Ratings: MasterChef on top again in close Wednesday ratings battle

It was another close contest in the battle for TV viewers last night as MasterChef again dominated on a night when Nine grabbed a narrow win.

Despite having no program over one million viewers Nine’s network share of 25.7% put it narrowly in front of Seven on 25.2%. Meanwhile Ten had the top rated main channel and drew 22.6% of the audience. ABC continued its good week with 18.5% and SBS also lifted to 7.8%

Offspring suffered a drop of 189,000 from the previous week’s premiere but still managed to win its timeslot. For Ten this was mitigated by The Project scoring its best 7pm audience this year while on ABC, _The Chaser’s Election Des_k was up 83,000 from last week’s low.

Nine News (992,000 and 932,000) was best for Nine, while A Current Affair slipped to third place at 7pm with 799,000. David Attenborough’s The Hunt (692,000) was up from last week while The Footy Show had 272,000 for the AFL version and 216,000 in NRL territory. The afternoon’s Hot Seat managed 519,000.

Seven News (1,160,000 and 1,046,000) was number one across its hour while Home and Away had a rare 7pm win with 825,000 that included a double episode in two markets and three episodes in Adelaide. Criminal Minds was steady on 550,000 with Border Security rating 532,000 and 435,000 in four markets. The Chase had 672,000 and 412,000 in the afternoon while Wimbledon managed 303,000 as a late addition to the line up.

MasterChef was the number one program of the night with 1,169,000 with Offspring in ninth position. Next best for Ten was The Project with 742,000 and 544,000 after Family Feud had 571,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 522,000. Later, Madam Secretary averaged 196,000.

ABC News (824,000) made the top ten with 7.30 next best for ABC with 726,000. Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell was even with recent results on 677,000 with The Chaser’s Election Desk improving to 655,000. Also on the network were QI (545,000) and Adam Hills The Last Leg (426,000).

Over on SBS, Byzantium: The Tale of Three Cities (274,000) and 24 Hours in Emergency (223,000) were best while later, Tour de France had 147,000.

Today scored a narrow win in the morning with 295,000 just ahead of Sunrise on 292,000 while ABC News Breakfast had 115,000 and 55,000. Later, The Morning Show had an audience of 180,000 while 127,000 were watching Today Extra.

See [Wednesday 6 July 2016] (Wednesday 6 July 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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