Ratings: MasterChef return boosts Ten, Nine wins Monday

In a three-way reality tussle, Nine’s The Voice won the 7.30pm rating battle last night pulling in almost 1.17 million viewers, down slightly on the previous week.

It edged out Ten’s MasterChef where 1.06 million tuned in for the start of the ninth season. That was up from last year’s launch episode that averaged 1.01 million and a much-needed boost for the struggling network. It was also the number one program with the advertiser friendly demographic groups.

However, over on Seven House Rules disappointed as only 606,000 tuned in to the second night, down from the one million that watched this season’s debut episode on Sunday.

Nine posted a network share of 28.6% while Seven slipped to its lowest Monday audience of the survey with 26.0%. Ten had its best Monday share with 21.2% with ABC on 18.1% and SBS on 6.1%.

Earlier in the night, Nine News stayed above one million for both 30 minute segments with 1,068,000 and 1,057,000 while A Current Affair was the number one 7pm program with a season high audience of 1,016,000. Next best for the night’s number one network was Hot Seat with 550,000 and 327,000 with Brits Icon: Elton John later averaging 475,000 and Footy Classified on 135,000 in three markets. 9Life’s best result came from House Hunters with 117,000.

Seven News at 6pm was the night’s number one program with 1,201,000 falling to 1,111,000 at 6.30pm and 722,000 for Home and Away at 7pm. Later, Seven Year Switch was down to just 465,000 while Ramsay’s Hotel Hell managed 245,000. The afternoon’s The Chase hit a 2016 high of 750,000 at 5.30pm after 462,000 watched the 5pm segment. On 7Flix Grey’s Anatomy rated 66,000 and 61,000.

Meanwhile, Ten’s night also included The Project (653,000 and 424,000) and Family Feud with 409,000. Earlier, Ten Eyewitness News had 529,000 and later an encore of This Is Us rated 236,000. The final of The Biggest Loser that screened outside of primetime averaged 92,000.

ABC News made the top ten with 745,000 with good results for the rest of the line up including Australian Story (685,000), Media Watch (668,000) and Four Corners (607,000). Later, Q&A was a timeslot winner with 526,000.

SBS’s night was topped by SBS World News (171,000) and Colombia with Simon Reeve (147,000) while SBS Viceland’s best title was Scarface with 75,000.

Afternoon news results included Seven News at 4.30 (280,000), Seven News at 4 (242,000) and Nine Afternoon News (211,000) while at breakfast Today (307,000) had a rare win over Sunrise (304,000). The Morning Show on Seven then had 158,000 with 148,000 for Today Extra on Nine.

See Monday 1 May for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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