MasterChef: The Professionals, from left, judge Marco Pierre White, finalist Rhett Willis, victor Rhys Badcock, finalist Sarah Knights and judge Matt Preston.
When three big reality TV show franchises like The Block, MasterChef and The Biggest Loser collide in the schedule they usually do so with a bang.
In a sign of the times, the three collided in last night's schedule - albeit in different time slots - with what sounded more like a muffled thump.
The cast of The Block: All Stars. Photo: Supplied
The Block, having built its audience up from a soft launch earlier this year, was the undisputed winner, with 1.57 million viewers.
The finale for the debut series of MasterChef: The Professionals drew 980,000 viewers.
The "winner announced" segment of MasterChef, which is "coded" with the ratings measurement agency OzTam as a separate program, drew 1.02 million.
The debut of The Biggest Loser: The Next Generation drew 815,000 viewers.
Though those numbers seem a little soft in historical terms, there will be smiles all round this morning.
The Block's result is rock solid. And Ten's results, in the context of the network's presently sluggish performance overall, are also strong.
Ten's Formula One world championship coverage drew 1.23 million viewers. It peaked at 1.47 million.
But in a telling lesson of "slow and steady wins the race" Seven actually won the night, off the back of a solid run of consistently strong programs.
Seven's lineup included Sunday Night (1.08 million viewers), Border Patrol (1.01 million), The Force (1.18 million) and Downton Abbey (1.28 million).
Seven won overall with a 22.4 per cent share.