The Winners: Seven News was on top with 1.237 million, Today Tonight was second with 1.190 million, the 7pm ABC News was next with 1.056 million. Nine News was 4th with 1 million viewers. The repeat of Cold Case on Nine at 8.30pm averaged 921,000, The 7.30 Report averaged 917,000 in front of Nine’s A Current Affair with 887,000. Ten News averaged 870,000 and The Waiting Room on Nine at 8pm, 865,000. Emergency on Nine at 7.30pm, 859,000. How I Met Your Mother on Seven at 7pm, 812,000. Temptation on Nine at 7pm, 835,000. Law and Order on Ten at 8.3 pm (for Criminal Intent), 821,000 for a repeat.

The Losers: Eli Stone, 753,000 viewers at 8.30pm, Ugly Betty, 740,000 at 7.30pm. The Amazing Race with 723,000 at 9.30pm. There’s far more suspense in The Amazing Race than in the entire series of Eli Stone. Ten’s Law And Order SVU repeat at 9.30pm, 745,000. Don’t Forget The Lyrics at 7.30pm, 742,000. The Closer on Nine at 9.30pm, 702,000. Heroes on Seven at 10.30pm, 425,000.

News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight won everywhere last night. Seven was a distant third behind the ABC nationally and Ten did better in Sydney, meaning Nine News was 4th in that market in the news rankings. The late ABC News around 10.30pm, 347,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 158,000, the 9.30pm update, 183,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 385,000, 7am Today on Nine 300,000.

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The Stats: Nine won with a share of 26.7% (28.4% a week ago) for 6 pm to midnight All People. Seven was next with 26.3% (unchanged) with Ten on 21.4% (21.6%), the ABC with 18.5% (16.8%) and SBS with 7.1% (6.9%). Nine won Sydney, lost Melbourne to Seven, won Brisbane and lost Adelaide and Perth to Seven. Seven leads the week, 26.6% to 26.3% for Nine.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: A quite night of summer viewing. Nothing too dramatic, nothing original, only the fall by A Current Affair was notable. The 7.30 Report had more viewers nationally and in Sydney. Leila McKinnon is definitely a summer host at best. The 300,000 difference between it and Today Tonight wasn’t indicative of anything but viewer perceptions of where value lay in clicking their remotes. Ten News had more viewers in Sydney than Nine News did at  pm. The 7pm ABC News had more viewers nationally and in Sydney than the Nine news. The 7pm News in Sydney actually had more viewers than all the news broadcasts last night. In terms of rankings, Nine was behind Ten, Seven and the ABC.

Inspector Rex last night did Rome and my cat slept through it in another room in disgust. There’s something charming about Rexie. It was the highlight of the night.

Now for the weekend: repeats, repeats, repeats. On SBS tonight at 7.30pm is a the second part of a program called Wall Street Warriors. It’s a hoot — all about hedge fund kings and queens. Saturday is a wasteland. Sunday night try Girl in A Café on the ABC at 8.30pm. Seven’s repeat of Inspector Frost at 9.40pm. Golf on Seven.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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