Another narrow win for Nine. A narrow win in All People to the Nine Network last week thanks to the Rugby League Tri-Nations Test on Saturday night which won heavily in Sydney and Brisbane and pushed the network past Seven for the week. Nine won with a share of 28.7% (27.2%) to Seven with 28.5% (28.8%), Ten with 20.6% (21.6%), the ABC with 17.3% (17.0%) and SBS with 5.0% (5.3%). Nine won Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, Seven won Melbourne and Perth. Seven won the Zone One commercial share battle (from 6pm to 10.29pm) between Nine, Seven and Ten. Seven had won Friday night overall from Nine, then the ABC and Ten fourth. On Saturday night Nine won from Seven with the ABC a narrow third and Ten a distant fourth. In regional areas, WIN/NBN won the week for Nine with a share of 30.5% from, Prime/7Qld with 27.0%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.9%, the ABC with 16.0% and SBS with 5.5%. — Glenn Dyer

Last night’s TV ratings

The Winners: It was Nine all the way last followed by Ten with Seven a distant third: almost an after thought. Idol was tops last night for Ten with 1.697 million. Now it was final two but the audience was smaller than last week’s third final which averaged 1.763 million. We are down to the two finalists so you’d expect a higher audience. Viewers are odd. Second was CSI on Nine with 1.638 million, then 60 Minutes with 1.598 million, then the repeat of 20 to 1 on Nine at 6.30pm with 1.487 million and then Ten’s new US program So You Think You Can Dance. I didn’t like it but that’s irrelevant because 1.425 million people did. It backs up again tonight at 7.30pm. CSI New York averaged 1.329 million in sixth spot, then Nine News with 1.289 million and Seven News with 1.254 million. The Real Seachange averaged 1.158 million for Seven at 6.30pm.

The Losers: Seven’s new show You’ve Got the Job at 7pm: 878,000 after The Real Seachange averaged 1.158 million. Seven’s night faded then and there and went south, Egypt, 725,000. If it wasn’t so close to the end of ratings both would probably be resting. The movie Touching the Void certainly touched a void in front of the TV sets of Australia last night: just 613,000 viewers nationally. Overhaul on Nine, now shuffled back to 4pm where it averaged 315,000. That must be the most expensive 4pm program on a Sunday afternoon outside the football. Its replacement, Flight of The Elephants, averaged 436,000 at 5pm. If anyone is interested The Apprentice is on at 11.30pm Sundays and averaged 253,000 last night.

News & CA: Nine News won the night and the network, Seven won Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, Nine won Melbourne and Adelaide (And on Friday I wrote that A Current Affair won by 60,000 on Thursday night, it was Today Tonight which won by 60,000 nationally and in Perth). The 7pm ABC News averaged a solid 996,000 last night and Ten News was also solid with 856,000. Weekend Sunrise won the morning chat battle with 379,000, down on the previous week. Landline on the ABC at noon averaged 291,000, down a touch and Nine’s Sunday slumped to 221,000. The second part of the studio debate on Muslims was the real killer. Audiences for the ABC trio, Insiders (129,000), Offsiders (107,000) and Inside Business (92,000) were also down but Ten’s Meet the Press lifted to 70,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 33.9% (30.2% a week earlier) from Ten with 27.4% (25.7%), Seven with 18.7% (23.5%), the ABC with 15.8% (17.1% and SBS with 4.2% (3.9%). Nine won all five metro markets. In regional areas it was also a win to Nine with WIN/BNB with a share of 36.4% from Southern Cross (Ten) with 26.6%, Prime/7Qld with 18.1%, the ABC with 14.6% and SBS with 4.2%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Not a great night last night for Seven. In fact appalling, close to the worst result this year. Nothing there all night apart from the news. Sunday night is the network’s real problem and has been for quite a while. Fix that and Nine is history. So why can’t Seven do that? I don’t know but it’s the best question in Australian TV at the moment. It’s not for want of trying but no coherent idea. They need an anchor program like 60 Minutes but should have been working on it last year. A solid win by Nine. Tonight Nine should again win but even without its Monday anchors in Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, Seven has been getting close. The ABC returns West Wing to 8.30pm in double eps and repeats of Black Books at 10 pm, one of the funniest programs they have shown in recent years. Nine has What’s Good For You and What A Year. Do we really care about either program? Ten has the dancing program and then a repeat of Law and Order SVU.

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