Measuring scoops by the minute. They are starting to take the internet seriously at the Sydney Morning Herald. In this morning’s print edition they were boasting about getting the all important news about the NSW and Queensland State of Origin rugby league teams on to their website “more than 10 minutes before our nearest rival.” — Richard Farmer

Last night’s TV ratings

The Winners: Nine threw in the towel last night, programming back to back eps of US sitcom Two and A Half Men from 8.30pm and viewers tuned out in their hundreds of thousands. Seven won thanks to It Takes Two and also Ten snuck past Nine into second. Seven News and It Takes Two (this time over two hours: 7.30pm-9.30pm) shared the top spot with 1.540 million viewers. Today Tonight averaged 1.479 million. All Saints averaged 1.367 million from 9.30pm. Ten’s 8.30 program NCIS averaged 1.361 million, Home And Away averaged 1.279 million and Nine News had 1.237 million. A Current Affair followed with 1.191 million, then 20 to 1 averaged 1.116 million. The fresh ep of The Simpsons on Ten at 7.30pm averaged 1.093 million; The 7pm ABC News averaged 1.080 million and the second ep of The Simpsons at 8pm averaged 1.078 million. Nine’s Temptation averaged 1.064 million, just in front of Big Brother with 1.009 million.

The Losers: Two And A Half Men: just 699,000 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. It Takes Two and NCIS were more than 600,000 and 800,000 viewers ahead respectively. Will Nine keep it there? Nine would have been better off running another repeat of CSI. Last night’s averaged 743,000 at 9.30pm, with viewers gradually losing interest. The ABC’s Choir of Hard Knocks did better at 8pm last night (787,000 viewers) than Nine between 8.30pm and 10.30pm.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market and Today Tonight won everywhere bar Melbourne. They were convincing wins. The 7pm ABC News was solid and The 7.30 Report averaged 867,000. Lateline averaged 239,000; Lateline Business, 87,000. Nightline, 236,000. Ten News averaged 863,000; Late News/Sports Tonight, 410,000. SBS Insight 314,000; SBS News, 181,000 at 6.30pm. 7am Sunrise 417,000; 7am Today, 250,000.

The Stats: Seven won with 35.0% (34.4% a week ago) from Ten with 23.2% (20.2%), Nine with 22.0% (26.8), the ABC with 14.3% (13.6%) and SBS with 5.6%. Seven won all five markets. Seven leads the week 29.8% to 25.5% for Nine and will win the week to make it a clean sweep for the first three surveys of 2007 ratings. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 32.0% from Win/NBN for Nine with 25.4%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 23.6%, the ABC with 12.6% and SBS on 6.4%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: No matter how Nine looks at last night it was its worst performance of the year so far. Nine has run third on a weeknight before this yet nothing as supine as last night’s effort. Apart from the News, ACA, Temptation and an average 20 to 1, viewers rejected the rest of Nine’s offering. Nine just hasn’t got enough programming to fill all the holes on every night. Two And A Half Men got what it deserved: it is an unfunny American sitcom. It Takes Two isn’t as good as Dancing With the Stars, Larry Emdur was filling in last night but he’s all smile and nothing else. Bring back Grant Denyer and his silly comments about black men. Tonight it’s Spicks and Specks and The Chaser on the ABC from 8.30 to 9.30pm — can they top last week’s 1.4 million viewer average?