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FTA TimeShifted Top Programs

Rank Description Channel\
Market
Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 THE TIME OF OUR LIVES-EV Network ABC1 751,000 587,000 165,000
2 LAW & ORDER: SVU RPT Network TEN 618,000 513,000 105,000
3 ARROW -ENCORE Network 9 243,000 179,000 64,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 945,000 886,000 60,000
5 CATALYST-EV Network ABC1 753,000 700,000 53,000
6 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 1,290,000 1,242,000 47,000
7 WHAT REALLY HAPPENS IN BALI Network 7 528,000 482,000 45,000
8 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 689,000 645,000 45,000
9 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 250,000 206,000 44,000
10 THE MEN WHO MADE US SPEND-LE Network ABC1 399,000 359,000 40,000
11 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA – MASTERCLASS Network TEN 1,084,000 1,045,000 39,000
12 MIDSOMER MURDERS-PM Network ABC1 266,000 227,000 39,000
13 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 303,000 271,000 32,000
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 760,000 731,000 29,000
15 QI-6.30 Network ABC1 444,000 418,000 26,000
16 CRIMINAL MINDS-EP.3 (R) Network 7TWO 172,000 149,000 23,000
17 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 820,000 797,000 23,000
18 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 724,000 701,000 23,000
19 LUKE NGUYEN’S FRANCE Network SBS ONE 286,000 264,000 22,000
20 BORDER SECURITY: INTERNATIONAL Network 7 655,000 633,000 22,000

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FTA Top Programs

Rank Description Channel\
Market
(r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network TEN 1,171,000 353,000 434,000 167,000 94,000 123,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,151,000 351,000 415,000 241,000 57,000 87,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,084,000 318,000 359,000 241,000 82,000 84,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,065,000 234,000 250,000 231,000 155,000 195,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 931,000 219,000 249,000 203,000 115,000 146,000
6 GLASGOW LIVE (TEN) D1 EVENING Network TEN 911,000 279,000 304,000 149,000 75,000 105,000
7 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA – MASTERCLASS Network TEN 883,000 247,000 327,000 123,000 77,000 109,000
8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 876,000 273,000 258,000 181,000 81,000 82,000
9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 840,000 194,000 242,000 191,000 101,000 112,000
10 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 828,000 232,000 294,000 97,000 97,000 108,000
11 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 690,000 195,000 224,000 120,000 69,000 82,000
12 THE FOOTY SHOW Network 9 669,000 180,000 267,000 112,000 66,000 45,000
13 7.30-EV Network ABC1 645,000 197,000 193,000 101,000 77,000 78,000
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 642,000 183,000 218,000 122,000 61,000 58,000
15 HOT SEAT Network 9 624,000 199,000 199,000 138,000 34,000 55,000
16 THE TIME OF OUR LIVES-EV Network ABC1 616,000 168,000 198,000 89,000 91,000 70,000
17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 605,000 152,000 213,000 99,000 62,000 80,000
18 BORDER SECURITY: INTERNATIONAL Network 7 592,000 125,000 195,000 104,000 80,000 88,000
19 CATALYST-EV Network ABC1 580,000 140,000 176,000 111,000 78,000 74,000
20 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 574,000 153,000 168,000 89,000 73,000 90,000

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TV Talk is our daily general discussion thread at Throng.

Readers are invited to share their own thoughts and observations on television in Australia as we attempt to crowd source all the details around what is happening in the industry and beyond.

This includes, but is not limited to, breaking news, bloopers from live TV and anything a television personality posts on social media that might be of interest to other readers.

To participate, just add your comments below. Alternatively, you can always use the Tip Line.

Here’s the list of TV people with birthday’s today. Continue reading »

There is one more elimination until we get to the semi finals. It’s a pressure test where Emelia, Jamie and Brent will need to compete. Brent has all the advantage as he knows and hopefully has completed the recipes a lot of times the night before. It’s a dessert challenge from Sepia’s Martin Benn.

Emelia is good at dessert (show your skills!). Jamie however has done a hell of a good job in pressure tests so far surviving 5 of them. The dessert is ‘forest floor’. There’s a sorbet, some brown chocolate sticks, jelly, cream, cookie dough and a lot of other elements. They have 3 hours. Can you imagine cooking at full pressure for 3 hours? Darn.

Sorbet should be simple, according to Brent. You just have to hope that the ice cream machine works. It seems he has gone through the entire recipe once the night before and focussed on some elements that are harder. Brent put 4 grams of agar in his brandy jelly. I swear I heard it was suppose to be 3 grams. His jelly doesn’t turn out well as it’s all frozen wrong and cloudy, I bet it’s the agar! George even brings over Emelia’s jelly and says, look at what a terrible job you did compared to her! Brent has problems with his cream.

Emelia is hilarious. She has read the recipe and then said she’ll copy Brent’s order of things. What a sneak. Smart though. Martin is being awesome and helping. Her crumb is a little too high so she gets told to flatten it. Martin is so soft spoken and helpful. I like him. She’s pretty much on par with Brent. So apparently she’s an expert at tempering chocolate and has taught Brent and Jamie in the past. It’s nice but if you think about it, it’s silly since $250000 is on the line. Her chocolate skills are showing in recreating the sticks. Hers look a lot more controlled and less wobbly than Brent’s. She has even overtaken Brent just a tad! Her praline cream is not working though. First problem she had!

Jamie has not read the whole recipe! But hey, he has been in a lot of pressure tests so he knows what to do. He thinks he knows what to do. Dessert is really getting on his nerves though. Jamie’s cream is a little too liquidy. Martin comes over and tells him that his lavender cream should be thick before he gets to beating it. Martin is awesome in that he gives him tips to fix that. Not reading ahead has cost him. Gary talks Jamie through the tempering of the chocolate with the temperature. Tempering chocolate seems like such a huge PAIN. I don’t think I’ll ever do it. Jamie has problems with his lavender cream.

Everyone has problems with the cream. It just depends on who has the best quick fix for it. Brent adds gelatine and it stabilises! Emelia does the same and also whisks it over an ice bath. Success! Jamie however keeps whisking and whisking until he decides to give up and go on to plating.

The advantage really helped Brent. Without it he would’ve definitely had a lot more problems. Emelia was gun though. I am so impressed! There were no mishaps and she had fixed the one problem she did have. I won’t be surprised if her dish is better than Brent’s. The plating looks better than the others. Did Jamie seem extremely deflated to anyone else?

Judgement Time

  • Emelia: Everything is good except for the sorbet which is a little too aerated. The chocolate is tad too thick too, but sweet Martin said he was just nick-picking.
  • Jamie: The sorbet looks and taste amazing. No tempered chocolate snap. The cream looks split.
  • Brent: The presentation is not so good. Good sorbet and best mousse. The jelly is cloudy and mushy.

Emelia is definitely safe and I am happy. Go Emelia! For his bad chocolate and cream, Jamie is eliminated. Brent didn’t really take much advantage of his win yesterday but it has managed to save him. Jamie wants to open a cocktail restaurant. It sounds like a good idea because who doesn’t like cocktails! I think he’s going to open one in Sydney soon with himself as head chef. Good for him I say. I’m also stoked that it’s in Sydney.

It’s the top 3 I wanted! Yay! Emelia for the win! But I would be happy with any of them. What do you guys think of the top 3? Happy?

FTA TimeShifted Top Programs

Rank Description Channel\
Market
Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 OFFSPRING Network TEN 1,140,000 976,000 165,000
2 CRIMINAL MINDS-EP.2 Network 7 875,000 712,000 164,000
3 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 908,000 756,000 152,000
4 THE GOOD WIFE Network TEN 563,000 424,000 139,000
5 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION Network 9 387,000 302,000 85,000
6 QI-EV Network ABC1 644,000 581,000 63,000
7 MOTIVE Network 7 310,000 247,000 63,000
8 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION -RPT Network 9 315,000 252,000 62,000
9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 961,000 903,000 58,000
10 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 844,000 797,000 47,000
11 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA WED Network TEN 1,264,000 1,221,000 43,000
12 HEAD FIRST-EV Network ABC1 507,000 465,000 42,000
13 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 349,000 310,000 39,000
14 MIDSOMER MURDERS-PM Network ABC1 263,000 228,000 35,000
15 EXTANT LATE ENCORE Network TEN 150,000 115,000 35,000
16 LEWIS Network 7TWO 310,000 275,000 35,000
17 DRAGONS: DEFENDERS OF BERK-PM Network ABC3 160,000 127,000 34,000
18 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 240,000 206,000 34,000
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP3 Network 9 655,000 622,000 33,000
20 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 786,000 757,000 29,000

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