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Big Brother continues to lose to MasterChef in the ratings


MasterChef Australia remains steady for Channel 10 as Big Brother’s all-star season continues to struggle in the ratings despite returning cast

The latest season of MasterChef Australia is still bringing in solid numbers for Channel 10. 

Thursday night’s episode of the cooking competition had 505,000 metro viewers, making it the second most-watched non-news program of the night behind The Chase Australia. 

While The Chase has been a big hit for Seven, the same can’t be said for the network’s all-star version of Big Brother.

Still going strong! MasterChef Australia continued to deliver decent ratings for Channel 10 on Thursday, bringing in 505,000 viewers

Still going strong! MasterChef Australia continued to deliver decent ratings for Channel 10 on Thursday, bringing in 505,000 viewers

Big Brother only pulled in 358,000 viewers, and was unable to top any of the demos either.

The long-running reality series premiered to dismal ratings on Monday night, despite boasting the return of iconic former cast members like Tim Dormer, Reggie Sorensen and Farmer Dave.

The first episode of the new season failed to crack half a million metro viewers, according to industry website TV Tonight.

The season 14 launch attracted just 487,000 viewers across the five major cities.

Flop: Big Brother only pulled in 358,000 viewers, and was unable to top any of the demos either

Flop: Big Brother only pulled in 358,000 viewers, and was unable to top any of the demos either

Channel Seven is no doubt hoping Big Brother will draw a bigger audience on its streaming platform 7plus.

Despite its ‘fans vs favourites’ gimmick, Big Brother failed to impress viewers who made their feelings known on Twitter.

Viewers were happy to see returning legends such as Reggie Bird, Tim Dormer and ‘Farmer Dave’ Graham, but they weren’t pleased with the pre-recorded format.

Mixed reception: Viewers were happy to see returning legends such as Reggie Bird (right), Tim Dormer (left) and Dave Graham (centre), but weren't pleased with the pre-recorded format

Mixed reception: Viewers were happy to see returning legends such as Reggie Bird (right), Tim Dormer (left) and Dave Graham (centre), but weren’t pleased with the pre-recorded format

Big Brother included live elements during its original run on Channel 10.

‘I miss when Big Brother was filmed live!’ one fan tweeted, while another added: ‘Is this pre-recorded again?’

‘Remember on launch night they used to go in one by one and get a little background package, and they used to walk down and the crowd used to cheer so loud. We’ve been robbed,’ another wrote.

Struggling: The first episode of the new season failed to crack half a million metro viewers, according to industry website TV Tonight

Struggling: The first episode of the new season failed to crack half a million metro viewers, according to industry website TV Tonight 

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