The Winners: Seven News was Number One with 1.349 million, Jamie’s Kitchen Australia averaged 1.337 million for second place on its first outing. Seven’s Today Tonight, all breathless with indignation, was third with 1.335 million and Nine’s Temptation was fourth with 1.271 million. Home and Away was fifth with 1.267 million, Nine News was next with 1.252 million and A Current Affair, all hot under the collar and stamping its tiny feet, was seventh with 1.224 million. My Name Is Earl was eighth with 1.151 million (and down a bit). Two and A Half Men averaged 1.112 million from 8.30pm to 9.30pm as a way of warming up the audience for the Footy Shows. Getaway was tenth with 1.092 million and still weak after those two recent 90 minute specials. The Footy Shows averaged 1.086 million. The AFL Show was third in Melbourne with 439,000, in Sydney it was tenth with 288,000, in Brisbane the NRL Show was 25th with just 110,000. Seven’s Celebrity Survivor picked up viewers to finish with 1.062 million and the doco on The Ugg Boot on the ABC at 8.30pm averaged 1.023 million.

The Losers: The viewing public for the stupid brawl between Today Tonight and Seven and A Current Affair/60 Minutes on the other side. They are all using a public resource to insult us! The events of the past 24 hours make Bert’s Family Feud look like highbrow TV and Deal Or No Deal look like literature. Bert last night averaged 535,000 and was a winner. Deal or No Deal averaged 794,000 (down a bit ) and was a winner, Ten News At Five was down at 757,000 and was a winner!

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally by 97,000 but by 118,000 in Perth. Seven News had good wins in Sydney and Melbourne and of course, Perth. Nine News had good wins in Brisbane and Adelaide. Today Tonight (sans Naomi) won by 97,000 nationally and 91,000 in Perth. TT won Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. A Current Affair won Brisbane and Adelaide. The 7pm ABC News averaged 905,000 people, The 7.30 Report, 745,000. Sunrise beat Today.

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 30.7% (31.3% a week earlier) from Seven with 28.4% (27.4%), Ten was third with 20.6% (15.9%). The ABC finished with a 14.9% share (20.0% boosted by the Bogle/Chandler doco) and SBS was on 5.4% (unchanged). Seven leads the week 27.8% to 27.1% and that will change tonight with the football on Nine. In regional areas, WIN/NBN won for Nine with 31.5% from Prime/7Qld with 28.1%, Southern cross (Ten) with 19.4%, the ABC with 15.3% and SBS with 5.8%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Grown men and a few women are in control of Network TV each night. After the public slanging match between Seven and Nine over a small boy in West Papua, the inmates are in control of the asylum and the front gates are open. Seven and Nine make Ten look sedate, and Ten has Big Brother. Politicians have the hide to moan about Big Brother and other programs but don’t open their mouths when the community’s collective sensibilities are insulted like they have been in the last 24 hours. Or are the actions of Seven and Nine a little too close to home for the opportunistic politicians? Jamie’s Kitchen did well for its first outing, although it was slow in places and there’s a little too much of Jamie on the phone from London. He should have been brought here for the final inspection and choosing the staff! It didn’t rate in the regions, which in itself is an interesting comment about the divide between regional and urban areas in this country. Ten’s David Tench continued to be weak even with the stronger lead-in from Jamie Oliver and that in turn hurt the Ronnie Johns program at 9pm. David Tench is still not crass enough (if Ronnie Johns can be crass, why not Tench?) It’s still too much like Andrew Denton. Tonight Nine has the NRL in Sydney and Brisbane and that will be enough to win the week. Ten has AFL tonight but not in NSW, Qld or the ACT until late. Live on Foxtel. More NRL tomorrow night and AFL live across the country on Ten. Nine’s week.

Peter Fray

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