A solidly entertaining night, thanks to Nine and the ABC — assisted by The Project running the Stormy Daniels interview from US 60 Minutes. Young Sheldon (1.57 million nationally) on Nine was a more than OK prequel to The Big Bang Theory, and the ABC’s usual Monday night line up of Australian Story (1.07 million), Four Corners (1.07 million nationally) and Media Watch (930,000 nationally) was the strongest it has been for some weeks.  

But then,  the competition — Australian Spartan, 676,000 on Seven and Batchelor in Paradise, 838,000 on Ten — wasn’t great. In fact despite all the hype for Bachelor, the ABC still beat Ten both in total people and overall, and the ABC’s post 7pm programming ran second to Nine’s. Oh, and the ABC’s main channel (16.4%) finished second to Nine’s 20.5% and ahead of Seven’s 15.3%. Ten’s main channel share at least managed to climb above single digits, where it spent much of last week and the week before. 

In regional areas Seven News was tops with 567,000, followed by Young Sheldon with 524,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 492,000, The Big Bang Theory was fourth with 440,000 and Home and Away was fifth with 426,000.

Network channel share:

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  1. Nine (27.7%)
  2. Seven (24.7%)
  3. ABC (21.0%)
  4. Ten (18.6%)
  5. SBS (8.1%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.5%)
  2. ABC (16.4%)
  3. Seven (15.3%)
  4. Ten (13.2%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.7%)
  2. ONE (3.1%)
  3. 7mate (3.0%)
  4. GO (2.8%)
  5. ABC Kids/Comedy (2.7%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Young Sheldon (Nine) — 1.578 million
  2. Seven News  — 1.568 million
  3. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.485 million
  4. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) — 1.330 million
  5. Nine/NBN News 6.30pm — 1.231 million
  6. Nine/NBN News — 1.208 million
  7. 7pm ABC News — 1.165 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.145 million
  9. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.099 million
  10. Australian Story (ABC) — 1.072 million

Top metro programs:

  1. Young Sheldon (Nine) — 1.053 million
  2. Seven News — 1.001 million

Losers: Ten and Seven.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.001 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 993,000
  3. Nine News — 915,000
  4. Nine News (6.30pm) — 911,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) – 787,000
  6. 7pm ABC News – 778,000
  7. Four Corners (ABC) — 735,000
  8. Australian Story (ABC) — 720,000
  9. 7.30 (ABC) — 666,000
  10. Media Watch (ABC) — 626,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 457,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 333,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC,  162,000 + 80,000 on News 24) — 242,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 222,000
  5. Today Extra (Nine) — 181,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 103,000

Top five pay TV programs:

    1. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) – 100,000
    2. AFL: On The Couch (Fox Footy) — 70,000
    3. The Walking Dead (showcase) — 57,000
    4. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 55,000
    5. The Walking Dead (showcase), NRL 360 (Fox League) — 45,000

As a Crikey subscriber and someone who began working as a journalist in 1957, I am passionate about the importance of independent media like Crikey. I met a lot of Australians from many walks of life during my career and did my best to share their stories honestly and fairly with their fellow citizens.

And I never forgot how important it is to hold politicians to account. Crikey does that – something that is more important now than ever before in Australia.

Liz
North Stradbroke Island, QLD

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