The Winners: The second of the double episodes of Two and a Half Men at 8pm on Nine averaged 1.449 million viewers and the 7.30pm episode averaged 1.385 million for first and second. Seven’s 8.30pm program, Criminal Minds, averaged 1.366 million and the 8.30pm one off episode of Spicks and Specks averaged 1.341 million. Seven News was 5th with 1.336 million and Seven’s 8pm program Medical Emergency averaged 1.301 million. The 9.30pm repeat of Criminal Minds on Seven was 7th with 1.224 million. Today Tonight was next with 1.199 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.198 million viewers. Seven’s 7.30pm program, Crash Investigation Unit, averaged 1.162 million viewers (and a bit light). Home and Away was down as well with 1.071 million in 11th. Then came the 7pm ABC News with 1.066 million, A Current Affair was in 13th with 1.064 million and Nine News was 14th with 1.023 million. The New Inventors at 8pm averaged 885,000.

The Losers: Quite a few last night. Fringe on Nine at 8.30pm: 771,000. Very Small Business on the ABC at 9.30pm, 602,000 for the last episode. Jamie’s Ministry Of Food on Ten at 7.30pm to 8.30pm, 764,000. House on Ten at 8.30pm, 858,000. Life on Ten at 9.30pm, 699,000. The Mentalist Encore at 9.30pm on Nine, 530,000. A repeat perhaps, but the dud Life and unfunny Very Small Business had more viewers…

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally at 6pm and in every market but Today Tonight lost Sydney and Melbourne to ACA but won elsewhere. In Sydney the 7pm ABC News (310,000) had more viewers than Seven News (294,000) and Nine, (244,000) — daylight saving and NSW school holidays. The 7.30 Report in Sydney with 286,000 had more viewers than ACA, 270,000 — same factors this week, but not before daylight saving started on Sunday of this week. The 7.30 Report averaged 959,000 nationally; Lateline, 359,000 and Lateline Business very high figures with 274,000 viewers. The financial crisis is paying off for the ABC. Ten News, 727,000 (its audience has been hit by daylight saving as well). The late News/Sports Tonight, 459,000. SBS News at 6.30pm with 167,000, Dateline at 8.30pm, 178,000, SBS News at 9.30pm, 201,000. 7am Sunrise, 340,000, 7am Today, 292,000.

The Stats: Seven won with a 31.6% share in All People from 6pm to midnight (31.3% a week earlier). Nine was next with 25.0% (27.3%), the ABC was third with 20.1% (19.1%), Ten was fourth with 19.2%(18.7%) and SBS was on 4.2% (4.0%). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week 31.4% to 26.8%. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 32.7% from WIN/NBN with 24.6%, the ABC with 19.4%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 17.7% and SBS on 5.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another good night for Seven. Nine might have had the two top programs for the second Wednesday in a row, but that was about all it could claim. Another of its much promoted late season programs, Fringe at 8.30 pm, is a dud, rejected by the viewing audience and bound for the scrap heap. In fact it was a night for duds all over the place.

Ten slipped Bondi Rescue Bali and Kenny’s World out of the scheduled (smuggled might be a better description) and dropped in Jamie Oliver’s Ministry Of Food which under-excited viewers. Not much better than the programs it replaced and looking at last night, it is a very British and very unentertaining show. The Hollowmen was okay, but ended up being predictable. Very Small Business shuffled off last night on the ABC at 9.30pm and the Spicks and Specks one off behind the scenes episode was a lot more entertaining than I thought.

Kerry O’Brien arrived back at the desk of The 7.30 Report and the program’s pace suddenly slowed and got a bit turgid. So I went looking for Bondi Rescue Bali and discovered Jamie Oliver (having depended on a weekly guide!). And that was Wednesday night.

Tonight: Nine should improve, simply because it has swung the usually top class RPA into the 9.30pm slot where it should do well. Seven has two hours of the mediocre Heroes at 8.30pm (if Nine’s dull The Strip can’t beat that tosh, then it’s a super dud), followed by the failure from earlier in the year, Prison Break, at 10.30pm. Nine also has Getaway. Ten has Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and two hours of Law And Order.

The ABC has the highlight: Fibros and Silvertails at 9.35pm. When Rugby League was really tribal (it should appeal to those any Collingwood fans among the AFL supporter base). Why the ABC didn’t show it last week when Manly was in the Rugby League Grand Final on Sunday is one of those mysteries only known to HQ at Ultimo. SBS drags out poor dead Inspector Rex, again!

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports