Masterchef elimination beats Big Brother eviction in Tuesday night TV battle

The battle between reality juggernauts Big Brother and Masterchef had a new victor last night, with Ten’s cooking show winning the prime-time battle with 1.016m metro viewers. Seven’s Big Brother had 842,000 for its elimination and 817,000 for the main episode.

This represents a switch from Monday night, when Big Brother’s debut had 853,000 for the arrival of its contestants, 866,000 for the primary episode, and 930,000 for the eviction, while Masterchef had 854,000.

Masterchef was back on top last night

With the addition of regional viewers last night, Masterchef climbed to 1.314m, while Big Brother had 1.112m. The elimination had 1.142m.

Masterchef also topped the key advertising demographics of those aged 16 to 39, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54, while Big Brother was second.

Both were well ahead of Nine’s prime-time offering of repeat episodes of Kath and Kim, which languished with 389,000 metro viewers for episode one and 307,000 for episode two. The episodes’ totals were 533,000 and 444,000 respectively.

In news, Seven topped the ratings, with 1.170m in the cities and 1.852m in total, ahead of Nine’s 1.111m and 1.438m. At 7pm, however, Nine’s A Current Affair was ahead with 807,000 metro viewers (1.117m), while Seven’s Home and Away had 666,000 (1.081m total). Ten’s 7pm offering of the second half hour of The Project had 572,000 in the metro markets (791,000 nationally), while its earlier segment had 363,000 (501,000 total).

Seven also won the breakfast battle with 271,000 metro viewers for Sunrise, ahead of 208,000 for Nine’s Today. Nationally Sunrise had 463,000 to Today’s 324,000. ABC News Breakfast, which occasionally creeps ahead of Today, had 136,000 in the cities and 208,000 in total.

Overall it was Seven’s night, with a 20.7% primary channel audience share anda 28.6% network share. Nine was second with 16.0% and 24.4%, while Ten had 15.5% and 21.6%. ABC’s primary channel had 11.3%, which climbed to 15.7% with the addition of multi-channels, while SBS had 6.3% and 9.6%.

Ten’s Bold had the largest share of the multi-channels with 3.8%.


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