Last night’s TV
ratings

The Winners

A close win to Seven from Nine. Seven News was
top of the most watched list with 1.616 million people, then Nine’s Cold
Case
with 1.597 million, Today Tonight was third with 1.593 million,
Desperate Housewives was 4th for Seven with 1.556 million. Nine News was
5th with 1.482 million, Nine’s 7.30pm program, What’s Good For You was
next with 1.447 million, Home and Away was 7th and won 7pm with 1.435
million. The Brazil-Australia Soccer match was next with 1.367
million (that’s without the 175,000 included in Sunday night’s report from
Perth. The total audience was 1.53 million). Ten’s Big Brother Live
Nomination
was 9th with 1.321 million and Nine’s A Current Affair was 10th
with 1.297 million. Then came Nine’s Temptation with 1.281 million,
Seven’s The Great Outdoors with 1.221 million, Grey’s Anatomy was
13th with 1.208 million (and won the 9.30pm timeslot, giving Seven
enough lift to get past the post overall). Big Brother at 7pm was 14th
with 1.182 million, Nine’s Close to Home (9.30pm) was next with 1.104
million, The ABC’s Australian Story‘s 10th anniversary show averaged 1.103
million, Deal Or No Deal averaged 1.051 million and Ten’s Neighbours
averaged 1.049 million. Eighteen programs in all with a million or more
viewers: choice aplenty.

The Losers

Losers? Its Monday so Bert’s Family Feud usually
peaks, last night it averaged 700,000 viewers (in number 28 spot, about
where it was when it started). Deal Or No Deal on Seven was a clear winner
with 1.051 million. Interesting that in Adelaide last night at 6.30pm
Ten’s Neighbours (151,000) beat Seven’s Today Tonight (150,000 and Nine’s
A Current Affair, 149,000). Close and a reflection that people in Adelaide
like their fantasy a bit different at 6.30pm?

News & CA

Seven News was the most watched program for the
second night in a row and Perth was again the main driver. Nine News went
to air there at 6 pm local, but was beaten by Seven by 150,000 viewers.
Seven beat Nine nationally by 134,000, so that win out west was vital.
Seven won Sydney and Adelaide. Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven’s
Today Tonight won nationally by 297,000 with almost half of that (142,000)
being the margin in Perth over A Current Affair. TT also won Sydney,
Brisbane and Adelaide. ACA won Melbourne. Ten News At Five averaged
996,000 people, The 7pm ABC News, 993,000, The 7.30 Report, 843,000, Four
Corners,
583,000 and Media Watch, 712,000. Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope
averaged 873,000 people.

The Stats

Close: Seven won the night with a share of 28.8%
(24.0% – it was a holiday Monday night a week ago and there was a certain soccer game
late that night) from Nine with a share of 28.2%(25.0%), Ten with
20.4% (19.2%), the ABC with 14.3% (13.6%) and SBS with 8.3% (19.3%). Seven
won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne and
Brisbane.

Glenn Dyer’s comments

It was a much better night for TV than Sunday
night. For starters, there was no Footy Show crassness from Germany on the
box and viewers had some good programs to watch: Desperate Housewives,Cold Case, Grey’s Anatomy, What’s Good For You, Australian Story. Lots of
choice. Tonight Nine ends Survivor Panama in two hits: a double program
from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and then the finale from 10.30pm to 11.15pm.
Nine hopes this will be enough to give it a show of stealing the night.
Seven has Border Security, Medical Emergency and All Saints from 7.30pm
to 9.30pm. Ten is aiming to do well in the 16 to 39 groups with a
watching brief on the declining comedy The Wedge at 8pm.

Peter Fray

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