Ratings: Finals for Australia’s Got Talent and The Farmer Wants a Wife lift Nine, but Seven wins Monday

The Seven Network won another Monday night ratings despite the presence in Nine’s schedule of two series finals.

Preliminary OzTAM numbers show the winner’s announcement for Australia’s Got Talent drew an audience of 908,000 after 761,000 watched the bulk of the program. That wrapped up a disappointing season for the franchise that Nine revived for the second time this year with episodes up to last night averaging 695,000. Week two delivered the best number of 879,000 but by last week the show had slipped to just 574,000. Meanwhile, lead-out The Farmer Wants a Wife also wrapped up last night with 707,000 for the final, some bad publicity and a series average of 588,000 overnight viewers.

Seven grabbed 32.6% of the audience ahead of Nine (27.4%), ABC (18.3%), Ten (17.4%) and SBS (5.2%).

Best for Seven were again My Kitchen Rules (1,418,000) and Seven News (1,095,000 and 1,037,000). Home and Away delivered 842,000 at 7pm and later Downton Abbey reached a season high of 872,000. The afternoon’s The Case had 620,000 and 401,000 with Castle later on 264,000.

Nine News (1,037,000 and 999,000) was Nine’s best with A Current Affair slipping to third place at 7pm with 836,000. Hot Seat in the afternoon had 549,000 and later Friends with Benefits 235,000.

ABC News (838,000) made the top ten with Australian Story (785,000) and 7.30 (748,000) next best for the public broadcaster. The rest of ABC’s line up fell outside the top twenty with Media Watch best on 476,000, down 250,000 from last Monday. Four Corners did even worse, falling 280,000 to 456,000 while Q&A dropped 180,000 to 470,000.

For Ten, All Star Family Feud, the network’s Monday replacement for I’m a Celebrity got off to a modest start with 648,000. Earlier, The Project (633,000 and 450,000), Ten Eyewitness News (611,000) and Family Feud (609,000) all showed big increases. Later, CSI Cyber had 354,000 and 321,000.

Secrets of the Brain (266,000) and Flying to the Ends of the Earth (188,000) topped SBS’s night.

A public holiday saw fewer viewers for breakfast with Today on 286,000, Sunrise with 266,000 and ABC News Breakfast 82,000 and 55,000. Later, The Morning Show had 137,000, Today Extra 111,000 and Studio 10 81,000.

See Monday 14 March 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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