Eddie McGuire’s new game show couldn’t quite make it to the magic million mark last night, averaging 933,000 for its first episode. Million Dollar Drop‘s biggest audience was in McGuire’s home city of Melbourne where it won its slot.
Nationally the show was beaten by Seven’s Conviction Kitchen, but not by much. It had 959,000 viewers. The trick for the game show will now be to do exactly what that audience catchcry asks: “Stop the Drop!”
An episode of House, including with a musical number and Hugh Laurie parody of Two and a Half Men, managed 761,000 in the same timeslot, with Four Corners / Media Watch (750,000 / 700,000) and Man vs Wild (297,000) following.
The top show for the night was Today Tonight on a big 1.44m ahead of A Current Affair‘s 1.2m. Both shows tackled Sydney’s bullying story and touched on TV nostalgia with A Country Practice and Rowena Wallace respectively.
Seven News (1.41m) led Nine News (1.28m) but Nine won in Sydney and Melbourne.
Home and Away (1.1m) won at 7pm over ABC News (1m), Two And A Half Men (852,000) and The 7pm Project (732,000).
At 7:30 it was another big win for Seven with My Kitchen Rules (1.39m) over 2 x Two And A Half Men (1.12m / 1.17m), Glee (972,000), 7:30/ Australian Story (785,000 / 772,000) and Mythbusters (281,000).
Brothers and Sisters (767,000) continued a winning run for Seven over Q & A (627,000), Harry’s Law (594,000) and Good News Week (508,000).
6pm with George Negus starts the week with 388,000 and TEN Evening News was 318,000, both were down on last Monday’s numbers, but they were arguably bolstered by the end of a long weekend in some cities, which traditionally helps yield higher numbers.
Footy Classified returned with 241,000 for Nine.
Neighbours was 317,000 on ELEVEN.
Monday all went Seven’s way winning timeslots from 6pm until 10:30pm and taking the night in shares.