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THE RATINGS RACE: Week 5, when My Kitchen Rules creamed MasterChef

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<i>My Kitchen Rules</i> hosts Learner Driver (left) and Pete Evans

My Kitchen Rules hosts Learner Driver (left) and Pete Evans

To discuss who are the characters that define Australia, and whether Malcolm Turnbull should join Louie The Fly and Chopper Read, go to Oz archetypes.

To test how well you know 21st century Australia, go to The modOzquiz.

On Friday, Craig McLachlan made a big comeback in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, continuing an excellent year for the ABC.

ABBA revisited on <i>Real Humans</i> -- the best show on broadcast TV but pulling only 48,000 viewers at 9.30 on Saturdays.

ABBA revisited on Real Humans -- the best show on broadcast TV but pulling only 48,000 viewers at 9.30 on Saturdays.

On Wednesday, Australia's Abba addiction won the ABC its biggest audience for the year so far, and if you add the figure for Friday's repeat, you get 1.5 million for Bang A Boomerang (except that it was probably the same people watching a second time).

Meanwhile Ten's AACTA awards ceremony attracted the same level of enthusiasm as the average Australian movie.

My Kitchen Rules is beating the pans off Masterchef: The Professionals, which will have to wait for a recovery when viewers decide the MKR contestants are too annoying. Looks like Seven's publicity campaign proclaiming MKR as using "real people" (as opposed to experienced chefs) has worked. See the Monday and Tuesday charts, below.

Yippee, another excuse to run a pic of Agnetha

Yippee, another excuse to run a pic of Agnetha Photo: Gus Stewart

On Sunday, the climactic moments of the tennis final drew 2.2 million in the mainland capitals (go to The TV Australia loved to see how this figure compared with past tennis viewing records),  delivering a mighty serve (a tennis metaphor not a waiter metaphor) to MasterChef: The Professionals. on Monday My Kitchen Rules arrived to deliver the coup de grace (a swordfighting metaphor not a French dessert). On Tuesday MKR started breaking records, and MTP slipped further.

What Australia watched, mainland capitals

Description Total       Sydney           Melbourne     Brisbane         Adelaide         Perth

1          SEVEN'S TENNIS: 2013 AUST OPEN - MEN'S FINAL        Network 7      2,120,000      623,000         787,000         311,000         199,000            200,000

2          MY KITCHEN RULES-WED   Network 7      1,655,000      457,000         537,000         319,000         157,000         184,000

3          MY KITCHEN RULES-TUE    Network 7      1,645,000      481,000         503,000         306,000         165,000         191,000

4          PACKED TO THE RAFTERS  Network 7      1,419,000      389,000         440,000         272,000         147,000         170,000

5          MY KITCHEN RULES-MON   Network 7      1,385,000      418,000         406,000         266,000         142,000         153,000

6          SEVEN NEWS - SUN  Network 7      1,360,000      306,000         366,000         413,000         120,000         155,000

7          NINE NEWS SUNDAY            Network 9      1,344,000      351,000         347,000         409,000         78,000            158,000

8          TWENTY/20 - AUSTRALIA V SRI LANKA GAME 2 Network 9      1,281,000      377,000         424,000         188,000         163,000            129,000

9          NINE NEWS   Network 9      1,276,000      368,000         449,000         280,000         98,000            82,000

10       SEVEN NEWS Network 7      1,238,000      313,000         309,000         283,000         133,000         199,000

11       THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES   Network ABC1           1,176,000      301,000         403,000         174,000         152,000         146,000

12       SEVEN'S TENNIS: 2013 AUST OPEN - MEN'S FINAL PREVIEW   Network 7      1,158,000      277,000         404,000         279,000            108,000         91,000

13       TODAY TONIGHT      Network 7      1,135,000      316,000         282,000         260,000         115,000         161,000

14       SEVEN'S TENNIS: 2013 AUST OPEN - MEN'S FINAL PRESENTATION    Network 7      1,128,000      253,000         367,000         211,000            98,000            198,000

15       NINE NEWS SATURDAY       Network 9      1,043,000      290,000         397,000         201,000         79,000            76,000

16       A CURRENT AFFAIR  Network 9      1,041,000      291,000         362,000         221,000         77,000            89,000

17       BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS      Network 7      1,035,000      304,000         332,000         175,000         104,000         119,000

18       SEVEN NEWS - SAT   Network 7      983,000         301,000         194,000         230,000         82,000            175,000

19       ABC NEWS     Network ABC1           953,000         267,000         320,000         140,000         105,000         121,000

20       HOME AND AWAY     Network 7      930,000         276,000         236,000         204,000         103,000         111,000

21       ABBA: BANG A BOOMERANG            Network ABC1           924,000         278,000         262,000         141,000         119,000         126,000

23       MASTERCHEF THE PROFESSIONALS MON            Network TEN 892,000         293,000         304,000         143,000         76,000            77,000

24       THE PARADISE          Network ABC1           878,000         259,000         273,000         139,000         96,000            111,000

30       MASTERCHEF THE PROFESSIONALS TUES            Network TEN 730,000         216,000         236,000         143,000         66,000            70,000

31       MASTERCHEF THE PROFESSIONALS SUN  Network TEN 726,000         222,000         202,000         139,000         64,000            99,000

38       HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER            Network 7      635,000         177,000         160,000         115,000         77,000            106,000

39       PARENTHOOD           Network 7      626,000         184,000         218,000         106,000         38,000            81,000

40       NIGELLISSIMA           Network ABC1           616,000         169,000         216,000         83,000            54,000            94,000

43       ABBA: BANG A BOOMERANG RPT    Network ABC1           596,000         160,000         197,000         77,000            75,000            87,000

58       UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS      Network ABC1           518,000         132,000         148,000         85,000            68,000            86,000

69       AMERICAN IDOL FRI Network TEN 464,000         127,000         146,000         89,000            35,000            67,000

71       THE HOUR     Network ABC1           459,000         130,000         161,000         62,000            40,000            65,000

81       GLEE EP 2      Network TEN 413,000         114,000         128,000         90,000            37,000            44,000

90       GLEE   Network TEN 373,000         105,000         115,000         90,000            32,000            31,000

100     GRIMM           Network 7      345,000         122,000         78,000            54,000            40,000            51,000

112     AACTA AWARDS 2013          Network TEN 318,000         87,000            108,000         58,000            35,000            29,000

131     NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN      259,000         53,000            82,000            55,000            39,000            31,000

(OzTAM mainland capitals)

 

This is the daily update of The Sun-Herald's Who We Are column by David Dale, who teaches Communications at UTS, Sydney. He is the author of The Little Book of Australia - A snapshot of Who We Are (Allen and Unwin). For continuing conversation about Australian attitudes, bookmark The Tribal Mind.

10 comments so far

  • It wasn't actually that good tennis match. Djokovic was playing badly early on, the sets were slow and no one could break serve. Then unfortunately Murray's injuries overwhelmed him.

    With Djokovic, Murray and Nadal in the top 3 the grandslam semis and finals are all going to be long slow slugfests. The reforms of the past decades to stop servers holding appear to have come to nought. All it has done is make the play without variation and the rallies endless.

    The Revenge figures are for the last two sets of the tennis. 1.6m viewers didn't stay up late to watch a repeat of a recap of the last season of Revenge.

    Commenter
    Pertinax
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 28, 2013, 2:24PM
    • @Perinax: the measures to reduce 'big servers' influence on tennis have been very successful, hence the fact there are now long rallies (the opposite of a server focused game). Yes, the top 4 have great serves, but they have to have a lot more than a great serve to succeed. The key skill they need now is defence - the ability to stay in a point when you opponent is on top.

      Commenter
      ew75
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 3:20PM
  • Masterchef didn't do too badly considering the floods, cricket and MKR. It only lost 3% of 16-34s and 10% of 18-39s.

    MKR is popular because its contestants are carefully selected to be a mix annoying baddies and nice goodies.

    Commenter
    Pertinax
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    January 29, 2013, 12:03PM
    • I have never watched MKR. The ads are annoying enough. I don't need to watch to know I'll hate it. Besdies I watch MC and even though that is annoying sometimes too, I prefer the format. And I like the judges better. So Seven can keep their "real people:" Whatever that means. Frankly, I am getting a bit over cooking shows in general. And talent shows. And realtiy shows. In fact, the whole, cooking-realtiy-talent shows are past their use by date.
      I wouldn't care if I never saw any "reality" show ever again.

      Please networks, hurry up and stop advertising all the new shows coming and get on with it. I've had enough of Tennis, Cricket and various other sporting offerings and rubbish shows.

      The silly season is behind us, surely?

      Commenter
      em
      Date and time
      January 29, 2013, 12:09PM
      • So, I've missed the tennis, eh? Can I miss the cricket too, please? And the football (all codes, I'm not fussy).

        Got caught up last night watching "The Mindy Project", just because I was too lazy to surf away (and frankly the trailer looked fairly appalling, so I'm glad for my laziness). Good fun stuff. I think it was Channel Seven.

        Don't care about cooking contests, celebrity or otherwise.

        Hope everyone is surviving the deluge. Very happy to see some blue skies today in Sydney.

        Commenter
        tqd
        Date and time
        January 29, 2013, 4:54PM
        • Yes, I'll take 'MasterChef' over 'Ky Kitchen Rules' any day. MKR is bitchy and cheesy and aspires to nothing but more bitchiness and cheesiness.
          You have to admit though, that channel Seven seems to know something about Australians. I think "Australians" do prefer "real people" who are good enuff to get their heads on tellie but not good enuff to actually be good at anything. Not better than them, at least. Unfortunately, there's something satisfying in that.It's like Seven's made MKR specifically to cater to the tall poppy syndrome.

          Louis Theroux's 'The Ultra Zionists' (on Monday night) was excellent. Sad though. Frustrating.

          Commenter
          darren
          Date and time
          January 30, 2013, 6:57AM
          • MKR just smashing Masterchef now. Another silly scheduling idea from Ten?
            The Renovators vs The Block. I Will Survive vs The X Factor. They just don't learn.

            Commenter
            J Bar
            Date and time
            January 30, 2013, 12:28PM
            • Just heard something about Seven and Nine dumping some shows? Pity they don't dump Sunrise and Today. Especially Karl Krapanovic. That guy turns into more of a tool everyday, if that's even possible. If he gets another Gold Logie I will "chuck a mental". Really, I don't know why I even tune into the news on Today anymore. Why don't I learn my lesson and just watch the ABC instead? But no... I have to watch Nine whilst eating my brekkie. Silly me.

              This morning he really got my goat. He was interviewing the PM and was really getting agro with his questions. I suppose he thought he was asking the "tough" questions as he is a "real" journalist. But he just came across as a jerk. And a partisan one at that. He never asks Dear Tony hard questions. In fact, you can feel the love whenever he interviews TA. I don't have a problem with a real journalist (obviously not Karl!) asking hard questions of pollies but they need to do it with both sides and not be so obvious about which side of the politcal divide their on.

              And I suppose we have 9 months of this. I think I will have to go live in a cave till this is all over. Or I shall end up chucking something through the telly. "Real journalists" indeed.

              I guess I mourn for the days when a journalist actually did their job and reported both sides of an argument.

              Commenter
              em
              Date and time
              January 31, 2013, 2:35PM
              • *Holding hand up as one of the watchers of " ABBA: BANG A BOOMERANG" on Wed night* Well, ay least it was both entertaining and slightly informative LOL.

                Have been watching The Drum on News 24 and am becoming very impressed with the host's questioning abilities... and his fairness... oh yeah Steve Finnane?? ANyways..... that's enuff of politics til Tuesday morning.

                Highlight of each weeknight has been Craig Ferguson. Nothing like... oh bugger Missed Jinsey... shall have to pop over to iview..... life wasn't meant to be easy.

                Oppsssss

                Commenter
                Furlozza
                Date and time
                February 01, 2013, 2:46AM
                • It's really upsetting to see MKR beating Masterchef. MKR is such a poor show. Masterchef may be ageing a little, but it's a fantastic program and i'm enjoying the most recent incarnation.

                  Commenter
                  Chris
                  Location
                  Melbourne
                  Date and time
                  February 01, 2013, 2:08PM

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