New Chanticleer columnist for the Fin. There’s been plenty of movement at the Financial Review recently, most of it in the direction of The Australian. This time however, it’s all in-house and poetic. Senior AFR business journalist Alan Jury, strongly defended by Fairfax’s editor-in-chief Michael Gill when he came under scrutiny from Media Watch last year, is taking up the Chanticleer mantle after John Durie left recently for … The Oz. — Jane Nethercote

Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: For the second Thursday night in a row, Nine and Seven have battled themselves to a draw. For a change Today Tonight was the top program with 1.458 million, Seven News was second with 1.399 million and My Name Is Earl was next with 1.309 million viewers. RPA: Where Are They Now had 1.309 million for Nine at 8.30pm, followed by Getaway (1.257 million), Nine News (1.240 million), A Current Affair (1.215 million), Home And Away (1.209 million), How I Met Your Mother (1.201 million) and Ten’s fresh Law And Order (1.133 million). The ABC News was solid with 1.089 million and Lost averaged 1.086 million. The Footy Shows averaged 932,000 — it was weak in Brisbane, average in Sydney and OK in Melbourne. The Amazing Race on Seven averaged 858,000.

The Losers: Bert’s Family Feud had 556,000 on its second last night. All watch tonight and say farewell! Ten’s Teen Fat, sorry, Fit Camp, had just 735,000 at 7.30pm. A repeat of Inspector Rex on SBS averaged 461,000 at the same time and had a bit more interest.

News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight won nationally and in all markets, except Brisbane for a change where Nine News and ACA did better. The 7.30 Report averaged 856,000 viewers; Lateline 225,000; Lateline Business 127,000. Ten News, 835,000 viewers; Late News/Sports Tonight, 436,000. Nine’s Nightline, 308,000. SBS News, 182,000; the 9.30pm news, 129,000. 7am Sunrise, 420,000; 7am Today, 239,000 and weak.

The Stats: Last week it was Nine and Seven equal on 28.7%, last night they did a bit better to tie on 29.0%. Ten was third with 21.4% (21.6%), the ABC was next with 15.4% (16.7%) and SBS was on 5.1% (4.3%). Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Seven won Brisbane and Perth. Seven leads the week 29.5% to Nine on 27.8%, with the AFL/NRL tonight and Saturday’s Rugby Test on Seven. In regional areas a win to Nine with WIN/NBN snaring a 29.9% share, from Prime/7Qld with 28.2%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 21.1%, the ABC with 15.1% and SBS with 5.8%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: It was one of the more intriguing nights for a while. Nine beat Seven in more markets but Seven managed to draw level. Why? Lost has neutralised the impact of the AFL and NRL Footy Shows from 9.30pm, Earl and How I Met You Mother are doing better from 7.30pm to 8.30pm (although Getaway was solid last night), and Heroes did OK in Sydney but was very strong in Brisbane, winning the 8.30pm timeslot. That strength in Brisbane enabled Seven to draw close to Nine and the big win in Perth got it level pegging. Tonight its football, but also Better Homes and Gardens and the ABC’s new Brit crime show, Ghost Squad. Tomorrow night it’s footy and Sunday night it’s the usual mob.