Ratings: Seven wins Wednesday as MasterChef beats House Rules and Big Bang

The first group challenge of Ten’s MasterChef easily won its timeslot last night accounting for the renovators of Seven’s House Rules and geeks of Nine’s Big Bang Theory.

MasterChef’s 7.30 broadcast was watched by 966,000 metro viewers, down from 1.06 million the week before while House Rules’ audience slipped to 786,000 to narrowly beat the first episode of The Big Bang Theory.

Seven News grabbed the number one spot and helped Seven to an audience share of 29.1%. This was well clear of Nine on 24.7%, Ten with 21.6%, ABC’s 17.2% and SBS on 7.3%. Seven was also number one in the 25-54 age bracket while Ten won the 18-49 and 16-39 demographics.

Seven News (1,073,000 and 1,005,000), House Rules (786,000) and Home and Away (778,000) made the top ten for the night with The Chase next best for Seven rating 683,000 and 447,000. Later, Criminal Minds lost ground to 558,000 and 384,000 and Blindspot managed 171,000.

Nine News (1,059,000 and 1,018,000) and A Current Affair (971,000) did well for Nine but The Big Bang Theory disappointed with 764,000 for a new episode and 619,000 for the repeat that followed. The split schedule that followed saw 228,000 for the NRL Footy Show in Sydney and Brisbane and The Secret Life of The Zoo (198,000) and Tyke: Elephant Outlaw (117,000) in three markets. The afternoon quiz show, Hot Seat had 602,000 at 5.30.

Over on Ten, MasterChef topped the three advertiser-friendly demographic groups to lead the network’s Wednesday line-up. The Project continued its improved week with 649,000 and 484,000 while Family Feud saw 562,000 tune in and Ten Eyewitness News had 518,000. Later, Long Lost Family slipped to 464,000 and The Good Wife ended its long run with 266,000.

The return of Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell was the highlight of ABC’s night, drawing an audience of 692,000, on a par with last year’s results but up on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. ABC News earlier had 793,000 and 7.30 averaged 678,000. QI dropped this week to 535,000 and Comedy Showroom had 370,000.

For SBS, 24 Hours in Emergency (294,000) and The Story of China (284,000) did well while the early morning broadcast of the first Eurovision semi-final had just 37,000 watching.

In the afternoon, Nine’s 5pm Afternoon News had 350,000 after Nine’s Afternoon News averaged 217,000. For Seven, Seven News at 4.30 had 273,000 and Seven News at 4 had 259,000. Earlier, Nine News Now averaged 141,000 and The Daily Edition on Seven had 118,000.

In the morning, Nine Morning News averaged 129,000. Seven’s Morning News had 118,000 while a MasterChef Encore had 115,000 on Ten.

At breakfast, it was another win for Today with 365,000 ahead of Sunrise on 312,000 and ABC News Breakfast with 102,000 and 58,000.

See [Wednesday 11 May 2016] (Wednesday 11 May 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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