roadshow (329,000) and Family Confidential (269,000).
On SBS ONE it was Insight (266,000), Dateline (203,000), SBS World News (165,000) and Wallander (52,000).
Neighbours topped multichannels on 286,000.
The Morning Show: 157,000 / 91,000
Mornings: 136,000 / 122,000
Studio 10: 67,000 / 38,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 5 May 2015