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Laver s story a sweet spot with viewers
Rod Laver in 1962. Picture: John Minihan/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

The Australian Story about tennis legend Rod Laver hit a winning point on Monday night's ratings with a Top 10 ranking.

The first of two episodes commemorating the 50th anniversary of Laver's first tennis grand slam was the ninth most-watched show on Monday.

Titled The Slam and featuring interviews with tennis greats Roger Federer, John Newcombe, Ken Rosewall and Tony Roche, it attracted 876,000 viewers.

The second episode of The Slam screens next Monday on the ABC at 8pm.

Once again there was no stopping the popularity of The X Factor on the Seven Network - the reality singing contest has won the ratings every night it has aired. On Monday 1.422 million viewers tuned in to watch the contestants in the "world's biggest legends" show.

Seven News (1.224 million) was second, followed by Nine News (1.044 million), ABC News (1.030 million) and Today Tonight (1.029 million).

Home And Away appears to be overtaking its rival Big Brother. The Seven soapie was sixth with 1.005 million viewers while Big Brother's Live Nominations was seventh with 993,000 watchers and the regular show slipped in at 10th with 867,000 viewers.

Top rating shows on Monday night.

1. The X Factor (Seven) - 1.422 million

2. Seven News (Seven) - 1.224 million

3. Nine News (Nine) - 1.044 million

4. ABC News (ABC) - 1.030 million

5. Today Tonight (Seven) - 1.029 million

6. Home And Away (Seven) - 1.005 million

7. Big Brother Live Nominations (Nine) - 993,000

8. A Current Affair (Nine) - 920,000

9. Australian Story (ABC) - 876,000

10. Big Brother (Nine) - 867,000

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