The Winners: The Force on Seven at 8pm was top of the pile with 1.662 million, followed by Seven News with 1.627 million. Border Security at 7.30pm with 1.616 million for Seven and City Homicide at 8.30pm for Seven with 1.533 million. Nine’s The Farmer Wants a Wife lifted to average 1.492 million at 8.30pm and much closer to City Homicide than before. Today Tonight averaged 1.413 million for Seven in 6th spot, Nine’s Criminal Minds won the 9.30pm slot for Seven with 1.387 million viewers and Nine’s repeat of Two And a Half Men at 7pm averaged 1.349 million, 20,000 in front of Seven’s Home and Away with 1.329 million.

Nine News was 10th with 1.283 million and A Current Affair was 11th with 1.272 million. David Attenborough’s The Life of Mammals on Nine at 7.30pm averaged 1.258 million viewers and 13th was the 7pm ABC News with 1.175 million. Enough Rope on the ABC averaged 1.096 million from 9.35pm and was the 14th and final program with a million or more viewers. Top Gear averaged 928,000 at 7.30pm for SBS and pushed Ten to 5th as The 7.30 Report (805,000) and Australian Story (807,000) out-rated America’s Next Top Model on Ten.

The Losers: Ten, except for Neighbours: 954,000 viewers at 6.30pm — it was Ten’s most watched program last night. Ten’s America’s Next Top Model from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, 756,000. Burn Notice on Ten at 9.30pm, 641,000. Good News Week, 865,000. Paul McDermott is so much better than on The Sideshow on the ABC. The F Word on Nine at 9.30pm, 603,000 — it’s dying. Mark Loves Sharon on Ten at 10.30pm, 292,000 — it’s dead!

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market; Today Tonight won everywhere bar Melbourne and Brisbane.The 7pm ABC News finished second in Sydney behind Seven in the rankings and in front of Nine. Ten News was solid with 914,000 viewers. The late News/Sports Tonight averaged 184,000 at 11pm. The 7.30 Report 805,000, Lateline, 366,000, Lateline Business, 165,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 213,000. the 9.30pm edition, 185,000. 7am Sunrise up to 374,000, 7am Today 286,000 — the post holiday battle resumes!

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People with 32.8% (30.7% a week ago) from Nine with 25.9% (24.2%), the ABC with 16.9% (15.2%), Ten with 16.6% (22.4%) and SBS with 7.8% (7.4%). Seven won all five metro markets and now leads the week, 28.5% to 28.4%. In regional areas Prime/7Qld won with 33.3% from Nine through WIN/NBN with 28.7%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 15.5%, the ABC with 14.9% and SBS with 7.6%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Monday night is now back as Seven’s night. It moved into the lead for the week last night and will hold on, just like it did a week ago, although the winning margin will be smaller. Ten had its one of its lowest Monday night shares this year. Finishing 4th behind the ABC just about summed up Ten’s night. Its gains from earlier in the year in All People are now gone and its good gains in the 16 to 39, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54 groups are under pressure, as are Nine’s. It’s getting tough and the ABC and SBS on Monday nights are not making it any easier at the moment. Ten and Nine are waiting until after the Olympics to bring new programming into the schedule to fight Seven.

Tonight: Nine’s Wipeout vs. Seven’s The One at 7.30pm. Of the two, Wipeout appeals as a better class of mindless TV. Tonight on the ABC in Family Fortunes, it’s the family of painter John Olsen. It will raise eyebrows for those who are not all that interested in the Sydney art scene. Seven has All Saints at 8.30pm, Nine has double episodes (fresh and repeat) of Two And a Half Men and Ten has double repeats of NCIS from 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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