The last night of a long weekend is traditionally big in audience numbers, as we bed down for the working week and last night was no exception. There were healthy rises across the board.
Nine just pipped Seven for the night (its second in a week), led by Nine News on 1.22m, although it ranked second in all five markets. It was followed by The Big Bang Theory (989,000 / 890,000 / 790,000), ACA (905,000), and Alcatraz (596,000 / 458,000).
Seven News topped the night with 1.64m, bolstered by a lead in from AFL football in some states. Today Tonight was 1.34m, then Home and Away (937,000), Dog Patrol (704,000) and Coastwatch (603,000). Criminal Minds was 521,000 and 439,000.
ABC took third place thanks to ABC News (1.03m), Australian Story (890,000), Four Corners (888,000), a rise by Q & A (863,000), Media Watch (834,000) -but 7:30 settled on 711,000.
The Biggest Loser also benefitted from the holiday on 1.01m. It was followed by Bondi Rescue (715,000), TEN News (639,000), NCIS: LA (558,000), The Project (501,000) and Hawaii Five-0 (384,000).
On SBS ONE James May’s Man Lab was 223,000, Mythbusters was 179,000 and Shameless was 127,000.
Heartbeat led multichannels with 305,000.