Ratings: Viewers unimpressed with Nine’s new reality show The Briefcase

Nine’s newest reality show The Briefcase, slammed by critics as “poverty porn”, got off to a poor start last night, finishing fourth in its timeslot with 733,000 viewers.

Ten’s MasterChef won the 7.30 battle with 1.06 million viewers ahead of House Rules on Seven with 963,000 with ABC’s current affairs program 7.30 third with 794,000.

Following The Briefcase, however, Nine fared better with the launch of a new season on Love Child that won its timeslot with 839,000. That was lower than last year’s season opener that grabbed an audience of 913,000 but was on par with the 2015 overnight season average.

Seven had the highest network share on Monday with 26.4% with Nine second on 25.2%. Ten recorded its highest Monday share of the 2016 survey with 23.0% while ABC also did well on 20.4% with SBS on 5.0%.

Seven News was the number one bulletin of the night with 1,216,000 and 1,087,000 while Home and Away was the top scripted program on Monday with 841,000. House Rules then had 963,000, down from last Monday, while a Seven News special that followed saw the network slip to fourth place at 8.30 with 577,000. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders later had 276,000 and in the afternoon, The Chase Australia drew an audience of 755,000 and 452,000.

Nine News (1,164,000 and 1,072,000) was its network’s best performer with A Current Affair special on the Naru Island detention centre winning its 7pm timeslot with 930,000 . After The Briefcase (733,000) and Love Child (839,000) a split schedule saw Footy Classified with 322,000 in AFL markets and Amazing Medical Stories elsewhere with 169,000.

Over on Ten, both MasterChef (1,064,000) and Have You Been Paying Attention? (774,000) saw big gains from last week. Earlier, The Project had 724,000 at 7pm after 529,000 tuned in at 6.30pm, Ten Eyewitness News averaged 563,000 and Family Feud 612,000. Later, CSI: New Orleans had 298,000.

ABC News (855,000) made the top ten for ABC with 7.30 (794,000) next best. Australian Story (762,000), Media Watch (671,000) and Q&A (649,000) all improved on recent performances while Four Corners (683,000) had its best result in four weeks.

Meanwhile, SBS titles Michael Mosley: Trust Me I’m a Doctor (267,000) and SBS World News (168,000) rated best for their network.

Nine’s Today was the top rated breakfast show with a metro audience of 340,000, ahead of Seven’s Sunrise on 303,000 and ABC News Breakfast with 100,000 and 40,000.

See [Monday 20 June 2016] (Monday 20 June 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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