The Winners: Packed To the Rafters gave Seven the night by a huge margin by averaging 2.013 million viewers at 8.30pm. That was after Find My Family averaged 1.878 million at 8pm and The Zoo, 1.707 million at 7.30pm. Seven News averaged 1.515 million for 4th and 5th was All Saints at 9.30pm with 1.404 million. Then came Today Tonight with 1.356 million. Ten’s NCIS was 7th with 1.317 million and Seven’s Home and Away won the 7pm slot with 1.297 million, just ahead of the repeat at 7pm of Two and a Half Men with 1.280 million. Nine News was 10th with 1.173 million, A Current Affair was 11th with 1.155 million and the 7pm ABC News was 12th with 1.126 million. Nine’s The Chopping Block averaged 953,000 at 7.30pm for an average episode.

The Losers: Nothing really because Seven was so dominant. Rush with 898,000 on Ten was OK, but that’s all you could say. The second episode of the repeat of Two and a Half Men at 9pm got what it deserved, 814,000 and beaten by Packed To The Rafters by 1.2 million people. Episode 1 at 8.30pm, 956,000. The 20 to 1 repeat on Nine at 9.30pm, 817,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight lost Sydney and won elsewhere. In Sydney the ABC News at 7pm had more viewers (301,000) that Nine News with 295,000. Ten News averaged 857,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 259,000. The 7.30 Report, 931,000. Lateline, 322,000, Lateline Business, 121,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 163,000, the late News at 9.30pm, 153,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 410,000, 7am Today on Nine, 307,000.

The Stats: Seven cleaned up last night: it won All People 6pm to midnight with a share of 37.2% (36.2%) from Nine with 23.7% (24.1%), Ten with 21.3% (20.9%), the ABC 14.8% (15.0%) and SBS with 3.0% (3.8%). Seven won all five metro markets and now leads the week 29.2% to 26.7% for Nine. And Seven won regional areas with 39.8% for Prime/7Qld, with WIN/NBN on 20.9%, Southern Cross (Ten) on 20.8%, the ABC on 15.0% and SBS on 3.5%. Packed To the Rafters averaged 847,000 in regional areas, so it was watched by 2.860 million people around the country. That’s one of the highest combined non sport audiences of the year.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Tuesday night and another dominant win for Seven. And that’s the story of last night. ACA‘s exclusive from the red carpet at the premiere of Australia did well in Sydney, 356,000 vs. 288,000 for Today Tonight. But Today Tonight won elsewhere and won well, so on balance, money not well spent at Nine.

Tonight: Where to start after last night? Spicks and Specks on the ABC is a “best of” compilation. The Cook and The Chef at 6.30pm is the other highlight. Newstopia on SBS at 10pm. Seven puts Air Crash Investigations into 7.30pm, and brings back The Unit at 9.30pm as it prepares us for summer viewing. Both are not big draw cards. Criminal Minds is at 8.30pm. Nine has an hour of Two and a Half Men and then a new comedy called Big Bang Theory, which Nine’s on air promos describes as “genius comedy from the creators of Two and a Half Men“. Ten has a recut best of Hamish and Andy from Rove’s program this year turned into an hour special at 7.30pm. Then House and then Life.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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