Thursday TV under the magic million

Ratings: MasterChef wins early slot on a night of staggered scheduling. Nine wins primary channel.

Last night no show could crack the magic 1 million viewer margin, on a night where networks staggered their schedules.

MasterChef Australia won at 7:30pm with 781,000 and topped the demos. But direct comparisons are tricky given Seven had an extended Home and Away and Nine had NRL in select cities.

By 9pm Nine was in front with its NRL / Footy Show combo but a first masterclass for MasterChef stayed true at 558,000. The Front Bar won in Melbourne against The Footy Show.

The final Stargazing Live pulled 379,000 for ABC, the lowest of its three outings.

Seven News, ACAThe Chase won again.

Nine led in primary share but Seven network won Thursday with 28.7% then Nine 27.4%, TEN 21.7%, ABC 15.4% and SBS 6.8%.

Seven News (930,000 / 875,000) was #1 for Seven then The Chase (578,000 / 356,000), Home and Away (549,000), and The Front Bar (292,000 in 2 cities). Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares drew 251,000 and Ramsay’s Hotel Hell was 185,000.

Nine News (894,000 / 853,000) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (741,000), Hot Seat (501,000 / 310,000), Thursday Night NRL (388,000 in 2 cities) and The Footy Show (387,000). RBT was 265,000 in 3 cities.

MasterChef Australia (781,000 / 558,000) won its slots for TEN then The Project (503,000 / 339,000), TEN Eyewitness News (425,000), Family Feud (326,000) and Law and Order: SVU (262,000).

ABC News (641,000), 7:30 (401,000), Stargazing Live (379,000), Sammy J (252,000), QI (242,000) and Think Tank (183,000) comprised ABC’s night. Wentworth was just 95,000.

On SBS it was Great British Railway Journeys (265,000), The Handmaid’s Tale (205,000), SBS World News (142,000) and Luke Nguyen’s Food Trail (138,000). Next of Kin was just 70,000.

Peppa Pig pulled 221,000 to top multichannels.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 24 May 2018

17 Responses

  1. MasterChef has been top shelf TV this week. They even eliminate contestants nicely! Have absolutely adored Nigella Week. She and the show are pure class and great that it’s being rewarded with solid viewing numbers.

    Makes you wonder why Ten don’t consider other ‘Master’ formats that aren’t cooking related.

  2. 3 nights of “Stargazing” was overegging the pudding, so to speak, and far too much Brian Cox on the ABC, as likeable and enthusiastic a fellow as he is. And, his on air chemistry with Julia seems very wooden.
    “Masterchef” – still Ten’s most consistent performer, mostly because they have a proven recipe of positivity and they stick to it.

  3. Nigella has been such a delight to watch on Masterchef this week. It’s going to be an interesting and probably exciting change in the dynamics of the show when Gordon Ramsey starts on Sunday.

    1. And so kind of Seven to promote Gordon Ramsay for two hours last night. TEN would love it. Seems the poor contestant guy did more than just cut his hand, judging by the bandaging and sling. He was doing OK. Hopefully can get back into the action soon.

      1. I am so looking forward to Gordon Ramsey week. MC are bringing out their big guns early. I wonder if they have anyone else lined up towards the end of the series.

        1. I’m looking forward to Gordon too, I find him very entertaining. I know it’s a 7:30 show so I assume there will be no swearing, but I do hope they don’t edit it all out or perhaps add a sound effect as required.

          1. I wonder whether having Ramsay on risks spoiling Masterchef’s family friendly / positive / uplifting tone

  4. And in news just to hand the ABC is launching another bold and ground breaking international BBC format ” Hot Wheels Live ” in which they will attempt to break another totally ridiculous Guinness World record for the most people playing with their Hot Wheels cars at the one time. On the floor. In their living rooms. Live.
    Stay tuned Australia.

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