Ratings: Ten lifts to 2016 high on back of NCIS final; wins Tuesday

Last night’s season thirteen final of NCIS that featured Michael Weatherly’s final episode helped lift the Ten network to its best result of the 2016 survey and first place in the overnight ratings.

With an estimated metro audience of 893,000 viewers, it was NCIS’s highest audience since February 2012 and together with another dominant showing by MasterChef saw the network gain 26.1% of the TV audience. Seven was second with 24.8% just ahead of Nine’s 24.0% with ABC dropping to 16.5% and SBS pulling a solid 8.6% share.

MasterChef was the night’s number one entertainment title drawing 1.06 million to the third California-week episode as well as being the top program across key demo groups. NCIS finished in sixth place overall with 893,000 with the NCIS team in Los Angeles attracting their biggest audience since June 2014 rating 581,000. Earlier, The Project continued its good run with 712,000 and 496,000 while Family Feud saw 640,000 tune in and Ten Eyewitness News had 501,000. A later NCIS Los Angeles repeat had 261,000.

Meanwhile, Seven’s result was its lowest Tuesday share of this survey. Despite that, Seven News (1,193,000 and 1,117,000) was the top bulletin for the night while Home and Away managed 774,000 at 7pm. The latest instalment of Make You Laugh Out Loud dropped to 721,000 last night but still managed second place at 7.30 while Winners and Losers also lost viewers to average 551,000 with Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares later rating 230,000. The afternoon’s The Chase saw 709,000 watching at 5.30pm and 453,000 at 5pm.

Over on Nine, Nine News (1,070,000 and 966,000) and A Current Affair (845,000) made the top ten while Britain’s Got Talent was steady with 621,000. The movie The Castle then managed 331,000 with Hot Seat on 624,000 in the afternoon.

ABC’s line up included ABC News (842,000) in the top ten with 7.30 next best on 662,000. A week of negative headlines saw Catalyst shed 149,000 week-on-week to average 552,000 last night while How to Stay Young saw its audience drop to 530,000. Next best for the broadcaster was Antiques Roadshow with 323,000.

Great Railway Journeys continued to perform for SBS with 360,000 watching last night while Insight had 269,000 and Dateline 204,000. Later, Tour de France had 172,000.

Early risers preferred Nine’s breakfast show Today that averaged 301,000 ahead of Sunrise on Seven with 287,000. The lead then reversed with following programs as Seven’s The Morning Show had 176,000 ahead of Today Extra on Nine with 161,000 while Studio 10 had 71,000.

See [Tuesday 12 July 2016] (Tuesday 12 July 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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