• House Rules room fix steers Seven back to first place
• Debuts of First Dates and 20 To One fail to crack 600,000
• MasterChef immunity challenge keeps TEN competitive
• Michael Mosley on Insight outrates Michael Portillo’s train trip
Seven moved back to first place last night with House Rules securing the win with support from Seven News, Home and Away and the return of First Dates. The latter perhaps didn’t contribute as much as it could have.
Seven also ranked #1 in combined share with 29.9% with 7mate’s Outback Truckers close to 200,000.
TEN narrowly trailed Nine on its most competitive night since last Thursday. TEN was equal #2 in Melbourne and a clear #2 in Adelaide and Perth.
Home and Away dropped close to 40,000 from Monday with 790,000.
House Rules was on 1.08m after 1.14m on Tuesday last week. The remaining teams had 24 hours to fix one zone in their own homes.
First Dates then returned with a slightly disappointing 589,000 after House Rules. However, half a million is the new 1m and four of the networks had shows just over 500,000 after 8.30pm last night.
A Current Affair had a second consecutive night over 900,000 with an amazing story about a neo-Nazi sparky.
20 To One has returned with new hosts Erin Molan and Dave Thornton taking over from Fitzy and Wippa. While 500,000+ might now be the norm for 8.30pm or later, broadcasters want to do better than 530,000 at 7.30pm, which is what 20 To One did last night.
The new 7.30pm program proved to be another poor lead-in for Love Child which climbed a little week-on-week from 471,000 to 523,000.
Comedian Bridget Everett was a special guest on The Project with 637,000 watching after 7pm.
MasterChef had its best Tuesday for three weeks with 927,000 watching the immunity challenge after 875,000 last Tuesday. The cooking series also announced applications are now open for series 10.
NCIS was on 565,000 and then NCIS: Los Angeles did 379,000.
Ask The Doctor was just under 500,000 at 8pm.
The first of the three-part David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema then did 555,000 with an episode labelled Game Changers.
It was the battle of two great British broadcasters last night.
The special guest on Insight was Dr Michael Mosley with a show on the gut which managed to draw 375,000, which was enough to outrate the channel’s other great British broadcaster,
Michael Portillo, on Great Continental Railway Journeys, which did 340,000.