The Winners: 12 programs with a million or more viewers. Seven News averaged 1.448 million people and 60 Minutes was second with 1.343 million. Dancing With the Stars averaged 1.213 million and the final Dr Who averaged 1.207 million for a episode that rang to around 8.54pm. Australian Idol was 5th with 1.202 million and Midsomer Murders on the ABC (which started after Dr Who) averaged 1.184 million. Nine News was 7th with 1.181 million and the 7pm ABC News averaged 1.181 million. The ABC news update averaged 1.154 million after Dr Who and CSI Miami was 10th with 1.047 million. The Outdoor Room averaged 1.047 million at 6.30pm for Seven and 12th was Ten’s repeat of Thank God You’re Here with 1.044 million. Rove averaged 892,000 after Idol at 9pm.

The Losers: Battlefronts on Nine at 6.30pm to 7.30pm, 963,000, Outback Wildlife Rescue on Seven at 7pm, 961,000. Both beaten by the repeat of Thank God You’re Here on Ten from 6.30pm. Seven’s The Outdoor Room and the repeat of Thank God almost dead heated. The figures for Thank God emphasise the size of the hole left in Ten’s 2008 schedule by the absence of a fresh series. Here’s hoping for 2009. Private Practice on Seven at 9.15 pm with 685,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Adelaide. The 7pm ABC News in Sydney with 321,000 viewers, ranked ahead of Nine News with 305,000. Ten News averaged 867,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 211,000. In the morning 8am Weekend Sunrise, 442,000, Early Sunrise at 7.30am, 274,000. Landline, 248,000. Insiders, 211,000 on the ABC at 9am, Inside Business, 156,000 at 10am and Offsiders, 150,000 at 10.30am.

The Stats: Close: Ten won the commercial battle with Seven and Nine  pm to 10.30pm but Nine won the 6pm to midnight All people battle with 25.3% (25.6%) from Seven with 24.6% (22.9%), Ten with 23.4% (24.7%), the ABC with 22.3% (21.4) and SBS with 4.4% (5.4%). Seven won Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Nine won Brisbane and Adelaide. In regional areas a win to NBN/WIN with 27.0% from Prime/7Qld with 22.9%, the ABC with 22.6%, Southern cross (Ten) with 21.6% and SBS with 5.9%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: A very competitive night and one that ensures that Seven has won the week, while Nine will struggle. Dancing With The Stars improved because the whole tenor of the program improved last night, compared to what was a dud episode the Sunday before. 60 minutes is in a real battle and can’t break clear. Next week will see the best part of half a million viewers free to go away from the ABC with the ending of Dr Who (which was the best of the recent remakes). The ABC has a program on Tibet, that will pull some viewers next Sunday night but not the 1.2 million or more Dr Who attracted last night.

Tonight, hopefully a fresh episode of City Homicide, then Bones, after Border Security on Seven. Nine has an hour of Two and a Half Men, the return of ‘Til Death, which should have been put out of its misery last time and a movie at 8.30pm. Ten has Idol and 90210 and Burn Notice. 90210 is close to being put out of its misery in the US. The ABC has Australian Story, Four Corners, Media Watch and Enough Rope with Nigella Lawson. And the local version of Top Gear starts tonight on SBS at 7.30pm. Big tyres to fill for the locals.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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