MasterChef Australia finale hits 2m viewers

Mariam Cheik-Hussein
By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 21 July 2020

MasterChef Australia’s season finale was the highest rating program last night, reaching two million national viewers.

The reality cooking show, aired in two parts, reached 1.523 million metro viewers for the Winner Announced segment and another 477,000 regional viewers.

The Grand Finale Part 2 segment reached 1.261 million metro viewers and another 383,000 regional viewers.

The current season wrapped up on a higher note than last year, which drew in under one million metro viewers. It was the last season before long-time judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris departed amid controversy over Calombaris’ underpayment of staff.

Last night Ten also confirmed it will be bringing back new judges Jock Zonfrillo, Melissa Leong and Andy Allen for the first season of Junior MasterChef Australia in nine years.

Ten says last night’s figures represent the biggest audience for The Winner Announced segment since 2016 and the biggest entertainment audience for the year. Average total audience for the season was 1.11 million viewers, up 46% year-on-year.

“Again we have seen audiences and brands engage in another highly compelling season,” says Network 10 and ViacomCBS chief sales officer Rod Prosser.

“The advertiser integrations across the show, proves the credibility and influence of the MasterChef Australia brand in the Australian psyche.”

MasterChef Australia was followed by Seven News in ratings, with Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention? and Seven’s Big Brother the only other non-news programs to make it in the top 10 programs, reaching 771,000 and 712,000 viewers respectively, according to Oztam.

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