Masterchef wins on mediocre Monday

Ten’s Masterchef has had a strong start to the final week of the series with the show’s highest weekday rating to date.  

Monday’s episode of the cooking competition saw Masterchef score an audience of more than 2.1m, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

The show – which was miles ahead of anythign else in the post 7pm schedule – single handedly dragged Ten to a win for the night where each network only had one hit.

Recruits, which follwed Masterchef on Ten, fell away to just under 1.4m, while after that the Melbourne Comedy Festival debate averaged less than a million.

Nine spent the night hovering around the million mark – A Current Affair at 6.30pm did 1.1m, while the double epsidoes of Two And A Half men did just over 1m each. Nine’s audience fell to 900,000 for sitcom Big Bang Theory before Sea Patrol pulled things back up to nearly 1.4m.

Seven spent the night on a mostly downward trajectory, with the 6pm Seven News scoring an audience of 1.8m, which fell to 1.1m for Home And Away and a dire 700,000 for How I Met Your Mother followed by less than 800,000 for Scrubs. Desperate Housewives (1.2m) improved matters somewhat.

Monday night’s share: Ten 26.6%; Seven 24.4%; Nine 23.8%; ABC 17.3%; SBS 7.9%.

Monday’s top rating TV shows:

  1. Masterchef – Ten 2.119
  2. Seven News – Seven 1.814
  3. Today Tonight – Seven 1.699
  4. Recruits – Ten 1.375
  5. Sea Patrol – Nine 1.350
  6. Nine News – Nine 1.207
  7. Desperate Housewives – Seven 1.170
  8. Home and Away – Seven 1.139
  9. A Current Affair – Nine 1.132
  10. Australian Story – ABC 1.119

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