MasterChef has galloped onto TEN’s schedule like a white knight programme, launching to 1.06m viewers, pipping last year’s 1.01m premiere.
The show drew its biggest audience in Melbourne at 374,000 viewers, nearly 100,000 ahead of Sydney’s 275,000, topped the evening in the demographics and trended on Twitter. It helped push the network above a 20% evening share. For a network on its corporate knees it could not have come at a better time.
However The Voice held the slot at 1.17m viewers, ranking second in the demos. The biggest loser was Seven’s House Rules dropping from 1.00m on Sunday to 606,000 last night. It will try to rebound tonight with its first house reveal.
Elsewhere last night A Current Affair had its biggest numbers of the year at 1.02m viewers while The Chase continued to thump Hot Seat.
Nine network won Monday with 28.6% then Seven 26.0%, TEN 21.2%, ABC 18.1% and SBS 6.1%.
The Voice was best for Nine with 1.17m viewers then Nine News (1.07m / 1.06m), A Current Affair (1.02m), Hot Seat (550,000 / 327,000) and Brit Icons: Elton John (475,000). Footy Classified was 135,000 in 3 cities.
Seven News was #1 with 1.2m / 1.11m for Seven then The Chase (750,000 / 462,000), Home and Away (722,000), House Rules (606,000) and Seven Year Switch (465,000).
MasterChef Australia launched to an impressive 1.06m viewers for TEN then The Project (653,000 / 424,000), TEN Eyewitness News (529,000) and Family Feud (409,000). A repeat of This is Us drew 236,000.
ABC News (745,000), Australian Story (685,000), Media Watch (668,000), 7:30 (627,000), Four Corners (607,000) and Q & A (526,000) comprised ABC’s night.
On SBS it was SBS World News (171,000), Colombia with Simon Reeve (147,000), 24 Hours in Emergency (143,000) and House of Hypochondriacs (120,000).
Best on multichannels was ABC2’s Go Jetters! at 235,000.
A daytime Biggest Loser finale drew 92,000 viewers -more than a $1 for each viewer given the $100k prize.
News Breakfast: 103,000 /
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 1 May 2017