The Winners. Seven News was top with 1.371 million, Today Tonight was second with 1.223 million, ABC News was next with 1.048 million and A Current Affair was 4th with 1.033 million. Wallace and Gromit was next with 996,000. Air Crash Investigations on Seven at 7.30pm, 978,000 and Nine’s repeat of CSI Miami, 972,000 at 8.30pm. Nine News averaged a weak 970,000. How I Met Your Mother repeat at 7pm on Seven, 912,000 and 10 to One on Nine at 7.30pm, 910,000 — the same as a tired looking Temptation on Nine at 7pm with 910,000. Food Safari on SBS at 7.30pm, 345,000 and The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World at 8pm, 338,000.

The Losers. Las Vegas on Seven at 8.30pm, 798,000. Rules of Engagement repeat on Ten at 8pm, 734,000, House repeat on Ten at 8.30pm, 708,000, ER on Nine at 9.30 pm, 663,000. Stupid, Stupid Man on the ABC at 9pm, 621,000; Deadly Surf on Nine at 8pm, 761,000.

News & CA. Seven News again won nationally and in every market. TT won everywhere but Melbourne where it lost by 1000 to ACA. Nine News was beaten by the 7pm ABC News in Sydney and Melbourne. The 7.30 Report had more viewers in Sydney last night than ACA. ACA had more in Melbourne. Ten News averaged 802,000. The Late News/Sports Tonight averaged 221,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 841,000 nationally. Lateline, 277,000 and Lateline Business, 152,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 157,000, the 9.30pm edition, 222,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 391,000, 7am Today on Nine, 299,000.

The Stats. Seven won All People 6pm to midnight with 28.2% from Nine with 25.6%, The ABC on 19.8%, Ten with 19.4% and SBS with 7.0%. Seven won Sydney, lost Melbourne to Nine and won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Seven now leads the week, 26.8% to 25.6%. In regional areas a win to WIN/NBN for Nine with 27.7% from Prime/7Qld with 25.9%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.0%, the ABC with 18.3% and SBS with 8.1%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments. There were more lowlights than highlights. Nine’s News and A Current Affair continue to struggle, especially in Sydney. It’s tragic because there are still some good things about both programs, but they are not being intelligently led or directed from the top. In summer the ABC News and The 7.30 Report do well. Viewers seem to be far more choosy in summer about what they watch, but Nine News, especially in Sydney, is spinning its wheels.

Looking at Temptation last night. Host Ed Phillips is as interesting as a glass of warm water, the program is all wrong (as is The Rich List on Seven on Monday nights). Yet Deal Or No Deal on Seven at 5.30pm Monday to Friday, still has something: The host is common to the Rich List. So it’s perhaps the choosing of the contestants and the involvement of the case holders in Deal?

Tonight: Nine goes medical with Emergency and The Waiting Room. A fresh episode of Cold Case at 9.30pm (it won’t be in ratings next year in prime time) and The Closer, a failure from previous years. Ten has Don’t Forget The Lyrics (it should be called Please Ignore This Show) and repeats of the Law and Order staples: CI and SVU. Seven has Ugly Betty, Eli Stone from 7.30pm to 9.30pm (both are being run twice a week). The Amazing Race is at 9.30pm and then Heroes at 10.30pm. The ABC has the second of four parts of Heartbreak, then a doco on Australian rappers. It also is repeating Two Men in a Dinghy.

The highlight tonight those is a fresh episode of Inspector Rex at 7.30pm on SBS in a series called Rex in Rome; really? It’s Rex in Rome made in Italian. Lots of clichéd shots, but if you like dogs, here’s one to get your teeth into and let Rover stay up late on the couch. Share a meaty bite or three over a bowl of water. Chill out! Whoof.

Fusion Strategy reported this morning that prime time 6pm to 10.30 viewing levels last night were down 8% from a year ago. It also pointed out that pay TV audiences in prime time this week hadn’t risen, despite the switch to summer programs by the free-to-air networks, which was supposed to send viewers to the superior offerings on pay.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports.

Peter Fray

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