TV Ratings May 23: MasterChef #1, Blanche d’Alpuget on ABC, The Bar 500k+

• Blanche d’Alpuget interview with Leigh Sales a 7.30 highlight

Thursday Week 21 2019

• MasterChef gets its man: Blake the first bloke eliminated
• The Front Bar over half a million with Michael Long BOG
• Blanche d’Alpuget interview with Leigh Sales a 7.30 highlight

• Seven News 995,000/953,000
• Nine News 928,000/883,000
• A Current Affair 697,000
• ABC News 653,000
• 7.30 502,000
• The Project 268,000/488,000
• 10 News First 389,000
• The Drum 181,000
• SBS World News 127,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 268,000
• Today 205,000


The triple play of Home And Away episodes after 7pm helped the channel win another Thursday with over 600,000 across the 90 minutes.

The Front Bar then went to air in southern markets first with an audience of 512,000 – its best ever. The Melbourne audience was 339,000, up from 278,000 last week. Seven is trying to build the Sydney audience, but it was just 18,000 again. The key attraction last night was the wonderful Essendon great Michael Long who is now a true legend on and off the field. He has as many good lines as the program’s hosts. Santo Cilauro was also a great guest.

Britain’s Got Talent aired at different times too with 451,000 after 358,000 last week.


A Current Affair dipped just under 700,000 with a report on the “Mercedes mum”.

The NRL did 388,000 watching the Panthers win – 237,00 in Sydney and 124,000 in Brisbane.

Other markets saw RBT and Paramedics.


MasterChef Australia finally got its man! Contestant Blake became the first bloke eliminated in a cook-off overseen by Ottolenghi on the last night of Legends Week. The audience was 680,000, which was better than Nigella’s last appearance a week ago with 638,000.

Ambulance Australia then did 400,000.

Earlier in the night The Project 7pm was on 488,000.


A Blanche d’Alpuget interview with Leigh Sales was the highlight on 7.30 with 502,000 watching.

Escape From The City visited the Sunshine Coast with 411,000 after 405,000 a week ago.

The UK drama Press then did 208,000 for its FTA premiere.


Walking Britain’s Lost Railways did 168,000.

SBS News (127,000) and Mastermind (117,000) were the channel’s next best.

The miniseries Chimerica launched with a double episode with an average audience of 94,000.

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