VOICE STAYS ON SONG AS TEN FIRES UP
Nine’s The Voice has held off a marauding MasterChef Australia to win their first reality TV ratings battle on Monday night.
While Seven’s news won the night, The Voice drew early blood with its second week of blind auditions, averaging 1.169 million viewers (five-city metro); with MasterChef making the top five, with 1.060m on its season return.
In a strong sign for Channel 10, the cooking series posted its best launch since 2015 – up five per cent on last year’s figures.
Opening the ninth season, MasterChef took the number one spot in key demographics, including 25-54s and under 55s.
Ten’s programming boss, Beverley McGarvey celebrated the result, telling Switched On: “we are delighted with how Australians have responded to the new season of MasterChef. This year’s contestants are remarkable, the food they produce is extraordinary and Gary, George and Matt do a wonderful job of guiding and mentoring the contestants. MasterChef is an important show for Ten and we cannot wait to bring the rest of the new season to viewers.”
In tonight’s episode, contestants get their final chance to qualify for the top 24, when punk pastry princess Anna Polyviou (below) sets them a “firecracker” dessert.