Nine has long maintained it prefers demos over Total People, which means The Block has a battle on its hands.
Last night The Block won its slot with 916,000. But while Australian Survivor was a serious contender at 819,000 it was champion across the demos.
Next across the slot were Australian Story (600,000), 7:30 (585,000), Highway Patrol (506,000) and Motorbike Cops (492,000).
Have You Been Paying Attention? won its slot at 780,000 -and was second in the demos for the night. It defeated This Time Next Year (664,000), Four Corners (519,000), Media Watch (482,000) and The Rookie (391,000).
Seven was strong early in the evening with game shows and News helping it to secure second place for the night.
Nine network won Monday with 28.0% then Seven 26.1%, 10 21.5%, ABC 16.8% and SBS 7.5%.
Nine News 920,000 / 891,000 was best for Nine. A Current Affair drew 832,000, down on last Monday, and Hot Seat (470,000 /273,000).
Seven News was #1 with 1.08m / 1.05m for Seven then The Chase (637,000 /382,000) and Home and Away (652,000). SWAT was 287,000.
The Project was 527,000 / 316,000 for 10 then 10 News First (369,000), and a Just for Laughs special (266,000). Celebrity Name Game was 232,000.
ABC News (647,000), Q&A (276,000) and The Drum (182,000) comprised ABC’s other shows.
On SBS it was Royals at War (217,000), 24 Hours in Emergency (168,000) and SBS World News (156,000), while Mastermind was just 64,000.
Dinosaur Train on ABC KIDS topped multichannels with 189,000.
News Breakfast: 108,000 / 51,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 26 August 2019