• Long weekend Monday news bulletins take off: Seven on 1.31m
• House Rules and Wanted guide Seven to clear Monday victory
• True Story still hot for Nine despite loss of 200,000 viewers
The 6pm news bulletins on both Seven and Nine had big numbers with Seven over 1.3m for the first 30 minutes of the one-hour bulletin. The Seven audience was helped along by the AFL Queen’s Birthday Collingwood v Melbourne match as a lead-in with the result still up in the air during the dying moments of the game.
Home and Away started its new weekend just over 750,000.
House Rules had plenty of drama last night with a state of emergency declaration during this year’s Cyclone Debbie, and for the first time in House Rules history the clock stopped and the race to save their house began. The Monday episode was on 999,000 after the previous Monday’s remarkable 1.21m crowd.
The 9pm drama Wanted slipped a little with episode three down from 698,000 to 633,000.
Nine News too had a good holiday Monday 6pm News audience with 1.20m after 6pm.
A Current Affair got very close to 1m with 988,000 watching the start to the week.
True Story with Hamish and Andy again won the critical 7.30pm slot despite shedding 200,000+ week-on-week. The second episode still managed to easily make it over 1m.
Here Come The Habibs! had a challenging second episode two with the numbers down from 819,000 to 655,000.
MasterChef continues to do most of the heavy lifting. The Monday episode was up week-on week from 767,000 to 847,000. Tamara Griffen was the latest to depart as all eliminated contestants tonight have a chance to cook their way back on to the show.
Have You Been Paying Attention? has rebuilt its audience to 800,000, up from 764,000 a week ago.
Australian Story returned to an earlier story with an update on the much-watched I Am Sam story that featured Sam and Sally. The audience of 757,000 was down a little on 774,000 last week.
Four Corners had one of its better weeks with 808,000.
Media Watch subsequently was on 639,000 before Q&A did 455,000.
24 Hours In Emergency performed best with 173,000.
SBS World News did 142,000, a bigger audience than Dr Christian Will See You Now.