• Peter V’landys helps Nine win Thursday as NRL returns
• Reynold’s bombshell dessert: Wins immunity and the timeslot
Seven News 1,102,000/1,029,000
Nine News 1,063,000/1,011,000
ABC News 801,000
A Current Affair 735,000
The Project 366,000/559,000
10 News 392,000/242,000
The Drum 250,000
News Breakfast 205,000
SBS World News 193,000
Seven: Home and Away ended the week on 524,000 with another three episodes after three nights over 650,000.
The 2011 movie Crazy, Stupid, Love then did 202,000.
Nine: A Current Affair stayed above 700,000 with 735,000.
Nine can thank Peter V’landys for pushing hard for the return of NRL as the reduced rights deal was only revealed moments before the first returning match. The match did 535,000 in Sydney and Brisbane. Add in Gem and the number climbs to 619,000, but there seems to have been a modest hunger only for the returning sport in non-NRL markets.
10: Even though he has had a few “off” cooks recently, when he is at his best it is hard to imagine Reynold not winning MasterChef 2020. He really blitzed the other four fighting for immunity last night and the minute his dish was shown near its completion on his bench it looked like a winner. The next elimination will be tough as there is only real quality left in the show. The Thursday episode did 960,000 after 985,000 a week ago.