The Winners: Seven News was top with 1.598 million, Today Tonight was second with 1.429 million and the rebroadcast of the grubby Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos was 3rd with 1.366 million. Home and Away was again strong at 7.30pm with 1.305 million, Getaway was solid with Italy the topic and 1.301 million and Nine’s repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.283 million at 7pm. Ten’s Law And Order Criminal Intent averaged 1.180 million and Australian Idol at 7.30pm, 1.148 million. Nine News was 8th and weak with 1.143 million and A Current Affair likewise with 1.124 million in 10th. Law And Order SVU (a repeat) 1.081 million. The 7pm ABC News averaged 1.068 million, The Footy Show averaged 1.021 million and Ghost Whisperer on Seven at 8.30pm, 1.003 million.

The Losers: Make Me A Supermodel at 7.30pm on Seven with Jennifer Hawkins: 936,000. Not solid enough. Ugly Betty at 9.30pm, 573,000: dead. Inspector Rex, 377,000 at 7.30pm on SBS (old habits die hard, but can be brought back to life, like poor old Rexie). Trinny and Susannah Undress The Nation, Seven, at 10.30pm 358,000. dead as well.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market; Today Tonight won everywhere bar Adelaide. Nine News and A Current Affair fell below 300,000 viewers in Sydney; the 7pm ABC News in Sydney had more viewers than Nine’s news in again. Ten News, 791,000, the late News/Sports Tonight at 10.30pm, 439,00. The 7.30 Report, 866,000, Lateline, 357,000, Lateline Business, 188,000. Q&A, 541,000 — it was solid, well debated. Good questions. 6.30pm SBS News, 187,000; the 9.30pm edition, 140,000. 7am Sunrise, 355,000 (back to normal), Today over 302,000 (back to normal).

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 30.4% from Seven with 25.0%, Ten with 23.6%, the ABC with 16.4% and SBS with 4.6%. Ten won Perth, Nine won elsewhere, Seven leads the week 33.1% to 24.7%. In regional Australia, a win for NBN/WIN with 31.4%, with Southern Cross (ten) next with 24.5%, Prime/7Qld with 23.1%, the ABC with 15.5% and SBS with 5.4%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: A win is a win and last night the blokes won with the grubby stuff on Nine at 8.30pm — Australia’s Funniest Home Videos. Anyone of a mind and the money to launch a prosecution against Nine under the Trade Practices Act, would get a drink from me. It was neither naughty or funny. If Nine is going to claim market leadership with programs like that then they are entitled to live in their own little world, a long way from reality.

Seven’s girlie night didn’t work. Ugly Betty at 9.30pm let down the side with just 573,000 viewers. Ten stuck to the boring Australian Idol and the boring Law and Order double and did well. Make Me A Supermodel was flat and needs something to lift it: how about a new host. Jennifer Hawkins voice is just uninspiring. Looks great, sounds flat. Q&A with 541,000 went close to beating Ugly Betty and did so in Sydney and Brisbane!

Getaway went to Italy and looked great. They could have actually been a bit more helpful by pointing out that even if you go luxury, there are lots of markets and other places to shop, even in Florence, Rome and Milan. Jules Lund, who is not my favourite, had a better understanding of the place than I would have given him credit for. It was one of the more enjoyable Getaways for some time.

At 6.05pm, Britain’s That Shaped Britain was actually one of the more interesting programs on TV this week: it was all about the sorts of changes in British buildings driven by the Industrial Revolution. It’s a program waiting to be done here actually. It was interesting, not worthy. in Sydney at least, it was a decent alternative to the very underwhelming Nine News.

The NRL Footy Show actually took a stand on an issue and contributed to the debate over legal problems involving prominent NRL player, Greg Bird of Cronulla. The talking heads actually exposed a major problem in NRL club discipline through using their experience. It was actually worth watching for a while.

Tonight, AFL vs. NRL, but Better Homes And Gardens on Seven will be the difference. More NRL and AFL tomorrow and Sunday, Rugby Union on Foxtel in the week hours of Sunday. Dancing With The Stars vs. 60 Minutes, Australian Idol and Doctor Who at 7.30pm Sunday night. A clash across the worlds. And to take us back to gentler and more boring times at 8.30pm on the ABC, Midsomer Murders, while on Nine the much hyped Scorched. It’s Sydney 2012, no rain for 200 days and the fires break out. BBQ Galore! So, does that mean we don’t have any Olympic Games coverage from London which will be on Nine? 200 days without rain puts the story around July-August, when Nine is supposed to be broadcasting the games. That’s why I don’t believe it, David Gyngell wouldn’t let anything get in the way of his Olympics triumph! Not even global warming. The cast looks like Underbelly — Should be a hoot.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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