Stay-at-home dads a hit for Nine
Firass Dirani as Justin, Rhys Muldoon as Mark, Gyton Grantley as Kane and Gary Sweet as Lewis in Nine's House Husbands. Picture: Giovanni Lovisetto.

The new family drama House Husbands has provided the Nine Network with another instant ratings hit.

Starring Firass Dirani, Rhys Muldoon, Gary Sweet and Gyton Grantley, House Husbands premiered on Sunday night as the most-watched show on television with an audience of 1.376 million.

It eclipsed the Seven Network's a current affairs program Sunday Night (1.357 million) and Seven News (1.335 million).

House Husbands is another success stories for Nine this year following on from Underbelly: Badness; Howzat: Kerry Packer's War; The Voice; and The Block.

Nine's 60 Minutes, which featured an interview with Australia's Next Top Model host Charlotte Dawson and her recent spiral into depression following a Twitter attack, came in fourth with 1.328 million viewers.

A repeat of Border Security, Australia's Front Line was fifth with 1.264 million viewers, followed by Nine News (1.206 million).

A first-run episode of Border Security, Australia's Front Line was seventh with 1.056 million watchers ahead of the ABC's premiere of its period drama Call The Midwives, starring Vanessa Redgrave, which attracted 988.000.

The second eviction night of Big Brother was less than popular than the first but still snared ninth spot with 949,00 viewers, while ABC News rounded out the top 10.

Top ratings shows on Sunday night

1. House Husbands (Nine) - 1.376 million

2. Sunday Night (Seven) - 1.357 million

3. Seven News (Seven) - 1.335 million

4. 60 Minutes (Nine) - 1.328 million

5. Border Security - Australia's Front Line (r) (Seven) - 1.264 million

6. Nine News (Nine) - 1.206 million

7. Border Security - Australia's Front Line (Seven) - 1.056 million

8. Call The Midwife (ABC) - 988,000

9. Big Brother - Live Eviction (Nine) - 949,000

10. ABC News (ABC) - 934,000

The West Australian

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