The Winners: Dancing With The Stars averaged 1.384 million from 7.30pm to 9pm for Seven, Seven News was second with 1.370 million and Australian Idol was 3rd with 1.218 million people. 60 Minutes was 4th with 1.181 million; Nine’s 20 to 1 at 6.30pm to 7.30pm averaged 1.132 million and Seven’s Kath and Kim repeat from 7pm averaged 1.101 million. Nine News was 7th and averaged 1.101 million, Rove at 8th for Ten at 8.30pm with 1.048 million and the 7pm ABC News was 9th with 1.018 million. Jamie Durie’s Outdoor Room on Seven at 6.30pm averaged 1.005 million. The delayed telecast of the Rugby League World Cup game between Australia and Great Britain averaged 900,000 from 8.30pm to around 10.30pm. A Touch Of Frost on Seven from 9pm averaged 825,000, Ten’s repeat of the finale of Thank God You’re Here averaged 783,000 at 6.15pm and Ten’s repeat of NCIS at 9.40pm averaged 738,000. First Australians on SBS at 8.30 pm, 240,000.

The Losers: Californication on Ten at 10.40pm: 448,000. The ABC Boyer Lecture with Rupert Murdoch at 10.10pm for an hour: 220,000. The flogging handed out by Australia to the Poms was more interesting.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market. Ten News averaged 737,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 150,000. In the morning Weekend Sunrise from 8am on Seven, 426,000; Landline on the ABC at Noon, 289,000; Early Sunrise from 7.30pm, 254,000; Insiders, 192,000 at 9am on the ABC, Inside Business at 10am on the ABC, 143,000; Offsiders at 10.30am , 129,000. Nine’s Sunday Morning News, just 97,000 and looking ill. Meet The Press on Ten at 8am, 72,000.

The Stats: Seven won All People 6pm to midnight with 29.4% (29.3%) from Nine with 28.0% (31.6%), Ten with 22.7% (20.5%), the ABC with 15.7% (14.0%), and SBS with 4.2% (4.7%). Seven won Melbourne, and Perth. Nine won Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. The bigger wining margins in Melbourne and Perth offset the narrower Nine wins elsewhere. In regional areas the Rugby League World Cup helped Nine affiliates WIN/NBN top carve out a win, 28.5% to Prime/7Qld with 26.5%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 22.2%, the ABC with 17.1% and SBS with 5.6%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The Nine Network again reneged on its promise to broadcast Rugby League World Cup games involving Australia live: it started coverage of the Australia/Great Britain game from Telstra Dome in Melbourne half an hour late and by the time the broadcast started on Nine at 8.30pm, the game had been going 30 minutes of actual play and Australia led 12-4. The League didn’t really help Nine last night, unlike the week before.

Seven’s win was a bit of a surprise, seeing Nine had the league which did well in Sydney and Brisbane, but not as well in Melbourne as it did the week before. 60 Minutes was easily beaten by Dancing With The Stars for the first time since shifting to Sunday nights. It was in fact the best result for Seven since the shift (and Seven is now getting higher figures on Tuesday nights where Dancing was). In fact 60 Minutes was also beaten by Australian Idol, which had a solid night. Rove did well and had more viewers than the League. Seven has won the week with the usual solid figures it will get tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday night.

Tonight: City Homicide vs. CSI on Seven and Nine. Four Corners is on the US poll, Australian Idol and Good News Week on Ten, Australian Story, Media Watch and Enough Rope also on the ABC, Bones on Seven, plus The Rich List for an hour from 7.30pm (will it relive its Monday night success, or Saturday night failure?). Nine has a fresh/repeat of Two and a Half Men and Til Death, which should do well against The Rich List.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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