The Winners: Nine’s 7.30pm nonsense, Wipeout, was tops with 1.499 million viewers, with Seven News next with 1.473 million. Seven’s All Saints was third with a strong 1.407 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.362 million, just in front of the fresh episode/repeat from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on Nine with 1.354 million. Seven’s 7.30pm nonsense, The One, averaged 1.334 million in 6th spot. Then came Today Tonight with 1.291 million, with Home and Away next with 1.287 million in 8th spot. A Current Affair was 9th with 1.244 million people and the 7pm ABC News was 10th with 1.234 million people. The second of Ten’s NCIS repeats at 9.30pm averaged 1.193 million, and 12th was Nine News with 1.173 million. The 8.30pm repeat of NCIS averaged 1.140 million viewers and The 7.30 Report averaged 1.029 million in 14th spot. Then came the 8pm ABC program, Family Fortunes, with 971,000, Border Patrol NZ at 9.30pm on Seven with 949,000, The Simpsons repeat at 8pm on Ten with 947,000 and the fresh episode at 7.30pm with 943,000 viewers.
The Losers: Nine and Seven had matching flops: Seven’s decade-old Ramsay’s Boiling Point at 10pm, 576,000, Nine’s Ladette To Lady at 9.30pm, 650,000.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne where the 7pm ABC News was the most watched news program followed by Nine News, then Seven. Today Tonight needed its Perth margin to win nationally after picking up Sydney, but losing Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane to A Current Affair. The 7.30 Report with 332,000 viewers in Melbourne, pipped Today Tonight with 320,000 in the rankings, a race occurrence. ACA had 348,000 viewers in Melbourne. Lateline averaged 227,000 and Lateline Business, 119,000. Nine’s Nightline, 150,000. SBS News at 6.30pm on SBS, 182,000, the 9.30pm edition, 118,000. 7am Sunrise, 318,000, 7am Today, 248,000.
The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People with a share of 28.2% (29.2% last week), from Nine with 26.6% (26.9%) with Ten on 22.7% (22.6%, the ABC on 16.0% (17.1% and SBS on 6.5% (4.3%).Seven won Sydney Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne. Seven leads the week 27.7% to 26.6%. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 30.5% from WIN/NBN with 26.1%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 23.2%, the ABC with 14.3% and SBS with 6.0%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another reasonable night of viewing and Nine’s useless program, Wipeout, finally prevailed over Seven’s useless program, The One (About Psychics — did they see it coming?). Seven will be very happy with the 1.4 million for All Saints, which has started building on its own with no lead-in help. Nine’s double of a fresh and repeat of Two and a Half Men finished second at 8.30pm but did better in the relevant demos. The ABC’s program on Family Fortunes was on the Ainsworths and was simply fascinating. Ten’s third repeat of Bondi Rescue did more than OK at 7pm with 734,000 viewers. Tonight it’s the last series of McLeod’s Daughters on Nine up against Spicks and Specks and The Gruen Transfer on the ABC. Nine has Missing Persons Unit at 9.30pm and gives Bert Newton a birthday party at 7.30pm. Seven’s Animal Rescue and Medical Emergency will account for that. Seven has bitten the bullet and pushed Prison Break back to 10.30pm: it’s on the exit line. Seven doubles Criminal Minds (fresh episode/repeat) from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. SBS has a bike race from France, which features climb and descent from l’Alpe d’Huez, which is French for a very miserable slog. The winner will probably be decided today, so tough is the climb.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports