Singing trumps comedy in the ratings war it seems, after The X Factor again took #1 spot with 1.48m viewers, while Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year Asia dropped to 1.19m viewers, despite having the earlier lead in.
But while Seven was first in primary channels, the Ashes on GEM again delivered a 9% boost to Nine’s overall tally, enough to win the night.
Nine network was 33.5% then Seven 28.8%, 17.6%, TEN 15.8% and SBS 4.4%.
Seven News (1.35m) was first in its timeslot for Seven as was Today Tonight (1.12m). Home and Away was 1.05m then Mr. Selfridge (983,000), Deal or No Deal (576,000) and Hotel Secrets (392,000).
Nine News (1.33m) was best for Nine then Gap Year Asia (1.19m), A Current Affair (1.11m), Big Brother (932,000), Hot Seat (694,000), The Big Bang Theory (623,000 / 460,000) and Footy Classified (220,000 in 3 states).
ABC News (1.00m) led ABC1 then Australian Story (814,000), 7:30 (737,000), Q & A (563,000), Four Corners (545,000), Media Watch (536,000) and Restoration Man (354,000).
MasterChef cooked up 827,000 viewers for TEN, a good rise on the previous Monday (684,000). Elsewhere it was TEN News (736,000), The Project (589,000), Wanted (469,000), The Simpsons (384,000) and The Americans (188,000).
The creatively-titled Pain Pus and Poison (284,000) was best on SBS ONE followed by Housos (201,000), Mythbusters (193,000) and World News Australia (190,000).
The Ashes dominated multichannels with 532,000 / 353,000.
Late changes to 7TWO and GEM were not all reflected in OzTAM:
(Bargain Hunt): 98,000
Nine News at 7:00: 40,000
ABC News Breakfast: 64,000 / 34,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 5 August 2013