The Winners: Seven News led with 1.456 million people, Today Tonight was second with 1.385 million and Law And Order SVU on Ten at 8.30pm finished 3rd with 1.202 million. Ten started Life On Mars at 9.30pm with a solid 1.148 million and better than expected. Home and Away easily won the 7pm slot with 1.089 million and Grey’s Anatomy did OK for Seven at 8.30pm with 1.086 million. Nine News was next with 1.072 million, 8th was Nine’s AO version of 20 to 1 at 8.30pm with 1.061 million. Seven’s 7.30pm program, the returning new series of Ghost Whisperer was 9th with 1.059 million. Inspector Rex finished. Rexie was shot (sob). 347,000. Carla Cametti at 8.30 pm on SBS, 296,000.

The Losers: Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA 515,000 without showing in Brisbane. Even with it, no good. Bondi Vet at 8pm on Ten: 849,000 is just OK, no more. Celebrity Singing Bee at 7.30pm for Nine, 916,000. The Biggest Loser at 7pm for Ten (for an hour), 923,000. Just OK…? Nine’s repeat of Two and a half Men at 7pm, 926,000. A Current Affair again; two nights in a row under a million, and if anything can be said about it last night its, well, unprintable.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and as did Today Tonight. Nine News averaged 252,000, well behind Seven in Sydney with 403,000 and the 7pm ABC News with 283,000. Nine had more viewers than Ten News in Sydney last night. A Current Affair‘s 988,000 nationally was due mostly to the slump in Sydney where TT finished 160,000 ahead, 392,000 vs. 232,000. The 7.30 Report had more viewers in Sydney with 297,000. Ten News had 238,000. It’s a complete mess. Nine’s Sydney news and ACA are now regularly being beaten by Seven in Sydney by bigger margins than Seven wins in Perth, which has been Seven’s best performing news and Nine’s worst. The 7pm ABC News averaged 990,000, The 7.30 Report, 998,000 (some serious attention to news works, sometimes!). Lateline, 288,000, Lateline Business, 158,000. Ten News, 864,000. The Late News/Sports Tonight, 585,000. SBS News at 6.30pm. 179,000, the 9.30pm edition, 183,000. 7am Sunrise, 372,000, 7am Today, 281,000.

The Stats: Seven won All People 6am to midnight with 29.6% from Ten with 25.7%, the Nine Network on 23.9%, the ABC with 15.2%, SBS with 5.6%. Seven won everywhere but Adelaide where Ten won. Seven leads the week, 34.2% to 24.7% for Ten and 22.5% for Nine. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 28.8%, from WIN/NBN with 25.4%, the Southern Cross (Ten), with 23.4%, the ABC with 16.0% and SBS on 6.3%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: When last did the Nine Network finished third in national all people four nights in a row? I don’t know, no one does. It’s unprecedented in the past 20 or more years. And, that’s what has happened since Monday of this week.

Tonight the One Day cricket will see Nine stronger, and again on Sunday night, but not by very much. Nine has shown enough of its early 2008 ratings material to confirm that it has a real problem that Underbelly, Tale of Two Cities won’t solve. Ten is stronger first up than Nine and Seven thought. Seven has started much stronger than a year ago because the stakes are higher. Nine’s core problem is in the 6pm to 7pm news and current affairs hour.

Tonight: Cricket on Nine, Law and Order on Ten and a fresh episode of The Simpsons on Ten at 7.30pm. On the ABC, My China finishes. SBS has an interesting idea at 10pm — Best Undressed. Watch, but you be warned. Seven has Better Homes and Gardens returning at 7.30pm and two average movies.

SATURDAY NIGHT: The ABC goes the repeat route with new Tricks (it’s an old TV programming trick, actually). Seven has repeats, repeats and repeats, including Kath and Kim and Fawlty Towers (again!). SBS has Rockwiz at 9.20pm. Mythbusters at 7.30pm. Nine has movies and movies and home videos. Ten has two movies and repeats Life On Mars from last night.

SUNDAY: Insiders, Offsiders, Inside Business back from 9am on the ABC. At Night. Einstein Factor is back on the ABC at 6.30pm then the Cranford Bodice ripper thing at 8.30pm. SBS has Dateline now at 8.30 pm. Seven starts Sunday Night at 6.30 pm, Border Security at 7.30 pm, Triple Zero Heroes at 8 pm (new) and City Homicide switched from Monday to 8.30 pm. And then 24 at 9.30 pm as Seven gets rid of it. Nine has cricket. Ten has The Biggest Loser, The Dance program and Rove is back at 9 pm. Lots of choice, because ratings start Sunday and we viewers have to be seduced, woes, bored or ignored.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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