Hey Hey Reunion beats Celebrity Masterchef and crushes Denton

Nine’s brave decision to programme the first part of its Hey Hey It’s Saturday reunion against Celebrity Masterchef dramatically paid off on Wednesday with it rating a massive TV audience of nearly 2.2m.  

The entertainment show was well ahead of Celebrity Masterchef which drew in just under 1.4m, although Masterchef did hit a peak of 1.9m, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam. It was among Nine’s biggest non-sport audience of the year.

And despite scheduling so late that it didn’t make the programme guides, Nine’s repeat of the debut episode of The Apprentice won its later timeslot with an audience of just under 1m. However, this is partly attributable to Hey Hey over-running beyond its advertised slot and may be revised later.


Meanwhile, Seven’s World’s Strictest Parents, which is usually a Wednesday winner, was relegated to 12th in the ratings with less than a million viewers.

The competitive night also spelled bad news for the debut of Andrew Denton’s new ABC project, Hungry Beast, which rated 551,000, the 25th most watched show of the night.

Earlier in the evening, Nine’s Hot Seat (606,000) again ran Seven’s Deal Or No Deal (615,000) extremely close.

Top 15 shows:

  • Hey Hey Reunion Nine 2.2
  • Celebrity Masterchef Ten 1.4
  • Seven News Seven 1.3
  • Today Tonight Seven 1.3
  • Two and a Half Men Nine 1.1
  • Home and Away Seven 1.1
  • Nine News Nine 1.1
  • ABC News ABC 1m
  • A Current Affair Nine 1m
  • The Apprentice Nine 0.953
  • NCIS: Los Angeles Ten 0.943
  • World’s Strictest Parents Seven 0.912
  • Spicks and Specks ABC 0.842
  • City Homicide Seven 0.796
  • Ten News Ten 0.766

The night was easily won by Nine with a massive 38.7% share. Ten was narrowly beaten into third place by Seven:

  • Nine: 38.7
  • Seven: 21.7
  • Ten: 20.1
  • ABC1: 12.5
  • SBS1 3.3
  • ABC2: 1.3
  • GO!: 1.2
  • ONE: 0.7
  • SBS2: 0.4

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