TV Ratings March 15: MasterChef hits 1m+ for third night

• Best of the rest: Hard Quiz, Home and Away, Mad as Hell

• MasterChef hits 1m+ for third night, 10’s big Wednesday

Wednesday news highlights
Seven News 1,316,000/1,251,000
Nine News 1,094,000/1,039,000
ABC News 951,000
7.30 752,000
A Current Affair 735,000/597,000
The Project 422,000/667,000
10 News 512,000/352,000
Sunrise 303,000
Nine News COVID-19 402,000
Planet America 298,000
The Drum 269,000
ABC News Breakfast 258,000
Today 234,000
The Latest 201,000
SBS World News 188,000
The Morning Show 186,000

Nine: The channel managed to slip ahead of the channels running their reality franchises this week (although Seven didn’t screen House Rules last night) and win the night. Securing that victory was an hour of A Current Affair followed by Paramedics on 522,000.

Seven: No House Rules last night with Home and Away following the news with 657,000. Seven then showed the double episode Modern Family series finale to a modest turnout of 315,000.

10: The Project was back under 700,000 after a standout Tuesday result. MasterChef is maintaining its momentum with 1.032m following the new format. The team that lost of Tuesday, 12 contestants, don’t seem to be cooking again until next Sunday. That’s a long time off the show and a long time until the first elimination. But viewers are clearly liking what they are seeing so far. This was the biggest episode three since 2012.

ABC: Hard Quiz was just over 700,000 and Mad as Hell just under.

SBS: The start of a new show from the Tony Robinson TV factory is always good news for SBS viewers. The first episode of Britain’s Cathedrals visited York Minster and had an audience of 298,000.

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