Charlie puts the Sheen on Mondays
A public holiday in some cities pulled in big audiences for Two and a Half Men but proved to be a disaster for TEN, finishing fourth behind the ABC.
What is it about Melbourne viewers and Two and a Half Men? Last night the new episode hauled 635,000 in that city, rising to a big 1.58m viewers -and very probably assuring its place as the week’s top show. No doubt the end of the long weekend in Melbourne helped as viewers settled in for an early night.
Both the Charlie Sheen comedy and My Kitchen Rules have been battling it out for top place recently. Last night Seven’s cooking contest ina pseudo MasterChef kitchen settled with just under 1.4m viewers, still reason to smile. The network has already put out a call for new contestants for a second series.
The two way contest left the competition lagging. The Biggest Loser was left on 697,000 viewers. The Big Bang Theory took 1.26m at 8pm and Australian Story was strong on 1.02m.
Nine News beat Seven News in both Sydney and Melbourne, but Seven still leads nationally with 1.48m to 1.43m. Today Tonight‘s 1.45m had a comfy win over ACA on 1.21m, the latter of which lacked Lara Bingle after promoting the story.
The Mentalist‘s 1.31m outsmarted Desperate Housewives‘ 1.08m and Good News Week on 740,000.
A flat presentation of the Academy Awards took 701,000 in the evening and 527,000 live. The public holiday in Melbourne (241,000) netted a much bigger audience than Sydney (118,000) for the live event.
Hot Seat (624,000) pipped Deal or No Deal (622,000) and Sunrise (384,000) had a good lead over Today (316,000).
But TEN had big problems on Monday, ranking 4th for the night behind the ABC. Its Total People share was half the share of its rivals. Its best for the night was TEN News at 5pm on 959,000 (again a high share in Melbourne with a public holiday and Oscars interest). Even The 7PM Project‘s 760,000 bettered The Biggest Loser‘s 697,000 and Neighbours took 669,000. The night was also a disaster in key demos.
Q & A pulled 582,000 for ABC1 and the premiere of Wilfred managed just 110,000.
In a tight finish, Nine won the night over Seven.