The Winners Nine says it’s a winner, Seven says it’s a winner, Desperate Housewives can claim a win with the biggest audience (1.925 million) with what was essentially a repeat and Eddie McGuire’s Desperate for a Millionaire can claim to be a winner with 1.656 million people; A Current Affair (in Sydney), Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope with the exclusive interview with Di Fingelton, the former chief Magistrate of Qld; Big Brother Uncut (one million viewers) was up around 70,000 viewers or 7% after the week of publicity, which is just what Ten wanted.
The Losers Millionaire with the latest contestant, Andrew Plumpton,
grabbing the half a million bucks and running. So much for all the hype
from Nine. Serial loser, Last Man Standing saw its audience
edge over 800,000 in a small gain for Seven. Ten Network overall was a
loser, despite the performances of the two Big Brother programs.
News & CA Nine News beat Seven News nationally by fewer than
1,000 viewers and Seven won Sydney. Seven got close because of another
big win in Perth. Likewise with the battle between Today Tonight and A Current Affair. Four Corners got 748,000 people and Media Watch 815,000 but it was helped by the turn-on to Enough Rope at 9.30pm (1.144 million people).
The Stats Nine won 29.8% to Seven on 26.9%, Ten down on 20.4%, the ABC on 16.1% and SBS on 6.6%, thanks again to another good outing by Mythbusters. Nine won everywhere bar Perth where Seven was the clear winner.
Glenn Dyer’s comments Eighteen programs were watched by a million or more viewers – Desperate Housewives was 1st, BB Uncut
was 18th. Quite a range. Nine’s efforts to find the first millionaire
for Eddie’s program have again been frustrated – nine people have got
to the $500,000 mark and taken the perfectly rational step of grabbing
the loot rather than risking it all. Tonight there’s Boston Legal, another of Seven’s laggards and Grumpy Old Women on the ABC. Has anyone though of putting a group of grumpy old men and grumpy old women into a house and calling it… Grumbling Grands?

Peter Fray

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