The Winners

Well, Nine won thanks to the AFL Footy Show Grand final which
did very well in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. Seven also lifted
its performance elsewhere compared to previous Thursday nights. Home and Away continued to
dominate Nine’s Temptation at 7pm. MDA on the ABC is still alive with 515,000, Nine screened Body
and You are What You Eat in Sydney and Brisbane only because of the AFL
Footy Show and they got solid numbers in both markets. But Home and Away was the
most watched program in Sydney, the AFL Footy Show in Melbourne. A very mixed up

The Losers

Ten. No traction anywhere all night… The News at 5pm
was its best performer, followed by a repeat of Lawand Order SVU at 8.30pm.
B*mmer, as the young adults would

News & CA

In a big surprise Seven News and Today Tonight beat Nine News
and A Current Affair in Melbourne. That will rattle Nine’s cage. Both Seven
programs of course again won Sydney. Nine’s duo won Brisbane, but Seven won both
slots in Adelaide and Perth. It was a surprise in Melbourne given the AFL Grand
Final and the way the AFL Footy Show performed late in the night. The ABC News
and The 7.30 Report both did more than a million viewers each in another solid
outing for a Thursday night.

The Stats

Nine with 34.5% to Seven with 27.0% to Ten with 17.2%,
just in front of the ABC with 16.1% and SBS with 5.3%. Nine leads the week from

Glenn Dyer’s

Seven’s countered Nine’s AFL Footy Show grand final effort by
running a bit dead with its programming last night from 8.30pm, thereby
confusing us all. Las Vegas was
broadcast in only Sydney and Brisbane. Cirque du Soleil from
8:30 to 10:30pm and Alias
10:30pm-12:30am in southern
markets of Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The Footy Show (AFL) pre-empted Nine’s
regular 8:30-9:30pm programming
in those southern markets.The Footy Show audience nationally was 1.435 million,
with most of that the AFL variety. The NRL version started 9.30pm in Sydney and
Brisbane where it did OK. The NRL Grand Final will start at 8.30pm in Sydney
and Brisbane next week. Tonight, will Survivor Guatemala do
better than last week’s effort of just over a million, without an AFL final up
against it? Nine is hoping so, Seven is wondering, and Ten will see its Friday
night audience ease, but the movie My Best friend’s Wedding might be a good
stopper. The Grand Final means daytime
viewing is Ten’s tomorrow and its News will do well at 6pm (with the Grand
Final as a lead-in) and Ten in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth will bask in the
slowly fading glory of the Grand Final tomorrow night. But in Sydney and
Brisbane Nine will rule because of the Wests Tigers-St George Preliminary Final
tomorrow night. Nine’s

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