A mixed night, but not for Nine which found a success with True Story. It topped the metros, just in front of Seven’s House Rules. Ten’s Masterchef suffered, as did Ten, and the ABC had its best Monday night for more than a month. True Story managed 1.82 million viewers nationally (including 1.28 million in the metros and 545,000 in the regions which was pretty good for a new program). Seven’s House Rules did better though with 1.99 million nationally (which will rise over 2 million after the seven days viewing figures are factored in as well as a massive 772,000 in the regions). Ten’s Masterchef though could only manage 1.03 million and again had fewer viewers than Have You been Paying Attention (1.04 million). That meant Ten slipped in the rankings to fourth in the metros behind the ABC in the main channels.

Seven returned Wanted to its line up after House Rules and it failed to hold viewers — its national average was 1.17 million. Ten returned Here Comes The Habibs and it failed to hang onto much of True Story’s audience and ended on 1.14 million, with an OK 826,000 in the metros. House Rules was tops in the regions with 772,000, followed by Seven news with 771,000, Seven News/TT was third with 595,000, then Home and Away with 548,000 and True Story in fifth with 545,000.

The ABC’s news and current affairs line up had its best Monday night for weeks with the ABC News and 7.30 doing better — the much promoted Four Corners  pm Chinese money in Australian politics managed to grab 993,000 national viewers which was OK — but behind the offerings on Seven, Ten and Nine.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (29.6%)
  2. Nine (29.2%)
  3. Ten (18.3%)
  4. ABC (17.9%)
  5. SBS (5.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (23.0%)
  2. Seven (21.7%)
  3. ABC (13.6%)
  4. Ten (13.5%)
  5. SBS ONE (3.1%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (3.5%)
  2. 7mate (3.2%)
  3. Eleven (2.6%)
  4. ABC 2, GO (2.3%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. House Rules (Seven) — 1.990 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.952 million
  3. True Story (Nine) — 1.827 million
  4. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.716 million
  5. Nine/NBN News — 1.512 million
  6. Nine/NBN News (6.30pm) — 1.479 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.385 million
  8. ACA (Nine) — 1.329 million
  9. 7pm ABC News — 1.230 million
  10. The Chase Australia 5.30pm (Seven) — 1.212 million

Top metro programs:

  1. True Story (ABC) — 1.282 million
  2. House Rules (Seven) — 1.218 million
  3. Seven News — 1.180 million
  4. Nine News — 1.129 million
  5. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.125 million
  6. Nine News 6.30 — 1.080 million

Losers: Ten, Masterchef.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.180 million
  2. Nine News — 1.129 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.125 million
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 1.080 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 934,000
  6. 7pm ABC News — 869,000
  7. Australian Story (ABC) — 869,000
  8. The project 7pm (Ten) — 733,000
  9. Four Corners (ABC) — 687,000
  10. 7.30 (ABC) — 680,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 512,000
  2. Today (Nine) —461,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  187,000 + 91,000 on News 24) — 278,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) —269,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 231,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 142,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. TVHITS  (2.1%)
  2. UKTV, Nick Jr (1.9%)
  3. SKY  (1.8%)
  4. LifeStyle  (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 96,000
  2. Monday Night With Matty Johns (Fox League) — 66,000
  3. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) — 66,000
  4. NRL: 360 (Fox League) — 56,000
  5. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 50,000

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