Ratings: Royal appearance a ratings winner for MasterChef

Channel Ten’s MasterChef recorded its second biggest audience of 2018 and its best Wednesday of the season for the appearance of Prince Charles pulling in a capital city audience of 922,000. The result was well clear of reality rival House Rules on Seven with 748,000 and Nine’s American sitcom Young Sheldon (580,000 and 483,000) and ABC’s 7.30 with 566,000.

Overall, the Seven Network won the night with 29.4%, it best Wednesday since the end of My Kitchen Rules; Nine slipped to 24.0%, its lowest Wednesday of the year while Ten recorded its best in-survey Wednesday result since October 2017 with a network share of 21.3%. ABC was steady with 17.4% while SBS slipped to 7.8%.

Seven’s night got off to a good start with Seven News topping last night’s survey on 1,035,000 and 999,000. Home and Away that followed managed 696,000 with House Rules next on 748,000. Later, Modern Family had 316,000 and 238,000 with Day 3 of Wimbledon on 216,000 for the early session. In AFL markets, The Front Bar averaged 278,000 including 182,000 in Melbourne where it ranked fifteenth for the night.

Nine’s evening started with Nine News (925,000 and 943,000) and A Current Affair (823,000) doing well. The season final of Young Sheldon was down to 580,000 with a repeat that followed on 483,000. A split schedule then saw Britain’s Got Talent with 188,000 in Sydney (101,000) and Brisbane (87,000) and The Footy Show on 196,000 in southern states including 136,000 in Melbourne to rank twentieth in that market.

Meanwhile, MasterChef’s midweek audience of 922,000 again topped the younger demographic groups with Instinct that followed also a timeslot winner with 450,000. Later, Madam Secretary had just 189,000. Earlier, it was Ten Eyewitness News (431,000), Family Feud (322,000) and The Project (502,000 and 322,000).

Gruen concluded its 2018 season on ABC with 688,000 with lead out The Weekly with Charlie Pickering on 575,000, both dropping from previous weeks. Next best for the public broadcaster were Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (505,000), Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise (505,000) and Adam Hills: The Last Leg (218,000).

Best for SBS was Robson Green’s Australian Adventure (246,000) with the the World Cup Eng v Col on 180,000 and Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist on 150,000.

The afternoon saw Seven’s The Chase on 643,000 and 392,000 up against Nine’s Hot Seat with 536,000 and 320,000. Seven Afternoon News at 4.30 was the top rated news program with 222,000. Earlier, Sunrise with 258,000 was ahead of Today on 235,000.

See Wednesday 4 July 2018 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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