The Winners: Packed To The Rafters averaged 1.836 million, off a touch from recent levels, but still dominant. Find My Family on Seven at 8pm, 1.701 million and still the surprise packet of the year. RSPCA Animal Rescue on Seven at 7.30pm, 1.617 million and Seven News was 4th with 1.507 million. NCIS on Ten at 8.30pm averaged 1.320 million and Today Tonight on Seven at 6.30pm averaged 1.302 million people. Seven’s All Saints at 9.30pm averaged 1.285 million and Home and Away was 8th with 1.267 million at 7pm. Nine’s 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.252 million and A Current Affair was 10th with 1.205 million (up on Monday night). Next was ABC news with 1.170 million, ahead of Nine News with 1.128 million. Nine’s 7.30pm program, Wipeout, averaged 1.092 million and the two episodes of Two and a Half Men from 7.30pm to 8.30pm averaged 1.031 million for the 8pm episode and 1.011 million for the 7.30pm episode. That one was the 15th and final program with a million viewers or more. 20 to 1 on Nine at 9.30pm averaged 944,000, Two in the Top End on the ABC at 8pm, 861,000.

The Losers: Rush on Ten at 9.30pm with 871,000 viewers. Not really an outright flop, more a slowing evolving disappointment for Ten. Survivor Micronesia at 10.30pm on Nine with 463,000 and Make Me A Supermodel on Seven in the same slot with 419,000. Ten’s late News with 447,000 was the class act. The other two were pale shadows of other glories: prime time for earlier Survivors and the Thursday night 7.30pm version of Supermodel.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market. The 7pm ABC News had more viewers than Nine in Sydney (334,000 vs. 298,000) and in Melbourne (347,000, 341,000). A Current Affair won Melbourne and Brisbane and got closer to TT than it has for a couple of weeks. The 7.30 Report averaged 922,000 for its financial crisis special (gee, did it break out yesterday?). Lateline averaged 330,000, Lateline Business, 215,000 (and doing good stuff on the crisis that The 7.30 Report has only tackled spasmodically up till last night). Ten News averaged 790,000 and the late News/Sports Tonight, 447,000. SBS News, 193,000. Insight, 224,000 (and was interesting), the 9.30pm SBS News, 131,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 370,000, 7am Today on Nine, 266,000.

The Stats: Seven won with an All People 6pm to midnight share of 34.6% (35.1% last week) from Nine with 25.4% (27.2%), Ten with 21.2% (18.6%), the ABC with 14.9% (15.1%) and SBS with 4.9% (4.1%). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week 30.8% to 25.3%. In regional areas Prime/7Qld won with 36%, WIN/NBN with 22.7%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 21.1%, the ABC with 13.7% and SBS with 5.4%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another Tuesday after the Olympics and another easy win to Seven. It won All People, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54, from 6pm to 10.30pm. Packed To The Rafters was again dominant at 8.30pm, though I detected a small whiff of Sons and Daughters and Home and Away drifting through the acting and the storyline. Time to get the Omo detector out, or perhaps the thingybob that takes out the Morning Fresh or Lux from what has been a solid adult drama up to now.

NCIS did well for Ten, but it was a spotty gain. 460,000 viewers tuned out from Ten and NCIS when Rush went to air from 9.30pm. It and The Strip are neck and neck at the moment. Two and a Half Men received its just deserts last night. Another hole for Nine to fill next year, as is the 7pm slot for Ten. And that’s all you can say about last night.

Seven first, daylight second by a long stretch. And the folk in regional areas loved Packed To The Rafters and more than 700,000 tuned in, taking its total national audience to around 2.6 million viewers. It’s amazing how Australians love good, well made local drama and how it bolsters a TV network’s weekly performance. Seven has City Homicide and All Saints. It’s what Ten and Nine have to find next year to be competitive in what will be a revenue challenged year.

Tonight. Spicks and Specks, The Hollowmen and Very Small Business on the ABC. SBS has Dateline at 8.30pm and Newstopia returns at 10pm. Nine has Hole In The wall (back after a break), Fringe and Kitchen Nightmares. Seven has Crash Investigation Unit, Medical Emergency and two hours of Criminal Minds (fresh/repeat). Ten has Bondi Rescue Bali, Kenny’s World, House (fresh) and Life.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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