Nine gives up another news source. The Nine Network’s cost cutting continues with news that it is giving up its exclusive deal to take content from ITN in London. Nine has had the deal for more than two decades, but argues that it already has access to BSkyB News and doesn’t need the duplication. So from January 1 it will be relinquishing the deal with ITN. Seven and Ten are believed to have expressed interest in a non-exclusive deal but it will come down to a question of cost. — Glenn Dyer

Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: Another solid night for Seven with Nine also up there and Ten again showing the end of season fade. The most watched program on an average night of viewing was Seven News at 6pm with 1.369 million and it was downhill from then on. Today Tonight was second with 1.329 million and Home and Away was third with 1.318 million and Bones, Seven, 8.30pm, averaged 1.279 million in 4th slot and seems ideal for next year at 8.30pm. Nine’s A Current Affair averaged 1.269 million, Nine News, 1.204 million, My Name Is Earl (Seven, 8pm), 1.166 million. Nine’s Temptation (7pm) averaged 1.164 million, Nine’s RPA eased to 1.131 million and Getaway averaged 1.082 million in 10th spot. The final ep of Jamie’s Kitchen Australia averaged 1.077 million with all the drama gone; and Seven’s 7.30pm program, How I Met Your Mother lifted slightly to average 1.051 million. It was the 12th and final program with a million or more viewers. Seven’s 9.30 pm program, The Amazing Race 921,000 people, Nine’s 8.30pm program, Big Questions averaged 901,000.

The Losers: Ten’s Jericho, sinking, lost on 754,000. David Tench, 509,000. Ronnie Johns ended a week ago.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally by 164,000 and by 113,000 in Perth. Seven lost Sydney and Brisbane to Nine, won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. A Current Affair won by 60,000 nationally and 60,000 in Perth. TT won Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Lost Brisbane to ACA. Sunrise won in the morning 434,000 with Today on Nine jumping to 298,000, its highest audience for some weeks. The ABC 7 pm news averaged 970,000, The 7.30 Report, 767,000 and Ten News At Five, 798,000.

The Stats: Seven won with a share of 30.8% (30.1% a week earlier), from Nine with 29.3% (27.5%), Ten with 19.2% (19.8%), the ABC with 15.1% (16.0%) and SBS 5.7% (6.7%). Seven leads the week 29.0% to 28.5%. Seven won all markets bar Melbourne where Nine slipped home first. In regional areas a win to WIN/NBN (Nine) with 30.8% from Prime/7Qld with 29.8%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 19.3%, the ABC with 13.4% and SBS with 6.8%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven continues to build an audience for Bones and now has two programs (US crime shows) capable of running in the 8.30pm timeslot next year with each other, separate or with a program like Jail Break. It could even help Seven’s weakest night, Sunday. Nine is not building any programs for next year at the moment (is there anything to use?). Ten has gone into summer mode already with Jericho and The OC not setting the world on fire running as soon as they air in the US. But Idol beckons, or rather the final will: punt on Jessica and not the Irish bloke Damien, was the buzz from the audience at the Ten launch on Wednesday night. The two finalists both performed: better voices than previous winners in my opinion (but then I am cloth eared), Guy Sebastian et al, there’s two big performers coming at you next year! Jamie’s Kitchen averaged 1.2 million viewers during its run. Could have been less of Jamie but it is called Jamie’s Kitchen! Tonight Seven with Better Homes, the ABC will be strong, Ten weak but has The Dish, and Nine has Harry Potter going around again from 7.30 pm which will do well. Place your bets. Sunday is Final 2 of Idol and then the first ep of a dancing program on Ten called, So You Think You can Dance. No and not interested. Seven slips You’ve Got The Job, a Chris Bath hosted reality program in for a small final season. It has been a bit of struggle to get this one right. And are there any left over True Stories at Seven? Saturday night its New Tricks but after last week’s silly stuff about witches, covens and warlocks (was the script infected by Midsomer Murders, which returns on Nine in summer on Thursday nights?), I am reluctant to say watch. Nine has the tri-Nations League Test at 8.30pm.

Peter Fray

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