Remorse, by John Laws. Cash for comment? Bollocks says Lawsie, he’s just a man trying to take coffee to the people. All the while, government stooges sit on their backsides trying to deprive the population of caffeine. Tut tut. John Laws was the full bean this morning — listen here.

Seven shows the magic morning TV touch again. Adam Boland’s new Seven program The Morning Show, hosted by Larry Emdur and Seven sports reporter Kylie Gillies was boasting of its ratings success this morning but neglected to point out something to its advantage. The program crossed to Melbourne for a report on the triple shootings in the CBD. Nine and Ten stuck resolutely to their formats. You’d think Seven would take every opportunity to boast of its news cred, especially when handed a golden reason to do so, but nevertheless, the show flattened the opposition, averaging 272,000 across the two hours. That was considerably more than Nine’s Mornings with Kerri-Anne which fell to 126,000, a loss of around 20,000 to 30,000 from its recent averages. However, Ten’s program, 9am With David and Kim wasn’t hurt, averaging 147,000 people. But that benefited from the solid 167,000 average audience watching the final round of the US Open golf on Ten yesterday. The golf ran past 9am (when it was supposed to finish) boosting the figures for David and Kim. David and Kim‘s audience might take a hit today when Ten is back to normal pre-9am programming. Sunrise from 7am to 9am also helped, averaging 382,000 people (it beat Nine’s Today with 243,000). The successful start echoes that of Seven’s Weekend Sunrise in May 2005 which was a reborn version of Sunday Sunrise. Boland is now responsible for 15 hours of Sunrise, two hours of Weekend Sunrise and 10 hours of the new program. — Glenn Dyer

Will the b*stard bosses stop at nothing? Don’t know if the ACTU is on to this yet, but WorkChoices seems to be a whole lot rougher than anyone yet realises. Barrie Dunstan has front-page story in the AFR about the Government planning to tax group life insurance payouts at the top marginal rate – a 46.5% tax on death benefits. But that might be the least of a worker’s worries. The story’s third sentence states: “It (tax) could apply to payments made to spouses and dependants of employees whose termination has come about because of death.” Talk about unfair dismissal… — Michael Pascoe

Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: Seven won the night by two points from Nine. Seven News was tops with 1.703 million viewers but Nine News also had a solid performance with 1.563 million (thanks to a big audience in Melbourne where those CBD shootings happened). Today Tonight was next with 1.441 million and A Current Affair was also up at 1.436 million. Eddie McGuire’s 1 vs 100 won the 8.30pm battle with 1.370 million, just ahead of Seven’s Desperate Housewives with 1.321 million. Seven’s Rich List won the 7.30pm slot with 1.289 million people. Next was Home and Away with 1.281 million, ahead of Temptation with 1.231 million. Nine’s 7.30pm program, What’s Good For You, averaged 1.172 million. The 7pm ABC News had 1.154 million viewers, Ten News averaged 1.043 million and Nine’s repeat of CSI averaged 1.033 million people. Seven’s Deal Or No Deal averaged 1.031 million at 5.30pm and the live nominations on Big Brother averaged 1.018 million people. Big Brother averaged 997,000 at 7pm; Seven’s Brothers and Sisters, 994,000 and Torchwood, 987,000 (unadjusted).
 
The Losers: It was hard to have any losers last night. Everything did fairly well. Mythbusters on SBS averaged 558,000 in yet another repeat at 7.30pm and the recut interviews on Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope had 667,000 from 9.35pm. At 10.30pm, Seven’s Boston Legal (664,000) beat Nine’s combination of Wife Swap USA (236,000 in Brisbane and Sydney) and Footy Classified in southern markets (336,000).    
 
News & CA: A much closer night in the battle between Seven and Nine. Seven News again won nationally (by 140,000) and in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth(118,000). Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane. The Melbourne audience for Nine was 545,000; Seven, 502,000. Ten News and the ABC News were also high at 334,000 and 386,000 viewers. Today Tonight just beat A Current Affair by 5,000 viewers, needing its 103,000 margin in Perth. TT won Adelaide and Perth; ACA won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Viewers in Melbourne clearly preferred Nine last night. The 7.30 Report averaged 961,000. Ten’s Late News/Sports Tonight, 326,000; Nightline, 310,000. Four Corners, 947,000; Media Watch, 885,000 (a recent high for it); Lateline, 350,000; Lateline Business, 168,000. SBS News, 222,000. 7am Sunrise, 382,000; 7am Today, 243,000.
 
The Stats: Seven won with 29.1% (29.2% a week earlier) from Nine with 27.9% (29.2%), Ten with 20.7% (20.3%); the ABC with 16.1% (16.0%) and SBS with 6.1% (6.9%). Nine leads, 30.5% to 28.4%. Seven won Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Brisbane. In regional areas a win to Nine through WIN/NBN with 30.9% from Prime/7Qld with 28.1%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 19.8%, the ABC with 14.5% and SBS with 6.6%.
 
Glenn Dyer’s comments: In the end, a clear win to Seven, but it all revolved around small margins between 6pm and 8.30pm. There were no decisive winning programs on the night. Ten’s Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood started well at 9.40pm with a million viewers and beat Seven and Nine, according to figures from Ten. It was narrow, but it gave Ten something to make a noise about. Tonight it’s It Takes Two and All Saints on Seven vs The Simpsons/NCIS/Numb3rs on Ten and the motley lot of Crime and Justice/Neighbours At War/CSI New York and The Nation on Nine.

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