Masterchef Thursday night audience nearly halves as Nine shows edited Top Gear special

Ten saw its audience for Masterchef drop by nearly half from last Thursday, falling from 1.001m to 578,000 last night, it’s lowest rating of the series so far this year.

The episode titled ‘Class of 2014’ focused on the participants of the competition this year and their life stories, was 14th in all programs and seventh in Ten’s target demographic of people 25-54, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

In the consolidated ratings Masterchef had gained 88,000 viewers on last week taking its metro rating up from 1.001m to 1.089m over the last seven days.

Masterchef lost out to the second episode of Top Gear’s Burma Special on Nine in Sydney and Brisbane, which got 400,000 viewers for an edited version of the episode that omitted Jeremy Clarkson’s “slope” comment which is being investigated by UK communications regulator Ofcom after it aired in the UK in March. Afterwards 276,000 tuned in for The Footy Show in those two cities.

Nine aired two episode of the Big Bang Theory instead of Top Gear in the other metro markets which got 273,000 and 346,000 respectively for the 7.30pm and 8pm showings.

Masterchef had a slightly higher audience than ABC1’s post-budget special Budget in Reply, unlike earlier in the week, which rated 542,000 from 7.30pm. However from 8pm more people watched the 7.30 budget special on ABC1 than Masterchef as it averaged 605,000.

ABC1 also held the biggest audience at 8.30pm across all channels with 757,000 for Call the Midwife. SBS put its new US import Fargo on at 9.30pm drawing an audience of 201,000. Last week’s episode had a 40 per cent jump on consolidated viewers putting on an extra 86,000 taking it to 300,000 for the episode.

Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football on in Melbourne and Adelaide from 7pm was the most watched program in those cities. Meanwhile the network ran Border Security, Under the Hammer and US import Intelligence, axed by its US production company last week, in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Seven won the night with just over 23 per cent of the audience share as NIne had 17.6 per cent and ABC1 was third with 13.3per cent. Ten had a a 12.4 per cent share of the audience.

Thursday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Seven  News Seven 1,152,000
  2. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 1,038,000
  3. Nine News Nine 1,007,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 966,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 805,000
  6. Home and Away Seven 783,000
  7. ABC News ABC1 769,000
  8. Call the Midwife ABC1 757,000
  9. ABC News Update ABC1 751,000
  10. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 675,000
  11. 7.30 Budget Special: Budget Reply ABC1 605,000
  12. Million Dollar Minute Seven 587,000
  13. Hot Seat Nine 586,000 1
  14. Masterchef Australia: Class of 2014 Ten 578,000
  15. The Project 7pm Ten 572,000

Thursday’s share:

  • Seven 23.1%
  • Nine 17.6%
  • ABC1 13.3%
  • TEN 12.4%
  • SBS ONE 5.3%
  • ONE 4.5%
  • 7mate 4.2%
  • GO! 3.5%
  • ELEVEN 3.3%
  • 7TWO 3.3%
  • Gem 3.0%
  • ABC2 2.7%
  • ABC News 24 1.6%
  • ABC3 1.0%
  • SBS 2 0.9%
  • NITV 0.2%

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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