A real picture from Nine's Under Investigation (Image: Nine)

It was Nine’s night on TV but not its day in the boardroom as the underlying split that erupted last year over departing CEO Hugh Marks re-emerged.

On the small screen last night it was MAFS, again with an improved national audience of 1.35 million. Nine’s true crime exploiter Under Investigation debuted strong on 1.06 million but suffered from 290,000 or so viewers from MAFS switching off. MAFS topped a million metro viewers, was the most watched program in metro markets and fourth most watched in the regions.

Seven was a very distant second and the ABC did Ten in total people and the main channels. But Ten, with the softening The Amazing Race Australia (663,000), did better in the demos. Oh, and Holey Moley -- 512,000. Painful. Seven’s James Warburton wastes a million or three.