It was the Seven Network’s worst night of 2005, an enormous comedown from the highs of Desperate Housewives, Lost and other clever programming tricks. Try fourth place, behind the ABC, Ten and Nine.

Las Vegas, the live comedy, Let Loose Live and Billy Connolly’s New Zealand tour bombed miserably, handing Nine an easy win on the night, second place went to Ten (much to its surprise) and third to the ABC, leaving the best-performing network of the year in fourth.

Let Loose attracted 659,000 viewers, around 340,000 fewer than its opening night the previous Sunday, while the Billy Connolly show slumped by almost half a million viewers to 585,000. That was after Las Vegas had gathered only 917,000 viewers at 7:30pm, up against 60 Minutes with 1.8 million, the second part of the nice debunking of the DaVinci Code on the ABC and Big Brother.

Nine News was the top program on the night with 1.87 million, followed by 60 Minutes and then the final episode of the high cost Celebrity Circus with 1.765 million.

The interesting Elvis by the Presleys special on the ABC was watched by 1.2 million people and beat Seven.

Nine won with a 35.1% share to Ten with 23.4% and ABC with 18.6% and Seven with 18.3% and SBS with 4.5%. Seven beat the ABC in Sydney and Brisbane and Perth, but lost badly in Melbourne and Adelaide.