Ratings: MasterChef tops Thursday as NRL gives Nine overall win

The NRL clash between the Canberra Raiders and Brisbane Broncos drew large audiences in Sydney and Brisbane to help Nine to its third consecutive Thursday win in overnight TV ratings.

Ten’s MasterChef held onto its spot as the number one program as Shark Tank got off to a good start for its first Thursday instalment. That was bad news for Seven’s new US drama Rush Hour that flopped on debut with just 349,000. ABC’s Aussie drama Cleverman picked up almost 200,000 in consolidated numbers from last week’s debut but dropped 116,000 in overnight numbers with just 330,000 watching last night.

Nine’s audience share improved to 28.4%, well ahead of Seven that dropped to 24.2% last night. Ten also lifted with 22.8% of the audience while ABC dropped to 18.3% and SBS was steady.

Nine News (1,016,000 and 928,000) and A Current Affair (822,000) were Nine’s best performers. A spilt schedule then saw NRL with 447,000 in two markets and RBT with 299,000 in three. Later, the AFL Footy Show had 445,000 in preliminary figures. Hot Seat had 569,000 fans watching at 5.30pm.

Seven News (996,000 and 951,000) got Seven off to a good start with Home and Away the eighth most popular show of the night rating 721,000. Highway Patrol that followed managed 458,000 with Rush Hour’s two episodes rating 349,000 and 302,000. The Chase proved popular again with 409,000 tuning in at 5pm rising to 621,000 at 5.30pm.

Meanwhile, MasterChef topped the night’s viewing to be Ten’s best performer with The Project (612,000 and 488,000) and Shark Tank (607,000) also doing well. Earlier, Family Fued averaged 572,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 499,000 with Law and Order: SVU later with 319,000.

ABC News (791,000) and 7.30 (617,000) gained top ten places for ABC with Kitchen Cabinet slipping this week to 531,000. Rake was steady with 601,000 while Cleverman managed just 330,000.

Sugar Free Farm was SBS’s best result rating 213,000 with Poh and Co. (203,000) next best.

At breakfast Sunrise on Seven had 324,000 to just beat out Today on Nine that averaged 315,000.

See [Thursday 9 June 2016] (Thursday 9 June 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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