MasterChef and Offspring score for Ten

By By Wenlei Ma | 12 July 2012
Masterchef 2012 judges Matt Moran, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan.

Ten was just pipped for the audience share crown last night with strong performances from MasterChef and the season finale of Offspring.

MasterChef was the most watched program on Wednesday night with 1.33 million metro viewers tuned in, according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam. The series finale of local drama Offspring attracted 1.08 million viewers.

Ten valiantly fought the battle for overall audience share winner and missed out by 0.8% to Seven. Unusually, both portions of The Project made the top 20 list yesterday.

Seven comedy Mrs. Brown's Boys commanded 1.10 million viewers and was ranked fourth overall while Australia's Got Talent garnered 918,000 viewers in 10th spot.

The Voice US on Nine continued its downward spiral on its third night since its soft debut on Monday. Yesterday, it was watched by 584,000 people and was ranked 16th.

Nine's Tricky Business, now in the later 10pm timeslot, managed only 311,000 viewers and was behind SBS' Tour de France coverage which was broadcast at the same time.

Other programs in the top 20 were Seven News, Nine News, Today Tonight (Seven), A Current Affair (Nine), Home and Away (Seven), ABC News, Ten News, Hot Seat (Nine), 7.30 (ABC), Deal or No Deal (Seven), Myf Warhurst's Nice (ABC), QI (ABC) and House (Ten).

Across the main channels, Seven narrowly won the night with 21.0% of audience share, followed by Ten with 20.2%, Nine with 13.9%, the ABC with 10.1% and SBS had a robust 8.6%.

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