• No Voice? No problem! Hamish and Andy return pushes Nine to #1
• Launch episode of True Story With Hamish & Andy pulls 1.28m
• Seven’s Wanted not so much in demand with 648,000 watching return
Nine secured a Monday victory despite no reality franchise holding down the 7.30pm slot. Instead Nine managed to win the night with comedy shows in the key timeslots.
The leading primary channel also had a little help from One Love Manchester which averaged just over half a million late into the evening.
Although Nine ranked #1 primary channel, Seven snuck ahead with a combined share win thanks in part to the 3.5% of viewers tuning into 7TWO.
TEN was off the pace all people but its shows MasterChef and Have You Been Paying Attention? were more competitive in the key demos.
Home and Away started its week on 837,000 after a week 22 average of 754,000.
It was the first elimination on House Rules with Troy and Bec out of what has been the hottest reality show on TV for a little while now. Although House Rules didn’t win its timeslot initially, it did grow its audience week-on-week from 1.14m to 1.21m.
It would have been ambitious to expect Wanted to grow year-on-year. The launch of the second season didn’t as it posted its smallest audience yet, which was well off the pace from the 1m+ watching the show launch in 2016. Two episodes back-to-back did 648,000 and then 534,000.
The channel had a memorable Monday and its first without a reality TV franchise.
A Current Affair was close to 950,000 after an average of 853,000 last week, which was up week-on-week. Last night the program helped promote Hamish and Andy as did 60 Minutes a week prior. It helped! ACA also covered the London terror attack and looked at the impact the arrival of Amazon.com is having on retail already.
True Story With Hamish And Andy drew a very impressive 1.28m on debut which was enough to rank #1 overall on Monday. Even if the series settles over the next couple of weeks, it marks a successful return to TV for the comedy duo as they choose TV for the next part of their careers.
Following H&A was the return of Here Come The Habibs!, which did 826,000. That might be down on the 1.2m+ launch for season one, but it is up on where that series ended up – under 700,000.
The One Love Manchester concert did 566,000, which was a good result for the special which finished around midnight.
Because of the UK benefit concert, Footy Classified screened on GO! at 8.30pm with an audience of 63,000 – 48,000 of them in Melbourne. Not much chance Classified will outrate The Footy Show this week!
The Project started its week on 733,000 after a week 22 average of 586,000. Colin Lane was a guest last night and the program covered One Love Manchester.
MasterChef sent home Peter Morgan, who battled hard in the epic challenge that saw the judges asking the competitors to prepare five dishes in one hour. The Monday episode was steady week-on-week at 767,000.
Have You Been Paying Attention? then recorded its first night under 800,000 this season with 764,000 watching after 812,000 last week. Regulars Ed and Sam were joined by semi-regulars Marty and Jane plus special guest Anne Edmonds. Guest quiz masters were music legends Pete Murray and Melissa Tkautz.
Prison Break then did 146,000, a drop from 178,000 a week ago.
Australian Story was up over 100,000 week-on-week to 774,000 with its story about an unsolved murder of a Sydney mother.
Four Corners too was up over 100,000 to 687,000 with its combined ABC/Fairfax investigation of the Chinese Communist Party in Australia.
Media Watch then did 585,000 followed by Q&A on 435,000.
The biggest audience was the average crowd of 197,000 watching two episodes of 24 Hours In Emergency after 8.30pm.
The medical theme didn’t work so well earlier in the night with 126,000 making an appointment for Dr Christian Will See You Now at 7.30pm.