The Winners: 60 Minutes topped the night with 1.539 million for the usual mixture of the brain dead and the useful. 20 to 1 was a repeat at 6.30pm and had 1.422 million viewers. Seven News was 3rd and averaged 1.361 million, Australian Idol averaged 1.241 million in 4th spot. Nine News was 5th with 1.154 million, Rove averaged 1.135 million and Kath and Kim averaged 1.005 million for Seven’s repeat at 7pm. It was the 7th and final program with a million viewers last night. Seven’s The Outdoor Room at 6.30pm averaged 963,000, the telemovie Room With A View at 8.30pm on the ABC averaged 871,000. Seven’s repeated movie at 8.30pm, Legally Blonde, 839,000. Seven’s Where Are They Now at 8.30pm, 858,000. Ten won the 6pm to 10.30pm battle with Nine and Ten in 16 to 38 and 18 to 49, so it said; it should have with Australian Idol and Rove in the line up.

The Losers: Seven’s schedule last night. A mixture of repeats and fillers. Actually Seven viewers last night were the losers. Third on the night a week after winning the night with the finale of Dancing With The Stars. Seven has already gone on holidays, just Nine and Ten have for a couple of nights a week for the past month.

News & CA: Seven News won everywhere bar Melbourne where Nine News was the winner. (Seven with 281,000 and Nine with 275,000) had low figures for the 6pm news last night. The 7pm ABC News averaged 943,000 nationally (and a low 241,000 in Sydney). Ten News averaged 738,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 156,000. In the morning Weekend Sunrise on Seven at 8am, 366,000. Landline on the ABC at Noon, 247,000. Weekend Sunrise at 7.30am, 212,000. Insiders on the ABC at 9am, 194,000. Inside Business at 10am, 163,000. Offsiders at 10.30am, 126,000. Nine’s Sunday Morning news, 111,000. Meet The Press on Ten at 8am, 68,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 30.6% (27.0%), from Ten with 23.7% (21.5%), Seven third with 23.2% (31.1%), the ABC on 16.4% (15.7%) and SBS with 6.0% (4.7%). Nine won all five metro markets and also won the regional battle with WIN and NBN on 33.3%, Southern Cross second with 23.4% for Ten, Prime/7Qld third with 19.7% for Seven, the ABC on 16.9% and SBS with 6.7%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The Seven Network may have won last week from Nine, but this week will be very hard, given that Nine will win tonight as Seven repeats an episode of City Homicide and runs another episode of the failed game show The Rich List. Last night wasn’t the best night of TV this year, nor the worst. But there was little reason to watch, other than see Rove say goodbye for the year.

The remake of Room With A View last night on the ABC wasn’t a patch on the Merchant & Ivory 1986 effort. There is a real shortage of ideas when iconic productions of iconic books are remade for TV.

The Rugby League averaged solid numbers in Brisbane and Sydney from 8.30pm for Nine. It was really over before Nine started. The game as usual, started at 8pm and by around 8.15pm Australia had three tries and that was it.

Tonight: Viewers get the rough end of the programmer’s pineapple for no reason other than its close to the end of official ratings. Seven doesn’t want us to watch with a dud at 7.30pm and a repeat at 8.30pm. Nine has the final episode for the year of the tear jerker, Domestic Blitz... It really is the most cynical programs on TV at the moment.

Nine slips in a repeat of CSI at 8.30pm and then a fresh episode of Cold Case at 9.30pm. Seven has a fresh episode of Bones at 9.30pm. Cold Case will continue its steady death: it can’t even rate well these days behind a fresh episode of CSI.

Ten has the second last Australian Idol verdict episode and then Good News Week. It will run fourth on the night.

SBS has the final of Top Gear Australia for this series; the Poms are back next Monday. The ABC will do well with The Howard Years at 8.30pm which is the highlight for the night for some. Ten buries the soap Out Of The Blue at 10.30pm and pushes the news back to 11pm. The other way would have been kinder to viewers.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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