The Winners: Border Security topped the night with 1.490 million, from Seven News with 1.473 million and Triple Zero Heroes on Seven at 8pm with 1.320 million. Ten’s So You Think You Can Dance Australia from 7.30pm to 9pm averaged 1.293 million and Seven’s City Homicide averaged 1.253 million at 8.30 pm in fifth spot. Next came Nine News with 1.189 million, Seven’s Sunday Night at 6.30pm with 1.189 million (it won the slot), then 60 Minutes at 7.30 on Nine with 1.161 million. Nine’s CSI at 8.30pm averaged 1.082 million. The Biggest Loser from 6.30pm to 7.30 on Ten averaged 1.062 million in 10th spot. Nine’s CSI Miami averaged 1.039 million at 9.30pm and Rove averaged 1.025 million from 9pm to 10pm.

The Losers: Nine’s Domestic Blitz. Third after Sunday Night and The Biggest Loser. Bones in repeat at 9.30pm on Seven, 900,000. Not a loser in terms of numbers (nor was Domestic Blitz), its just the fact that Bones was a repeat and Domestic Blitz is now stuck in a rut and is essentially Backyard Blitz without the original spark and too much gush.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally. The 7pm ABC News averaged 931,000. Ten News averaged 852,000. SBS News averaged 169,000. Weekend Sunrise from 8am to 10am, 427,000. Landline at Midday, 277,000. Today on Sunday from 8am to 10am, 223,000. Insiders on the ABC, 194,00. Weekend Sunrise early, 166,000. Inside Business at 10am on the ABC, 110,000. Offsiders at 10.30am on the ABC, 124,000. Meet The Press on Ten at 8am, 45,000.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm-midnight All People with 28.8% (25.7%), from Nine with 26.3% (27.9%), ten with 25.9% (26.3%), the ABC with 14.0% (15.1%); SBS with 5.0% unchanged). Nine won Sydney and Adelaide, Seven won the rest. Ten says it won the commercial battle with Seven and Nine in 16 to 39, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54 from 6pm to 10.30pm. In regional areas, a win to Prime/7Qld with 29.3%, with WIN/NBN next with 28.5%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 21.3%, the ABC with 14.4% and SBS with 6.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven had a winning night in a close-run race and it should go on to win the week. Last week Seven snuck home in All People, but Nine and Ten did very well. Nine won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven the other metro markets. Sunday Night showed some life with two good stories and a big change in presentation. Mike Munro and Chris bath are no longer standing in each other’s shadows, but are sitting on stools or a thin-looking lounge thing. Next, the producers can find a story for Chris Bath to report.

60 Minutes had its first up program last night. Ellen Fanning showed up the others by doing a good job with the Storm Financial story, but its pretty old now and there was a Federal parliamentary inquiry announced late last week. The Greg Norman/Chris Evert (our side of very messy marriage breakdown stories) was okay, but after a while you realised here were two very wealth people complaining about an interview done by an embittered former wife (and being interviewed by the wealthiest man on camera on Australian TV). There was an air of unreality about it, and 60 Minutes looks old because of the out of date technology Nine is using to broadcast the program. Sunday Night‘s stories looked crisper and were sharper. More people watched Sunday Night at 6.30pm to 7.30pm than watched 60 Minutes.

City Homicide slipped past CSI (local hero beats import!), Ten’s So You Think You Can Dance Australia finished ahead of City Homicide, but that was from 7.30pm to 9pm when Rove started and did well. Ten says Rove won his timeslot, which was 9pm to 10pm. City Homicide won 8.30pm to 9.30pm. The Dance program still has energy and pace (which is lacking from The Biggest Loser, for sometimes obvious reasons).

Tonight: Underbelly (again) and Customers on Nine with Two and a Half Men. SBS has Top Gear, Seven has an hour of How I Met Your Mother at 7.30pm (Seven is trying to race through the episodes), Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. Ten has The Biggest Loser, Dance Australia and Good News Week (I feel a a distant third coming on). The ABC has Four Corners, Media Watch and the second episode of The Cut at 9.35pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports.

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