• Thursday night NRL helps secure Nine’s fifth consecutive win of the week
• Despite Sam Newman tanty, Front Bar back on top of Footy Show
• MasterChef reveals semifinalists then final Masterclass: Judges v Top 3
Home and Away wrapped its week on 669,000.
The network audience then dropped to 497,000 for Builders Make You Laugh Out Loud.
The Front Bar outrated The Footy Show in Melbourne – 177,000 to 155,000.
All Round To Mrs Brown’s then did 375,000 – screening at different times across the network.
A Current Affair had a second night under 900,000.
NRL Live then did 433,000 for a very one-sided clash with 211,000 in Sydney and 222,000 Brisbane.
The AFL Footy Show did 155,000 and was again overrun by The Front Bar on 177,000. Although The Footy Show was outplayed in the first hour, it kicked ahead of all channels in its second hour as word spread about Sam Newman‘s performance.
Highlight of the night on the AFL Footy Show though was Rex Hunt and Drew Morphett moonlighting as Seven AFL commentators.
Nine managed to easily win the night in both Sydney and Melbourne.
MasterChef viewers were treated to what were perhaps the best two hours of the season with the contest to see who would join Ben in the top three on Sunday night followed by the final Masterclass of the season. Diana and Karlie will now take on Ben after their dishes were judged superior to Tamara‘s. It was almost a no-brainer after the judges tucked into Tamara’s dessert and George didn’t prolong the announcement confirming her elimination. The Masterclass featured the judges cooking against each other before there was a judges v final three contest. A surprise addition to the judges’ team was Curtis Stone. The Thursday episode did 980,000 and then the Masterclass did 841,000. The Thursday MasterChef audiences were the biggest this year.
The long night of MasterChef pushed Common Sense to after 9.30pm, where it averaged 228,000, well down on 342,000 for its earlier start last week.
The channel launched the medical drama Pulse with 512,000 watching – 150,000 in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Cleverman then did 136,000.
Lots of spectacular mountain scenery was the backdrop for Le Tour de France stage 18 with 241,000 watching.
Earlier in the night Great British Railway Journeys did 325,000, Rachel Khoo was on 220,000 while Family Law dropped to 99,000.