The Shire's second instalment produced a notional increase in ratings, however after time adjustment removed the contribution by the third last episode of MasterChef, the dramality show actually lost a fraction under 200,000 viewers.
Having delivered 941,000 viewers last week, the show's real number of 754,000 last night would not see it finish in the top 10 for the five metropolitan cities.
This is a very competitive week however, with the final of popular prime time soap opera Revenge topping the night, and handing an audience bump to The Amazing Race for Seven.
Ten executives will be far more concerned with how The Shire performed in the younger demographics where it had significantly better results - Ten's best result last night came in the 16-39 demographic where they took 22.4% of the audience (compared to 18% of Total People) to take second place behind Seven with 25.3%.
This was largely due to the strong finishing MasterChef capturing its largest ratings figures for the season, only narrowly beaten into second place.
Nine suffered another disappointing night with The Voice (US) dropping to 484,000 viewers (down from 529,000) to ensure Nine were comfortably beaten by the ABC for the night.
Monday night ratings:
1 Revenge Seven 1,553,000
2 Masterchef Australia Ten 1,549,000*
3 Seven News Seven 1,291,000
4 Nine News Nine 1,282,000
5 Today Tonight Seven 1,237,000
6 The Shire Ten 1,062,000*
7 The Amazing Race Australia Seven 1,014,000
8 ABC News ABC1 1,007,000
9 Home And Away Seven 1,003,000
10 Australian Story ABC1 938,000
11 Four Corners ABC1 910,000
12 A Current Affair Nine 898,000
13 Up All Night Seven 888,000
14 Media Watch ABC1 837,000
15 Ten News At Five Ten 754,000
16 7.30 ABC1 741,000
17 The Project 6.30pm Ten 714,000
18 Q&A ABC1 708,000
19 Hot Seat Nine 701,000
20 Deal Or No Deal Seven 618,000