TV Ratings: Big Bash beats Aus Open, Seven still wins the night

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

• Seven wins despite TEN’s Big Bash outrating night one of Australian Open
• Final week of Big Bash League sees Game 27 with session 2 average of 768,000
• 5pm shootout: TEN News #1 in Sydney, tennis & Hot Seat share hour in Melbourne
• Undressed first outing for SBS manages just over 100,000 in 9.30pm slot

Seven has managed to win Monday with the first night of the Australian Open securing an average audience of 627,000. The biggest drawcard on the first evening from Melbourne Park was the Nick Kyrgios match which he managed to win quickly which didn’t help Seven’s averages.

The tennis was the big winner in Melbourne yet Nine pulled the biggest early evening crowd in Sydney with ACA and RBT performing strongly.

Later in the night the BBL had a bigger average audience than the tennis and was a clear winner in Sydney while the tennis and the cricket vied for top spot later in the evening in Melbourne.

The first night of the one-hour editions of Millionaire Hot Seat pulled an average of 518,000 across the hour. In Melbourne the Australian Open won the first 30 minutes, with Hot Seat #1 after 5.30pm. In Sydney TEN News won the hour with Hot Seat #2.

The much-discussed Undressed had a modest debut with 114,000 watching the show at 9.30pm on SBS. The program, made for SBS by Screentime, had some shocking reviews, but, get this, it is actually quite good! The participants in the first of two episodes screened last night were very likeable and had a good time as they romped around a double bed in their undies. With episodes also available via SBS On Demand the numbers there might make the audience totals look a little better.

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