The Winners: Tuesday and Dancing With The Stars tops the list with 1.837 million people over 90 minutes from 7.30pm (and a solid performance from the judges last night: hint, hint to Ten and Idol). All Saints at 9pm averaged 1.483 million, then Seven News with 1.381 million, Home and Away with 1.349 million and Today Tonight with 1.325 million. Nine News averaged 1.185 million, followed by A Current Affair (1.178 million), the 7pm ABC News (1.110 million), the first Simpsons repeat (1.076 million) and the second (1.063 million). Nine’s Temptation averaged 1.1058 million at 7pm, 20 to 1 returned for Nine at 7.30pm with 1.049 million and the repeat of NCIS averaged 1.042 million. Nine’s Crime Investigations Australia had 877,000 at 9.30pm, which is barely OK. The Sopranos finale, 510,000.

The Losers: CSI Miami, 820,000 viewers at 8.30pm. Beaten by Dancing and All Saints of course, but also by the NCIS repeat on Ten. It was the only real disappointment last night. 20 to 1 did well, but it was also beaten by cheap repeats on Ten. Nine programmed Tuesday nights for much of the year along those lines, now its being nailed by Ten using the same tactic.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Brisbane. Today Tonight won everywhere bar Melbourne and Brisbane. Ten News averaged 815,000; the Late News/Sports Tonight, 467,000. Nightline, 270,000 at midnight. The 7.30 Report with Kevin Rudd, 714,000. Lateline, 216,000; Lateline Business, 113,000. SBS News, 130,000 at 6.30pm; 159,000 at 9.30pm; Insight, 233,000. 7am Sunrise down to 390,000; 7am Today, 282,000.

The Stats: Seven won with 34.8% (34.7%) from Nine with 25.3% (23.9%), Ten with 22.0% (22.8%), the ABC with 14.1% (14.7%) and SBS with 3.9% (unchanged). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week 31.8% to 25.0%. In regional areas a win to Seven through Prime/7Qld with 34.3% from Nine through WIN/NBN with 25.0%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 22.9%, the ABC on 13.7% and SBS on 4.1%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: As usual, Tuesday night saw Seven dominating with Dancing and All Saints. Nine returned 20 to 1 to the 7.30pm slot and it did better than Surprise Surprise Gotcha, but that’s not saying much. To be beaten by Ten’s repeats of The Simpsons means 20 to 1 has problems. Nine has no appeal whatsoever to 18 to 39, or even 18 to 49 viewers at the moment. CSI Miami was a new ep, but it’s terminal at 8.30pm. There’s nothing Nine can do about Tuesdays except try and chip away at Seven around the edges. Temptation has to be improved to be more interesting than the 7pm ABC News (which is being helped by the election). Nine News and ACA aren’t getting any bounce from the election at all, even though there is interest among viewers. Tonight Seven has sent Prison Break for a “rest” after last week’s slump. It may be gone for some time. Criminal Minds is now being run in the 9.30pm slot on Wednesdays as well as Mondays. Las Vegas remains at 8.30pm because of the strength of the ABC’s Spicks and Specks and The Chaser in that slot. Look at The Librarians at 9.30pm on the ABC. It’s not Chris Lilley but its worth at least one viewing. And then Newstopia on SBS at 10pm. Nine has the rural romance hour at 7.30pm, plus Cold Case and Without A Trace. Ten has House and Fifth Grader. A good choice of programs. 

Source: OzTAM, TV Network reports

Peter Fray

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