It was only a month ago when all eyes were turned to the looming network ratings battle between the three commercial rivals Seven, Nine and Ten on Wednesday nights with three of their biggest respective shows of the year The Pacific, Hey Hey and Masterchef all fighting it out for a share of the Wednesday night audience.
Both the Pacific and Hey Hey debuted on April 14 to an audience of around 1.5 million, with the Pacific winning over Hey Hey. The following week, Masterchef joined the contest, with a 90+ minute episode – meaning all three shows were on at once from 8.30 – 9.10 blowing both rivals out of the water.
Hey Hey has fallen to around a million viewers, but so has The Pacific. Meanwhile, Masterchef continues to grow – last Wednesdays (May 12) team challenge attracted nearly 1.8 million viewers.
Given the Pacific was only a 10 episode series, and that two weeks in a row have seen double episodes, the time has come for The Pacific to conclude. On May 19, eps 8 and 9 will air, while on May 26, the Pacific is not on. The final episode of the Pacific will be seen on Wednesday June 2, at 8.30pm.
Over at Nine, Hey Hey continues on May 19, is off May 26 and returns June 2. May 26 is the first of three State of Origin NRL matches, which will be broadcast in 3D. Viewers with 3D TVs will be able to see the 3D coverage of the NRL on digital channel 40.
As is typical of Seven when Nine airs the State of Origin, normal programming does not continue. Although this time, they have taken the opportunity to show the final episode of Lost which goes for two and a half hours. The final Lost is replayed on 7TWO at 11pm.
Ratings figures used: OzTam.