The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.258 million and Today Tonight was next with 1.111 million. Home and Away won 7pm for Seven with 1,069 million, just in front of Nine’s repeat of Two and a Half Men with 1.057 million. Getaway averaged 1.049 million and RPA 1.039 million in 5th and 6th spot for Nine. The 7pm ABC News averaged 1.030 million. The Strip on Nine at 8.30pm, 980,000; Law And Order CI at 8.30pm on Ten, 978,000. Nine News at 6pm, just 958,000 — appalling really. Make Me A Supermodel on Seven at 7.30pm, 937,000.

The Losers: Well A Current Affair for Nine, unfortunately, 909,000. Not very good. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on Ten at 7.30pm, 752,000. Heroes on Seven at 9.30pm, 624,000. Prison Break on the same network at 10.30pm, 427,000. Will & Grace on Ten at 7pm, 442,000 — bring back the horrid Taken Out dating program! Inspector Rex on SBS, 362,000 at 7.30pm — still the most cynical repeat on TV.

News & CA: Seven News again beat Nine and in every market. In Sydney the 7pm ABC News actually had more viewers, 308,000 to 288,000 for Seven and 253,000 for Nine. Seven won elsewhere. Today Tonight won nationally and everywhere bar Brisbane. In Sydney The 7.30 Report with 278,000, had a higher ranking than ACA with 243,000 and Today Tonight with 276,000. A double “win” for the ABC in the toughest market of all. The 7.30 Report averaged 845,000, Lateline, 283,000, Lateline Business, 161,000. Ten News averaged 703,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 456,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 156,000, 163,000 for the 9.30pm edition. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 340,000, 7am Today on Nine, 299,000.

The Stats: Nine won 6pm to midnight All People with a share of 28.9% (26.9%) from Seven with 26.1% (26.8%), Ten was third with 21.9% (23.0%), the ABC with 18.2% (18.9%) and SBS with 4.8% Seven leads the week 31.0% to 27.6%. Nine won all five markets and won regional areas with a share of 30.6% for WIN/NBN, from Prime/7Qld with 22.7%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 22.2%, the ABC with 18.4% and SBS with 6.1%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine won, it’s a Thursday night and RPA at 9.30pm gives a nice million viewer kick. The ABC’s doco on war between Menzies and Churchill did well with 916,000 viewers and beat The Amazing Race on Seven with 902,000. That says something about The Amazing Race. Kerry O’Brien is smiling: he showed last night he was finally on top of the credit crisis in his interview with the PM; Clarke and Dawes showed they were also on top of it at the end of the program.

Tonight, Better Homes and Gardens on Seven and not much else and movie repeats on Seven, Nine and Ten. The ABC has Taggart and Murphy’s Law and even though they are uneven, they are beacons of viewing pleasure tonight compared to what else is on. Tomorrow night, the Nine Network is so supportive of the NZ vs. Papua New Guinea World Rugby league Cup game that it will replay it at 10.15pm. Nice going, Nine.

Seven has the Bledisloe Cup game from HK with Australia and NZ playing Rugby Union. That’s at 7.30pm. Rough Diamond on the ABC in the same slot and a movie repeat at the same time on Nine and lots of movies on Ten from 6.30pm.

Sunday night, First Australians on SBS at 8.30pm, the Boyer Lecture on the ABC with Rupert Murdoch at 10.15pm: Will he stir us to great passions? Seven has Dancing With The Stars and then a fresh episode of Frost at 9pm. Nine has 60 Minutes after 20 to 1 and before Australia vs. Great Britain on delay, in the World Rugby League World Cup at 8.30pm. Not good enough, again. Ten has Australian Idol, Rove and a repeat of NCIS and a repeat of Thank God You’re Here at 6.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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