The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.497 million viewers, Today Tonight was second with 1.276 million and the Spicks and Specks compilation show was 3rd at 8.30pm for the ABC with 1.222 million. Home and Away was next with 1.207 million people and Nine News was 5th with 1.202 million. Seven’s 8.30pm program, Criminal Minds averaged 1.2 million and the fresh episode of Two and a Half Men at 7.30pm averaged 1.184 million. Hamish & Andy Re-Gifted on Ten from 7.30pm to 8.30pm averaged 1.136 million in 8th spot and 9th was A Current Affair with 1.131 million. The 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men on Nine averaged 1.130 million for 10th and Seven’s Air Crash Investigations averaged 1.062 million at 7.30pm. 12th was the 7pm ABC News with 1.060 million. The New Inventors at 8pm on the ABC, 831,000. Neighbours on Ten at 7.30pm, 809,000.

The Losers: The Mentalist on Nine at 8.30pm: 957,000. Shifting it from Sundays shafted it. House on Ten, 830,000. Ten boasted that it won 18 to 49 and 16 to 39: it used to win those and 25 to 54 and All People. I know it’s not cool any more to win All People, but when a former high rater is lauded as a successful niche program, you know that network has problems. Life 762,000. Ten made similar claims for it at 9.30pm. Big Bang Theory at 8pm for Nine, 983,000. Not so much a loser because it was the first episode, but not funny. It shed 200,000 viewers from the 7.30pm of Two and a Half Men. CSI New York, 882,000. Not brilliant, better than what was on Ten at least and Seven where the big loser was The Unit, which Seven returned to 9.30pm and 661,000 viewers.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight won everywhere bar Brisbane. The 7pm ABC News in Sydney with 306,000 viewers again was ahead of Nine’s 6pm News in the rankings with 293,000. Seven’s Melbourne News with 423,000 viewers was the most watched program in the country last night. The 7.30 Report averaged 863,000 people, Lateline 312,000, Lateline Business, 164,000. Ten News averaged 862,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 236,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 152,000, the late SBS News at 9.30pm, 208,000 Newstopia, 139,000. 7am Sunrise, 385,000, 7am Today, 328,000, which would have to be close to its highest this year.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People with 28.5% (30%) from Nine with 26.4% (27.8%), Ten with 21.6% (18.3%), the ABC 18.8% (19.6%) and SBS 4.7% (4.4%). Nine won Sydney, Seven won elsewhere. Seven leads the week 29.1% (26.6%). In regional areas a win for Prime/7Qld with 30.2%, from WIN/NBN with 24/9%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.2%, the ABC 18.5% and SBS on 6.2%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another Seven win, Ten did okay, Nine was there and thereabouts, as was the ABC, but it was hardly a night of inspiring TV.

Tonight, Nine has all but killed off The Strip. It has been pushed back to 10.30pm from 8.30pm where Nine slots in another episode of This Is Your Life. The Strip had been averaging around 800,000 or so viewers at 8.30pm. At 10.30pm, half that figure possibly, 500,000 at best. It will come after RPA which is a 9.30pm anchor for Nine on Thursday nights. Pushing it back means Nine has abandoned it for 2009 as a front line drama.

On Getaway tonight, an enormous surprise — a segment where the program visits the set of Australia. Who cares, the movie has premiered to vaguely nice reviews so far.

Seven has Make Me a Supermodel, The Amazing Race and Bones. Ten has two hours of Law and Order from 8.30pm. The ABC has Adam Hills performing at 8.30pm. SBS has poor Inspector Rex and the hoary old movie, The Shining at 10.05pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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