The Winners: The Mentalist was tops for Nine with 1.448 million (and shifting to 8.30pm Wednesday). 60 minutes was second with 1.357 million, Seven News was next with 1.329 million and Dancing With The Stars from 7.30pm to 9pm averaged a solid 1.255 million for Seven. CSI Miami averaged 1.206 million at 9.30pm for Nine. The Prime Minister at 6.30pm on Seven, 1.117 million and Nine’s 20 to 1 in the 6.30 to 7.30pm slot averaged 1.114 million for 7th spot. The Aria’s on Ten from 7.30 pm, 1.113 million. Nine News was 9th with 1.101 million and Australian Idol at 6.30pm averaged 1.1 million for Ten and 10th spot. 11th was the 7pm ABC news with 1.011 million. The special on Galapagos Islands, titled Galapagos, at 7.30pm on the ABC averaged 921,000. The First Australians on SBS, 307,000 (392,000 last week for the first episode).

The Losers: Kath and Kim on Seven at 7pm: 729,000 — appalling. Most people would have preferred to see the Prime Minister for another hour. Californication on Ten, 543,000 at 10pm — this program has solid support among 16 to 39 age group. That means its on too early for the type of pap it contains. The Long Firm on the ABC at 8.30pm to 10.10pm: 566,000 — it got what it deserved. Ray Martin’s delivering of the Andrew Olle memorial lecture at 10.10pm, 261,000 — it got what it deserved. It looked better on TV than it was in person! Seven’s movie, Grease, at 9pm — 761,000 — tragic.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Adelaide. Ten News averaged 751,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 177,000. In the morning — Weekend Sunrise, 380,000. Insiders on the ABC at 9am, 166,000. Inside Business, 135,000. Offsiders, 110,000. Nine’s Sunday Morning News from 8am to 9am, 125,000. Meet the Press on Ten, 55,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 30.1% (25.5%), from Seven with 27.0% (24.6%), Ten with 23.2% (23.4%), the ABC with 14.6% (22.3%) and SBS with 5.1% (4.4%). Nine won Sydney, Brisbane (by a mile), Adelaide and Seven won Perth and drew Melbourne with Nine. Ten said it won 16 to 39 and 18-49 in the 6pm to 10.30pm battle between it, Seven and Nine. In regional areas a win for Nine through WIN/NBN with 31.6%, Prime/7Qld with 24.7%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.8%, the ABC with 16.4% and SBS with 6.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: What to say about last night? The Prime Minister is a moderate TV audience puller. The 1.1 million for his appearance on Seven at 6.30pm was OK, but not brilliant. People almost preferred old Bert Newton and the tired 20 to 1 format a on Nine (which out rated the rejected Battlefronts). The Seven special should have been run without ads (except at the start and at the end).

Tonight: Nine’s CSI vs City Homicide on Seven. Seven also has Border Security, Bones and The Force. Nine just as CSI and lots of Two and a Half Men. Ten has Australian Idol and not much else. Will it make the million mark tonight? The ABC has Four Corners, Media Watch and Enough Rope and Australian Story. SBS has Top Gear at 7.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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