Ratings: Big audiences for entertainment shows on Monday as Hamish and Andy beaten for first time.

Viewers had plenty to choose from on Monday night with reality, drama, comedy and late night sports drawing the biggest audience shares. 7.30pm was tight as Nine’s True Story with Hamish and Andy was beaten for the first time finishing third in the timeslot. Seven’s House Rules won the spot despite dropping from last week while MasterChef’s Japan week on Ten saw a lift in audience. Later, another good performance saw Have You Been Paying Attention? win its timeslot and help Ten win the night with younger audiences while ABC’s Monday share dropped to a ten-week low.

Seven’s eighth Monday win in a row was secured with the help of late night tennis as Wimbledon got underway with a network share of 27.3%. Nine took second with 25.4% ahead of Ten (20.6%), ABC (17.3%) and SBS (6.1%).

Number one program on Monday was Seven News (1,158,000 and 1,074,000). Home and Away was down for the start of the week with 735,000 as House Rules averaged 949,000. Wanted, that followed, managed an increase for its season two final to 634,000 slightly above this year’s audience average. Later, day one of Wimbledon had 351,000 and 202,000.

Over on Nine, the 6pm news hour had 1,121,000 and 1,106,000 with A Current Affair on 973,000, its fourth highest audience of the year so far. The big lead in didn’t however favour True Story with Hamish and Andy that dropped 100,000 from the previous week to 890,000. There was better news for Here Come The Habibs! with and increase to 634,000. The Big Bang Theory then had 476,000 and 370,000.

For Ten, MasterChef (904,000) and Have You Been Paying Attention? (853,000) were both up on the previous week. Earlier, Ten Eyewitness News had 568,000, Family Feud 389,000 and The Project 599,000 and 386,000. Later, an encore of Offspring’s season premiere managed 197,000.

Meanwhile ABC News made the top ten with Four Corners on 634,000 next best but down 332,000 from the previous week. 7.30 (631,000), Australian Story (570,000) and Media Watch (518,000) also suffered big drops while Q&A later had just 322,000.

Tour de France (189,000) delivered the best number for SBS ahead of SBS World News with 156,000.

In the battle for breakfast TV ratings, Sunrise co-hosted by Katy Perry averaged 299,000 just ahead of Today on Nine with 294,000. In the afternoon, The Chase had 729,000 and 435,000 with Hot Seat rating 605,000 and 355,000. Earlier, Seven News at 4.30 (301,000) and Seven News at 4 (269,000) were well clear of Nine Afternoon News (215,000). On Friday, Today’s 35th anniversary celebrations averaged 290,000.

See Monday 3 July 2017 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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