TV Wrap: Ten tributes to Jock Zonfrillo helps MasterChef Australia to biggest metro crowd in 3 years

The 15th season of MasterChef Australia on Ten launched to its highest premiere rating in three years, following a week’s delay after the passing of judge, Jock Zonfrillo.

The cooking talent show aired to 761,000 metro viewers last night, compared to 545,000 metro viewers in 2022 and 670,000 in 2021. However, the 2020 premiere episode remained at a high point with 1.228 million metro viewers.

Moreover, the 2020 season was the first one with new judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen, who took over after the original judges, Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston, left the show.

Despite being with the show since its inception, Mehigan, Calombaris and Preston were dropped by Ten because of “an inability to reach a commercial agreement” between the network and the trio.

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In news, Seven News on Sunday was the #1 metro program of the night with 1.004 million viewers, followed by Nine News 806,000 metro viewers.

Ten’s The Project, which aired a special tribute last night to MasterChef Australia’s recently passed judge Jock Zonfrillo, brought in 610,000 metro viewers.

This was a significant uplift to the show’s usual rating. As a comparison, The Sunday Project at 7pm aired to only 289,000 metro viewers last Sunday.

Meanwhile, The Coronation of King Charles III last Saturday on Seven pulled in 739,000 metro viewers, and the coronation ceremony coverage on Nine brought in 558,000 metro viewers.

Seven Network won the week ended 6 May with a 30.6% overall network share, followed by Nine with 27.6%, ABC with 18.9% and Ten with 15%. The top-rated primary channel of the week was Seven with 22%.

In Sunday overnights, Seven (27.5%) also pipped Nine (25.2%) in overall network share, followed by Ten with 24.3%.

In the latest Daily Consolidated 7 Total TV report for 30 April, Seven News last Sunday was the #1 program with 1.417 million metro viewers with a 3% uplift, and 34,000 on national BVOD.

The program with the biggest uplift of 31% was Midsomer Murders on ABC with 841,000 Total TV viewers and 63,000 on national BVOD.

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Graphs provided by Nine. 


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