Ratings: Close battle in Monday ratings as Big Bash scores big

Just a couple of per cent separated the three commercial broadcasters in Monday night’s TV ratings as The Big Bash cricket continued to break viewing records.

Nine topped the night with 26.4% from Ten with 24.7% and Seven on 24.0%. It was even closer in main channels shares with Ten’s main channel with 18.3% just pipping Nine (18.0%) and Seven (17.9%). That left 19.1% for ABC and 5.7% for SBS. Nine won Sydney, Brisbane and Perth while Ten topped Melbourne and Adelaide. Nine won 25-54 and Ten 18-49 and 16-39.

Nine News (1,030,000 and 1,008,000) plus A Current Affair were Nine’s best with To Catch a Smuggler (623,000) also making the top 20 with Good Will Hunting later managing 437,000. The washed out Third Test had 226,000, 262,000 and 317,000 across three sessions.

Meanwhile the 19th game of the Big Bash League became the highest rated non-final in the format’s history with 857,000 watching session one and 983,000 for session two while the post game had 521,000. Earlier, Family Feud (513,000) and The Project (561,000 and 411,000) returned while Ten Eyewitness News had 513,000 at 5pm. The Simpsons had 98,000 in its new 7pm spot on Eleven.

Seven News (1,048,000 and 1,006,000) did well for its network with Border Security (771,000) and The Big Bang Theory (688,000 and 652,000) next best. 50 First Dates later had 526,000, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D had 169,000 with the afternoon’s The Chase on 584,000 and 381,000.

On 7Mate the NFL (San Francisco 49ers v St Louis Rams) had 38,000. In tennis results, The Brisbane International managed 148,000 on 7Two at night and 104,000 during the day on Seven while the Hopman Cup had 56,000 at night on 7Two.

ABC News scored 788,000 while the return of 7.30 had 733,000. Later, Back Roads (762,000) and New Tricks (699,000) made the top 20. Exile disappointed with just 393,000 after Pointless earlier had 247,000.

For SBS, Aftershock: Hunt For Gravitational Waves (177,000) and The Real History Of Science Fiction (169,000) were best.

Sunrise (298,000) pipped Today (274,000) at breakfast with ABCNews Breakfast on 72,000 and 49,000. Mornings (143,000 - 3 markets) on Nine, was ahead of The Morning Show (121,000) and Studio 10 with 89,000.

See Monday 4 January 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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