Nine’s heavily promoted Big Brother made a strong debut on Monday night, rating 1.618m.
The show was the centrepiece of the network’s on air promotion during its Olympics coverage.
Nine also launched the latest in its Underbelly franchise, Underbelly: Badness. It rated even better, averaging 1.78m, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.
It left little room for the second night of Ten’s Everybody Dance Now, which struggled with a desperate 304,000 – half of Sunday night’s debut of 598,000 – in 31st position. Masterchef All Stars rated 702,000 in 16th.
Underbelly and Big Brother’s positions of One and Two held across the three key advertising demographics of 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.
Everybody Dance Now climbed to 18th in 16-39, 24th in 18-49 and 27th in 25-54.
Meanwhile, Seven’s series final of Once Upon A Time rated 799,000 while The Amazing Race Australia rated 787,000.
Nine’s live, morning coverage of the Olympic Closing Ceremony rated 1m viewers while the repeat at 9.30pm rated 864,000.
ABC News was the public broadcaster’s highest rating show with 1.04m and sixth in total viewers while Ten News At Five was the Ten’s highest rating show with 753,000 and 15th overall.
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