The revived Reality contest slipped from 864,000 in its first outing to 700,000 in its second. The show continues tonight with another three scheduled for next week but is taking too long to rifle through its challenges and get to eliminations. The show finished third behind ABC1, but still pulling ahead of MasterChef.
Seven will be mindful that House Rules grew after they stuck to their guns, but that format had more likeable contestants than the conspiracy theorists of The Mole. The show could benefit from re-editing and fewer episodes a week.
Nine network won the night with 28.9% then Seven 28.6%, ABC 17.8%, TEN 17.1% and SBS 7.6%.
The Block topped the night with 1.36m for Nine then Nine News (1.33m), A Current Affair (1.26m), Big Bang (1.02m), Arrow (800,000), Hot Seat (741,000) and Embarrasing Bodies (450,000).
Seven News (1.25m) led for Seven then Today Tonight (1.08m), Home and Away (940,000), Criminal Minds (742,000 in 5 cities / 349,000 in 3 cities), The Mole (700,000) and Deal or No Deal (548,000).
ABC News (931,000) topped ABC1 followed by 7:30 (835,000), Qi (778,000), Adam Hills Tonight (739,000), Wednesday Night Fever (579,000) and Time Team (352,000).
TEN News was best for TEN. Offspring was 696,000, Masterchef was 673,000, The Project was 516,000, The Simpsons was 384,000 and NCIS: LA was 296,000.
Bears of the Last Frontier led SBS ONE with 303,000, then Tour de France (263,000 pre-race / 229,000 race), Toughest Place to Be a (182,000) and World News Australia (149,000).
Shaun the Sheep was again best on multichannels at 308,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 59,000 / 33,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 3 July 2013