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Masterchef climbs but doesn’t knock Nine from Thursday’s ratings lead

Ten’s average audience share climbed 3.2 percentage points from last Thursday night, as Masterchef revealed its final three contestants ahead of next week’s finale although Channel Nine still won the overall evening.

According to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings, Masterchef topped the key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s, attracting 980,000 metro viewers.

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Masterchef’s Masterclass, which saw judges George Colombaris, Gary Mehigan and regular guest Shannon Bennett compete against one another, had a metro audience of 841,000.

The two episodes, which reached national audiences of 1.356m and 1.192m, helped Ten’s average audience share rise to 17.4% – the highest Thursday night audience share at least five weeks.

It wasn’t enough for Ten, as Nine’s news offerings, and NRL clash between Brisbane Broncos and the Canterbury Bulldogs, handed them a Thursday audience share win at 20.0%.

Nine beat Ten as well as Seven’s share of 16.1%, ABC’s 10% and SBS’ 7.1%.

The channel’s most watched show was Nine News, which reached 1.040m metro viewers ahead of Seven News’1.024m.

Nationally, Nine News had 1.048m and Seven News pulled 1.649m.

Across Sydney and Brisbane, the NRL attracted 433,000 metro viewers and and a national audience of 698,000.

Meanwhile, Seven’s Make You Laugh Out Loud was down from last week’s audience of 542,000, capturing 497,000 metro viewers.

Nationally, the show climbed to 913,000 viewers.

Seven’s UK show, All Round To Mrs Brown’s, which ran in the later time slot, reached 375,000 metro viewers while nationally, it had 678,000.

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