Ratings: Soft launch for ABC’s Cleverman as MasterChef wins Thursday TV ratings

New Australian series Cleverman described by ABC as “epic genre drama” got off to a slow start last night, missing the top twenty programs with a metro audience of 452,000.

The debut did slightly better with younger audiences, rating eighteenth for the night with 25-54 year olds and came as the series was renewed for a second series by the producers.

Masterchef was the night’s stand out performer achieving its highest 25-54 commercial share of the year. It helped Ten score well with younger viewers as Nine topped the night in network shares with 27.1%. Seven grabbed second with 26.0%, Ten had 21.7%, ABC 19.1% and SBS 6.1%.

Nine News gave Nine’s its best result with 1,008,000 and 1,004,000 while A Current Affair slipped to 778,000 at 7pm. The NRL and AFL version of The Footy Show were both broadcast last night to a combined audience of 620,000 as RBT had 613,000.

Seven News was the number one news service with 1,007,000 and 1,071,000 with Home and Away steady on 746,000. With a split schedule, House Rules had 428,000 in two markets with The Big Bang Theory on 211,000 in three. A movie Ride Along averaged 244,000 while The Chase had 720,000 and 481,000 in the afternoon.

MasterChef was the night’s number one program with The Project (637,000 and 455,000) also doing well for Ten. Law and Order: SVU had 513,000 for a new episode and 356,000 for a repeat that followed. Earlier, Family Feud rated 589,000 and Eyewitness News had 487,000.

Meanwhile, ABC News (746,000) and 7:30 (678,000) were top ten performers for their network with Rake down slightly to 602,000 after lead-in Kitchen Cabinet shed 86,000 from the previous week to average 568,000. Cleverman (452,000) did better than a repeat of Utopia had the previous week.

Poh and Co. (218,000) and Made in Italy with Silvia Colloca (189,000) were best for SBS.

At breakfast, Nine’s Today had its first win of the week with 355,000 ahead of Seven’s Sunrise with 327,000.

See [Thursday 2 June 2016] (Thursday 2 June 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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