Masterchef’s second series delivers 1.7m for Ten

Masterchef, MumbrellaOpportunistic scheduling by Nine with a last minute scheduling of a documentary about murdered criminal Carl Williams failed to dent Ten’s launch of Masterchef, which debuted with an audience of nearly 1.7m on Monday night.

The debut is well ahead of last year’s 1.4m debut for Masterchef. And while the Masterchef series opener last year only ranked seventh in the ratings, yesterday it won the night.

Meanwhile, Carl Williams: Baby Faced Killer – originally part of Nine’s Families of Crime series – rated just under 1.1m for Nine, 11th for the night, according to preliminary overnight metro figures from OzTam.   The Masterchef halo also shone on Ten’s The 7PM Project which nearly made 1m viewers – it’s biggest audience in a long time.

Seven was the hardest hit by Ten’s strong performance, with the former only managing a 22.2 per cent channel share behind Ten with 24.5 per cent and Nine with 24.8 per cent.

Monday’s most-watched shows:

  1. Masterchef Ten 1.692m
  2. Seven News Seven 1.577m
  3. Today Tonight Seven 1.521m
  4. Nine News Nine 1.404m
  5. Two and a Half Men – 7:30pm Nine 1.382m
  6. A Current Affair Nine 1.283m
  7. The Big Bang Theory Nine 1.160m
  8. ABC News ABC 1.158m
  9. Home and Away Seven 1.146m
  10. Two and a Half Men – 7:00pm Nine 1.063m
  11. Carl Williams Nine 1.060m
  12. The 7PM Project Ten 0.974
  13. Australian Story ABC 0.960
  14. Ten News Ten 0.959
  15. The Zoo Seven 0.861

Monday’s channel share:

  • Nine: 24.8%
  • Ten: 24.5%
  • Seven: 22.2%
  • ABC1: 13.7%
  • SBS1: 5.5%
  • 7TWO 3.9%
  • GO!: 2.5%
  • ABC2: 1.1%
  • One: 1.0%
  • SBS2: 0.5%
  • ABC3: 0.3%

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