Ten got the winner they really wanted last night on Masterchef Australia with Billie McKay — the standout (for me) of the series — getting up at the last minute against an equally impressive Georgia Barnes. (That last dessert thingie from Heston Blumenthal was a bit unfair). I watched with my remote, and then iViewed. Australian Story has what’s probably the nirvana of Australian journalism, the story of Don Bradman’s family, and it is being well told, with clever use of Greta Bradman as the focal point. Part 2 next week, don’t miss. Four Corners did Twiggy Forrest:  interesting, but no banana. Virginia Trioli did very well filling in for Tony Jones on Q&A (it had 819,000 national viewers for a not very interesting line up), but I need you on News Breakfast with Michael Rowland to help me start the day, so don’t go.

Ten won the night in the metros with a very solid set of figures for Masterchef Australia (which did run on and on though for hours). In the regions, Ten won the main channels, where the battle was fought (and Masterchef Australia did very well), but overall, it was Seven’s night thanks to solid efforts from its digital channels.

The winner’s announcement on Masterchef Australia  had a very good 2.820 million viewers across the country, with 686,000 of those in the regions. The rest of the Grand Final averaged 2.443 million viewers, including 603,000 in the regions. Seven ran dead, especially in the metros and its main channel ended up fourth behind Ten, Nine and the ABC). The first part of the Bradman family story on Australian Story averaged a very solid 1.248 million viewers nationally. And the 7pm part of The Project made the national Top 10 (at 10) with 1.149 million viewers.

In the morning, Today started the week with a narrow win in breakfast with 308,000 viewers to 305,000 for Sunrise, which in turn won easily nationally.

Network channel share:

  1. Ten (34.4%)
  2. Seven (21.4%)
  3. Nine (20.7%)
  4. ABC (19.2%)
  5. SBS (4.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Ten (29.7%)
  2. Nine (15.3%)
  3. ABC1 (14.7%)
  4. Seven (14.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.5%)

Top digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.9%)
  2. 7mate, ABC2, GO (3.0%)
  3. ONE (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia Winner Announced (Ten) — 2.820 million
  2. Masterchef Australia Final (Ten) — 2.443 million
  3. Nine News — 1.645 million
  4. Seven News — 1.393 million
  5. ABC News — 1.293 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.286 million
  7. Australian Story (ABC 1) — 1.248 million
  8. Nine News 6.30 — 1.247 million
  9. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.163 million
  10. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 1.149 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Masterchef Australia Winner Announced (Ten) — 2.133 million
  2. Masterchef Australia Final (Ten) — 1.840 million
  3. Nine News 6.30 — 1.247 million
  4. Nine News — 1.213 million
  5. Seven News — 1.071 million
  6. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.028 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.026 million

Losers: No one really, not with the grand final of Masterchef. Tonight though, viewers will be confused by the move by Nine for second time this year to try and spoil a Seven program instead of starting a new format of its own invention. Nine’s lookalike, Hotplate is going up against Seven’s Restaurant Revolution (a reworking of its old My Restaurant Rules).Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 6.30 — 1.247 million
  2. Nine News — 1.213 million
  3. Seven News — 1.071 million
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 1.028 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 1.026 million
  6. Australian Story (ABC) — 894,000
  7. ABC News — 881,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 832,000)
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 793,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC) — 743,000

Morning TV:

  1. Today (Nine) – 308,000
  2. Sunrise (Seven) – 305,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 154,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 142,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  86,000 + 39,000 on News 24) — 125,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 62,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1 (3.6%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.4%)
  3. Fox8  (2.0%)
  4. Disney Jr (1.7%)
  5. TVHITS, A&E  (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: North Qld v Parramatta (Fox Sports 1) – 293,000
  2. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports 1) – 157,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 120,000
  4. AFL: on The Couch (Fox Footy) – 79,000
  5. The Simpsons, The Simpsons (Fox8) – 71,000

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