Long-awaited Offspring return up on season five debut, giving Ten another win

The much-anticipated return of Offspring on Channel Ten last night saw 959,000 viewers tune in, up marginally on season five’s debut two years ago.

Asher Keddie returned as Nina Proudman in series 6 of Offspring last night

Asher Keddie returned as Nina Proudman in series six of Offspring last night

Offspring, which aired at 8:30pm, was the second most-watched show across all the demographics, second only to Ten stablemate Masterchef in the 7:30pm slot, which won the night again with 1.197m viewers, as Heston Blumenthal continues to prove a drawcard.

The strength of the two shows as the most watched non-news programs of the night lifted Ten to a second nightly win, with an audience share of 19.1%, ahead of Nine’s 17.3% and Seven’s 16.6%.

In the absence of State of Origin, Nine’s best non-news show was David Attenborough’s The Hunt, which had 645,000 viewers from 7:30pm, while Home and Away proved the high-point for Seven with 776,000 at 7:00pm.

ABC’s Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell at 8:30pm had 681,000 at 8:30pm, while Bill Shorten’s appearance on Kitchen Cabinet with Annabel Crab mustered only 563,000, according to OzTAM metro overnight ratings.

The Chaser’s Election Desk was slightly up, with 579,000.

Seven News won the news battle with 1.125m against Nine’s 1.009m at 6:00pm, and 1.051m at 6:30pm against Nine’s 1.017m.


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