Nine drama may be out of Business
Tricky Business cast. Picture: Supplied by Ten.

Without The Voice as its ratings wingman, the Nine Network's family drama Tricky Business crashed on Monday night.

A week ago Nine's drama screened after The Voice grand final and pulled in 1.336 million viewers for fifth place, but on Monday it plummeted to 17th with 716,000 watchers - a long way behind the number one show The Block (1.543 million).

Even with a new timeslot of 8pm, straight after The Block, Tricky Business was soundly beaten. The drama has yet to be commissioned for another season and if ratings don't improve it may be a one-season wonder.

There was good news, however, for the ABC, with all its news shows doing well in the ratings on Monday night.

The first of Australian Story's two-parter on the late Diana Bliss, theatre producer and second wife of Alan Bond, attracted 1.096 million viewers for eighth place. Following in ninth place was Four Corners, which looked at Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart, pulling in 1.04 million viewers.

The ABC News gave the public broadcaster its third show in the top 10.

Nine News, with 1.375 million viewers, and Seven News with 1.373 million, were second and third respectively.

Seven's drama Revenge continued to pull strong numbers with 1.319 million viewers for fourth place, followed by A Current Affair (1.232 million) and Today Tonight (1.152 million).

The elimination of Perth banker Sam Davis from MasterChef attracted 1.15 million viewers for seventh spot and was Network Ten's only show in the top 10.

Top 10 Monday night ratings

1. The Block (Nine) - 1.543 million

2. Nine News (Nine) - 1.375 million

3. Seven News (Seven) - 1.373 million

4. Revenge (Seven) - 1.319 million

5. A Current Affair (Nine) - 1.232 million

6. Today Tonight (Seven) - 1.152 million

7. MasterChef (Ten) - 1.150 million

8. Australian Story (ABC) - 1.096 million

9. Four Corners (ABC) - 1.040 million

10. ABC News (ABC) - 1.010 million

The West Australian

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