The Winners: Packed To The Rafters was top with 1.979 million, Find My Family was second at 8pm with 1.798 million and RSPCA Animal Rescue was 3rd with 1.509 million. Seven News was 4th with 1.426 million, All Saints at 9.30pm, 1.377 million and Today Tonight was 6th with 1.360 million. Ten’s fresh episode of NCIS averaged 1.296 million in 7th, Home and Away won the 7pm for Seven with 1.217 million and was 8th. Nine’s repeat of Two and a Half Men in the same slot averaged 1.154 million. Nine News was 10th with 1.141 million and the 7pm ABC News was next with 1.112 million. Nine’s 9.30pm program, 20 to One, averaged 1.016 million and A Current Affair was 13th and last with 1.007 million.

The Losers: Wipeout at 7.30pm for Nine, 925,000. The episodes of Two and a Half Men at 7.30pm, 940,000, and 8pm, 963,000. Rush on Ten at 9.30pm, 833,000. Survivor Micronesia at 10.30pm on Nine, 467,000, who cares what it does. Ten News had 479,000 viewers from 10.30pm to 11.15pm. Seven’s 10.30pm program, My Shocking Story averaged 545,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight won everywhere bar Brisbane — A Current Affair won. The 7pm ABC news in Sydney again had more viewers than Nine News, 301,000 to 291,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 941,000 nationally and with 306,000 easily beat ACA in Sydney with 257,000 viewers. Lateline averaged 238,000, Lateline Business, 136,000. Ten News, 755,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 479,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 160,000, Insight at 7.30pm, 204,000, SBS News at 9.30pm, 132,000. 7am Sunrise, 310,000, 7am Today, 276,000. Closer than in the past couple of weeks, but its still school holidays in Sydney. Today beat Sunrise in Melbourne easily, 84,000 to 59,000.

The Stats: Seven won and in All People had a share of 36.5% (34.6% last week) from Nine with 24.3%, (25.4%), Ten with 21.0% (21.2%), the ABC with 14.8% (14.9%) and SBS with 3.4% (4.0%). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week 31.3% to 27.3% for Nine. In regional areas a win for Prime/7Qld with 39.6% from WIN/NBN with 21.5%, Southern Cross (ten) with 20.5%, the ABC with 13.9% and SBS with 4.4%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another Tuesday, another strong win to Seven, its strongest so far as daylight finishes second and third. Nine’s effort last night was terrible: even though Ten was third, it still tossed up more watchable material at time compared to the dross from Nine: three episodes of Two and a Half Men and Wipeout (which is facing a big legal challenge in the US from a Japanese TV network which claims the ABC network in America ripped it off. A similar action is due against Endemol, the producer of the format. If successful, the case might cost Nine more money in fees to Endemol or even endanger its 2008 local version).

But back to last night. Apart from Seven, Ten was sort of okay and Nine was yuk. The ABC and SBS battled manfully but are not in the hunt, in any way, when solid programs like Find My Family and Packed To The Rafters dominate viewing. I bet Nine is as we speak, trying to get a version of Find My Family up for next year. But it will be done in the usual, short term way. Seven’s program is simple to produce but the lead time for each segment is expensive and takes time if it is to be well done. Nine has had Missing Person’s Unit. It is in the same genre and if Nine had been thinking, it could have tacked off the back of MPU and pre-empted Seven’s very watchable program.

Watching last night’s episode of Packed To The Rafters last night, I can understand why it did so well with 1.9 million viewers. How many people have been through the in-laws thing in their lives, both as kids and in-laws? A simple idea that’s in everyone’s life experience. The slight sudsing of the previous episode disappeared last night.

Malcolm Turnbull was allowed to get away lightly on The 7.30 Report to claim victory for the banks passing on 0.80% of the rate rise. “Gee willikers Batman, another victory for the masked crusader of conservative politics!”

Tonight, Spicks and Specks (which looks like a lightweight episode); The Hollowmen (still worth a look): both on the ABC. Nine has an hour and a half of Two and a half Men, Fringe at 8.30pm and a repeat of Sunday night’s first episode of The Mentalist at 9.30pm — desperate times indeed at the Nine programming department! Ten has the slowly dying House at 8.30pm and the almost dead Bondi Rescue Bali and Kenny’s World from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. And the dead Life at 9.30pm. Seven has Crash Investigation and Medical Emergency from 7.30pm to 8.30pm tonight, and a fresh and then repeat of Criminal Minds from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. The ABC also has the Cook and the Chef at 6.30pm and SBS has Dateline at 8.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports.

Peter Fray

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