TV Ratings July 16, 2023: An emotional tribute to Jock Zonfrillo and the winner is crowned on MasterChef

Jock Zonfrillo MasterChef Australia 2023

Three eliminated during Dancing with the Stars: Semi-Final

• Carlos Alcaraz beats Novak Djokovic in Men’s Wimbledon final on Nine
• 1.2 million tune into Day Four of third Ashes Test Match in Total TV
• 1 million watch Dancing with the Stars in Total TV

Total TV Ratings, July 9

1,203,000 watched Session One, Day Four of the third Ashes Test match on Nine, up 21%. 359,000 tuned in for the Pre-Match, up 11% while 704,000 watched Lunch, up 22% and 657,000 watched Session Two, lifting 26%. 

1,034,000 tuned in for Seven’s Dancing with the Stars as Human Nature’s Phil Burton, actress Virginia Gay and Better Homes & Garden’s Charlie Albone faced their first elimination with Albone twirling himself from the competition.

778,000 viewed 10’s MasterChef Australia as Brent, CathRhiannon and Theo cooked off in an elimination round, while fan-fave Declan was safe in the gantry. Up 25%.

Overnight TV Ratings, July 16

Primetime News
Seven News 838,000 (5.00 pm) / 837,000 (6.00 pm)
Nine News 837,000 (6.00 pm) / 147,000 (9.30 pm)
ABC News 543,000
10 News First 176,000 (5:00 pm)/ 156,000 (6:00 pm)
SBS World News 179,000 (6:30 pm)/ 109,000 (7:00 pm)

Daily Current Affairs
60 Minutes 556,000
The Sunday Project 174,000 (6:30pm) / 279,000 (7pm) 
Insiders 367,000

Breakfast TV
Weekend Sunrise 202,000
Weekend Today 166,000
Weekend Breakfast 138,000

Seven has won Sunday night with a primary share of 21.1% and a network share of 28.4%. 9Gem has won multi channels with an 3.2% share.

614,000 began their evening with Seven’s Dancing with the Stars: Semi-Finals. With the judges and audience votes combined, Gavin Wanganeen, Issa Shultz and James Magnussen were eliminated; while Paulini Curunevali was sent straight through to the Grand Finale. Then, 351,000 watched 7News Spotlight as Michael Usher was with Dr Charlie Teo as he learned his fate about his professional misconduct charges. No question was off limits as he was forced to confront the controversy surrounding his work. 

Earlier in the afternoon, Geelong took on Essendon in the VFL. The Cats beat the Bombers finishing 18.14 (122) to 7.3 (45) in front of 189,000 viewers.

Nine’s 60 Minutes (556,000) investigated why the Titan submersible catastrophe should never have happened as well as Aussie Ange Postecoglou’s tough new job in English football and also covered the confessions of a serial scammer. Then, 337,000 watched The Murder of Lyn Dawson. The episode covered Lynette Dawson’s loved ones as they unsuccessfully pushed for her disappearance to be properly investigated. 234,000 also watched Charlie Teo Investigation, which also looked at Teo’s unsatisfactory professional conduct charges. 253,000 then stayed on for WimbledonMen’s Final 2023 between world number one Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) and world number two, Novak Djokovic (SRB). Alcaraz was victorious, securing his second major title in a 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Dolphins took on the Panthers with Penrith beating Recliffe 24 – 14 in front of 264,000.

On 10The Sunday Project (174,000 (6:30pm) / 279,000 (7pm) ) welcomed comedian Oliver Twist and the first original supermodel, Lauren Hutton to the desk. Hutton left viewers shocked as she swore on live TV and jokingly flirted with presenter Michael Hing. Then, on MasterChef Australia, 614,000 tuned into the Grand Finale. After 49 episodes, Brent Draper was crowned the winner — with 698,000 watching the official announcement — taking home $250k in prize money. According to Ten, the episode averaged 1,039,000 national viewers, including metro, regional and live stream. Even though Draper came out on top (after an epic Pressure Test recreating Dessert Masters’ Amaury Guichon’s intricate Pocket Watch creation), it was undoubtedly his son Alfie who stole the show, cheering on his dad — and sometimes Draper’s competitor “Rhi Rhi” Rhiannon Anderson — from the gantry. Following the episode, a tribute to the late Jock Zonfrillo was played with clips from his time in the MasterChef kitchen. “For the last time, go home, make yourselves a cup of tea, put your feet up, be kind to each other and we’ll see you back here tomorrow,” Jock said in the video. The emotional montage finished with a cast and crew photograph and the words, “Give it up for Jock Zonfrillo”, a nod to the infamous quote he uttered after every elimination. 

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160,000 watched ABC’s Compass which put a spotlight on how using psychedelics to treat depression and trauma has just become legal in Australia. Restoration Australia then followed with 417,000 tuning in to see Anthony Burke meet self-confessed “architecture nerds” Annette and Michael Pitman who own the smallest of all the Walter Burley Griffin-designed houses in Castlecrag. 384,000 then watched the premiere of the new drama Bay of Fires starring Marta Dusseldorp.

Earlier, 84,000 tuned in for a repeat of Bluey. While Grandad was supposed to be resting, Bluey and Bingo’s visit turned into mayhem, forcing him to make a run for it with a madcap adventure into the bush.

The highest-rating non-news show on SBS was Hindenburg: The Cover Up. The series took a look at how airships were considered the leader in worldwide luxury transportation from the early 1900s to the 1930s; however, its beginnings were much more sinister. 120,000 tuned in.

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