TV Ratings May 10: MasterChef #1 in key demos, as Nine wins night with News and footy

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings.

• Queensland coffee roaster Brett McGrath the first person out of MasterChef
• MasterChef #1 in key demos, as Nine wins night with News, ACA, NRL


The final episode of Home and Away this week dropped only a little – after three nights around 700,000, the fourth episode did 674,000.

House Rules didn’t have a great debut week as the final of four episodes screened did 567,000. The viewers weren’t the only people underwhelmed by the new season – Mediaweek’s Andrew Mercado was harsh in his assessment in the new Mercado and Manning TV podcast out today.

The Front Bar did 252,000 across three markets with 183,000 in Melbourne, close to The AFL Footy Show in that market on 185,000.

Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang in The Front Bar


After three strong nights, the A Current Affair audience lowered to 785,000.

Live NRL did 468,000 across the metro markets on Nine and Gem with 252,000 in Sydney and 170,000 in Melbourne.

The Footy Shows did 414,000 with 103,000 in Sydney and 185,000 in Melbourne.


Keith Urban was promoting his new album on The Project with 546,000 watching.

MasterChef featured a fridge challenge – with three fridges being brought in from contestants’ homes! The first three competitors facing elimination had to cook a dinner party dish from whatever was in those fridges. Queensland coffee roaster Brett McGrath subsequently became the first contestant eliminated from the MasterChef Australia kitchen. The episode did 835,000, giving it a top five finish and ranking it the most-watched show after the Seven and Nine 6pm News.

The final episode of the first season of Show Me The Movie! then did 422,000 as the channel moved to renew the production for more episodes. (See separate announcement today).

Law & Order: SVU then did 236,000.


The Opposition Budget Reply got the 7.30 slot with 410,000 watching followed by 7.30 at 8pm with 362,000.

The channel has interrupted its Budget coverage this week with royal family docos and last night viewers were offered a repeat of Diana: Designing a Princess with 312,000 watching.

An episode of QI did 260,000 followed by Wentworth on 138,000.


A 7.30pm food special Destination Flavour Eurovision with Adam Liaw did 148,000.

The numbers climbed to 216,000 for The Handmaid’s Tale.

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