Ratings: MasterChef and Q&A hit 2016 highs as Have You Been Paying Attention grabs best audience ever

Monday was a night of highs with Ten’s MasterChef the number one program securing its biggest audience of 2016 with 1.3 million metro viewers while ABC’s Q&A also hit a season high with 780,000 watching the public broadcaster at 9.30pm.

Also on Ten, Have You Been Paying Attention? continued its good season securing it biggest ever audience of 858,000. This helped Ten’s main channel to secure its biggest prime time audience and highest commercial share in survey since October 2015.

With the addition of multichannels, Ten’s audience share was 23.9% with Seven coming out on top with 26.1% while Nine was third with 22.8%, ABC had 21.5% and SBS 5.7%. Ten was number one with the younger key demographic groups.

Seven News was a clear winner across its broadcast hour with 1,254,000 at 6pm and 1,150,000 at 6.30 while Home and Away slipped to fourth place at 7pm with 752,000. Highway Patrol was also down to 740,000 with World’s Angriest that followed on 600,000. Later, The Bourne Supremacy averaged 470,000 with The Chase on 784,000 and 501,000 in the afternoon.

MasterChef (1,286,000) and Have You Been Paying Attention? (858,000) topped the younger demographics with The Project (761,000 and 535,000) also doing well. Earlier, Family Feud had 635,000 fans and Ten Eyewitness News had 528,000. Later NCIS: New Orleans managed 288,000.

Over on Nine, Nine News (1,050,000 and 985,000) plus A Current Affair (838,000) made the top ten. Love Child edged down to 708,000 after 20 to One improved to 635,000 while The Briefcase ended its run with 317,000. In the afternoon, Hot Seat had 560,000 and later, Footy Classified averaged 151,000 in the three AFL markets.

ABC’s top ten entries were ABC News (839,000) number one at 7pm and a much improved Australian Story (792,000). Q&A (780,000) outrated earlier programming with 7:30 (733,000), Four Corners (712,000) and Media Watch (689,000) all making the top twenty for Monday.

Meanwhile, Predict My Future: The Science of Us (184,000) and The Island with Bear Grylls (162,000) were SBS’s best titles.

Nine’s Today won the breakfast TV battle with 308,000, ahead of Sunrise (285,000) and ABC News Breakfast (123,000 and 54,000). Later, The Morning Show (187,000) outrated Today Extra (145,000).

See [Monday 18 July 2016] (Monday 18 July 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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