The Winners:Seven’s 6pm News was the top program with 1.583 million and its extended news from 6.30pm averaged 1.544 million. Today Tonight at 7pm averaged 1.331 million. Seven’s 7.30pm program, Australia’s Got Talent averaged 1.328 million. Nine News (from 6pm to 6.30pm) averaged 1.263 million, A Current Affair (it’s really Nine’s extended news coverage from 6.30pm) averaged 1.242 million. Seven’s 8.30pm program, Criminal Minds averaged 1.234 million and Nine’s Two And A Half Men was actually A Current Affair at 7pm and it averaged 1.079 million viewers in 8th spot. House was 9th at 8.30pm for Ten with 1.079 million viewers, Nine’s The Farmer Wants A Wife returns at 7.30pm and averaged 1.074 million. (I thought it would have done better). Spicks and Specks on the ABC averaged 1.072 million people with 1.072 million. Ten News had its third million plus audience of the week with 1.030 million from 5pm to 6pm, Seven’s 9.30pm program, Gangs of Oz averaged 1.028 million (a sort of thinking viewer’s Underbelly in recent Sydney criminal history). The Dance Australia program at 7.30pm averaged 963,000 on Ten. The Biggest Loser, 982,000 at 7pm for Ten.

The Losers: Lost on Seven at 10.30pm, 405,000, beaten by Nine’s Cold Case with 593,000. Life on Ten at 9.30pm, 752,000, The Mentalist on Nine at 8.30pm, 930,000 (again, its better than that), Flashpoint on Nine at 9.30pm, 669,000 — stinker. Nine has a hole Wednesday nights from 8.30pm, based on last night, which is a pity given the quality of The Mentalist compared to the tired old House on Ten. House lost viewers from its return last week. But it still did well, topping all the key viewer groups.

News & CA: Seven News had more viewers than Nine’s extended hour, but Nine News had more viewers in Melbourne. Today Tonight had more viewers than ACA at 7pm. Ten News has been the big gainer of the week with its three million plus audiences from 5pm to 6pm. Bill Woods has shown he’s a solid host. He’s the one Nine should have tried to get for the 6pm slot. Ten’s late News/Sports Tonight averaged 382,000. The 7pm ABC News averaged 942,000. Lateline, 305,000, Lateline Business, 142,000. SBS News, 129,000, 248,000 for the late edition. 7am to 11am Sunrise, 377,000. 7am to 11am Today, 345,000. 7am to 9am Sunrise, 422,000, 7am to 9am Today, 345,000.

The Stats: Seven won All People 6pm to midnight with 30.9% to 25.9% for Nine, 23.0% for Ten, 16.0% for the ABC and 4.9% for SBS. Seven won everywhere but Melbourne where Nine won. Nine leads the week 32.3% from Seven with 29.0%. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 29.6%, from WIN/NBN with 27.3%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.1%, the ABC with 15.6% and SBS with 7.4%. Ten says it won the commercial share battle with Seven and Nine in 16 to 39 and 18 to 49.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The hour news of Seven and Nine again disrupted the early prime time last with, with Today Tonight and ACA airing at 7pm to around 7.30pm (closer to 7.35pm for ACA). The 7.30 Report again out-rated the 7pm ABC News and has done so for much of the week. Having the two current affairs programs at 7pm has made life tougher for the ABC News, but not for The 7.30 Report. Apart from that, a night of good choices.

The Farmer Wants A Wife established the series last night, now for the build up in URST that is the real driver (will he/she, did he/she etc?). The Mentalist isn’t pinging viewers as it did on Sunday nights last year. That’s sad. Nine has to kill off Flashpoint after promoting it to the point of boredom over summer. It’s not up to scratch. Criminal Minds on Seven an hour earlier and The Mentalist offers viewers their nightly “cop fix”.

TONIGHT: Nine’s bushfire appeal with Eddie McGuire and the team from the AFL Footy show hosting from 7.30pm. Seven has Ghost Whisperer, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Ten has Law and Order SVU, Life on Mars and before that, The Biggest Loser and Bondi Vet. The ABC has Q&A back at 9.30pm. Before that a profile of Barry Humphries. Unfortunately SBS is again repeating Austrian Rex at 7.30pm and Carla Cametti offers us her final chance for to disappoint.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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