The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.328 million, Ten’s first repeat of NCIS at 8.30pm was next with 1.296 million and Today Tonight was 3rd with 1.264 million. The 9.30pm episode of NCIS was 4th with 1.213 million and The 7.30 Report averaged 1.198 million, just in front of the 7pm ABC News with 1.122 million in 6th. 7th was Nine News with 1.006 million. A Current Affair fell to 982,000 viewers and The Chopping Block on Nine at 7.30pm averaged 952,000. Eli Stone at 8.30pm on Seven averaged 926,000. Ten’s special on Britney Spears at 7.30pm averaged 920,000. Temptation faded to 898,000, Ugly Betty on Seven at 7.30pm, 820,000 and How I met Your Mother on Seven in repeat at 7pm, 896,000. The Bold and The Beautiful on Ten at 6pm, 552,000.

The Losers: Dirty Sexy Money on Seven at 9.30pm, 504,000. Prison Break, also on Seven, 352,000, late. Nine’s 8.30pm movie, The In-Laws, 742,000. Nine News and ACA in Sydney. Party Animals on 8.30pm on the ABC, 474,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight lost Brisbane, finishing third behind ACA in second spot and The 7.30 Report on top. In Sydney Nine News had fewer viewers than Ten News. Ten News had 909,000 viewers nationally and 251,000 in Sydney, compared with Nine News with 240,000 in Sydney. It was the first time Ten News had had more viewers in Sydney than Nine News. The 7pm ABC News had 333,000 in Sydney and Seven News had 361,000. The 7.30 Report in Sydney averaged 334,000, ACA averaged 247,000. Ten News had more viewers. In Melbourne Nine News and ACA finished behind Seven and the ABC. The 7.30 Report in fact had more viewers in Melbourne (and of course Brisbane) than its commercial rivals.

Will the changes flow soon in Sydney and at ACA for Nine? Ten’s late News/Sports Tonight averaged 302,000. Lateline on the ABC averaged 349,000, Lateline Business, 170,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 151,000, the 9.30pm edition, 228,000. 7am Sunrise, 397,000, 7am Today, 292,000. Is Sunrise starting to extend the gap slightly on Today which had been closing all year?

The Stats: Ten won All People 6pm to midnight with 27.4%, from Nine with 24.6%, Seven with 24.1%, the ABC with 19.0% and SBS with 4.8%. It was a big turnaround from Monday night when Ten bombed. Ten won Sydney Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Seven won Brisbane. Seven leads the week 26.4% to 25.6% for Nine. In regional areas a win to WIN/NBN for Nine with 26.5%, from Southern Cross (Ten) with 25.9%, Prime/7Qld with 23.7% and SBS, the ABC with 18.5% and SBS with 5.3%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Last night the ABC screened a program called Party Animals, a sort of Hollowmen meets The Thick of It meets Absolute Power with a bit of Ladette to Lady thrown in. In short, a load of sudsy tosh from the BBC. No wonder it was inflected on us poor unsuspecting viewers on the first Tuesday night of non-ratings. The ABC will take another 10 weeks to recover. Seven had a horrid program called Eli Stone and Nine had The In-Laws (already seen it). And that sort of summed up the third night of summer TV for me. The Chopping Block somehow faded to a shadow of itself as the producers tried to get tears, confrontation and anger flaring, but no one would play. It was a bit like some of Kerry O’Brien’s interviews on The 7.30 Report in recent months.

So tonight. Well, Wallace and Gromit on the ABC at 8.30pm is the standout. SBS has the first of a four part series on the biggest Chinese restaurants in the world (Yes, really, at 8pm). Seven has the horrible Las Vegas at 8.30pm. Nine has 10 to 1, Deadly Surf, a repeat of CSI Miami and promotes ER to 9.30pm from midnight. Ten has Rules of Engagement, a repeat of House and a repeat of Rush and the Bold and the Beautiful at 6pm. Seven also has The Unit and Air Crash Investigations.

Seven’s coup in grabbing Thank God You’re Here gives it the flexibility to run it on either Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights at 7.30pm. Ten showed it at 7.30pm Wednesdays where it blitzed them.

Still no word on Kath and Kim but rumours persist that at least four episodes blocked out and written. Thank God means that Seven could very well win as many weeks as it did in 2007: 40, with Nine winning the other two. It will be a long year for Ten. The 16 to 39 age group looks a good bet for them.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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