The first outing of Five's new look news programme at 5pm picked up an average audience of 957,000 (7.5%) over half an hour with its audience rising from 885,000 (7.3%) in the first 15-minutes to 1m (7.7%) in the final quarter of an hour.
The programme, anchored by the former BBC newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, was up by 30% on the channel's slot average for Mondays in 2007 of 750,000 (6.1%).
On weekdays (Monday to Friday) Five averaged 664,000 (5.6%) over that time period last year.
Previously, Five's teatime news, which ran from 5.30pm to 6pm, averaged 587,000 (4.2%) in 2007. This had increased to 618,000 (3.9%) so far this year.
Despite the rise in viewers, Five still trailed the terrestrial pack at the time.
Over the half hour BBC2 had a combination of Ready Steady Cook and Britain's Dream Homes, which averaged 1.3m (5.6%) with the latter show picking up 1.5m (11.8%) from 5.15pm.
The first 30-minutes of Channel 4's Richard and Judy interested 1.9m (14.9%), with the magazine show holding a largely stable audience over the entire hour from 5pm.
BBC1's news programme for children, Newsround, gained 736,000 (6.1%) for 15-minutes at 5pm but the channel's audience shot up to 2.3m (15.3%) for quiz show The Weakest Link at 5.15pm. ITV1's game show, Goldenballs, managed 2m (14%) over the hour.
Kaplinsky also anchored Five's evening news at 7pm which wasn't as popular at its earlier bulletin.
The half-hour programme drew 431,000 (1.9%) with its audience falling from 472,000 (2.1%) at the start to 389,000 (1.7%) in the final 15-minutes.
The news service was only up slightly - 3.6% - on the channel's slot average for last year on a Monday of 416,000 (2.1%). Over the entire weekday period Five averaged 329,000 (1.7%) in 2007.
The 7pm edition of the news last year, which generally lasted 15-minutes, averaged just 279,000 (1.5%) although audiences did vary quite wildly. The most watched bulletin gained 830,000 (4%) on New Year's Eve but just 134,000 (0.8%) watched on 20 April.
This year, the 7pm news has had a slight boost with an average of 284,000 (1.3%).
Once again Five trailed the terrestrial pack at 7pm. Between 7pm and 7.30pm the Channel 4 News informed 809,000 (3.6%). Further ahead was BBC2's historical The Twenties in Colour on 1.3m (5.5%).
BBC1's The One Show was once again past the 5m mark at 7pm with 5.1m (22.2%) for 30-minutes. ITV1 totally dominated the slot though with Emmerdale on 8.5m (37%).