The Winners: Two and a Half Men at 8pm, 1.651 million and the 7.30pm episode, 1.512 million. Seven News was 3rd with 1.497 million and Medical Emergency was next with 1.338 million for Seven at 8pm. Today Tonight was 5th with 1.317 million for Seven at 6.30pm and Criminal Minds won the 8.30pm slot for Seven with 1.312 million. Seven’s Crash Investigation Unit at 7.30pm averaged 1.257 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.234 million for Nine. Home and Away at 7pm was next with 1.212 million and Spicks and Specks averaged 1.165 million viewers at 8.30pm for the ABC. Nine News was 11th with 1.148 million, A Current Affair was 12th with 1.104 million and the 7pm ABC News averaged 1.083 million for 12th spot. The 9.30pm repeat of Criminal Minds averaged 946.000, Fringe on Nine at 8.30pm, 901,000, The Hollowmen at 9pm, 877,000. Newstopia at 10pm on SBS, 142,000.

The Losers: Bondi Rescue Bali, 632,000 and Kenny’s World, 664,000. Very Small Business on the ABC at 9.30pm, 608,000. House on Ten at 8.30pm. Fresh episode and only 802,000 viewers.

News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight again won nationally and in every market. Nine finished ahead of the 7pm ABC News in both Sydney and Melbourne. The 7.30 Report averaged 848,000 with Ali Moore hosting in place of a holidaying Red O’Brien (who had the lights turned out on him in Spicks and Specks, even though he wasn’t there on the night). Lateline averaged 379,000 and Lateline Business, 238,000 as the financial crisis continues to boost its audiences. Ten News averaged 859,000, The late News/Sports Tonight, 380,000. SBS News at 6.30pm 177,000, Dateline at 8.30pm, 174,000, the 9.30pm News, 149,000. 7am Sunrise, 381,000; 7am Today, 271,000.

The Stats: Seven won all people from 6pm to midnight with 31.3% (31.4%) from Nine with 27.3% (27.1%), the ABC with 19.1% )19.0%), Ten with 18.3% (18.4%) and SBS with 4.0% (4.1%). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week 30.9% to 25.7% for Nine. In regional areas a win for Prime/7Qld with 33.8%, with WIN/NBN next with 23.0%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 18.9%, the ABC on 18.1% and SBS with 6.2%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine might think, gee, how did we do that, the to two most watched programs. seeing one was dropped in to replace Hole In The Wall (Dave Gyngell’s great buy from Japan). A better question might be why did we do that? Some guides in Sydney still showed Hole in the Wall a week after it was pulled for lack of viewers and a third episode of Two and a half Men dropped into Nine’s schedule on a Wednesday night. Nine is now showing a total of nine episodes of Two and a Half Men a week: it’s out doing the Ten Network’s use of The Simpsons as its go to program when there’s a hole to fill in prime time because of a flop. It sums up Nine’s year: great start, rotten finish.

For Ten it’s a battle to the bottom for Kenny’s World and Bondi Rescue Bali, which is a pity because they are not dud programs like Two and a Half Men which is crass, crude and totally lacking in any charm. Nine are putting their faith in Charlie Sheen to save their 2008 ratings performance and try and grab a 35% share of the 2009 ad revenue. From the Network that brought you the outstanding UnderBelly … Charlie Sheen? Nine’s Fringe edged higher, but deserves to be a bit player on cable, like Lost and Heroes. House continues to die for Ten, another development of interest. Bad news for anyone planning a new medical series in Australia next year perhaps?

Tonight. The NRL Footy Show: perhaps the last program in its current formulation. Why isn’t Nine starting it at 8.30pm like the AFL program did last week in southern markets? Getaway tonight also on Nine. Seven has Supermodel, Ghost Whisperer for two hours. The final Q&A is on the ABC at 9.30pm, which is a pity. It will be missed. Seinfeld is on Nine after the NRL Footy Show at 11.30. Ten has Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? with Rove at 7.30pm and then two hours of Law And Order with various initials. Nine also has The Strip.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports