Ratings: Ten bites back as Shark Tank launches to 750,000

While the financial sharks are circling the Ten network, sharks of a different kind brought some good news on the ratings front last night with the premiere of this season of Shark Tank helping the network to its best audience share so far in the 2017 survey.

Shark Tank’s audience of 750,000 was the show’s best season premiere number and the second highest rating for the show ever, eclipsing all of last season’s results.

Combined with MasterChef’s 913,000 audience at 7.30, it helped Ten’s main channel into the number one spot and in a tight result helped secure second place overall in network shares.

Seven ranked first with 26.5% despite securing its lowest Tuesday number of the year with Ten on 25.9% and Nine with 23.8%. ABC was steady with 16.9% and SBS had 6.8%. Ten was the most popular network with younger audiences.

Seven’s night got off to a good start with Seven News winning the 6pm news battle with 1,083,000 and 1,048,000. At 7pm Home and Away lost ground from recent weeks, despite a heavily promoted episode, drawing 753,000 metro viewers. First Dates Australia then got a boost in its new earlier 7.30pm timeslot with 641,000 tuning in while First Dates UK that followed missed the top twenty with just 392,000. Later, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares managed 238,000.

MasterChef’s Heston Week continued through rural Victoria and with 913,000 was the night’s top entertainment show giving a good lead in to Shark Tank that followed with 750,000. Earlier, Ten Eyewitness News had 466,000, Family Feud 335,000 and The Project 593,000 and 356,000. NCIS: Los Angeles finished its season with 334,000.

Over on Nine, news was number one for the network with 1,069,000 and 1,014,000 while A Current Affair was the number one 7pm show with 826,000. 20 to One improved to 572,000 while Love Child was steady 509,000 and Operation Thailand that followed had 254,000.

ABC News (735,000) made the top ten and David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema ended with its best number so far on 619,000. Ask the Doctor was next best for ABC with 466,000 while Foreign Correspondent had 332,000 and Grand Designs News Zealand 245,000.

For SBS, Great Continental Railway Journeys (360,000) and Insight (248,000) were best.

At breakfast, Today (297,000) was ahead of Sunrise (289,000) but later, Seven’s The Morning Show had 140,000 to lead Nine’s Today Extra on 127,000 and Studio 10 with 84,000.

In the afternoon, Seven News at 4.30 had 207,000 after Seven News at 4 had 200,000 with Nine Afternoon News on 185,000. Later game show results saw The Chase on 621,000 and 394,000 with Hot Seat on 553,000 and 314,000. On Ten, The Bold and the Beautiful averaged 281,000.

See Tuesday 21 June for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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