TV Ratings May 20: MasterChef top non-news as Beat the Brigade Week ends


• Nine the top primary channel thanks to ACA and NRL

• The Front Bar on Seven outrates the NRL

Primetime News
Seven News 942,000/911,000
Nine News 910,000/888,000
ABC News 561,000
10 News First 313,000 (5:00pm)/ 209,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 147,000 (6:30pm) 1114,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 678,000
7.30 470,000
The Project 255,000 (6:3 pm)/453,000 (7pm)
The Drum 178,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 264,000
Today 187,000
News Breakfast 177,000

Late News
The Latest 301,000
Nine News Late Edition 99,000
ABC Late News 107,000


Nine was the top primary channel last night with 19.3% thanks to A Current Affair and the NRL.

A Current Affair had 678,000 viewers last night as the show discussed the effectiveness of Apple’s AirTag. 

The NRL had 327,000 tune in as the North Queensland Cowboys handily defeated the Newcastle Knights despite having two players sin-binned in the first half. The match was the #1 non-news program in both Sydney and Brisbane.


Seven was the top network last night with a share of 27.2% and also had the top multichannel in 7TWO with Father Brown being its top-rating show.

Home and Away was the top program on Seven last night after airing back-to-back-to-back episodes with an average of 557,000 viewers. 

The Front Bar had a higher metro audience than the NRL last night with 349,000 tuning in. The show was the #1 non-news program in Melbourne with 239,000 viewers.


MasterChef had 567,000 watch as Beat the Brigade Week concluded. The team of Justin, Pete, Amir and Sabina competed against St Kilda restaurant Stokehouse run by head chef Jason Staudt.

The challenge was colour themed with red for the entree, yellow for the main, and green for the desert. Unfortunately, the amateur cooks won the entree but lost the main and the desert portions, so they will be facing elimination on Sunday night.

The show was #1 in all key demos but was down slightly on last Thursday’s 572,000 viewers.

Earlier in the evening, The Project had 255,000 (6:30pm) and 453,000 (7:00pm) viewers, as the show discussed the governments approach to vaccinations and calls to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics.


Heather Ewart and Back Roads took 430,000 viewers to the Wimmera region and the towns of Rupanyup and Minyip.

This was followed by Q+A with 278,000 as the show discussed Australia’s border closures and the situation between Israelis and Palestinians on the Gaza strip.


The top program on SBS last night was a repeat of World’s greatest bridges with 154,000 viewers.

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