Viewers effectively sent a message to commercial broadcasters last night to lift their game, with ABC winning their timeslots from 8pm.
Australian Story, Four Corners, Media Watch and Q&A all won from 8pm onwards.
Nine was leading early in the evening with its News and A Current Affair, while Seven took the lead at 7:30 with Highway Patrol.
House Husbands also rose on last week, with Nine winning the night overall.
Nine network won with 26.9% then Seven 25.9%, ABC 23.1%, TEN 17.9% and SBS 6.3%.
Nine News (1.18m / 1.16m) was best for Nine then A Current Affair (1.03m), The Hotplate (850,000), House Husbands (732,000) and Hot Seat (605,000). Footy Classified was 244,000 in 3 cities.
Seven News (1.08m / 1.04m) topped Seven’s night then Highway Patrol (945,000), Home and Away (844,000), Motorway Patrol (802,000), Ramsay’s Hotel Hell (482,000), Million Dollar Minute (474,000) and The Blacklist (414,000). Talking Footy was 24,000 in 3 cities (115,000 on 7mate).
Australian Story (965,000), Four Corners (954,000), ABC News (950,000), 7:30 (853,000), Media Watch (834,000) and Q & A (675,000) were all strong for ABC.
The Project (683,000 / 474,000) led for TEN. The Great Australian Spelling Bee was 639,000 down slightly on last week’s 665,000, Have You Been Paying Attention? was 621,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 615,000, and NCIS: New Orleans was 211,000.
On SBS it was Is Sugar the New Fat? (317,000), The Island with Bear Grylls (251,000 / 239,000). SBS World News was 151,000.
7TWO’s A Touch of Frost led multichannels with 267,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 110,000 / 49,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 31 August 2015