Not even the show's most strident critics could have seen this coming.
A joint attack on the ABC by the Liberals, One Nation and the commercial media sector has fallen apart due to lack of actual evidence.
Seven takes the night thanks to a strong showing across it's digital channels.
Favourites like The Block and The Big Bang Theory did the job for Nine.
The Bachelor dominated in the metros and left both the AFL and NRL shows behind.
A solid night for the stalwart shows and a faltering performance by Seven gave Channel Nine the win.
Barbara Dreaver, Pacific correspondent for New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ, has been detained by police on Nauru while interviewing refugees settled on the island.