Glenn Dyer writes:


Seven is slumbering,
Ten’s tuning out and Nine’s
charging. That’s how Saturday
night and last week looked,
and that’s how the coming week looks as the 2005 ratings battle moves
towards its official climax; with the unofficial, but still highly
competitive summer ratings battle kicking off next Sunday.

Harry Potter and the
Philosopher’s Stone
(1.393 million) drove Nine to an easy win on
Saturday night with
a share of 37.1% to 24.9% for Seven, 18.8% for Ten,
13.5% for the ABC and 5.7% for SBS. And just to be sure Nine has programmed the Harry Potter sequel this Saturday
night.

For the week, Nine won
with a share of 30.4% to 26.1% for Seven, 19.8% for Ten, 12.8% for the ABC and
10.9% for SBS (high because of the soccer on Wednesday
night). Nine won Sydney,
Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide but Seven had
its usual win in Perth.

In the little but
important battles, Seven News cleaned up Nine nationally, 1.156 million to 1.109
million thanks to a clear win in Sydney and
a bigger win in Perth. Nine News was dominant in Melbourne, Brisbane and
Adelaide, but to
no avail.