MasterChef cooks up 1.363m, Desperate Housewives bows out

MasterChef continues to rate strongly in its final few weeks for Ten.

The cooking contest was the top show on Thursday night with 1.363m views, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

It’s the third night in a row the show has taken the top spot with a 1.3m total as the contestants compete in challenges in Italy all week.

Across the key advertising demographics, it remained on top for 18-49 and 25-54, but slipped to second in 16-39 behind Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year, which placed fifth in total viewers on 1.09m, and second across 18-49 and 25-54.

Seven News was second overall on 1.261m followed by its rival Nine News on 1.194m.

The ABC News was the public broadcaster’s highest rating show on 926,000 in seventh place.

The Tour de France on SBS One was the network’s highest rating program with 372,000 and 31st to see Australian and defending champion Cadel Evans slip from second to fourth in the 11th stage.

The final episode of Desperate Housewives aired on Thursday night and the ladies of Wisteria Lane took a quiet bow with just 418,000 viewers. In its first season in 2005, the show averaged 2.2m viewers across the five city metro market, according to The Age.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:

1. Masterchef Ten 1.363m
2. Seven News Seven 1.261m
3. Nine News Nine 1.194m
4. Today Tonight Seven 1.112m
5. Hamish and Andy’s Euro Gap Year Nine 1.090m
6. A Current Affair Nine 0.973m
7. ABC News ABC 0.926m
8. Home and Away Seven 0.917m
9. Modern Family Ten 0.823m
10. The Big Bang Theory – Episode 1 Nine 0.744m
11. Ten News Ten 0.709m
12. The Footy Show Nine 0.692m
13. Hot Seat Nine 0.661m
14. The Big Bang Theory – Episode 2 Nine 0.658m
15. Grey’s Anatomy Seven 0.647m

Thursday’s channel share:

Seven: 21.0%
Nine: 20.0%
Ten: 16.2%
ABC1: 10.6%
SBS1: 8.0%
7TWO 4.6%
Eleven: 3.6%
One: 3.2%
7mate: 3.0%
ABC2: 2.7%
GO!: 2.3%
Gem: 2.2%
ABC3: 1.0%
ABC News 24: 0.8%
SBS2: 0.7%


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