Glenn Dyer reports:



The Winners Another win for Nine, thanks to Eddie’s second
millionaire winner, the slow-thinking Martin Flood. More than 1.76 million people
tuned in, beating Seven’s Grey’s Anatomy into second place with 1.472 million.
Home and Away was next with 1.404 million, then Today Tonight (1.376 million)
and Seven News (1.361million). Nine’s Cold Case at 9.30pm (1.349 million) easily accounted for the new Seven effort, Dragon’s Den, which was watched by an average of 812,000 viewers. For Ten, the audience for the verdict episode of
Australian Idol held up better than previous weeks, which
is not surprising considering we now have the two finalists. An average
of 1.252 million people watched last night, compared to the 1.452
million on Sunday night.
The Losers

13 programs attracted a million or more
viewers, so not that many poor performers but Dragon’s Den was
disappointing for Seven. It’s a format licensed from the UK and finished third
behind Cold Case and Ten’s The Biggest Loser. Ten’s Numb3rs perked up with 942,000 viewers and The Biggest Loser
attracted 823,000 people. Temptation on Nine was a celebrity families special to boost
the ratings audience to try and fight off Home and Away – the gap was
down to less than 100,000, with Temptation averaging 1.307
million.

News & CA Thanks to Perth, Seven News and Today Tonight won the
national battle. Seven News and TT
won Sydney and Perth, Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane and A Current
Affair
won in Adelaide after Seven narrowly won the news battle. The
ABC News was watched by 1.109 million and The 7.30 Report by 912,000.
The Stats Nine with 30.9% from Seven with 27.2%, Ten with 20.6%, the
ABC with 13.0% and SBS with 8.3% (boosted by a repeat of Mythbusters). Nine
won all markets bar Perth where it was a Seven victory,
again.
Glenn Dyer’s
comments
Tonight no Dancing With
The Stars
for Seven, just a Dance-Off special at 8.30pm after the debut of Headland at 7.30pm. There’s a lot riding on this program for Seven, but at
least they are having a go. It’s up against new Frasier episodes on Nine and a new episode
of The Simpsons on Ten. Life is never easy in ratings prime
time.