The Winners: Seven News was tops on the night with 1.252 million, This Is Your Life averaged 1.205 million at 8.30pm for Nine and Today Tonight was 3rd with 1.166 million. Home and Away won 7pm with 1.145 million, and Nine’s repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.138 million at 7pm. Getaway at 7.30pm averaged 1.102 million for Nine, Law And Order Criminal Intent, 1.1 million for Ten at 8.30pm and 7th slot. Nine News was 8th with 1.088 million, RPA at 9.30pm, 1.051 million and A Current Affair was on 1.014 million. Seven’s Bones averaged 989,000 at 9.30pm, Make Me a Supermodel on Seven at 7.30pm, 948,000 and The Amazing Race on Seven at 8.30pm, 924,000.

The Losers: Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, 776,000 and goodbye for the year. Normally that would be enough to say good night for ever, but Ten, being short of ideas and product for 2008, is bringing it back. SBS, Inspector Rex (yes, I, now, again), 375,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally, but lost Sydney to Nine. A Current Affair won nationally but lost Melbourne. The 7pm ABC News averaged 940,000, The 7.30 Report, 869,000 (and had more viewers in Sydney than ACA, 262,000 vs. 251,000). Lateline averaged 277,000, Lateline Business, 172,000. The SBS News at 6.30pm, 176,000, the 9.30pm SBS News, 125,000. Ten News, 713,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 488,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 380,000, 7am Today on Nine, 261,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 29.3% (25.3%) in 6 pm to midnight All People. Seven was next with 27.6% (27.2%), Ten was third with 21.6% (22.9%), the ABC, 16.8% (18.2%) and SBS on 4.7% (4.4%). Nine won everywhere bar Perth. Seven leads the week, 30.2% to 27.8%. (Will the tip and run push Nine into the lead after tonight?). In regional areas a win for WIN/NBN for Nine with 29.6% from Prime/7Qld with 25.1%, Southern Cross for Ten with 22.6%, the ABC with 16.8% and SBS with 5.9%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another average Thursday might where the one off This Is Your Life episode on Adam Gilchrist did very well for Nine.

Tonight, the Twenty20 cricket on Nine, Better Homes and Gardens on Seven and Taggart on the ABC. The movie The Informant on Ten. Friday night is close to the Saturday graveyard in importance, Oh dear. Tomorrow night there’s Rugby league on Nine, some Rugby Union on Ten and Pay TV and some other sport as well. Likewise Sunday and Sunday night.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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