The changing fortunes of Reality shows has returned the ratings battle to the more level playing field quoted so often by Free to Air broadcasters, but not in the context anybody was expecting.
Last night Nine won the night while TEN was not far behind Seven.
A second episode of MasterChef outranked the first, suggesting that once Reno Rumble and House Rules were done, reality viewers decided to sample even more.
Nine network won with 28.4% then Seven 26.3%, TEN 23.6%, ABC 16.2% and SBS 5.6%.
Nine News (1.04m / 1.00m) won the night for Nine then A Current Affair (932,000), Reno Rumble (766,000), The Footy Show (613,000) and Hot Seat (571,000).
Seven News (1.03m / 936,000) led Seven then Home and Away (756,000), House Rules (655,000), Downton Abbey (623,000) and Million Dollar Minute (506,000). Mr Selfridge was 210,000.
MasterChef‘s second episode (999,000) outranked its first (926,000) for TEN. TEN Eyewitness News was 577,000, The Project was 542,000 / 449,000 and SVU was 362,000.
ABC News (849,000) was best for ABC then The Checkout (723,000), 7:30 (702,000), Our Girl (418,000), Antiques Roadshow (323,000) and The Super-rich and Us (317,000).
On SBS ONE it was Poh and Co (260,000), Vikings (200,000), Rachel Khoo’s Cosmopolitan Cook (190,000) SBS World News (159,000) and Heston’s Feasts (151,000).
And Peppa Pig is back on top of multichannels at 298,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 7 May 2015