The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.443 million viewers. Home and Away returned for 2009 and was second with 1.263 million and Today Tonight was third with Matt White back. It averaged 1.263 million viewers as well at 6.30pm. Seven’s first night session of the tennis was fourth with 1.164 million and Nine’s A Current Affair was fifth with 1.094 million. Nine’s 8.30pm program, Flashpoint, averaged 1.092 million, Nine News was seventh with 1.091 million and the 7pm ABC News was next with 1.068 million. Nine’s repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.027 million, Top Gear on SBS at 7.30pm averaged 1.024 million and Big Bang Theory on Nine at 8pm averaged 1.019 million.

The Losers: Again, it’s summer, but on hot days like we are having, watching the tennis (and cricket) from somewhere cool turns us all into winners. But even that sort of comfort can’t save Temptation on Nine at 7pm: 839,000. It has gone.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight lost Melbourne and Brisbane in winning nationally. Ten News averaged 937,000 and the Late News/Sports Tonight, 224,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 701,000. SBS News at 6.30pm averaged 197,000, the late News, 168,000 at 9.30pm. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 315,000, 7am Today on Nine, 260,000.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People with 34.4% from Nine with 25.5%, the ABC with 15.3%, Ten with 14.8% and SBS with 10.0%. Seven won all five metro markets leads Nine for the week, 31.0% to 29.8%. In regional areas, Prime/7Qld won with 29.1% from WIN/NBN with 28.3%, the ABC on 16.6%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 15.5% and SBS with 10.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Tennis did it for Seven last night on the first day of the Australian Open and it helped in having a high profile local player in Casey Dellacqua on court first up. She lost, but played well. You can bet that Seven will make sure than Bernard Tomic plays all his future games after 7.30pm after his solid and surprise win yesterday in the afternoon.

I know its still his own hair, but gee, Jim Courier certainly looked like he had followed Warnie to the Advanced Hair Institute. It was a great mop of hair. Courier of course brought his usual high level of comment and analysis to Seven’s chat.

Nine’s Sydney News woes continued last night. Peter Overton averaged 274,000 in Sydney compared to SevenNews,  361,000, with Ian Ross back in the chair, The 7pm ABC News averaged 283,000. Ten News was 4th with 233,000 between 5pm and 6pm.

Seven’s tennis coverage did better in Melbourne than elsewhere. The 457,000 average audience for the night session was the biggest single audience anywhere, followed by Seven News in Melbourne at 6pm with 408,000. But Today Tonight was weak in Melbourne (and Brisbane) and was beaten by ACA (which lost in Sydney). Some parts of Nine News and current affairs are still competitive at times, outside of Sydney!

First sighting: Melbourne tennis heat shock stories. Every year.

Tonight, the tennis, again. Party Animals on the ABC at 8.30pm. Tonight and tomorrow morning, the Obama festival: Nine starts from 10.30pm, but the actual deed will be done around 4am our time and Seven and the ABC join the coverage just before then.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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