Ratings: Seven wins Monday again; ABC's Back Roads scores top entertainment program

Seven won its twelfth straight Monday in overnight ratings last night despite the network’s post 7.30 line up missing from the top 20.

Seven News was number one for the night, ABC’s Back Roads was the top entertainment program while Ten’s movie The Heat was the best out of three movies shown across commercial networks.

Seven had 27.7% ahead of Nine (26.4%), Ten (19.7%), ABC (19.6%) and SBS (6.6%) with Nine winning the three east coast markets. In the 25-54 demographic Nine had 28.7% to Seven’s 26.0%, Ten on 25.7% with ABC on 12.3% and SBS 7.3%. 7Two was the top rated multichannel in all people with 5.4% while Eleven was number one in the three younger demographic groups.

Seven News (986,000 and 966,000) fell below one million for the first time on a Monday this summer with Home and Away slipping to tenth place last night rating 681,000. The afternoon’s The Chase earlier managed 555,000 at 5.30pm after 335,000 tuned in at 5pm. Later, two episodes of The Big Bang Theory were fourth in their timeslot on 341,000 and 354,000 while Seven’s movie Total Recall averaged 327,000.

Nine’s main channel was number one on Monday, helped by a good performance by RBT (720,000). Earlier, Nine News had 816,000 at 6pm lifting to 842,000 by 6.30pm while A Current Affair’s audience was 720,000. Afternoon game show Hot Seat made the top twenty with 413,000 but Nine’s movie, the third in the Mission Impossible series, had just 297,000.

Over on Ten, The Project was the top performer for the third placed network with 531,000 and 370,000 with Ten Eyewitness News (485,000) and Family Feud (420,000) next best. All Star Family Feud slipped to 361,000 at 7.30pm with the movie The Heat making the top twenty with 366,000. The afternoon’s Bold and the Beautiful had 324,000.

Meanwhile, Back Roads was ABC’s best performer with a five-city audience of 721,000 and the only returning prime time entry from any network to post an increase from last week’s numbers. Next best were ABC News (697,000), 7.30 (688,000) and Restoration Man (525,000) while Running Wild: Australia’s Camels also made it into the top twenty. Earlier, a QI repeat had 210,000 and The Drum 135,000.

SBS’s best results were The Supervet (176,000), SBS World News (126,000) and OJ Simpson: Made in America (125,000).

Afternoon News figures included Seven News at 4 (198,000), Seven News at 4.30 (196,000) plus Nine Afternoon News 5pm (236,000) and Nine Afternoon News (151,000).

In the morning Sunrise had a big win with 320,000 tuning in compared to Today on Nine with 262,000 and ABC News Breakfast with 104,000 and 49,000. Later, The Morning Show had 147,000 ahead of Today Extra (104,000) and Studio 10 (86,000).

See Monday 12 December 2016 for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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