Junior Masterchef makes a muted return

Junior Masterchef failed to win the night for the first time on Sunday.

The return of the cooking competition after being put on hold by Ten for the Commonwealth Games rated 1.389m, second for the night behind Seven News (1.392m), according to preliminary overnight ratings from OzTam.  

It was also the weakest rating for Junior Masterchef to date. Its last episode before the games rated 1.507m, while the first episode of the series had rated 2.202m.

Nine’s movie length modern version of Sherlock, from the BBC, rated 1.097m, just ahead of Seven’s The X Factor (1.081m).

During the time that all three shows were on at once, Junior Masterchef was well ahead of The X Factor, which did below 1m in its first hour.

Sunday also saw a strong performance from Nine’s digital channel Go, which achieved a share of 6%, with The Big Bang Theory pulling in an average audience of 430,000, extremely strong for a digital channel.

Meanwhile , Saturday night saw The Bill bow out with 993,000 for ABC1 for the final episode of the long-running British police drama. It narrowly beat the first Saturday outing of Hey Hey It’s Saturday which rated 979,000 for Nine.

Sunday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Seven News Seven 1.392m
  2. Junior Masterchef Ten 1.389m
  3. Bones Seven 1.139m
  4. Nine News Nine 1.111m
  5. Sherlock Nine 1.097m
  6. The X Factor Seven 1.081m
  7. Sunday Night Seven 1.043m
  8. 60 Minutes Nine 1.036m
  9. Modern Family – Episode 2 Ten 1.034m
  10. ABC News ABC 0.920m
  11. Last Chance to See ABC 0.875m
  12. Poirot ABC 0.874m
  13. ABC News Update ABC 0.835m
  14. Offspring Ten 0.831m
  15. Hot Pursuit Nine 0.823m

Sunday’s share:

  • Seven: 24.3%
  • Nine: 21.7%
  • Ten: 17.3%
  • ABC1: 15.6%
  • GO!: 6.0%
  • SBS1: 4.0%
  • 7TWO: 2.5%
  • 7mate: 2.2%
  • One: 1.5%
  • SBS2: 1.5%
  • ABC News 24: 1.0%
  • ABC2: 0.9%
  • ABC3: 0.4%
  • Gem: 1.0%

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