Glenn Dyer reports:

The Winners Tuesday and Dancing with the Stars (2.1 million average)
blitzed the field last night and gave Seven a convincing win, taking it
to the lead in the week, such was the size of its winning margin. That
was its largest season audience, beating series one and two. It dragged
All Saints
(1.422 million) along in its wake. Home and Away (1.561 million) continued to
blitz Nine’s Temptation (1.281 million) in the 7pm time slot. Seven News and
Today Tonight had narrow wins because of Perth. Nine’s top program was A Current
Affair
with 1.341 million, Nine News averaged 1.32 million and from then on it
was downhill for the rest of the night. Ten also got a hammering, which was to
be expected.
The Losers

Hmmm, Frasier on Nine, one new episode, one old and it
is heading towards the series end in a few weeks and its audience is down to
1.093 million. A pity. Repeat two of The Simpsons (7.30-8.30pm) was watched
by 1.12 million, the first, 1.108 million, and the one at 6pm, 876,000. The
male-orientated Brainiac with 972,000 viewers is settling steadily lower. The
ABC’s The Hit Game, wasn’t a hit with viewers, just 455,000 people on average
between 8pm and 8.30pm. Likewise Vulture, the ABC’s arts program with edge has
settled around the 230,000 viewers level at 10.05 to 10.35pm. Lateline is dragged
down to 228,000 or thereabouts. Lateline would be better run after Foreign
Correspondent
9.20pm to 10.04pm. Lateline is certainly better viewing than
Vulture. The Bill Tuesday, down to 792,000. Fewer and fewer people are
interested. It needs a strong boot in the plot and
storyline.

News & CA Seven won but Nine had a better night, although the battle at
6pm in Sydney remains just as one-sided. Seven News won 366,000 to 297,000 for
Nine. That was the second night in a row Nine News had been under 300,000
viewers in Sydney. But A Current Affair bounced back to beat Today Tonight in
Sydney. Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane and Adelaide. Only the huge 100,000 to
120,000 margins in Perth secured the wins nationally for Seven between 6pm and
7pm.
The Stats Seven with 35.6% to 26.1% for Nine. Ten was on 21.6%,
the ABC on 12.4% and SBS on 4.3%. Nine finished third in Adelaide and Perth with
Ten second to Seven. Seven had big margins of five points or more everywhere bar
Brisbane where it won by 2.4%.
Glenn Dyer’s
comments
With no football on Sunday
night to give it a lead, Nine has fallen behind Seven after last night in the
weekly battle for supremacy and bragging rights next Sunday. Seven leads 29.0%
to 27.8% and it leads in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Nine leads Melbourne and
Adelaide. Tonight it’s the battle of McLeod’s and Beyond
Tomorrow
at 7.30pm. Ten will do well
with House at 8.30pm, Blue Heelers will sag and Australian Princess at 7.30pm on
Ten, is another version of McLeod’s Daughters on Nine if you think about it,
especially with the steady rise in blokes on
McLeod’s.

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