MasterChef wins timeslot, House Rules lifts.

Ratings: An absence of singing was good news for cooking and renovation. Seven wins their first night of the week.


It was pretty apparent that MasterChef would enjoy a rise without competition for The Voice last night, and it was good news for House Rules too.

MasterChef won its timeslot with 1.06m viewers its best figure this week and a sweep of the demos. House Rules lifted to 813,000 for Seven, its second best figure thus far.

Nine’s Lindt Siege special was fourth in its timeslot at 526,000 viewers.

The season final for The Weekly wrapped with 656,000 viewers, up on last week’s 618,000.

Seven won Wednesday with 28.0% then Nine 24.5%, TEN 22.9%, ABC 18.4% and SBS 6.2%.

Seven News was #1 with 1.09m / 1.03m for Seven then House Rules (813,000), Home and Away (798,000), Criminal Minds (633,000) and The Chase (591,000 / 332,000). Blindspot was 235,000.

Nine News (1.03m / 976,000) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (949,000), Hot Seat (584,000) and Inside the Siege: The Lindt Tapes (526,000). The Footy Show was 265,000 in 2 cities and The Secret Life of the Zoo was 213,000 in 3 cities.

In addition to MasterChef for TEN The Project drew 611,000 / 487,000. TEN Eyewitness News was 513,000, and Long Lost Family was 549,000. The penultimate Good Wife was 273,000.

ABC News was strong at 881,000. 7:30 followed with 687,000, the season final of The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (656,000), QI (584,000), The Letdown (482,000) and Would I Lie to You? (327,000).

On SBS it was The Story of China (266,000), Bosch (159,000) and SBS World News (134,000).

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom again ruled multichannels with 234,000.

Today: 320,000
Sunrise: 318,000
ABC News Breakfast: 85,000 / 50,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 4 May 2016.

16 Responses

    1. Yeah, was wryly amusing in parts but didn’t really stand out.
      Much preferred International Student.

      Noni was perfect as the suitably austere baby health centre nurse though.

    1. Yep – this is about the only thing I will watch on live FTA, its brilliant isn’t it? At least 159,000 people enjoyed top quality acting, script and cinematography last night thanks to SBS because theres no way stuff like this will ever get screened on FTA commercial. Seems quality is a “niche product” now compared to the mass market singing/dancing/cooking/dating/chasing/cat video dreck.

      1. Has the script gotten better since S1? Because it was basically a long list of every cop show/movie trope strung together into a series, from the opening scene of Ep1 to the closing scene of Ep10.

        Strangely enough, I did enjoy S1. As I said here last year, despite not being a fan of the genre in general & it being a collection of clichés played out by B+ actors ,”it actually works & it turns out to be pretty good”. I’ll have to check out S2…

        1. I hear you, which is why I described S1 as ‘solid’ rather than ‘great’ or even ‘very good’. It didn’t really contain anything new but it was well-made – like watching an airport neo-noir novel (a good one) updated to today. And, as you said, it worked.

          I particularly like Amy Aquino as the hard-boiled but compassionate lieutenant. It’s good to see that her sexuality is played as just an aspect of her character rather than being front-and-centre.

          I’ve only seen the first 2 eps of S2 but it seems like a genuine step up.

  1. Without the voice they were both sure to rise. Masterchef should continue its steady climb to the finale and I anticipate HR to do the same, although hopefully this season will be shorter with less dragged out challenges at the end. Although I think this was the season filmed for the second half of last year. So it depends if they can edit the season to make it shorter if numbers do not increase as 7 expect. Although the deal with key sponsorship deals with advertisers will need to be factored into the duration of the HR season.

  2. I watched that Lindt special last night. While it dragged (it aired from 7:30 to 8:55) it was well done IMO.

    Long Lost Family was also okay but wouldn’t miss it if I never watched it again. First time I’ve watched free to air TV in a while

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