It was a battle of two titans.
MasterChef Australia and Australian Ninja Warrior, both produced by Endemol Shine, went head to head in their grand finals last night.
When they were both on air at the same time there was nothing in it but from about 9:20 after Ninja wrapped MasterChef went higher still, as viewers were curious to see who won.
In the end the final numbers were 1.13m for MasterChef, rising to 1.31m for the moment Sashi was announced as winner. Ninja averaged 1.09m rising to 1.14m when the show ended without a winner. MasterChef dominated across the demos.
Compared to last year MasterChef (2017: 1.12m / 1.3m) was fractionally up but there is no escaping Ninja‘s plummet from 2.15m /2.04m in 2017.
Against such competition Seven factuals were in fourth place behind ABC but Seven News and The Chase were still early timeslot winners. War on Waste was also understandably down compared to last week.
Nine network won with 31.6% then TEN 25.4%, Seven 23.0%, ABC 14.7% and SBS 5.4%.
Australian Ninja Warrior was best for Nine on 1.14m / 1.09m then Nine News (995,000 / 993,000), A Current Affair (867,000), Hot Seat (533,000 / 312,000) and movie Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (359,000).
MasterChef Australia was #1 for TEN with 1.31m / 1.13m then The Project (527,000 / 272,000), Shark Tank (440,000) and TEN Eyewitness News (399,000).
Seven News (1.07m / 991,000) was best for Seven then Home and Away (670,000), The Chase (642,000 / 371,000), Interview (440,000), Border Security (423,000) and The Force (374,000). Swipe Right for Murder drew 259,000.
ABC News (697,000), 7:30 (524,000), War on Waste (512,000), Foreign Correspondent (460,000), Think Tank (245,000) and Rediscovering T-Rex (242,000).
On SBS it was Who Do You Think You Are? (228,000), Insight (190,000), Dateline (130,000), SBS World News (127,000) and China’s Pop Idols (53,000).
ABC KIDS’ Peter Rabbit hopped to the top of multichannels again with 226,000.
The Morning Show: 161,000 / 78,000
Today Extra: 99,000 / 69,000
Studio 10: 54,000 / 52,000 / 33,000
OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 31 July 2018