No contest as Downton Abbey finale, MKR win Monday


With the last ever episode of Downton Abbey following My Kitchen Rules, Monday was always going to be a winner for Seven -it was just a question of by how much.

MKR rose on last week, up from 1.36m to 1.45m. Downton bowed out with 861,000 -an excellent figure given its 11pm ending. It will rise even higher with Timeshifted numbers.

Married at First Sight also lifted slightly on last Monday, scoring 899,000 for Nine. ABC shows could not hold the strength of last week’s performances with 692,000 tuning in for Australian Story‘s profile of Michelle Bridges.

All Star Family Feud rose for TEN, up from 420,000 to 500,000.

In the end Seven network won Monday with a sizeable share of 35.8% then Nine 23.1%, ABC 19.5%, TEN 16.1% and SBS 5.5%.

My Kitchen Rules was #1 with 1.45m viewers for Seven followed by Seven News (1.07m / 1.04m), Downton Abbey (861,000), Home and Away (805,000) and The Chase (690,000 / 444,000). Talking Footy was 144,000.

Nine News
(1.1m / 1.04m) was best for Nine followed by Married at First Sight (899,000), A Current Affair (842,000), Hot Seat (559,000) and Reno Rumble (356,000). Footy Classified was 166,000 in 3 cities.

ABC News (862,000) led for ABC then 7:30 (726,000), Australian Story (692,000), Media Watch (687,000), Four Corners (664,000) and Q&A (565,000).

The Project drew 582,000 / 462,000 on TEN followed by TEN Eyewitness News (567,000), All Star Family Feud (500,000) and CSI Cyber (383,000 / 350,000).

On SBS it was Michael Mosley: Do We Need Health Tests? (250,000), SBS World News (164,000), Royal Navy School (109,000). Sex Diaries was just 74,000.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom again topped multichannels with 246,000 viewers:

Today: 320,000
Sunrise: 311,000
ABC News Breakfast: 98,000 / 52,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 18 April 2016


  1. On Monday Channel Seven interrupted a non stop series of advertisements and station promos for the smithereens of the final episode of Downton Abbey. Devoting half the screen to MKR when to program finally returned shows Seven’s incredible contempt for viewers.

  2. I consider Downton Abbey’s ratings rather soft. Once again Australian Free to Air networks treat us viewers with contempt with their arrogant view of delaying the final season telecast. Thankfully we now have other means of viewing our “must watch” programs.
    I thought the final episode of Downton was ordinary. I’m a little tired of writers/producers taking the safe option when winding up a series with “happy endings.” Each to their own I suppose.

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