The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.425 million, Today Tonight was second with 1.303 million and Home and Away was next with 1.219 million. Two and a Half Men averaged 1.151 million at 7pm on Nine in repeat and the 7pm ABC News was 5th with 1.149 million. Nine News was 6th on the list even though it had the same figure at the ABC News. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader averaged 1.111 million at 7.30pm on Ten and A Current Affair was next with 1.086 million. Ten’s 8.30pm Law And Order Criminal Intent averaged 1.048 million in 9th and 10th was Getaway with 1.045 million. The Strip on Nine at 8.30pm struggled with a slump in audience to finish with 1.038 million viewers and 11th spot — it’s going down, baby! Ghost Whisperer at 8.30pm on Seven, 975,000, The Footy Shows combined averaged 919,000 and finished 16th.

The Losers: Well, Nine in Sydney, apart from Getaway. Ghost Whisperer at 9.30pm in the second episode for Seven: 632,000. Make Me A Supermodel on Seven at 7.30pm, 940,000 — on the cusp of flopping. Taken Out is still somewhere, 567,000 at 6pm. Simpsons repeats are cheaper and do better at 6pm. Friends at 7pm, 596,000. Inspector Rex at 7.30pm, 331,000 for the umpteenth repeat.

News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne. The ABC News had more viewers in Sydney than Nine News, again. The 7.30 Report averaged 996,000, Lateline, 389,000, Lateline Business, a high 234,000. Ten News averaged 873,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 400,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 192,000, the 9.30pm SBS News, 109,000. 7am Sunrise, 375,000, 7am Today, 283,000.

The Stats: Nine won 6pm to midnight All People with 28.2% (28.7%), from Seven with 26.4% (327.5%) and Ten with 22.2% (22.0%). The ABC was up to 19.2% (17.1%) SBS finished with 4.1% (4.7%). Seven won Sydney and Perth, Nine won Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. The ABC beat Ten into third in Sydney. Seven leads the week 29.4% to 26.1% for Nine.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Unfortunately for Nine, there was another 200,000 or so people who didn’t watch The Strip at 8.30 pm. Under a million next week and it won’t be coming back after the 13th episode.

There’s football on tonight (and Nine will run the NRL game on an hour’s delay). Where is that press release from Foxtel and the Pay TV lobby group, ASTRA, complaining about that? No doubt they will moan about Seven delaying it’s broadcast of tonight’s qualifying final. There’s another AFL game tomorrow night, some club rugby in Sydney and an NRL final tomorrow night. No more football on Sundays (except for the NRL GF on the long weekend) and then it’s all over.

Sunday Night: Midsomer Murders on the ABC at 8.30pm and Dr Who at 7.30pm and Rove at 9.15pm. Underbelly in Melbourne, but who cares? It’s been another down week for Pay TV with audiences off 10% last night and one up week in the five so far. The ABC was the big winner last night in terms of improvement. Nine won All People but lost 16 to 54 group to Seven up to 10.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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