The gap between The Voice and MasterChef narrowed last night as Nine’s singing show dipped to 1.28m viewers. Masterchef held firm at 947,000, and defeated the singing show in Perth.
House Rules had an increase from 666,000 to 702,000.
How much the three-way battle was impacted by ABC’s Budget coverage isn’t so clear cut, the Treasurer’s speech rated higher than last Tuesday’s 7:30 in the same slot.
Meanwhile Seven Year Switch did some heavy lifting for Seven, drawing 820,000 despite the series being very drawn out for its premise.
In morning TV Today had its biggest audience of the year at 382,000 viewers. Sunrise was also strong on 351,000.
Nine won with a 27.9% share then Seven 26.8%, TEN 21.5%, ABC 18.3% and SBS 5.6%.
The Voice was #1 with 1.28m then Nine News (1.1m / 1.09m), A Current Affair (987,000), Lip Sync Battle (735,000 / 408,000) and Hot Seat (638,000). A Nine News Budget special was 245,000.
Seven News (1.21m / 1.07m) led for Seven then Home and Away (851,000), Seven Year Switch (820,000), The Chase (716,000 / 408,000) and House Rules (702,000). Best Bits was 292,000.
MasterChef Australia‘s 947,000 topped TEN’s night. NCIS was 618,000, The Project was 615,000 / 437,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 535,000 and NCIS: LA was 427,000.
ABC’s night was dominated by Budget coverage. ABC News was 864,000 then Budget 2016 (695,000), ABC News Budget special (580,000), Foreign Correspondent (463,000), Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (376,000), Antiques Roadshow (348,000) and Meet the Mavericks (255,000).
On SBS it was Great Continental Railway Journeys (275,000), Insight (204,000), Dateline (173,000) and SBS World News (140,000).
Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom again topped multichannels with 293,000.
Today Extra: 152,000 / 110,000
The Morning Show: 147,000 / 110,000
Studio 10: 60,000 / 49,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 3 May 2016