The Winners: Packed To The Rafters was tops with 1.886 million people, with Find My Family with 1.822 million and RSPCA Animal Rescue with 1.607 million in 3rd. Seven News was 4th with 1.471 million and Ten’s NCIS popped up in 5th spot at 8.30pm with 1.336 million. Today Tonight averaged 1.316 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.269 million, just ahead of Home and Away with 1.242 million. All Saints was 9th at 9.30pm with 1.202 million and Nine News was next with 1.181 million. The 7pm ABC News was next with 1.137 million and A Current Affair was 12th again with 1.120 million. The double episodes of Two and a Half Men were next with the 8.30pm one on 1.033 million and the 9pm one on 1.023 million. 20 to 1 on Nine at 9.30pm averaged 992,000, The new Simpsons episode at 7.30pm, 968,000.

The Losers: Well, Rush, 927,000. Not a real loser by Ten standards but doing better than Nine’s terrible The Strip. Kenny’s World at 8pm averaged 890,000. Again not a loser by recent Ten standards. It seems to have been snuck back in after being eased out a fortnight ago. The Burning Season doco on the ABC at 8.30pm, 352,000. The second episode of The First Australians on SBS in the same slot, 291,000 (down from 392,000 on Sunday night). In terms of both networks, not so much losers as disappointing. Both figures reflect what was on Seven and Ten in opposition. The First Australians is still a flat production. Survivor Micronesia on Nine at 10.30pm, 415,000, beaten by Seven’s My Shock Story, 591,000.

News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight again won nationally and in every market. The 7pm ABC News in Sydney had more viewers than the 6pm Nine News in Sydney: 351,000 vs. 337,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 884,000 nationally. Lateline averaged 260,000 and Lateline Business, 159,000. Ten News, 751,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 404,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 147,000, Insight at 7.30pm, 239,000, the 9.30pm SBS News, 157,000. 7am Sunrise, 354,000, 7am Today back under 300,000 to 282,000.

The Stats: Seven won with an All People share 6pm to midnight of 35.7% (36.5%) from Nine with 24.4% (24.3%); Ten with 21.8% (21.0%), the ABC down on 13.8% (14.8%) and SBS with 4.4% (3.4%). Seven won all metro markets and leads the week 30.6% to 26.0%. In regional areas a big win to Seven through Prime/7Qld with 37.4%; WIN/NBN 21.5%, the ABC with 14.1% and SBS with 5.8%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine laid another ratings egg last night. the second a slightly revamped series of Chopping Block aired at 7.30pm. All that had changed was the eliminated of the annoying Catriona Rowntree as a host and an anonymous voice over and more involvement from Matt Moran. The 7.30 Report half hour had more viewers, 884,000 than Chopping Block with 879,000 for the hour. Not the best of outcomes for Nine.

Tonight, Spicks and Specks at 8.30pm. Another series of Stupid Stupid Man from Foxtel and a repeat of Summer Heights High. Nine has Fringe and then CSI New York and three episodes of Two and a Half Men. Ten has Jamie’s Ministry of Food, House and then Life. Don’t forget The Cook And The Chef on the ABC at 6.30pm! Seven has two hours of Criminal Minds, plus Crash Investigation Unit and Medical Emergency. Newstopia on SBS at 10.05pm — the night’s best!

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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