The Winners: Seven News topped the most watched list with 1.407 million, Today Tonight averaged 1.306 million and Home and Away was 3rd with 1.237 million. Life After People on Seven for 90 minutes at 7.30pm, 1.134 million. (Presumably that also meant life after TV, especially commercial TV). Nine News was 5th with 1.121 million and Crime Investigations Australia on Nine at 8.30pm for 75 minutes averaged 1.113 million people. The 7pm ABC News averaged 1.098 million in 7th and 8th was Getaway with 1.004 million. Law and Order Criminal Intent averaged 992,000 at 8.30pm for Ten. Two and a Half Men averaged 976,000 for Nine at 7pm. That was a rare fall under a million viewers, a sign for 2009?

The Losers: Ten at 7.30pm for the rotten program based on a Forbes magazine rich list. Heroes on Seven at 11 pm, 367,000: getting later and later. Inspector Rex on SBS at 7.30pm, yet another repeat, 342,000 German Shepherd owners watched.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne. Today Tonight won nationally but lost Sydney. But the 7.30 Report (298,000) had more viewers in Sydney than the high priced competitors on Nine (ACA with 258,000) and Seven’s TT with 255,000. ACA tried last night to be up-to-date — it had coverage of the events in Mumbai, TT had none. The 7.30 Report had an extensive coverage and, in Sydney at least, that helped. The 7pm ABC News had more viewers than Nine News in Sydney (302,000 vs. 264,000). Seven News in Sydney had 302,000 viewers. Lateline averaged 382,000, Lateline Business a high 226,000. Ten News, 809,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 253,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 176,000. The 9.30pm edition, 160,000. 7am Sunrise, 395,000, 7am Today, 292,000.

The Stats: Seven network won All People 6pm to midnight with 31.0% (29.4%) from Nine with 27.9% (29.7%), Ten with 20.1% (19.6%), the ABC with 16.3% (15.6%) and SBS with 4.6% (5.7%). Seven won all five metro markets. Seven leads the week 30.8% to 26.0%. In regional areas a win for Prime/7Qld with 29.3% from WIN/NBN with 28.4%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 21.8%, the ABC with 15.4% and SBS with 5.2%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The Seven Network won again last night with a slightly strange assortment. The same comment could be made about Nine with the 8.30pm showing of the Foxtel buy-in, Crime Investigations Australia, while Ten ran a program at 7.30pm called 20 Under 25, Young, Rich and Famous. It was based on a Forbes Magazine list, it looked and sounded old and it was a waste of an hour. It was cynically aimed at Ten’s core 16-to-39 age group (and in that, young females) and they responded by ignoring it: just 696,000 watched.

Interesting to see that Gordon Ramsay’s new series of Kitchen Nightmares USA has been cancelled/delayed/rested/postponed. That will hit Nine next year. This weekend and tonight. Well, there’s cricket, Rugby Union and some odds and sods. Consult your guides because summer viewing starts Sunday night.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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