The Winners: 60 Minutes topped the list with 1.673 million. Nine News was second with 1.626 million and Seven News was next with 1.551 million. Domestic Blitz on Nine averaged 1.547 million and Made In China (Seven’s first program softening us up for the Games) averaged 1.399 million at 6.30pm. The Battle Of The Choirs averaged 1.322 million as it approaches the end and CSI Miami smarmed its way to 1.318 million viewers at 8.30pm. Ten’s repeat of Thank God You’re Here averaged 1.191 million in 8th spot (and to think the same mob are responsible for The Hollowmen!). The repeat of Thank God You’re Here did better than most episodes of Big Brother. Foyle’s War averaged 1.188 million at 8.30pm for the ABC (it finishes next Sunday). The 7pm ABC News averaged 1.081 million and Doctor Who was 11th with 1.039 million.

The Losers: Lipstick Jungle, Seven at 9.30pm, 579,000. Private Practice, Seven, 8.30pm: 937,000. Dexter, Ten, 9.40pm, 721,000. America’s Next Top Model on Ten from 6.30pm, 710,000. Another reminder why model programs end up on Pay TV.

News & CA: Nine News did strongly last night, winning Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Seven news won Brisbane and Perth. Ten News averaged 820,000. SNS News, 193,000. In the morning — Weekend Sunrise with 437,000 viewers, Landline on the ABC at noon with 268,000; Inside Business on the ABC at 10am, 166,000, Insiders at 9am on the ABC, 163,000, Offsiders at 10.30pm, 151,000; Sunday from 7.30am for the penultimate program, 115,000; Meet The Press on Ten at 8am, 34,000.

The Stats: Nine won 6pm to midnight All People with a share of 30.9% (24.8%) from Seven with 24.4% (24.3%), Ten with 19.1% (20.4%), the ABC with 19.0% (19.5%) and SBS with 6.7% (7.0%). Nine won all five metro markets.In regional areas Nine was dominant through WIN/NBN with 36.7%, Prime/7Qld with 22.4%, the ABC third with 17.9%, Ten next with 17.0% through Southern Cross and SBS with 6.1%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine did a bit better last night than the previous week and Seven will have to have another peak performance to catch it. Seven’s post 8.30pm programming is a joke and if it wasn’t for the proximity of the Olympics, the network would have been under considerable pressure to bone both Private Practice and Lipstick Jungle. Both will probably not return when the Games finish. Seven will drop Packed To The Rafters into the 7.30pm timeslot, up against 60 Minutes. It also has to find something to run against Domestic Blitz on Nine at 6.30pm, which will be followed by a re-worked version of The Block. Tonight it’s City Homicide on Seven, Enough Rope returns on the ABC at 9.35pm, and Australian Story is worth watching as well. Top Gear at 7.30pm on SBS, The Farmer Wants a Wife on Nine at 8.30pm and on Ten, Good News Week at 8.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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