Masterchef and Formula One give Ten its first competitive night of the ratings year

Masterchef: The Professionals winner Rhys Badcock

Masterchef: The Professionals winner Rhys Badcock

New Ten boss Hamish McLennan has started his first official day in the role with the news that the network has had its best ratings of the year to date, with the Melbourne Grand Prix, the final of MasterChef: The Professionals, and the series opening of The Biggest Loser all rating well.

According to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTAM, Ten’s best performer was the motor race, which rated 1.226m, fourth for Sunday.

MasterChef rated 1.02m for the winner announcement. The rest of the show averaged 980,000.The winner announcement was ninth for the night in all people, and second in 16-39 and 18-49.

The Biggest Loser launch, which rated 814,000, was 17th in all people, seventh on 16-39 and sixth in 18-49.

Nine’s The Block: All Stars was the biggest show of Sunday, winning in all people with an audience of 1.572m and also topping the key advertising demographics.

In a relatively quiet – albeit winning – night for Seven, Downton Abbey was the network’s best performer, second for the night with 1.28m viewers.

Although Ten ran third behind Seven and Nine, its share was its best of the year so far. Seven won the night with 22.4 per cent. Nine took 21 per cent and Ten was on 17.8 per cent, ahead of ABC1’s 13.3 per cent.

The Formula One Grand Prix qualifying helped Ten to better ratings on Saturday too. It was the day’s sixth most watched programme. Saturday’s share battle was the closest of the year to date, with Seven taking 19.9 per cent, Ten 18.8 per cent and Nine 16.6 per cent. Thanks to the local interest in the motor racing, Ten even won Saturday in Melbourne, with a share of 23.2 per cent. It also won in Perth.


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