Masterchef sparkled for Ten and TV viewing generally last night and was easily the best thing on — 1.23 million viewers agreed across the country and it was the most watched program apart from the Seven and Nine news broadcasts from 6 to 7pm.

Nine’s NRL game between Parramatta and Canterbury started attractively and then sagged into a very unattractive arm wrestle. 680,000 watched on Nine’s main channel and Gem digital and a further 199,000 watched on Fox Sports. Janet King averaged 724,000 for the ABC from 8.30pm. Perhaps with her recent story line of investigating sport she could take a look at why last night’s NRL game became so boring. 

Seven again dominated regional viewing with Seven News averaging 657,000, Seven News/Today Tonight was second with 534,000, then Home and Away on 478,000, then the 5.30 part of The Chase Australia with 430,000 and fifth was the 7pm ABC News with 340,000.

This coming Sunday night features the final of The Voice and Doctor Who — we will meet him again sometime, but I’m not so sure about The Voice winner?

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (26.1%)
  2. Seven (25.3%)
  3. Ten (21.9%)
  4. ABC (16.5%)
  5. SBS (10.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (19.9%)
  2. Seven (15.9%)
  3. Ten (15.3%)
  4. ABC (10.7%)
  5. SBS ONE (7.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. One (4.4%)
  2. 7TWO (3.9%)
  3. ABC 2 (3.3%)
  4. 7mate (3.2%)
  5. GO (2.8%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News  — 1.689 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.516 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.247 million
  4. Masterchef Australia (Ten) — 1.251 million
  5. Nine/NBN News (6.30pm) — 1.212 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.157 million
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.093 million
  8. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.068 million
  9. 7pm ABC News — 1.051 million
  10. The Checkout (ABC) — 832,000

Top metro programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.032 million

Losers: Everything bar Masterchef and Janet King

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.032 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 982,000 
  3. Nine News — 946,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 916,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 775,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 711,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 549,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 532,00
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 489,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 377,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 489,000
  2. Today (Nine) — 432,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  166,000 + 86,000 on News 24) — 252,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 222,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 165,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) —121,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (3.2%)
  2. Fox League (3.0%)
  3. LifeStyle  (2.1%)
  4. Fox8  (2.0%)
  5. Nick Jr (1.9%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: Parramatta v Canterbury (Fox League) — 199,000
  2. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 100,000
  3. NRL: The Late Show With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 85,000
  4. NRL: Thursday Night League(Fox League) — 67,000
  5. Rusty Rivets (Nick Jr) — 55,000

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