The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.381 million people, Today Tonight was second with 1.309 million and Home and Away was third with 1.121 million. Nine News was fourth with 1.064 million and Nine’s Getaway averaged 1.056 million in fifth at 7.30pm. Then came the dressed up AO version of 20 to 1 with 1.053 million and A Current Affair was seventh with 1.040 million. Nine’s 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.037 million in eighth and ninth was the 7pm ABC News with 1.013 million. CSI Miami averaged 982,000 at 9.30pm for Nine, Seven’s Grey’s Anatomy averaged 979,000 at 8.30pm and the 7.30pm program for Seven, Ghost Whisperer, averaged 965,000. Ten’s The Biggest Loser averaged 914,00. Bondi Vet averaged 826,000 at 8pm.

The Losers: None really, given the underwhelming nature of the offering last night. It was a cheap night of TV, where cost considerations dominated the programming, as it will over the next two nights from Nine, Ten and Seven. That makes us viewers losers and the bond holders of Seven and Nine the winners. The shareholders of Ten can’t be described as winners by any stretch of the imagination. How about we call nights like tonight and tomorrow, CreditorTV, or Bondholder TV, or Debtor TV? Seven’s 9.30pm program Private Practice, 709,000; oh dear.

News and CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne, as did Today Tonight ACA has has a better week with every night so far over a million viewers, unlike three last week under that level. The 7.30 Report averaged 805,000, Q&A at 9.30pm, 446,000. Lateline, 326,000, Lateline Business, 175,000. Ten News, 908,000. The Late News/Sports Tonight, 368,000. Nine News was beaten in Sydney by Seven (387,000) and the Ten News had the same audience: 281,000. The ABC News was on 264,000. The 7.30 Report had more viewers in Sydney than A Current Affair. The 6.30pm SBS News averaged 175,000, 170,000 for the 9.30pm edition. 7am Sunrise, 350,000, 7am Today back to 313,000; the gap seems to be narrowing again.

The Stats: Nine won 6pm to midnight All people with a share of 27.4% (25.9%) from Seven with 26.7% (27.8%), Ten with 25.0%, boosted by the NAB Cup game in Melbourne), the ABC, 16.1% (17.3%), SBS with 4.7% (5.6%). Ten won Melbourne with the Cousins game and that drew viewers from Seven in that market and Perth. Nine won Sydney; Ten won Melbourne, Seven won Brisbane and Adelaide. Seven in its ratings release said it won “primetime in total viewers, 16 to 38, 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s.” Ten said it won the commercial share battle in 16 to 39s in prime time (which they take to be 6pm to 10.30pm). Nine leads the week, 28.5% to 28.2%. In regional areas WIN/NBN won with 29.5%, Prime/7Qld was next with 26.3%, Southern Cross was on 22.7%, the ABC was on 15.4% and SBS was on 6.1%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: It was one of those nights when not much happened, nobody was enthralled or diverted and the TV was ordinary. Getaway could do with a personality transplant, but there’s no money at Nine for that. Seven’s post-7.30pm schedule could do with a bit of a touch up, especially Private Practice!

Ten showed us that it doesn’t rate Life On Mars any more: it split it with Ben Cousins’ comeback game against Collingwood last night in southern states. Life On Mars went to air in Sydney and Brisbane and finished well down the rankings. The same applied to Law And Order SVU. In Melbourne 448,000 watched the NAB Cup game on Ten and 143,000 in Perth. Ten won both timeslots, won Melbourne and finished a close second to Seven in Perth. The AFL Grand Final is just about the only big program Ten has going for it this year, so it’s no wonder it was prepared to sacrifice viewer continuity for the one-off charms of Cousins’ comeback. Thursday night is a bit of a wasteland and not even the return of the AFL and NRL Footy Shows will improve that.

Tonight, Better Homes and Gardens on Seven, plus some football in some states and movies. Nine: Two and a Half Men in repeat and three movies. Ten has The Biggest Loser, two Simpsons, Medium and doubled up Law And Orders and the Late News at 11.30pm? SBS has nothing worth watching other than a series called The Thirties in Colour at 7.30pm. The ABC has another Trial and Retribution with Roman numerals and a Latin title — one to ignore — and then a repeat of Dalziel and Pascoe.

Saturday night, movies on Nine (after Home Videos) and Ten. More cheap TV. Seven has repeats of Kath & Kim, The Vicar of Dibley and movies –yes, more cheap TV. SBS has Rockwiz and Iron Chef. The ABC has a repeat of New Tricks and the boring Bill. More cheap TV (except for SBS).

Sunday night, the last chance for Seven’s Sunday Night? Could be. Border Security, Triple Zeros Heroes, City Homicide and a repeat of Bones, which will do poorly. Ten has The Biggest Loser, the Dance Australia You think and then Rove and a movie. Nine has 60 Minutes (including a souffle report on the rotten Greg Norman marriage break up reported by Eddie McGuire. Norman’s wife has unloaded on him and Chris Evert, now see Norman and Evert unload on former wife. Ugly TV for everyone). Nine also has CSI and CSI Miami and then Without a Trace. How the once mighty have fallen. The ABC has Cranford. SBS has Dateline at 8.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports.

Peter Fray

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