The Winners: Seven News averaged 1.575 million to win the night and Today Tonight was second with a very solid 1.543 million people and Home and Away at 7pm held some viewers and averaged a strong 1.370 million people. The 1.326 million who watched the tennis last night was actually better than most nights. Nadal is still a drawcard for viewers and Seven will have a great audience Sunday night if he is around. Nine News was fifth with 1.179 million and the 7pm ABC news averaged 1.087 million people. Nine’s repeat of CSI Miami averaged 1.072 million at 8.30pm and the Ten News jumped to a solid 1.042 million. A Current Affair averaged 1.022 million in ninth spot and Nine’s 10 to one at 7.30pm averaged 1.009 million. The repeat of Two And A Half Men at 7pm on Nine averaged 914,000.

The Losers: None really, given the tennis on Seven and the “summer” line-ups elsewhere. Chandon Pictures on the ABC at 9.05pm, 258,000. Even in summer and on the ABC, it’s a “putting out of its misery” level of viewing. That put the ABC a distant fifth. SBS showed Long Way Down which averaged 468,000 and won the hour. The ABC’s 8.30pm program, a “comedy” sketch effort from Omid Djaili (it’s a BBC effort) averaged 400,000. The average for the hour was further dragged down by Chandon Pictures. Not the ABC’s finest hour of TV (especially viewed after midnight).

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. The tennis lead-in helped heaps. Nine’s 6pm news audience in Sydney of 275,000 was topped by the ABC 7pm audience of 287,000. Seven won with a tennis-boosted 406,00. Ten News was on a solid 259,000 in Sydney, up against the tennis on Seven, as was the rest of the bulletin, so not a bad effort. Ten’s Late News/Sports Tonight averaged 466,000.

The 7.30 Report averaged a solid 832,000 and the 6.30pm SBS News averaged 157,000 and the 9.30pm edition, 293,000. 7am Sunrise, 353,000, 7am Today, 281,000. In Sydney, Seven News gave prominence to a tale about a near 40-year-old plot to derail a train carrying the Queen and Prince Phil that doesn’t seem to have been in any official file. A former detective claimed the story in a near Sydney paper a week ago, according to reports at the weekend in a Sunday newspaper. Odd that. Nine led, Seven had it second.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People 34.3% from Nine with 25.0%, Ten on 20.1%, the ABC on 13.3% (which had a very poor summer, compared to summers past) and SBS was on 7.4%. Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week 39.8% to 21.9% for Nine. In regional areas, a win to Prime/7Qld with 30.5%, from WIN/NBN with 27.3%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 19.6%, the ABC with 14.7% and SBS on 8.4%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Only four more sleeps and the tennis is finished. There’s a “Who Cares” One Day cricket international against South Africa to be played tomorrow night and then one against the Kiwis on Sunday. The latter might be one game we could (and it’s a could) win. So remember that when looking for something to watch, especially tonight which is again another drought.

Tennis did it for Seven again last night, Nadal was too powerful and looks to have everyone’s measure. No Dokic meant small numbers for Seven last night, but it was still a solid win. Rex and Carla on SBS from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. An interesting half hour doco on the ABC at 8.30pm that looks at indigenous health and diets. Ten has Law and Orders in its CI and SVU versions. Nine has a collection of fillers.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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