Heston gives Ten a ratings masterclass

18 July 2014

MasterChef Australia broke records for Ten last night – as the most-watched free-to-air show for the first time this series, and winning its biggest overnight audience in two years.

It was the first time Ten took the top spot in the overnight ratings since February 7, when it aired the Big Bash cricket grand final and won 1.150 million viewers.

In the final episode in Heston Week, the British chef helped the sudden-death elimination show on its way to 1.239 million viewers.

On top of that, the Masterclass with Heston Blumenthal, which aired immediately after the main program, finished in fourth spot with an audience of 1.051 million across Australia's five metro areas.

But that wasn't enough to bag Ten the biggest audience share of the night, according to preliminary overnight ratings figures from OzTam.

That title went to Nine, which took 28.2% of the audience share thanks to its news programs and The Footy Show, which was the ninth most-watched show with an audience of 821,000.

It was followed by Seven, with 24.7%, and Ten took the third biggest audience share at 23.9%.

Other than news shows, Seven's Home and Away made the top 10, in eighth spot with 886,000 viewers and The Big Bang Theory on Nine finished 10th, with an audience of 795,000.

Completing the top 10 was Nine News, second with 1.150 million viewers, Seven News, third with 1.080 million, Nine News at 6.30, fifth with 1.046 million, Seven's Today Tonight, sixth with 1.033 million, and Nine's A Current Affair, seventh with 922,000.

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