Block, Big Brother double gives Nine the night.
Ratings: Nine's night of Reality ensures a win, while the return of Leigh Sales tops the evening on ABC.
The Block remains the real success story, scoring a whopping 1.56m viewers -its best Monday so far this season, and a number more usually suited to a Sunday ‘reveal’ episode.
Just how many of those were Big Brother viewers waiting for the launch is unclear, but thankfully it started on time at 8:40pm. The show pulled 1.07m viewers -while strictly speaking it was the lowest ever launch, none have commenced as late as 8:40pm before.
The show introduced us to mostly 20-something pairs entering a gaudy, bling-heavy House, but strategically affording some housemates manipulative power over others -including an offer of $20,000 to forgo food for the week. 4 more housemates, including a disabled contestant, enter the house tonight.
A Current Affair had a particularly strong night at #2 on 1.24m viewers while Leigh Sales and Have You Been Paying Attention? had some positive news.
Nine network won the night with 32.9% then Seven 29.1%, ABC 18.8%, TEN 15.1% and SBS 4.0%.
Also scoring for Nine were Nine News (1.21m / 1.18m) and Hot Seat (637,000). Footy Classified was 277,000 in 3 cities.
Seven News topped its timeslot with 1.21m / 1.14m for Seven then The X Factor (1.17m), Home and Away (991,000), The Amazing Race: Aus v NZ (634,000) and Million Dollar Minute (595,000). Movie: Anger Management was 201,000. Talking Footy was 19,000 in 3 cities (106,000 on 7mate).
Leigh Sales’ return to 7:30 topped ABC at 874,000 followed by Australian Story (872,000), ABC News (828,000), Four Corners (716,000), Media Watch (663,000) and Q & A (555,000 / 52,000).
TEN Eyewitness News (675,000) was best for TEN. The Project was 633,000 / 501,000, Have You Been Paying Attention? was 465,000 and better than its lead in Hidden Kingdoms with Stephen Fry (342,000). NCIS: LA repeat was 246,000.
The Real History of Science Fiction was 219,000 on SBS ONE then Countdown to a Catastrope (177,000), SBS World News (117,000), Legally Brown (97,000) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (86,000).
Neighbours led multichannels at 308,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 72,000 / 45,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 8 September 2014