Zero expectations that an epic 2.5 hour MasterChef Australia (ep1: 7th – 926,000; ep2: 4th – 999,000) would do well, but it was again the highest non-News for the night – BOTH EPS! Also thumped Reno Rumble (9th – 766,000) and House Rules (13th – 655,000), the latter starting to look decidedly terminal (though it won’t be cancelled).

Timeslot winners (nationally):
6:00pm: Nine News – Ch9
6:30pm: Nine News 6:30 – Ch9
7:00pm: A Current Affair – Ch9
7:30pm: MasterChef Australia (ep1) – Ch10
8:30pm: MasterChef Australia (ep2) – Ch10
9:30pm: Downton Abbey – Ch7

Nine Network won the night (28.4%), followed by Seven Network (26.3%), Ten Network (23.6%), ABC Network (16.2%) & SBS (5.6%).