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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Beauty and the Geek shine for Seven

The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven’s night, easily, as Ten spun its wheels (again) and Nine lost ground as it switched to a semi-summer mode. Beauty and the Geek Australia (BATFG) was the most-watched program with more than 1.23 million metro viewers. Some of it looked appalling, but, hey, I’m not in the demos that matter. BATG saw a big jump last week and it continued last night. It added more than 300,000 last week with Big Brother still on Nine. BB vanished on Wednesday and another 260,000 viewers jumped to BATG.

Seven was also dominant in regional markets, again. Overall, a weak night. Brynne: My Bedazzled Life faded to black with 910,000 viewers in metro markets and that final flourish can be put down to the ending of BB.

ABC1’s Redfern Now slid to 663,000 metro viewers, but still easily topped the weak offerings on Nine (CSI) and Ten (Law and Order: SVU).

Tonight: Test cricket on Nine over the rest of today and the weekend. Better Homes and Gardens on Seven. New Tricks on ABC1. Movies on Nine. The Living Room on Ten.

Saturday: Nothing much at all on the commercial channels, Doc Martin repeat and Kingdom on ABC1. SBS ONE has the second part of Blackout at 8.30pm and The Red Riding Trilogy: 1974 at 9.30pm. Watch PBS News at 4.30pm on SBS ONE and wait until the last 15 minutes for the discussion of the election with Mark Shields and David Brooks. You will learn a lot. They are pretty hard headed.

Sunday: Sunday Night on Seven at 6.30pm, 60 Minutes on Nine at 7.30pm (compare and contrast both programs) after Hamish & Andy’s Caravan of Courage: Australia v New Zealand. ABC1 has the first part of the much talked about Devil’s Dust. Watch it and weep. Ten has Modern Family and double Homeland episodes from 8.30pm.

The Metro Winners:

  1. Beauty and the Geek Australia (Seven, 8pm) — 1.284 million.
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.113 million.
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.082 million.

The Losers:¬†Viewers of the Nine Network deserved better than what they got last night with a couple of weeks of official ratings left to go. The Getaway best bits program at 7.30pm had 618,000 metro. The first episode of CSI at 8.30pm, 494,000 metro. Faded old warhorses trotted out to fill the holes in a weak schedule that has been bled of ideas by a network that should have been listed, but ended up being restructured because of unpayable debts. It’s showing up in the schedule and viewers have every right to be upset. Ten was again weak with its programs averaging no more than 562,000 metro viewers at 7pm. But then we know the network is struggling.Metro News & CA: While Seven News won Sydney by 37,000 (a big margin for Seven at the moment), it lost Melbourne by another crushing margin, of 150,000, 229,000 to 379,000. Today Tonight won nationally and in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, but A Current Affair won Brisbane and won Melbourne, 291,000 to 212,000 viewers.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.113 million.
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.082 million.
  3. Today Tonight (Seven, 6.30pm) — 970,000.
  4. ABC1 News (7pm) — 930,000.
  5. A Current Affair (Nine, 6.30pm) — 911,000.
  6. 7.30 (ABC1, 7.30pm) — 780,000.
  7. Ten News (5pm) — 545,000.
  8. The Project (Ten, 6.30pm) — 535,000.
  9. The Project (Ten, 6pm) — 364,000.
  10. Ten Late News (Ten, 10.30pm) — 202,000.
  11. Lateline (ABC1, 10.30pm) — 200,000.
  12. The Business (ABC1, 11.05pm, repeat) — 149,000.
  13. SBS News (6.30pm) — 141,000.
  14. SBS Late News (10.30pm) — 109,000.
  15. The Drum (News 24, 6pm) — 38,000.

In the morning: Nine’s Mornings had its second win over Seven’s The Morning Show in as many weeks.

  1. Sunrise (Seven, 7am ) — 370,000.
  2. Today (Nine, 7am) — 345,000.
  3. Mornings (Nine, 9am) — 126,000.
  4. The Morning Show (Seven, 9am) — 118,000.
  5. News Breakfast (ABC1, 7am) — 49,000 + 40,000 on News 24.
  6. Breakfast (Ten, 7am) — 47,000.

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