MasterChef and Commonwealth Games cook up a rare victory for Ten

By (incomplete) | 25 July 2014
Anna Meares rides to Gold for Australia at the Commonwealth Games

A stellar show from MasterChef Australia and just shy of a million people tuning in to see the first day of the Commonwealth Games saw Ten claim victory as the most-watched free-to-air channel last night.

Channel Ten won 20.4% of the audience share across Australia's five metro areas, while the network as a whole took 31.4%.

Nine Network was next, with a share of 24%, and Seven followed with 22.7%.

MasterChef Australia's main program won 1.171 million viewers, ranking it in the top spot, and its Masterclass show, which aired immediately afterwards, won an audience of 833,000.

The first day's coverage of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which aired on Channel Ten after MasterChef Australia, pulled in 911,000 viewers.

Seven's Home and Away was the only other non-news program to make the top 10, according to preliminary overnight ratings figures from OzTam, winning 840,000 viewers, which put it in ninth position.

Nine News was the most-watched news show, in second spot with an audience of 1.151 million. It was followed by Nine News at 6.30, with 1.084 million.

Completing the top 10 was Seven News, fourth with an audience of 1.065 million, Seven's Today Tonight, fifth with 931,000, Nine's A Current Affair, eighth with 876,000, and ABC News, 10th with 828,000.

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