Ratings: Offspring returns strong as MasterChef tops night

Ten’s Offspring was back last night after a two-year hiatus with a capital city audience of 965,000 its best launch episode since 2010.

It was the night’s second most watched non-news program and number two in the three younger demographic groups with MasterChef filling the number one spot for the second night in a row.

Overall, it saw Ten achieve its best Wednesday share of the 2016 survey with 23.9% while rivals Seven and Nine both scored 26.1%. ABC (17.5%) and SBS (6.5%) were both down on recent results.

Seven News was the number one bulletin for the night with 1,125,000 and 1,051,000 with Home and Away recording Seven’s next best result with 776,000. Later, Criminal Minds had 551,000 and 378,000 after Highway Patrol averaged 533,000 in four markets. The afternoon saw 679,000 tune into The Chase at 5.30pm after 473,000 watched at 5pm.

Meanwhile, Nine News rated 1,009,000 at 6pm lifting slightly to 1,017,000 at 6.30pm. A Current Affair at 7pm was down to 868,000 while David Attenborough’s The Hunt was fourth at 7.30 with 645,000. Later, The Footy Show was outside the top twenty in every market with 494,000. Hot Seat saw 585,000 fans tune in at 5.30.

MasterChef recorded its biggest 2016 audience for Ten with 1,197,000 to be the number one show of the night while Offspring was sixth. The Project was the network’s next best performer with 651,000 and 485,000 after Family Feud had 640,000 and Ten Eyewitness News 588,000. Madam Secretary later had 255,000.

Over on ABC, ABC News (773,000) and Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (681,000) made the top ten with The Chaser’s Election Desk (579,000) and Kitchen Cabinet (563,000) next best. Adam Hills The Last Leg then had 386,000 and Antiques Roadshow 312,000.

For SBS, 24 Hours in Emergency was it best title on 248,000 with Dan Snow’s History of Railways next best on 231,000.

At breakfast, it was a narrow win for Today with 301,000 just ahead of Sunrise on 299,000 and ABC News Breakfast with 99,000 and 42,000. Following, The Morning Show had 153,000 and Today Extra 137,000.

See [Wednesday 29 June 2016] (Tuesday 28 June 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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