Ratings: Nine Network dominates Monday TV ratings as Australia wins first test.

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The Nine Network dominated TV viewing on Monday night thanks to a combination of The Block and a winning performance from Australia on the final day of the First Test.

Multichannel 9Gem drew a 5-city audience share of 17.0% with 760,000 tuning in for the first session of the cricket and 592,000 for session 2. It was the highest share for a multichannel in OzTAM ratings history. The result was higher than Nine’s main channel that drew 16.2% thanks to The Block that averaged 859,000 for the second episode of this season.

Also on Nine, Nine News ranked 3rd and 4th for the night with 945,000 and 892,000 and A Current Affair won its timeslot with 849,000. Later, 20 to One saw 317,000 tune in. Footy Classified had 96,000 in AFL markets and 100% Footy 73,000 in the northern states. In the afternoon, Hot Seat had 489,000 and 301,000.

Seven ranked second with 24.7% with Seven News (1,031,000 and 984,000) the night’s number one show. Australia’s Got Talent dropped from Sunday to rank third in its timeslot on 688,000; Home and Away had 676,000 while the debut of The Rookie averaged 558,000. Later, S.W.A.T. secured 327,000 and The Latest 164,000. Outside of primetime, The Chase Australia won its timeslot with 599,000 and 355,000.

Network 10 had a16.8% share. Its best performers were Australian Survivor with 713,000, its best result since this season’s launch, and Have You been Paying Attention? with 650,000. Earlier, 10 News First saw 399,000 tune in while The Project had 511,000 and 316,000 and Celebrity Name Game 225,000. Later, Ross Noble – Brain Dump had just 133,000.

ABC ranked fourth with 14.7%. ABC News (667,000) and Back Roads (570,000) performed best with 7.30 (545,000) and Four Corners (513,000) also making the top twenty. Q&A dropped this week to 28th place with 302,000 as The Drum earlier managed 188,000.

SBS manged 6.0% thanks to Secrets of the Queen’s Children (186,000), SBS World News (142,000) and 24 Hours In Emergency (134,000).

In the key advertising demo of 25-54, Nine dominated with a massive 42.4% of the audience. 10 had 22.3%, Seven 21.4%, ABC 9.0% and SBS 4.9%.

At breakfast: Sunrise 255,000; Today 204,000. ABC Breakfast 109,000 and 37,000.

Discuss at Monday 5 August 201.

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