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Last night’s TV ratings

The Winners: The Nine Network won but it was a much closer and volatile night. The AFL and NRL Footy Shows had a bit of an off night but were still the difference between Nine and Seven on the night. Seven News was tops with 1.374 million, followed by Ten’s The Biggest Loser at 7pm with 1.323 million and then Today Tonight with 1.304 million. Next was Seven’s My Name Is Earl at 8pm with 1.226 million and Ten’s 8.30pm Law And Order: SVU with an average 1.223 million, just in front of Nine’s 8.30pm program, Missing Person’s Unit with 1.212 million. A Current Affair was next with 1.134 million, followed by Nine News (1.120 million), Seven’s Lost (down to 1.089 million), Home And Away (1.084 million), Ten’s final of Jamie At Home (1.042 million) and Getaway (1.022 million). The 9.30pm Law And Order: Criminal Intent, averaged 1.009 million and the 7pm ABC News averaged 1.004 million. The Footy Shows averaged 975,000. The AFL Footy Show was second (a change) in that city on the night with 391,000 behind Seven News with 398,000 which was the biggest audience in any market on the night. Temptation averaged 926,000 and would hope to bounce back as The Biggest Loser‘s 7pm edition ends tonight, but TBL is replaced by Big Brother from Monday. The emotional Tony Robinson doco on his mum averaged 678,000. The 8.30pm doco slot on the ABC next Thursday is an Andrew Denton look at Gallipoli. The repeat of Inspector Rex on SBS at 7.30 pm, 422,000.

The Losers: Seven’s Amazing Race at 9.30pm, 841,000. Not good enough. Bones, its predecessor was doing numbers like this. The Footy Shows are tough but Law And Order on Ten was competitive for the first hour.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally as did Today Tonight. They didn’t need their big Perth margins. Seven News lost Sydney but won Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and of course Perth. TT lost Sydney and Brisbane but won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Ten News averaged a lowish 768,000; the Late News/Sports Tonight, 454,000. The 7pm ABC News helped The 7.30 Report to average 908,000; Lateline, 264,000; Lateline Business, 144,000. SBS News, 221,000 at 6.30pm; 114,000 at 9.30pm. 7am Sunrise 382,000; 7 am Today, 252,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 28.3% (31.4% last week) from Seven with 26.9% (27.3%), Ten was third with 25,5% (22.6%), the ABC had a share of 14.4% (13.6%) and SBS was on 4.9% (5.1%). Seven still leads the week 29.4% to 27.0% for Nine. Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide where Seven finished third. Seven won Brisbane and Perth, where Nine was third. Next Thursday night is the final of The Biggest Loser and lots of Big Brother.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Lost is a pale shadow of itself for Seven. Tonight its Better Homes and Gardens on Seven at 7.30pm, some police stuff on the ABC from 8.30pm and football on Nine and Seven, AFL/NRL depending where you are. Sunday night Big Brother  is back in town on Ten for at least two hours, followed by Rove with a short TBL at 6.30pm. A big week for Ten next week, Seven could be squeezed because Nine doesn’t have many younger viewers to lose to Ten. The ABC at least offers some small respite with Robin Hood at 7.30pm but watch Curtin at 8.30pm if you want some intelligent TV.

Peter Fray

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