TV Ratings June 7: MasterChef team challenge a midweek hit

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

• MasterChef team challenge a midweek hit: #1 non-news show
• Seven unleashes ob doc double: Border Security & The Force
• First night numbers for Criminal Minds return, Ronny Chieng launch

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.

Seven has won the midweek battle, this time taking first place with a primary share under 20%.

The key to Seven’s victory was a familiar lineup for Seven regulars with Border Security and The Force early in the evening and then two episodes of Criminal Minds back-to-back.

Nine managed second spot with help from Britain’s Got Talent while the AFL Footy Show was a modest contributor.

Nine managed to win the network numbers with the highest combined channel share. A key contributor was Gem with the highest multichannel share of 3.7%.

Doing the heavy lifting for TEN again was MasterChef with its midweek numbers up thanks in part to the absence of House Rules on another channel. Another classic team challenge on offer helped too of course!


Home and Away drops a little each night across the week with 750,000 watching last night, up from 725,000 a week ago.

The tried and tested ob doc double of Border Security (708,000) and The Force (676,000) returned to the Wednesday slot. The duo didn’t outperform MasterChef, but they did outrate Britain’s Got Talent.

Criminal Minds then made its reappearance for 2017 with two episodes helping bump Seven’s late night share. The first ep did 514,000 and the second 425,000.


After two nights over 900,000, A Current Affair dropped just under that mark with a feature about the Westfield food court killer pulling viewers. Wednesday last week did 912,000 as the State Of Origin lead-in.

Britain’s Got Talent wrapped in the UK last week with six consecutive episodes on offer across the week on ITV. There is a bit to go here before we get to the Grand Final, with 650,000 watching an audition last night after 7.30pm.

Sydney and Brisbane viewers got The Last Resort with 69,000 in Sydney and 48,000 in Brisbane.

Other markets had a Wednesday episode of The Footy Show with special guest the great Neale Daniher. The Melbourne audience was 155,000 after 145,000 last week.


MasterChef’s numbers were up for the midweek team challenge where the blue team was victorious and manages to avoid tonight’s elimination challenges. The audience of 868,000 was well up after 704,000 chose MasterChef over State Of Origin a week ago.

Elsewhere on TEN Steve Price revealed a ticket scam he was involved with to the 631,000 viewers of The Project.

Later in the night it was US drama time – This Is Us was up from 355,000 to 405,000 with just two episodes of the 18-episode first season left to screen. Madam Secretary then did 186,000 after 195,000 last week.


After a repeat episode last week, Anh’s Brush With Fame showed its Tina Arena episode with 631,000 watching.

The Weekly with Charlie Pickering was up from 456,000 to 585,000 with no Origin to compete with, and Steve Price on the guest list. The Project regular appeared with Tom Gleeson on Hard Chat.

The first episode of Ronny Chieng: International Student screened to 434,000 followed by a UK election special preview edition of Adam Hills: The Last Leg on 329,000.


The final of Tony Robinson’s Coast To Coast aired with 262,000.

The first of the three-part Gypsy Kings: Our Secret World was on 229,000 followed by just a single episode of Fargo this week with 130,000 after 121,000 last week.

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