The Winners: Packed To The Rafters was tops with 1.876 million; Seven News second with 1.651 million, Find My Family with 1.642 million at 8pm; Animal Rescue was fourth with 1.546 million; Ten’s NCIS averaged 1.481 million at 8.30pm, Today Tonight was fifth with 1.402 million. Next came Home and Away at 7pm with 1.288 million; the repeat of NCIS at 9.30pm was next with 1.265 million and ninth was Nine News with 1.249 million. Ten’s Bondi Rescue was tenth at 8pm with 1.239 million, A Current Affair was 11th with 1.234 million and Seven’s All Saints was next at 9.30pm with 1.221 million; 13th was Nine’s 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men with 1.180 million and the 7pm ABC News was next with 1.168 million. Nine’s 7.30 program Wipeout Australia averaged 1.101 million and the 8.30pm episode of a fresh Two and a Half Men averaged 1.091 million, with the 9pm episode next with 1.0042 million. Ten News averaged 1.007 million.

The Losers: Viewers of Today Tonight (See below). Aussie Ladette to Lady, 837,000 at 9.30pm for Nine. Crass show. No more needs to be said. Two and a Half Men from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. New episodes up against superior programs on Seven and Ten. Nine will quickly recycle these to 7pm.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market. Today Tonight won everywhere bar Brisbane where A Current Affair won. News audiences for Ten, Seven and Nine were higher because of the Lahore shootings and the Victorian bushfires. The 7pm ABC news in Sydney had more viewers than Nine News, Today Tonight and ACA. Ten’s Late News/Sports Tonight averaged 588,000 people. The 7.30 Report averaged 905,000. Lateline averaged 218,000, Lateline Business, 141,000. 6.30pm SBS News, 170,000, Insight at 7.30pm, 288,000, the 9.30pm edition, 213,000. 7am Sunrise, 393,000, 7am Today, 298,000.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All people and everything else (Ten says it won 6 pm to 10.30 pm 16 to 39 against Seven and Nine). Seven’s All People share was 33.4% (33.7% last week) from ten with 25.3% (24.6%), Nine with 24.3% (24.0%), the ABC with 12.4% (12.5%) and SBS with 4.6% (5.1%). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week 29.5% to 27.7% for Nine. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 33.6% from WIN/NBN with 23.9%, Southern Cross (ten) with 23.6%), the ABC with 12.4% and SBS with 6.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Last night’s Today Tonight was a joke. It completely ignored the Lahore shootings (got around to the Victorian bushfire threat a bit later in the program). Instead of any coverage of the shootings we had a story on asbestos in schools (not new). Today Tonight claims to be the national leader. Rival A Current Affair ran rings around TT last night covering the shootings at the start and then the fires from outside Melbourne.

The sloppiness of Today Tonight was in contrast to solid coverage of Seven News (And viewers tuned into Seven News for both the shooting story and the Victorian fires in Melbourne). Australians were involved in the incident and the ABC radio in Sydney scooped the lot (on Adam Spencer’s program on 702 this morning) with an interview with Steve Davis, one of the two Australian umpires standing in the Sri Lankan-Pakistan test. Davis gave a vivid eye witness account, the first I have heard or read in such detail.

TT may have beaten ACA in terms of viewer numbers last night, but it was a low rent purveyor of pap last night. ACA‘s coverage was better and more informative than Kerry O’Brien’s effort on The 7.30 Report an hour later.

Apart from that Seven’s night with Find My Family very strong and Packed To The Rafters likewise.

Tonight, Seven again, going on previous Wednesday nights. Australia’s Got Talent, Criminal Minds and Gangs Of Oz. Ten has The Biggest Loser, Guerilla Gardeners, Life. Nine has Two and a Half Men, The Farmer Wants a Wife, the Mentalist, Cold Case. ABC has Spicks and Specks after The New Inventors. SBS has nothing really.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports.

Peter Fray

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