Seven was an easy winner in metro and regional markets. Ten was third overall in both, but the ABC (shorn of most of its strong Monday night current affairs line up), was third in the main channels.

The 6pm-7pm news programs on Nine and Seven dominated the top of the most watched programs in the metros. In the regions, three interlopers snuck into the top five: the second repeat episode of The Big Bang Theory, as well as Home and Away and Nabbed. Overall, Monday night was a shadow of what it was during official ratings

Tonight though keeps the standard (if only for another week or two), with the entertainment to be provided by Clive Palmer dining with Annabel Crabb in Kitchen Cabinet. Will the Palmster rip off his napkin and spit a crab claw at Crabb?

But the program to watch is the second part of the documentary on the National Party on ABC1 — an interesting conjunction with the results of the Victorian poll which saw the party lose one of its safest seats and its status in the Victorian parliament. Nine remains in thrall to repeats of The Big Bang Theory. How’s that for mindless programming? Fresh episodes of Two Broke Girls (a 2014 US flopperoo) also make an unwelcome return to Nine which also has a program called Kalgoorlie Cops, in the same rich and wonderful tradition as Territory Cops and Gold Coast Cops on Ten. A summer special, if ever there was one. Seven sneaks another New Zealand, sorry Australasian TV program called Dog Patrol (set in Christchurch, how interesting for viewers in Sydney or Perth) into its schedule, to go with last night’s Motorway Patrol and Nabbed.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (31.0%)
  2. Nine (27.0%)
  3. Ten (18.9%)
  4. ABC (17.7%)
  5. SBS (5.3%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (21.1%)
  2. Nine (18.8%)
  3. ABC 1 (11.8%)
  4. Ten (11.6%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. 7TWO (5.9%)
  2. GO (4.7%)
  3. Eleven (4.1%)
  4. 7mate (3.9%)
  5. Gem (3.5%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Nine News  – 1.455 million
  2. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.420 million
  3. The Big Bang Theory repeat ep2 (Nine) — 1.360 million
  4. Motorway Patrol (Seven) — 1.347 million
  5. Nabbed (Seven) — 1.333 million
  6. Seven News  – 1.324 million
  7. The Big Bang Theory repeat episode (Nine) — 1.282 million
  8. 7 pm ABC1 News — 1.149 million
  9. Bones (Seven) — 1.100 million
  10. 7.30 (ABC1) — 1.094 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Nine News 6.30 — 1.020 million
  2. Nine News — 1.014 million
  3. Seven News — 1.003 million

Losers: So much to say, but the ratings and the programming reflect the fact that it is summer, so all’s cool, isn’t it?Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 6.30 — 1.020 million
  2. Nine News — 1.014 million
  3. Seven News — 1.003 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 968,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 913,000
  6. 7pm ABC 1 News — 774,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC 1) — 724,000
  8. Ten Eyewitness News – 644,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 542,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 381,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 369,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 317,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 137,000
  4. Mornings (Nine) — 135,000
  5. News Breakfast (ABC 1,  86,000 + 48,000 on News 24) — 135,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 48,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (3.2%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.5%)
  3. TVHITS  (2.4%)
  4. Fx (1.9%)
  5. UKTV (1.8%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. The Walking Dead (Fx) – 80,000
  2. The Walking Dead (Fx) – 78,000
  3. Modern Family (Fox8) — 76,000
  4. Family Guy (Fox8) – 73,000
  5. Family Guy (Fox8) – 64,000

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