TV Ratings May 24: Nigella Week wraps up on Ten with two hours of MasterChef

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

• TEN wraps Nigella Week with double serve: MasterChef & Masterclass
• Seven’s The Front Bar opens gap ahead of Nine’s AFL Footy Show

Seven

Home and Away spent the first three nights of the week between 660,000 and 700,000 and went out with 549,000 for a triple play Thursday.

The channel had a Gordon Ramsay double as some sort of tribute to Gordon Ramsay Week elsewhere. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares did 251,000 followed by Ramsay’s Hotel Hell on 185,000.

The Front Bar did 292,000 across three AFL markets with 204,000 in Melbourne.

Nine

Leila McKinnon was on duty hosting A Current Affair with the first story looking at how much speed and red light cameras are raking in around Australia. The program also spoke with Sophie Monk ahead of the launch of Love Island next Sunday. The Thursday episode did 741,000.

NRL markets then had the clash between the Broncos and Parramatta with 418,000 across two markets – 193,000 in Sydney and 194,000 in Brisbane.

The Footy Shows did a combined 387,000 with 75,000 in Sydney and 172,000 in Melbourne.

TEN

Ice Cube was the special guest toward the end of The Project with 503,000 watching the Thursday edition after 7pm.

Nigella fans got a sweet treat last night as she featured in over two hours of primetime. The losing blue team from the midweek team challenge faced an elimination battle that started with a taste test. The team had three minutes to sample a wonderful Nigella trifle and write down as many ingredients as possible. The top five were safe and the remaining five had to cook using the trifle ingredients. Tim had a major fail trying to organise a bombe Alaska and was subsequently sent home. Nigella then joined the judges and remaining contestants at Jackalope on the Mornington Peninsula, where she put on a food masterclass with help from George working as her assistant while Matt and Gary also contributed recipes. The regular Thursday episode last night did 781,000 after 792,000 a week ago. The Nigella Masterclass then did 558,000. The two episodes were #1and #3 in 25-54 for Thursday.

ABC

Much celebration on the third evening of Stargazing Live with a Guinness World Record for the most people stargazing at the night sky across multiple locations. The three episodes on successive nights starting with Tuesday did 463,000, 497,000 and 379,000.

QI then did 242,000 at 9pm followed by Wentworth on 95,000.

SBS

A fresh episode of Great British Railway Journeys is a special event and season nine started last night with the first of 15 episodes. These were all broadcast in the UK on successive nights across the first three weeks of January this year. Host Michael Portillo’s trip from Cromer to Cambridge did 265,000. There were 239,000 watching a repeat episode on the previous Thursday.

Luke Nguyen’s Food Trail then visited Hong Kong with a guide to food spots. The episode did 138,000.

Episode six of The Handmaid’s Tale did 205,000.

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