The Winners: It was a big night out for both Ten and Nine last night and both did well, although life gets really serious from next week when Seven produces its normal Thursday line-up. The two Law and Orders on Ten (SVU and CI) both did OK and Nine’s new longer formatted Missing Persons Unit and RPA did likewise. But Seven’s 7pm soap, Home And Away topped them all with 1.321 million viewers. Law and Order: SVU was second with 1.318 million, followed by MPU (1.313 million) and RPA (1.308 million). Today Tonight was next with 1.272 million, Seven News (1.248 million). Will and Grace‘s final ep averaged a solid 1.155 million and Law and Order: Criminal Intent averaged 1.148 million at 9.30pm. Getaway averaged an average 1.127 million, A Current Affair was down to 1.118 million, because Nine News was lower with 1.091 million. Nine’s Temptation is fading: it averaged another low 898,000 last night. Nine might have been better advised to strip 1 vs 100 at 7pm with Eddie every night rather than once a week. Temptation‘s life gets tougher when Ten’s The Biggest Loser starts next week at 7pm Monday to Friday.

The Losers: 24, just 747,000 from 8.30pm, but its going to a new home next week as part of a Seven ploy. Jamie at Home on Ten at 7.30pm had a low 857,000. Psychic Investigators on the ABC at 8pm, 570,000. Its presence in the schedule makes it a loser. Bring on Catalyst!

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally by 157,000 viewers and 109,000 in Perth. Seven won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne. Today Tonight won nationally by 154,000 viewers and 79,000 in Perth. TT won Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. ACA won Adelaide. Nine News‘ weakness still there, under 300,000 viewers in Sydney last night with 288,000, despite a good looking start to the bulletin. The 7pm ABC News dropped under a million for the first time in a while with 945,000 and The 7.30 Report weakened to 750,000. Ten News averaged 887,000 and a high 677,000 for its Late News/Sports Tonight at 10.30pm because of the strong Law And Order programs ahead of it. Nine’s Nightline didn’t make it: it was pushed out by a program called The Secret which was supposed to run from 10.30 to 12.30pm according to some schedules: but in fact Nine doubled up the bomb known as Rome, which burned its way through the two hours from 10.30pm to average 344,000 viewers. SBS World News Australia at 6.30pm averaged 168,000 and 210,000 for the 9.30 late edition. In the mornings 7am Sunrise 401,000 beat 7am Today with 243,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 30.7% (28.1% a week ago), Ten was second with 26.2% (16.4%), Seven was third (thanks a lot Jack!) with 25.9% (35.5%) then the ABC with 12.5% (14.9%) and SBS with 4.7% (5.1%). Nine won all five metro markets. Seven leads the week 31.8% to 29.7%. In regional areas a big win to Nine through WIN/NBN with 33.7%, from Prime/7Qld with 24.7%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 23.7%, the ABC with 13,4% and SBS with 4.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven’s Will and Grace said goodbye with 1.155 million for the last episode and polished off Jamie At Home on Ten with 857,000 and tired old Getaway on Nine (1.127 million). A good finish for an interesting series which never grabbed us as it grabbed Americans — a bit like 24. From next week it is being posted to 10.30pm Wednesday nights after Heroes and Prison Break. Buried, but not quite forgotten. Next Thursday evening Seven returns My Name Is Earl and Lost to its schedule. They will change things. Getaway is the program in the most immediate danger. Nine’s England-Australia game from Sydney this afternoon and evening will do well, even if it’s a boring routine match.

Peter Fray

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