The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.356 million people, followed by Today Tonight with 1.246 million. Nine’s 7pm repeat of Two And A Half Men averaged 1.202 million and Seven’s Home and Away was next with 1.189 million at 7pm. Nine News was 5th with 1.090 million and Law And Order Criminal Intent was 6th on Ten at 8.30pm with 1.060 million. A Current Affair was 7th with 1.058 million and Getaway was next at 7.30pm for Nine with 1.053 million. The Strip averaged 1.041 million for Nine at 8.30 pm and Seven’s Make Me A Supermodel averaged 1.038 million at 7.30pm. The Law and Order repeat of SVU at 9.30pm averaged 1.029 million and Seven’s fresh series of The Amazing Race returned with 1.021 million at 8.30pm. The 7pm ABC News averaged 1.014 million in 13th and last was RPA at 9.30pm for Nine with 1.008 million.

The Losers: Heroes at 9.30pm on Seven. 706,000. Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? on Ten at 7.30pm, 788,000. Inspector Rex on SBS at 7.30pm, 356,000. Prison Break at 10.30 on Seven, 401,000. 5th Grader finished behind The 7.30 Report on the ABC with 948,000 and Catalyst at 8pm with 864,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne. Today Tonight won everywhere nationally, apart from Sydney where ACA had more viewers. But The 7.30 Report actually finished with more viewers in Sydney, 303,000 than ACA with 292,9000 and Today Tonight with 271,000. The 7pm ABC News had more viewers in Sydney, 293,000 than Nine News with 261,000. Seven News had 334,000 viewers in Sydney, so daylight saving wasn’t all the reason for Nine’s weakness, or the fact that the later starting ABC News had more viewers. Lateline averaged 279,000 and Lateline Business, 177,000. Ten News averaged 774,000, the Late News/Sports Tonight, 423,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 164,000. The Late News, 151,000. Sunrise, 374,000, Today, 285,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 29.2% (27.9% a week ago) in All People 6 pm to midnight. Seven was next with 27.6% (27.0%), Ten was third with 22.0% (22.4%), the ABC was on 16.6% (17.6%) and SBS was on 4.6% (5.1%). in regional areas, a win for WIN/NBN for Nine with 29.9% from Prime/7Qld with 24.8%, Southern Cross with 22.8%, the ABC with 15.7% and SBS with 6.8%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine’s best night of the week. RPA and Getaway lifted and even The Strip regained the million viewer mark (undeservedly). A Current Affair regained the million viewer level as well with Leila McKinnon was hosting. Make Me A Supermodel on Seven cracked a million as well, as did both of Ten’s Law And Orders. It was a night that underwhelmed except for RPA. Tonight, Better Homes And Gardens for the house proud and those detained at home by financial circumstances; Taggart and Murphy’s Law on the ABC (Murphy is the last of three parts though).

Nine has switched Wipeout from Tuesdays at 7.30pm to tonight at the same time and halved it in length. It will be followed by Hole In The Wall. Nine is hoping there is life after ratings failure in higher profile slots earlier in the week. Nine’s movie is Alexander which was made in 2004 and has been on Nine’s shelf for a while…

Ten’s movie is Nanny McPhee which was made in 2005 and has been hanging around for a while. Seven’s movie is Munich, made in 2005 as well, but the best of the three by far. There’s also cricket on Fox Sports from India today and over the weekend. For tomorrow night, go out, read a book or rediscover partners (Sunrise at 6.30pm?) Nine has 60 Minutes and The Mentalist. Ten has the Aria Awards (subliminal advertising anyone?), plus Idol. The ABC has the first of a two parter called The Long Firm. If you are bored on Sunday afternoon and want to see one of the funniest movies made, Cat Ballou at 2pm on Nine. Lee Marvin and his horse tops the beans scene in Blazing Saddles.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports.

Peter Fray

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