• One hour of A Current Affair helps keep Nine #1
• ABC close second where Monday night is news night
Monday news highlights
Seven News 1,239,000/1,189,000
Nine News 1,238,000/1,177,000
ABC News 1,012,000
Australian Story 783,000
A Current Affair 746,000
Media Watch 687,000
Four Corners 685,000
The Project 440,000/615,000
10 News First 559,000/382,000
The Latest 389,000
Nine News special: COVID-19 366,000
Nine: The channel has started one hour editions of A Current Affair with the Great Australian Giveaway aimed to help people who will be under stay at home orders for possibly as long as six months. The program did 746,000. An hour of RBT followed on 510,000. Nine’s late news special on COVID-19 then did 366,000.
Seven: Seven pushed The Latest a little later to 8.30pm to make way for House Rules: High Stakes. The program launched reasonably well in terms of what it could have expected, but the episode still ranked fourth early on and then climbed to third later in the episode. The program has historically had smaller launch audiences and this year was no exception with 679,000 until 7.30pm, and then 660,000 after 7.30pm.
The Latest then did 389,000.
10: The Project did well with over 600,000 after 7pm. However audiences weren’t laughing after 7.30pm with 281,000 watching The Montreal Comedy Festival. Later in the evening Hughesy, We Have A Problem did 298,000.
ABC: The channel had its equal second-best share of the year as viewers flocked to its regular Monday news and current affairs line-up. Not all the shows depend on COVID-19 coverage either – Australian Story featured the friendship between jazz greats James Morrison and Don Burrows, while Four Corners looked at the success of Amazon.com. Q&A featured stories from the COVID-19 frontline and had an audience of 442,000, enough to find a home in the Monday Top 20.