Ratings: AFL fans in Melbourne give Seven Thursday win as MasterChef leads elsewhere

Seven won Thursday night’s ratings thanks largely to the 381,000 AFL fans in Melbourne who tuned into last night’s clash between Hawthorn and Sydney.

Elsewhere, MasterChef’s California week elimination episode recorded in Curtis Stone’s Maude restaurant also proved popular with a metro audience of 972,000 at 7.30pm where the program won its timeslot and topped the key demographic groups.

Seven’s network share of 31.1% was down from last Thursday’s high but well clear of Nine (23.6%), Ten (21.8%), ABC (16.4%) and SBS (7.1%).

Seven’s 6pm news bulletin also did well topping the night on 1,024,000 while 843,000 were watching at 6.30 in four markets while Home and Away screened in three cities to a combined audience of 432,000. The AFL had 483,000 on Seven’s main channel in two cities and 169,000 on 7Mate in three, where Perth had the best result with 79,000 while Sydney had 58,000 and Brisbane 32,000. Elsewhere, The World’s Best Metro had 288,000 and The Big Bang Theory 184,000. Earlier, The Chase had 637,000 and 416,000 fans.

Nine News (1,108,000 and 1,007,000) and A Current Affair (775,000) gave Nine its best results with RBT that followed slipping to 547,000. The Footy Show scored 238,000 fans in NRL markets with Titanic averaging 141,000 in AFL territory. Earlier, Hot Seat averaged 601,000 at 5.30pm.

Over on Ten, MasterChef on 972,000 was followed by a MasterClass special with 668,000. Earlier, The Project improved to 694,000 and 495,000 while Family Feud had 548,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 489,000. Later, Law and Order averaged 350,000.

The premiere of UK drama New Blood could only manage 463,000 on ABC, well down of the results for Rake in the same timeslot. Earlier, ABC News made the top ten with 784,000 with 7.30 on 607,000 and QI managing 452,000. Antiques Roadshow was next best for the network with 309,000 while Barracuda managed 172,000 in replay.

Tour de France (196,000) was the best title for SBS as the network’s earlier programs struggled against the competition last night with World’s Best Diet on 183,000, Poh and Co. with 169,000 and Made in Italy with Silvia Colloca 132,000.

Breakfast TV saw a big win for Nine’s Today on 318,000 as Sunrise saw its audience fall to 270,000.

See [Thursday 14 July 2016] (Thursday 14 July 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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