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Seven’s House Rules edges towards Ten’s Masterchef Australia with highest rating episode of year to date

Seven’s House Rules has gained more momentum, cracking 801,000 metro viewers on Monday night.

The result saw House Rules move towards Ten’s Masterchef Australia, which had a metro audience of 895,000, making it the most watched non-news program of the evening.

House Rules aired its highest rating episode of the year to date

Although Masterchef Australia remains almost 100,000 viewers ahead of Seven’s entertainment program, last night’s result was the highest for House Rules in 2018.

On Nine, the second week of Sean Micallauf’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation dipped from last week’s premiere audience of 678,000. Last night the show attracted 595,000 metro viewers, coming behind House Rules, Masterchef Australia, and the ABC’s 7:30 which had an audience of 683,000.

Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention grabbed the most attention in the later time slot, with 816,000 metro viewers. It also placed second across the key advertising demographics – 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54 – behind Masterchef Australia.

ABC’s Four Corners also proved popular in the 8:30pm time slot, with 769,000 metro viewers. Nine’s Big Bang Theory pulled in 448,000 metro viewers at the same time. But Seven’s The Mentor – with Mark Bouris – did not make the top 20, according to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings

It was a strong evening for the ABC with Media Watch also delivering a sizeable audience – at 605,000.

On the multi-channels, Nine’s new dating show Love Island Australia, which runs on 9GO, built momentum, capturing 184,000 metro viewers at 8:30pm. The encore – which ran on Nine at 10:45pm – did not sit in the top 20, finishing with 98,000 metro viewers. On Sunday night the show premiered on 9GO with 155,000 metro viewers.

Episode one of Love Island has a total VPM audience of 68,500.

Seven had the most popular program overall with its 6pm news bulletin delivering a metro audience of 1.124m. The bulletin dominated in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine News – which managed 1.043m – was more popular in Melbourne, with 348,000 viewers.

In the main channel shares, Seven won the night with a share of 18.9% while Nine and Ten battled against one another for second place. Nine’s share was 16.2%, Ten finished with a 16.1% share while the ABC and SBS posted shares of 14.7% and 5%.

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