TEN has been knocking on the door of the big boys ever since House Rules concluded, but beaten back by multichannel performances -last night it pushed Seven and Nine aside to win the night fair and square.
TEN pushed Nine into third place, on the back of MasterChef and NCIS at a time when there were weakened schedules elsewhere.
Neither Seven nor Nine could score an entertainment title above 800,000, with Home and Away the best for Seven. But Winners and Losers only just scraped in for third in its slot.
Nine’s line-up resembled a multichannel, although Britain’s Got Talent managed a small lift on last week.
TEN network won with 26.1% then Seven 24.8%, Nine 24.0%, ABC 16.5% and SBS 8.6%.
MasterChef Australia won its slot with 1.05m for TEN then NCIS (894,000) -its best numbers since 2012. The Project drew 712,000 / 496,00, NCIS: Los Angeles was 581,000 / 261,000 and TEN Eyewitness News was 501,000.
Seven News (1.19m / 1.12m) was #1 for Seven then Home and Away (774,000), Make You LOL (721,000), The Chase (709,000 / 453,000) and Winners and Losers (551,000). Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares was 230,000.
Nine News (1.07m / 966,000) was best for Nine followed by A Current Affair (845,000), Hot Seat (624,000), Britain’s Got Talent (621,000) and Movie: The Castle (331,000).
ABC News (842,000), 7:30 (662,000), Catalyst (552,000), How to Stay Young (530,000), Antiques Roadshow (323,000) and Foreign Correspondent (294,000) comprised ABC’s night.
On SBS it was Great Continental Railway Journeys (360,000), Insight (269,000), Dateline (204,000), Tour de France (172,000) and SBS World News (144,000).
7mate’s Outback Truckers topped multichannels with 273,000.
The Morning Show: 176,000 / 114,000
Today Extra: 161,000 / 101,000
Studio 10: 71,000 / 53,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 12 July 2016