The Winners: Seven News was top with 1.407 million, Today Tonight was second with 1.229 million and Law And Order SVU on Ten at 8.30pm averaged 1.129 million. Home and Away was 4th at 7pm with 1.068 million. ABC News at 7pm was 5th with 1.063 million, Grey’s Anatomy was next at 8.30pm on Seven with 1.031 million. Nine News was 7th with 1.027 million and Nine’s Adults Only 20 to 1 was 8th and last in the million viewer club with 1.016 million people. Getaway was under the million mark for its return episode with 919,000. Ghost Whisperer beat it at 7.30pm on Seven with 983,000. The 7pm Two and a Half Men repeat continues to fade, last night it averaged 911,000. CSI Miami at 9.30pm, 884,000. The Inspector Rex repeat on SBS at 7.30pm, 320,000.

The Losers: Life On Mars at 9.30pm, 866,000, (a big turnoff from Law And Order SVU); Bondi Vet on Ten at 8pm, 822,000, Private Practice on Seven at 9.30pm, 780,000. The Biggest Loser on Ten at 7pm to 8pm, 884,000. All close to the edge.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight lost Sydney to ACA after losing a lot of the News’ audience. Ten News averaged 909,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 451,000. The 7.30 Report, 858,000; Lateline, 340,000, Lateline Business, 200,000. Q&A, 466,000. Wayne Swan and Joe Hockey are lightweights. 6.30pm SBS News on SBS, 162,000, 208,000 at 9.30pm for the late edition. 7am Sunrise 368,000, 7am Today, 286,000.

The Stats: Seven won All People 6pm to midnight with 27.8% (26.0%) from Nine with 25.9% (31.7%) Ten on 23.4% (20.7%. Ten from 16 to 39 against Seven and Nine 6pm to 10.30pm). ABC 17.3% (16.9%), SBS 5.6% (5.1%). Seven won Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Nine won Adelaide. Seven leads 29.6% to 28.3% for Nine. In regional areas a different result with a win to WIN/NBN with 28.1% from Prime/7Qld with 26.2%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 22.7%, the ABC with 16.6% and SBS with 6.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another night, another win for Seven: Nine was closer than on Wednesday, but the fare on offer across all networks was poor. Life On Mars has worn out its novelty appeal for Ten. There’s not much life left in the audience, it’s down from an opening 1.148 million to 866,000 last night. Seven’s Private Practice, a spin off from Grey’s Anatomy, is now among the TV Zombie group. It’s on screen, but few people are watching).

Nine took another pounding last night in Sydney. And last night in Melbourne. The ABC finished ahead nationally and in Sydney and Melbourne. Nine did move ahead of the Ten news in Sydney, but A Current Affair was under a million viewers again for the second night in a row. ACA moved ahead of Today Tonight and The 7.30 Report in Sydney last night, so there will be cheering at Willoughby.

Getaway returned to less than a million viewers. That’s about what the single episode of Celebrity Sing Bee did in the same slot two weeks ago. There was no feeling of revamp or freshness in Getaway last night. It was as though the episode was full of reheated items from 2008 shows.

TONIGHT: Seven with Better Homes And Gardens and an AFL game in the south will take the night. Seven has movies from 8.30pm in Sydney and Brisbane. Nine has movies from 7.30pm, Ten is at least trying with a Simpsons episode (fresh at 7.30pm), The daily Biggest Loser, Medium, Law And Order and Women’s Murder Club. All flops from years gone by (except TBL and The Simpsons), but at least some variety. SBS has not much. Nor does the ABC with a repeat of Dalziel and Pascoe at 9.40pm the only highlight.

SATURDAY NIGHT: If You are not going out, watch Not Going Out at 9.20pm on Seven and Gavin and Stacey after that. Rockwiz on SBS at 9.30pm The repeat of New Tricks on the ABC at 7.30pm. Nine and Ten have movies (Nine has Home Videos as usual at 7.30pm). One of Ten’s movies is Jaws: a nice bit of programming in Sydney after two high profile shark attacks in the past week.

SUNDAY NIGHT: 60 Minutes returns for its Happy Birthday 30 years celebration episode. All in an hour. That’s less than 90 seconds a year. CSI returns and there’ CSI Miami holding up 9.30pm. What a dull night.

Seven has Sunday Night at 6.30pm (Up against Domestic Blitz, which seems to be fading). Sunday Night faces its big test: it’s the third program and that’s when you should start seeing the strength of the producers and reporters at generating good ideas. City Homicide gets clear air at 8.30pm for Seven and then Bones at 9.30pm. Ten has The Dance program, The Biggest Loser and Rove (and then milks Heath Ledger at 10.40pm). The ABC has Cranford and The Einstein Factor on Sunday night. Dateline is on SBS at 8.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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