Back Roads most watched non-news program as ABC performs well on a quiet Monday night

The ABC’s Backroads program, in which host by Heather Ewart travels to regional communities, has led a low ratings evening for the second week in succession, as the most watched non-news program of Monday night.

Backroads with Heather Ewart was the most watched non-news program on Monday for a second week in a row.

Backroads with Heather Ewart was the most watched non-news program on Monday for a second week in a row.

The show led what was a strong night for the public broadcaster drawing 742,000 metropolitan viewers at 8pm, while Stephen McDonell’s Foreign Correspondent episode at 8.30pm on his decade in China drew 624,000 to win its timeslot and help the ABC to a 13.9 main channel audience share.

Over on the commercial networks a repeat of The Embassy on Nine at 7.30pm drew 590,000 beating Seven’s Better Homes & Gardens’s Christmas special which had 565,000. 

At 8.30pm movie Robin Hood on Seven drew 457,000 viewers while Marshalls drew 344,000.

Ten’s highest rating program of the night was The Project which had 534,000 at 7pm while a repeat of Modern Family drew 439,000.

In the news race, Seven won the night solidly pulling 941,000 across the 6pm and 6.30pm bulletins on the eve of the Sydney Siege anniversary while Nine had 888,000 in the 6pm bulletin and 866,000 in the 6.30pm slot.

The Simpsons on Fox8 were the highest rating program on subscription television with 90,000 viewers.

In main channel audience Seven won the night with 19 per cent, Nine had 17.5 per cent and Ten had 10.3 per cent.

Top 15 shows
1 SEVEN NEWS Network Seven 941,000
2 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network Seven 941,000
3 NINE NEWS Network Nine 888,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 866,000
5 7.30 Network ABC 797,000
6 ABC NEWS Network ABC 787,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 784,000
8 BACK ROADS Network ABC 742,000
10 THE EMBASSY Network Nine 590,000
12 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Network Seven 560,000
13 THE BIG BANG THEORY-MON EP.2 Network Seven 556,000
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY-MON EP.1 Network Seven 555,000
15 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 534,000

Audience Share
Network Seven 19.0%
Network Nine 17.5%
Network ABC 13.9%
Network TEN 10.3%
Network 7TWO 5.8%
Network SBS 5.1%
Network GO! 3.9%
Network 7mate 3.8%
Network ABC2 3.7%
Network ONE 2.9%
Network 9Life 2.7%
Network Gem 2.6%
Network SBS 2 2.3%
Network ELEVEN 1.9%
Network ABC News 24 1.7%
Network SBS Food Network 1.7%
Network ABC3 1.0%
Network NITV 0.1%

Total Radio Ratings
Network Seven TTL 28.6%
Network Nine TTL 26.8%
Network ABC TTL 20.3%
Network TEN TTL 15.1%
Network SBS TTL 9.2%

Ratings data is copyright OzTAM and may not be reproduced, published or communicated without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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