Glenn Dyer reports:

The Winners

Well, Nine of course: it was the third and deciding Origin Rugby
league game and Nine won easily, thanks to the 1.9 million people who watched
(including a solid 242,000 in Melbourne
when they advanced the replay time an hour to 9:30pm last night. That’s
certainly a lot better than most AFL games get in Sydney)
The Losers

Because of Origin, most programs not on
Nine suffered (except SBS).

News & CA

Today Tonight and Seven News had wins nationally last night,
because of Brisbane, Adelaide
and Perth.
But lost again in Sydney,
with ACA winning easily and having its best night for months (371,000 to
319,000). If this continues tonight and then into next week, Seven has a
problem which it will have to fix otherwise it will hurt the Network. Nine’s
rebuilding of the Celebrity Squares franchise to run at 5:30pm against Deal
or No Deal
will not make it any easier.
The Stats

Nine won with 38.4%, to Seven on 22.1% Ten on 21.8%, the ABC
down on 13.4% and SBS on 4.5%. Nine’s share in Sydney was
a massive 50.7% and in Brisbane 47.8%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments

Now the mid-year
Origin extravaganza is out of the way, we can settle down to some more trench
warfare before the football finals in September. There will be a few stunts, specials
and events running at “special times” to keep us
entertained. The off-camera changes at Nine continue to be more
entertaining, and watching pollies like Trish Draper assume the high moral
ground over Big Brother continue to astound for its brazenness. She is using
the Big Brother issue to try to rebuild her image with the religious groups
in her electorate and nothing else.

Peter Fray

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