The Winners: Seven news was tops with 1.604 million, Criminal Minds at 8.30pm averaged 1.519 million and episode two of Two And A Half Men at 8pm on Nine averaged 1.495 million, with the 7.30 episode in 4th spot with 1.471 million. Today Tonight was 5th with 1.337 million and the 7pm ABC News was 6th with 1.259 million people. The 7pm repeat of Two And A half Men averaged 1.240 million and Home And Away was next in the same 7pm slot with 1.229 million. Nine News was 9th with 1.219 million and Spicks and Specks averaged 1.216 million at 8.30 pm. Crash Scene Investigations from 7.30pm to 8.30pm averaged 1.168 million for Seven and 11th was the 9.30 repeat of Criminal Minds with 1.162 million. A Current Affair was 13th with 1.139 million people and 14th on the list was The 7.30 Report with 1.090 million.

The Losers: Nine’s movie at 8.30 pm, Talladega Nights: 695,000 for a couple of hours. Pass me the moron meter. Life at 8.30pm on Ten, 599,000, the second episode at 9.30 pm, 607,000; tragic, as was Big Cat Diary, 559,000 at 7.30pm. Will & Grace at 7pm, 522,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally. Today Tonight won everywhere bar Melbourne and Adelaide. Ten News averaged 864,000, the Late News/Sports Tonight, 407,000. Lateline, 388,000, Lateline Business, 218,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 231,000, Dateline at 8.30pm, 260,000, the 9.30pm news, 319,000, Newstopia, 167,000. Sunrise at 7am on Seven, 362,000, 7am Today, 280,000.

The Stats: Seven won All people 6pm to midnight with 32.6% (30.9% a week ago) from Nine with 26.2% 927.2%), the ABC with 19.8% (18.6%), Ten with 16.0% (18.9%) and SBS with 5.3% 94.5%). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week 31.7% to 26.3% for Nine. In regional areas a similar result: Prime/7Qld won with 32.9% from WIN/NBN with 25.9%, the ABC with 18.2%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 16.7% and SBS with 6.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another night when Nine and Ten just tossed in the towel. Seven was gifted the night and will now concentrate on winning next week. Two And A half Men did well for Nine, but that was it, Ten was a distant 4th behind the ABC. Ten’s most watched program on the Night was Ten News. It’s not even in prime time. Neighbours with 787,000 at 6.30pm was in fact the best prime time performer. It was downhill from then. And that was the night. Over before it started.

Tonight: Getaway, The Strip and RPA will do better for Nine tonight. Seven has another episode of Make Me A Supermodel, The Amazing Race and Heroes has been punted from 8.30pm and replaced by another episode of Bones, which is on Mondays at 9.30pm. Scrubs is in at 10.30pm, pushing Prison Break back to 11pm. Ten has 5th grader at 7.30pm and then two hours of Law And Order, which will do better than last night. The ABC has another 1940’s doco reworking an old story of politics: the 1959 coal battle. And then that wildchild, the Johnny O’Keefe story at 9.30 pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports.

Peter Fray

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