• Australian Story, Four Corners push ABC to best Monday share
• ABC #1 in Sydney and Melbourne, Seven wins other markets
• Best of the rest: Marty Sheargold helps HYBPA? add 100,000
• Bride & Prejudice #1 commercial at 7.30, Secret Life launches
Seven had the biggest network primary and combined channel shares last night, but it faced a different challenger in the shape of ABC, which out-rated it in primary share in Sydney and Melbourne.
Home And Away started the week on 676,000 after a week 45 average of 569,000.
Bride & Prejudice did 668,000 last night after 629,000 on Monday last week.
The channel’s new US comedy-drama God Friended Me did 465,000 after 528,000 last week.
A Current Affair started its week on 721,000 after a week 45 average of 677,000.
Family Food Fight’s first episode for the week did 384,000 after 398,000 a week ago.
The 2016 movie Bridget Jones’s Baby then did 220,000.
The Project started its Monday to Friday run on 433,000 after an average of 432,000 last week.
The premiere of Screentime’s The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds did 560,000 – a big improvement on what Blind Date did in the slot a week ago – 320,000.
The penultimate episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? for the year did some heavy lifting again. Taking the 10 Monday audience to 724,000, up exactly 100,000 on last week. Special guests included Marty Sheargold – a coincidence?
The channel had its biggest Monday primary share of the year and managed to rank #1 in Sydney and Melbourne. Across the national audience, ABC had three of the top six Monday programs.
Australian Story had 732,000 viewers, which is not far below its recent best of 767,000 a fortnight ago.
The much-anticipated Four Corners looking at the departure of Michelle Guthrie and Justine Milne may have been a bit too much navel gazing, but there were plenty of people interested. The program was on 719,000, which is the second episode over 700,000 in three weeks. Just a month ago the show was just over 400,000.
Media Watch then did 661,000, up from 518,000 the week prior.
Q&A was then on 392,000, well short of the 658,000 watching Malcolm Turnbull last Thursday, but up on the 289,000 watching the program a week ago.