The Voice returns with a win, MasterChef tops demos.

The Voice returned to Nine last night with its Blind Auditions filmed pre-lockdown.

It drew 1.01m metro viewers which is exactly the same as 2019’s launch (which in the current age is something you’d be very happy with). Given it’s below Lego‘s launch of 1.24m it may not enjoy quite the same consistency as the Hamish Blake vehicle.

It also didn’t win the demos. That went to MasterChef Australia which was close behind at 932,000 from 7:30pm -a battle to watch as the cooking show heats up. House Rules (674,000) and Maralinga Tjarutja (449,000 from 7:40pm) followed.

Later 60 Minutes was 698,000, down on the preceding week, then the final Mystery Road (583,000), and Seven movie: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (319,000) and FBI: Most Wanted (313,000).

Nine network won Sunday with 31.2% then Seven 25.3%, 10 19.7%, ABC 15.0% and SBS 8.8%.

Seven News was #1 at 1.18m for Seven.

Nine News drew 1.13m and a late edition was 431,000.

The Sunday Project was 521,000 / 336,000 for 10. 10 News First was 357,000.

ABC News drew 774,000.  Compass (211,000) and Killing Eve (193,000) followed for ABC.

On SBS it was London: 2,000 Years Of History (282,000), SBS World News (216,000) and The Clinton Affair (155,000).

Bluey led multichannels again at 198,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 24 May 2020


  1. Wide spread power black outs through Perth and the rest of the state last night-will have affected ratings to some extent here.

  2. joshuasummers

    This same night last year just across Masterchef/Voice/House Rules it was 2.4million viewers combined. This year it is 2.6million viewers combined. Probably due to isolation, but overall good numbers for FTA

  3. Justin Leigh

    I wish The Voice started after Masterchef I’m too invested now and House Rules was promoted well for once so I wanted to catch a bit of that reveal too. I did watch The Voice though to check it out and I like the judges and new hosts but, listening to Guy Sebastian rave on was a bit much he stretches out words when he sings and when he talks now, nice guy but there are another 3 judges! I will keep watching Masterchef and record The Voice so I can edit through myself!

  4. The Voice was borderline Unbearable last night. Felt stale and forced. Hardly saw anything of the new hosts. To be fair to them – some good ratings but i Imagine these will dwindle over the next few weeks, as Kelly Rowland’s interest in being there does too

  5. The pacing was a real issue with The Voice last night. Brutally slow with even fewer auditions per episode than for the premiere last year. A quick message to the producers – not interested in the judges, not interested in the back stories, it is all about the performances and their staging. Everything else is filler.

    Non-filler last night amounted to less than fifteen minutes in a 90+ minute program.

    • Totally agree. Back stories only become relevant when a contestant has progressed in the competition and we like them. I really don’t care if you have a pretty bird as a pet. It might be time to change out at least one of the judges (Kelly Rowland).

  6. I have a feeling The Voice might struggle as it goes on this year – it felt a bit same old last night and each performance was way too dragged out.

  7. Good to see MasterChef numbers have not tapered off. The new judges are a breath of fresh air which does not auger well for 7’s cooking show with two of the old judges.

  8. I think 10 would be happy that more people 16-54 watched Master Chef than watched The Voice. “As a media buyer, I’m only interested in the demographics,” says analyst Ian Warner, a partner in Moonlighting Media. “If I’m targeting a 16 to 39 age group, it doesn’t matter how many viewers in total a program has.” (SMH). Why are the 55+ ignored? Warner says “Now, there’s more money in that 55-plus group than ever before.” For these figures to make any sense Nine must have had a hell of a lot of viewers over 55 (unlikely), or under 16.

  9. My parents said Nine (Melbourne) had problems with the sound being in sync last night. Not sure when it was corrected though. Probably didn’t affect the ratings though. Good result for Nine, but they were probably expecting higher.

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