Public interest in COVID-19 information led to a lift in news and current affairs programming last night -including several 2020 highs.
Seven News topped the night at 1.1m / 1.02m but Nine News was also high at 1.07m / 1.05m -both were respective highs for weeknight news this year.
Meanwhile in other slots there were lifts for 7:30, ABC News, A Current Affair, The Project, 10 News First, SBS World News and a very spartan edition of Q&A. Breakfast TV was also boosted across the board.
Married at First Sight topped the entertainment timeslot and the demos at 1.04m defeating 7:30 (888,000), Australian Story (713,000), Australian Survivor (700,000) and My Kitchen Rules (476,000) -which scraped in at #20.
A Nine News special on COVID-19 drew 632,000 ahead of Media Watch (579,000), Four Corners (537,000 from 8:30pm), The Latest (340,000) and Hughesy We Have a Problem (293,000).
Nine network won Monday with 29.2% then Seven 23.2%, ABC 22.1%, 10 19.4% and SBS 6.0%.
A Current Affair enjoyed a 2020 high at 848,000 for Nine. Hot Seat was 478,000 / 299,000. Footy Classified was 178,000 in 3 cities and 100% Footy was 80,000 in 2 cities.
Home and Away pulled 579,000 and The Chase was 554,000 / 367,000. Talking Footy drew 79,000 for its repeat in 3 cities.
ABC News won its slot at 856,000 for ABC with Q&A at 517,000 and The Drum also up at 221,000.
The Project was at a 2020 high at 582,000 / 387,000 as was 10 News First (519,000 / 330,000).
On SBS it was SBS World News (144,000, Michael Mosley’s Placebo Experiment (129,000), Planet Expedition (120,000), Michael Mosley: Medical Mavericks (85,000) and Mastermind (79,000).
Bluey led multichannels at 180,000. Neighbours drew 154,000 / 142,000 for its two episodes.
News Breakfast: 156,000 / 72,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 16 March 2020