The third series of 10 O Clock Live returned to less than 1m viewers as Simon Cowell format Food Glorious Food built its audience for the final instalment.

10 O’Clock Live (Channel 4) 10pm-11pm
919k (5.88%)

The Endemol-produced series presented by Lauren Laverne, Charlie Brooker, Jimmy Carr and David Mitchell returned to its lowest launch audience to date. The first series kicked off with 1.88m (9.77%) while the second series debuted to 1.29m (6.42%), according to overnight Barb figures supplied by Attentional.

The show opened with a 1.36m (7.24%) peak in its first five minutes but across the hour the audience steadily declined to just 238,700 (2.22%) in the last five minutes.

Despite a strong inheritance from 24 Hours in A&E, which was watched by 2.64m (11.77%) across the 9pm hour, 10 O Clock Live failed to meet the 12 month slot average of 1.16m (6.70%).

Food Glorious Food (ITV) 8pm-9pm
2.31m (10.53%)

The series looking for Britain’s best home cooked recipe finished with its best audience for the last three weeks. The Syco and Optomen Productions series averaged 2.4m (10.97%) across its nine parts, 2m down on the 12 month slot average of 4.4m (19.72%).

Food Glorious Food launched with 2.7m (12.67%) a high which it failed to match during the course of the run, which fell to a low of 2m (9.44%) for the penultimate episode.

Masterchef (BBC1) 8pm-9pm
4.76m (21.7%)

The first semi-final episode won the 8pm slot with a performance in line with the rest of the series. It was also bang in line with 12 month slot average of 4.7m (21%).

The cooking contest was followed by the Great Bear Stakeout, a two-part series following bear cubs in Alaska. The programme attracted 3.59m (16%), below the 12 month slot average of 4.79m (20.39%).

South Africa: the Massacre That Changed a Nation (BBC2)9pm-10pm
560k (2.5%)

The This World documentary looked at last year’s events which saw police shoot 34 miners dead after they protested outside a mine in Johannesburg. It struggled to match the 12 month slot average of 1.22m (5.21%).

NCIS (Channel 5) 9pm-10pm
1.32m (5.85%)

The series continued with a slightly below slot average performance.