However you carve it up, Monday night was a disaster for Network TEN.
Finishing fourth behind the ABC, the highest audience it could manage was 599,000 for Junior MasterChef.
Despite the lure of a trip to Los Angeles the show finished fourth in its slot beaten by 7:30 and Australian Story. The bad news continued with Undercover Boss Australia (583,000) and the first episode for The Project (571,000). A Law and Order: SVU repeat was 352,000 while Good News World fell to 159,000.
At least Neighbours still topped digital channels on 302,000.
Monday was won by Nine with The Big Bang Theory as the night’s top show on 1.4m. But the show didn’t get underway until around 8:15pm, meaning there will be an adjusted figure to follow. Celebrity Apprentice was again divided into two parts: Challenge: 1.23m, Monday: 963,000. Either way it did good business. Nine News was 1.08m, followed by The Mentalist, also starting late, averaging 1.07m, ACA (847,000) CSI: Miami (Ep 1: 673,000), Hot Seat (555,000) and CSI: Miami (Ep 2: 454,000).
The X Factor was Seven’s best on 1.2m, followed by Seven News (1.16m), Today Tonight (1.1m), Home and Away (977,000), Body of Proof (Ep1: 935,000, Rpt: 504,000) and Deal or No Deal (467,000).
ABC News (911,000) was ABC1′s top performer, followed by Australian Story (851,000), Four Corners (812,000), 7:30 (777,000), Media Watch (748,000) and Q & A (648,000) which was second in its slot.
World News Australia was the strongest for SBS ONE on 210,000. Housos was 180,000 and William Shatner’s Weird or What? pulled 156,000.
Nine Network won its second night of the week with 30.5% over Seven’s 29.2%. ABC was 19.5%, TEN was 16.8% and SBS 4.0%.
It’s worth noting that the night before a public holiday in Melbourne would have contributed to figures that were lower than usual for a Monday -but they are likely to be balanced by higher than usual Tuesday figures, which is the usual trend for public holidays.
This week is also shaping up as one to watch, with Nine leading over Seven. It’s likely that the Melbourne Cup will deliver solid numbers into Seven’s early evening -but now there is no Rafters.