The Winners: Episode two of Two and a Half Men at 8pm averaged 1.438 million (male domination night for the remote) with the 7.30pm episode second with 1.429 million. Seven News was 3rd with 1.377 million and Today Tonight was next with 1.312 million. Home and Away was 5th with 1.285 million, Spicks and Specks on the ABC at 8.30pm finished the year (next week is a best of bits program) with 1.269 million and beat Seven’s Criminal Minds which averaged 1.177 million. The 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men on Nine averaged 1.162 million and Nine News was 9th with 1.140 million. Seven’s UK program, Crash Scenes Investigation wobbled through the hour from 7.30pm and averaged 1.116 million in 10th. The 7pm ABC News was next with 1.091 million, A Current Affair was 12th with 1.052 million and The Mentalist at 8.30pm on Nine averaged 1.002 million after a week off. The New Inventors averaged 927,000 at 8pm for the ABC. The Criminal Minds repeat at 9.30pm, 906,000.

The Losers: Ten, again. Last night’s performance wasn’t as bad as the previous week, but it was bad. Big Cat Diary was replaced by new episodes of Futurama after schedules had been printed for the week. They averaged 583,000 and 528,000 at 7.30pm and 8pm — another successful flop. Neighbours was the network’s most watched program at 6.30pm with 759,000. House at 8.30pm, 750,000. Life at 9.30pm, 713,000. Not too many people care about watching Ten at the moment. CSI New York on Nine at 9.30pm, 790,000. Will & Grace at 7pm on Ten, 570,000. It was quaintly familiar and just as boring.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne where Nine won. Today Tonight won everywhere but Brisbane. In Sydney the 7pm ABC News and The 7.30 Report had more viewers than Nine News or A Current Affair did in the rankings. Nine was stronger in Melbourne and Brisbane than Sydney. The 7.30 Report averaged 917,000 viewers nationally. Lateline, 284,000, Lateline Business, 156,000. Ten News averaged 755,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 478,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 124,000, the 9.30pm edition, 226,000, Newstopia at 10.05pm, 158,000. 7am Sunrise, 383,000, 7am Today back down, to 271,000.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm midnight all people with 30.0% (32.6%) from Nine with 27.8% (26.2%), the ABC with 19.6% (19.8%), Ten with 18.3% (16.0%) and SBS with 4.4% (5.3%0). Seven won Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Nine won Sydney and Melbourne. Seven leads the week 30.8% to 27.5%. But in regional Australia a much bigger win for Seven with Prime/7Qld on 31.6%, WIN/NBN on 25.8% for Nine, Southern Cross with 18.7% for Ten, the ABC on 18.0% and SBS with 5.9%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Not much more to say except another sleep inducing night in TVdom: Geoffrey Rush again showed he had a great sense of humour on Spicks & Specks and The Wiggles can rock! The New Inventors was earnest, but worthwhile. Criminal Minds was again dark.

Two and a Half Men topped the night. Every Wednesday the 7.30pm and 8pm episodes do really well while the 7pm repeat continues to fade. Those 7.30pm and 8pm episodes will be next year’s 7pm repeats, condemning Nine to die a slow death if it can’t find new ideas for 7pm.

Tonight, can Nine bounce back with The Strip, Getaway, or is it This is Your Life and Getaway? Plus RPA. Seven has Make Me a Supermodel, then The Amazing Race, then Bones and Heroes. The ABC … well consult your local guide, likewise for SBS, or just read a book. TV tonight is pretty depressing prospect.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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