Attenborough still a hit in Oz
Sir David Attenborough. Picture: Andrew Crowley.

British naturalist Sir David Attenborough is still a hit with Australians after some of TV's most acclaimed series took a back seat to the octogenarian's two programs on Sunday night.

Attenborough's natural history documentary and its accompanying behind-the-scenes special on the ABC were among the 10 most-watched shows.

In contrast, the Emmy-award-winning Homeland, US comedy Modern Family, crime series Bones and police drama The Mentalist all finished outside the Top 10.

Attenborough's special Kingdom Of The Plants attracted 972,000 viewers to be seventh and The Making of Kingdom of the Plants was 10th with 909,000 viewers.

Despite Attenborough's popularity, the night belonged to the Seven Network, which had four of the five most-watched shows for the evening.

Sunday Night was first with 1.377 million viewers, while Seven News had an audience of 1.163 million watchers for third place.

Seven's reality shows Air Ways (1.066 million) and Border Security - Australia's Front Line (1.052 million) were fourth and fifth respectively.

The Nine Network's 60 Minutes had a strong result with 1.237 million viewers for the No.2 spot.

Nine News (1.012 million) sat at No.6 and Aussie family drama House Husbands had a good performance with 944,000 tuning in for No.8.

Big Brother's live eviction (911,000) was ninth, which gave Nine four programs in the Top 10.

Network Ten is having moderate success with its decision to fast-track shows out of the US. Its best performing program on Sunday night was Modern Family (908,000) 11th, while Homeland (712,000) was 15th, Merlin (561,000) was 18th and The New Normal (552,000) was 19th.

Other shows to finish down the order were Seven's Bones (792,000) in 14th place and Nine's The Mentalist (647,000) was 16th.

Top ratings shows on Sunday

1. Sunday Night (Seven) - 1.377 million

2. 60 Minutes (Nine) - 1.237 million

3. Seven News (Seven) - 1.163 million

4. Air Ways (Seven) - 1.066 million

5. Border Security - Australia's Front Line (Seven) - 1.052 million

6. Nine News (Nine) - 1.012 million

7. David Attenborough: Kingdom Of The Plants (ABC) - 972,000

8. House Husbands (Nine) - 944,000

9. Big Brother Live Eviction (Nine) - 911,000

10. The Making of Kingdom of the Plants (ABC) - 909,000

The West Australian

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