TV Ratings July 23: 10 drops MasterChef judges as season 11 wraps

• Nine screens third Ninja Warrior semi…wins ratings

Tuesday Week 30 2019

Landmark TV day of turmoil and triumph:
• Seven launches Tokyo 2020 as House Rules wraps
• 10 drops MasterChef judges as season 11 wraps
• Nine screens third Ninja Warrior semi…wins ratings

• Seven News 1,041,000/1,018,000
• Nine News 925,000/926,000
• A Current Affair 762,000
• ABC News 647,000
• 7.30 465,000
• The Project 320,000/551,000
• 10 News First 405,000
• The Drum 194,000
• SBS World News 132,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 282,000
• Today 201,000


The second evening of Home And Away this week was on 679,000 after 678,000 on Monday.

The Grand Final episode of House Rules revealed Pete and Courtney as the winners of $250,000 – plus a fully renovated home and garden. The final attracted an audience of 730,000 after 850,000 and 920,000 (winner announced) in 2018.

Andrew Denton’s Interview then featured his long-time friend and colleague Amanda Keller where most of the interest seemed to be just how annoyed was she with the Gold Logie winner’s acceptance speech. The episode did 507,000, which is the show’s biggest audience for some time.


Nine’s Tuesday combo, which was up against franchise grand finals on Seven and 10, won the night with Nine recording primary and combined channel share victories.

A Current Affair featured angry tradies chasing a developer for payment and then it looked at Instagram’s decision to stop counting “likes”. After 830,000 on Monday, the Tuesday episode did 762,000.

The last of the three Ninja Warrior semi-finals then screened with much interest around the performances of Olivia Vivian and her boyfriend Ben Polson. Both are seasoned Ninja contestants and Olivia is through to Sunday’s Grand Final while Ben failed to finish the course last night.

The first two semis did 998,000 and then 942,000. The third semi pulled a crowd of 887,000.

The 2017 movie The Hitman’s Bodyguard followed with 301,000.


What a strange night it was on 10. The afternoon announcement that 10 was not renewing the contracts of the MasterChef judges came just hours before the 2019 final was to air.

Matt Preston was booked for an appearance on The Project and it looked like he would be honouring that commitment, but just before he was to appear, the hosts introduced 10 showbiz editor and Studio 10 co-host Angela Bishop who spoke about the reality TV bombshell. The Project was on 551,000 after 512,000 on Monday.

Larissa Takchi then became the youngest winner in MasterChef Australia history, crowned victorious at just 22 years old with a score of 85/90 following the Grand Final of the competition.

Larissa beat fellow competitors Tessa Boersma and Simon Toohey, taking home not only the MasterChef Australia title and trophy, but a cash prize of $250,000 to kick-start her food dream, a monthly column in food magazine, delicious, and a top of the range Holden Equinox.

Coming in second place with a score of 77/90, criminal statistician Tessa Boersma, 27, from Queensland, was awarded $30,000 courtesy of Canstar to help achieve her food dream.

Cocktail barman Simon Toohey, 32, from Victoria, landed in third place with a score of 65/90, securing $20,000 courtesy of Canstar.

The guest list at the final was a who’s who of the dwindling MasterChef Australia family, comprising of some of the best chefs in the world including Curtis Stone, Kirsten Tibballs, Maggie Beer, Jock Zonfrillo, Darren Purchese and Donovan Cooke plus MasterChef royalty Julie Goodwin, Andy Allen, Brent Owens, Diana Chan and Sashi Cheliah. The MasterChef were also present – Matt Sinclair, Billie McKay and Poh Ling Yeow. Could any of them be a judge next year?

The MasterChef Grand Final did 887,000 for the first part and then lifted to 992,000 for the Winner Announced. The numbers for the 2018 final were 1.12m and then 1.31m for Winner Announced. Contrary to some commentary around the show is not a ratings basket case and continues to deliver very competitive demos to the advertisers.

An encore screening of My Life Is Murder then did 178,000.


Ask The Doctor did 340,000 at 8pm.

The doco Pangolins then did 286,000 followed by Brian Cox: The 21st Century Race for Space did 201,000.


Insight did 219,000 after 8.30pm.

It was preceded by another repeat episode of Who Do You Think You Are? with 125,000 watching the David Wenham story.

After 9.30pm 141,000 watched Stage 16 of the Tour de France.

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