The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.443 million viewers, Medical Emergency at 8 pm was next with 1.426 million and the fresh episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.375 million for third spot at 7.30pm. Crash Investigation Unit at 7.30pm averaged 1.287 million for Seven and Today Tonight was 5th with 1.286 million. Criminal Minds won 8.30pm for Seven with 1.258 million, ahead of the ABC’s Spicks and Specks with 1.256 million at 8.30pm to 9pm. Home and Away averaged 1.187 million and Nine News was 9th with 1.178 million. The 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.122 million in 10th, while next was the 7pm ABC News with 1.115 million. A Current Affair was 12th with 1.101 million; Hole in The Wall on Nine at 8pm, 1.040 million and Kenny’s World on Ten at 8pm was 14th with 1 million viewers even. The New Inventors, 964,000 for the ABC at 8pm . The Hollowmen at 9pm on the ABC, 931,000.

The Losers: Fringe at 8.30pm for 90 minutes: 935,000. Beaten by Ten’s US version of So You think You Can Dance with 968,000 (and it’s not all that great TV. The local version was far more interesting). Bondi Rescue Bali on Ten at 7.30pm, 737,000. Not good. Not that it hurt the 8pm program, Kenny’s World — 1 million people on the dot. Not bad for a program with limited appeal. Shane Jacobsen is the key. Taken Out, 545,000. Kitchen Nightmares USA at 10pm on Nine, 567,000. Stick Fringe at 9.30pm (its normally an hour) and put Kitchen Nightmares at 8.30pm and have ago.

News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight won every market but Melbourne and won nationally. The 7pm ABC News had 314,000 viewers in Sydney, Nine News had 313,000. But the Sydney edition of The 7.30 Report averaged 318,000 and the Sydney audience for ACA was 291,000. Have the audience really sussed out that ACA is Melbourne-based, because it did well in Melbourne (as it does on many nights, as Nine News down there does well most night). Is it really true Karl Stefanovic is taking over ACA next year? Really? Lateline and Lateline Business had the night off for the closing ceremony for the Paralympics. Ten News, 799,000; Ten’s late News/Sports Tonight, 500,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 196,000, Dateline at 8.30pm, 224,000. SBS News at 9.30pm, 191,000. 7am Sunrise, 369,000, 7am Today, 300,000.

The Stats: Seven won all people 6pm to midnight with a share of 29.3% (31.6%) from Nine with 25.5% (24.0%), Ten with 21.0% (19.7%). The ABC was on 20.2% (21.1%) and SBS was on 4.1% (3.5%). Seven won everywhere bar Melbourne where Nine popped up with a narrow 26.5% to 26% win. Seven leads the week 30.0% to 25.7% for Nine.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: After the success of Sunday night’s “Sneak Peek”, when more than 1.4 million people popped in for a look, Nine’s Fringe proved to be very fringe to viewers last night with 935,000 viewers at 8.30pm. It was a poor result for a program that has a kernel of an idea there. But I think in the end Australian viewers are over American sci-fi spooky thriller type programs. They are almost over programs like Hole in the Wall (8pm on Nine) and Wipeout (Tuesday’s 7.30pm to 8.30pm). Though Melbourne viewers love Hole in the Wall where it did well and helped boost Nine to a win in the market over Seven. Overall it was a slightly better night for Nine and Ten, but Seven still won and won easily.

Tonight it’s the footy shows, NRL/AFL in finals fever. How will the NRL program handle the s-x allegations against the Brisbane Broncos players (who play the Melbourne Storm)? It will be a big test of the program’s credibility. (And will Nine relent and show tomorrow night’s qualifying final from Auckland live at 6.30pm, or on delay at 7.30pm? After all, Nine and its Pay TV mates at Foxtel were bagging Seven for showing AFL finals on delay).

Nine also has The Strip — will it hold 1.2 million viewers tonight? Again, for the sake of local productions, I hope it does, but it is a good idea badly made and too conventional. It has been made to fit a format and a funding budget from Nine for a timeslot and nothing else.

Ten has Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader at 7.30pm and then two hours of Law And Order. Seven has Make Me a Supermodel and two Ghost Whisperers, SBS has a repeat of The Circuit, the ABC has Q&A with another collection of pollies and other worthies.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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