Ed Kavalee, Tom Gleisner and Sam Pang on Have You Been Paying Attention? (Image: Ten)

Monday night and Big Brother, MasterChef Australia and Australian Ninja Warrior -- big-budget "tent pole" programs -- played distant second fiddles to the staples of Australian TV: news and current affairs from 6 to 8pm, Home and Away, The Chase Australia and -- as it was a Monday night -- Have You Been Paying Attention?

As suggested on Monday, Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior peaked on the first night at 1.08 million. It fell to 857,000 on Monday night, a loss of more than 20% of the debut audience. Not a good look. It did, however, beat MasterChef on Ten with 821,000, but not Big Brother on Seven with 913,000.

Australia is still squawking on the ABC. The long, long explanation of what we told the ABC -- Australia Talks -- from 8 to 9.30pm averaged 621,000, after 7.30 averaged 979,000. A turn-off. Boredom has its cost.