MasterChef Australia (5th – 882,000) benefits from the Thursday night free hit, though a delayed (for some states) House Rules (20th – 498,000) picks up nice numbers that would have helped on Wednesday. The Checkout (8th – 754,000) returns to full strength though will take a couple of weeks to ramp up the ratings love again as people realise the eps are all new once more. Top Gear (18th – 535,000) has effectively flatlined for Nine due to delayed broadcast, while Fargo (65th – 184,000) and Dirty Laundry Live (164th – 81,000) continue to be under-appreciated.

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 – Ch10
8:30pm: Call The Midwife – ABC1
9:30pm: Law & Order: SVU (rpt) – Ch10

Seven Network won the night (27.5%), followed by Nine Network (26.3%), Ten Network (21.9%) & ABC Network (18.8%).