MasterChef helps Ten topple Nine

By By Alexandra Roach | 18 July 2012
Masterchef 2012 judges Matt Moran, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan.

Channel Ten has beaten Nine in last night's ratings battle, with MasterChef helping the network take out second place in terms of audience share for the evening.

Despite Ten taking the top show, Seven still managed to take the greatest audience share for the evening.

The reality cooking competition, which struggled against Nine's flagship shows The Voice and The Block during their run, won the night with 1.37 million viewers according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam.

Being Lara Bingle finished in eleventh place with 713,000 viewers, up from 650,000 last week.

Seven News came in second, with 1.31 million, beating Nine News, which came in third place with 1.23 million people tuning in.

Also above the million audience mark were Nine's A Current Affair with 1.05 million viewers,  ABC News with 1.03 million and Seven's Today Tonight with 1.02 million.

In seventh place was Seven's Winners and Losers, which dropped but stayed above the million mark with 1.01 million viewers.

Seven's Once Upon a Time came in ninth place with 917,000 viewers, down from last week's 936,000.

Other programs in the top 20 were Home and Away, World's Strictest Parents, Deal or No Deal (Seven), Joanna Lumley's Greek Odyssey, 7:30, Race to London (ABC1), Hot Seat, The Voice US (Nine), The Project and Ten News (Ten).

Across the main channels, Seven won the night with a 21.6% audience share, followed by Ten with 18.6%, Nine with 15.3%, the ABC with 12.1% and SBS with 5.3%.

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