The Catch Up: curiouser and curiouser.  Nine’s The Catch Up at 1pm needs some work. It is not Closed Captioned, or subtitled for hearing impaired viewers like News and A Current Affair. There is no reason why it shouldn’t be, if it is pretending to be a newsy, issues driven program. It must be a cost cut. Also its audience fell sharply yesterday to average just 131,000, compared to 183,000 on Monday. Was it the comments made by Lisa Oldfield, one of the four panelists, on drug use? “I’m going to confess I did a lot of drugs when I was younger, when I was in my early 20s,” the 32-year-old said, as host Libbi Gorr’s jaw dropped. “I did cocaine, I did ecstasy and I used to think it was OK because, hey, I still got up and functioned. But basically it ate away at the (mood balancing) serotonin in my brain to the point where even though I had a fantastic family, I had a great job, all I could think of doing was driving my car into a tree. I really think a lot of it would be to do with the substance abuse. If I hadn’t met David I’d be dead now – that’s just how serious it was.” These quotes are from the Daily Telegraph today. A week ago someone was talking about female m-sturbation. This is becoming a curious program, to say the least. — Glenn Dyer

Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: Tuesday and it was the usual Dancing With The Stars benefit as the Nine Network inflicted a couple of repeats on viewers and Ten lifted thanks to a new ep of NCIS backed up with… a repeat of the same program. Dancing With The Stars averaged 1.733 million viewers, followed by Seven News (1.365 million), Today Tonight (1.319 million), All Saints (1.247 million), Nine News (1.206 million), Home and Away (1.137 million) and Ten’s new ep of The Simpsons at 7.30 pm (1.127 million). Nine’s A Current Affair fell from Monday to average 1.111 million. The Biggest Loser averaged 1.067 million, then The Simpson’s repeat at 8pm (1.067 million), NCIS (1.067 million), Nine’s 20 to 1 repeat (1.019 million) and the 7pm ABC News (1.007 million). The NCIS repeat at 9.30pm averaged 936,000; Temptation, 923,000. The second ep of the nice ABC doco on the Country Women’s Association, Not All Tea And Scones, averaged 703,000. It’s far more realistic about country life than the escapist trip McLeod’s Daughters has become on Nine.

The Losers: From 7pm onwards Nine just sagged, despite the kick over a million for the repeat of 20 to 1. Nine ran third behind Ten and Seven until 10.30pm. Amazing Medical Stories at 9.35 is a bit sad. Nine’s 10.35pm program Third Watch (468,000) was beaten by Seven’s repeat ep of Cold Feet (468,000) which started at 10.30pm. But Ten’s half hour of news and sport beat them both with 508,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Brisbane. Seven news won by 159,000 nationally and 84,000 in Perth. Today Tonight won all markets bar Brisbane and was 208,000 ahead (86,000 in Perth). The 7pm ABC news was very solid and The 7.30 Report averaged a not bad 808,000 against Dancing With The Stars (and a solid report on BurkeGrill Ink). Ten News was solid with 880,000 people, the late News/Sports Tonight had 508,000 at 10.30pm. Nine’s Nightline, 256,000 about an hour or so later. The ABC’s Lateline averaged 218,000. Lateline Business, 109,000 (it kept half the Lateline audience). Insight on SBS averaged 162,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 154,000; the Late edition, 159,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 416,000. 7am Today around 252,000. (Sarah Murdoch’s presence has seen the program steady around the 240,000 to 260,000 range but it hasn’t dented Sunrise‘s lead at all).

The Stats: Seven won with a share of 35.0% (35.7% a week ago) from Nine with 24.2% (unchanged), Ten with 22.8% (22.4%), the ABC with 13.9% (12.9%), SBS with 4.2% (4.7%). Seven leads 32.9% to 28.7%. Seven won all five metro markets and it won regional areas with prime/7Qld scoring an average 33.7% from WIN/NBN for Nine with 25.8%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 23.0%, the ABC with 13.5% and SBS with 4.0%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another Tuesday evening and another Dancing With The Stars benefit as the other networks only have half a go against the Seven ratings giant. It’s not doing as well as Series Four did at the same time last year but it’s doing better than Series Five at the end of 2006.