The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.419 million, with Today Tonight next with 1.240 million, Home and Away third with 1.123 million at 7pm and the 7.30pm Tennis 4th with 1.068 million. Nine News was 5th with 1.033 million. Then came the 7pm ABC News with 976,00 viewers. Law and Order CI at 8.30pm on Ten (938,000) and SVU at 9.30pm (914,000) and the rest was cannon fodder. ACA was well down on 912,000, but still number Nine nationally. Inspector Rex in Rome, 310,000; Cala Cametti at 8.30pm SBS, 334,000.

The Losers: Nine’s 6pm News in Sydney, down 69,000 on Wednesday night’s solid effort to 245,000 and third in the rankings (at least its not 4th like a week ago). But it looked tired and boring last night. A new look is needed. A Current Affair last night — less than a million viewers: over 300,000 fewer than Today Tonight. Leila McKinnon has overstayed her time in the chair by a couple of nights (after doing okay Wednesday evening). ACA has had more remakes and TV Botox applied in the past two years than any other program. Why hasn’t some of that money been invested in the Nine News in Sydney?

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market. Today Tonight won everywhere bar Brisbane where A Current Affair won narrowly. ACA‘s Sydney audience slumped to 210,000. That was due to the slump in the News audience to 245,000 (Seven had 338,000 and the ABC, 282,000 in Sydney). ACA was beaten by more than 120,000 viewers in Sydney alone, or well over 50% of its audience. The 7.30 Report averaged 820,000. Ten News averaged 866,000. The late New/Sports Tonight averaged 523,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 184,000; 233,000 for the 9.30pm edition. 7am Sunrise, 378,000, 7am Today, 310,000.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People with 33.0% from Nine with 23.1% and Ten also with 23.1. The ABC was next with 14.1% and SBS finished with 6.7%. Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week, 33.1% to 25.7% for Nine. In regional areas, a win for Prime/7Qld with 29.2% from WIN/NBN with 26.2%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 22.4%, the ABC on 14.9% and SBS, 7.2%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: More tennis last night. This afternoon its the ODI from Sydney on Nine up against the tennis on Seven: A contest within a contest. So much choice. It must be late summer. How many days till the AFL starts, I hear the bored Melbournians ask? Wouldn’t it be good if the Seven Network could stream three tennis feeds through its three digital channels, while allowing Foxtel to do the same… Wake me up, I must be dreaming.

And for the cricket, wouldn’t it be great if we got three separate feeds from Nine from the game: the main channel picture, then say the reverse angle and stump cam? That’s a bit too obvious for every one.

Inspector Rex was warm and cuddly. I watched with my cat last night and tried to teach him how to follow Rex in turning household appliances off and on. Remind me to change the dressing on the scratches, will you? But it is a pleasant, mindless program. Last night a touch of naughty stuff, Italian style. I think Rex is right to protect his boss’s virtue from that eager CSI forensic lady. The acting by Rex’s Italian master is just as glacial as it was in Vienna in the old series.

Carla Cametti which followed still has a good story trapped inside a rough production.

Ali Moore continues to impress at The 7.30 Report. She was a big diversion from Inspector Rex for a few minutes. When is the ABC going to do the right thing and elevate her? It will be a shock seeing “Red” Kerry O’Brien again after all these weeks off.

This weekend: Tennis and cricket also on Monday. Apart from the tennis and news broadcasts it is very thin pickings elsewhere.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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