The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.441 million, Today Tonight was second with 1.226 million and Nine’s Adults only 20 to 1 was third at 8.30pm with 1.222 million. Fourth was Getaway on Nine at 7.30pm with 1.188 million. Law and Order SVU averaged 1.145 million for Ten at 8.30pm and Grey’s Anatomy followed for Seven in the same slot with 1.145 million. The 7pm ABC News was seventh with 1.088 million, ahead of Seven’s Ghost Whisperer at 7.30pm with 1.082 million. Nine News was ninth with 1.031 million and CSI Miami averaged 1.025 million at 9.30pm for Nine and 10th spot. Last in the million club was the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men on Nine with 1.022 million. Seven’s Home and Away had a rare drop out of the million-viewer club to 987,000 (Needs a bomb or a great love to revive interest, I think). A Current Affair had another bad night, averaging 982,000 and Bondi Vet on Ten at 8pm averaged 840,000. It was a rare win for Ten’s TBL over Home and Away.

The Losers: Life On Mars on Ten at 9.30pm, 717,000. Dying as it has died on ABC in America and on the ABC here last year. There’s only one good time traveller program and that’s Dr Who, which is played for laughs; it’s an adventure and sometimes it’s very silly, and other times, quite sad. Life On Mars is… one dimensional. On Sunday night on the ABC is another time traveller program Lost in Austen.

Private Practice on Seven at 9.30pm: 805,000. Needs life support. Viewers are not stepping forward. Will it do better against the return of the male Footy Shows on Nine next Thursday?

Bringing Up Baby on the ABC at 8.30pm, 527,000. Grand Designs at 6.05 (479,000) would do better and have more credibility.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market, as did Today Tonight. Nine News and A Current Affair again had a miserable night in Sydney, 258,000 and 232,000 people respectively. Seven News, TT, the 7pm ABC News and The 7.30 Report in Sydney had more viewers than either Nine program. The 7.30 Report had 802,000 people nationally, Q&A 527,000 with wonderful free plugs for The Australian and some solid debate. Lateline, 330,000, Lateline Business 145,000. Ten News 839,000, the Late News/Sports Tonight, 280.000. 6.30pm SBS News, 154,000, the late at 9.30pm, 225,000. 7am Sunrise, 364,000, 7am Today 286,000.

The Stats: Nine won 6pm to midnight All people with 28.6%(27.4%) from Seven with 27.2% (26.7%), Ten with 22.7% (25.0%), the ABC with 16.4% (16.1%) and SBS with 5.1% (4.7%). Seven said it won 16-39, 18-49, 25-54 in prime time. Nine won four metro markets, lost Perth to Seven. Seven leads the week, 29.3% to 27.9%. In regional areas a similar outcome with WIN/NBN on 29.5%, Prime/7Qld on 26.4%, Southern Cross (ten) with 22.2%, the ABC with 15/7% and SBS with 6.2%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Last night there was not much going, except a few older programs (Getaway, Ghost Whisperer, Law and Order etc). It was nice of Tony Jones (how much did HE pay Bettina Arndt?) to have Peter Costello on Q&A so he could smirk, preen and make the occasional solid point. Petie, however, skated over the collapse of HIH in 2001. APRA, the financial regulator was established in 2007, as Petie said. It had a good three to four years to try and get insurance right and failed, giving us our biggest financial collapse. That was the night. Rex and Getaway were dependable viewing alternatives last night.

Tonight, Casino Royale on Seven after Better Homes and Gardens and then a movie. Ten has some NAB Cup in the AFL states, and Law and Order and Medium in the non-AFL states. Nine goes all DEBT TV and movies from 7.30pm to 2.10am. (Seven’s movies start with the Bond epic and then end at 3am, so there’s a Debt TV programming approach there as well). SBS has nothing really, perhaps The Thirties In Colour. The ABC has Trial and whatever (ignore) and a repeat of Dalziel and Pascoe.

Saturday, movies on Nine from 7.30pm to 4am (Put the network on auto pilot and save money, as Seven does at night). Ten has movies from 6.30pm to 12.30pm. Seven has repeats of Kath and Kim and the Vicar Of Dibley and a movie from 8.40pm to 11.15pm and then a repeat of Ripping Yarns. SBS has Iron Chef and Rockwiz and the ABC has a repeat of New Tricks which is the night’s highpoint, sadly.

Sunday, Seven has the PM on Sunday Night face an audience and a crew of inquisitors armed with feathers. Will Mal The Pal get equal time? It also has Border Security, Triple Zero Heroes and City Homicide, then Bones. Nine has Domestic Blitz, 60 Minutes, with a cheap buy-in from CBS (Thanks Ten) of a story on touring with Coldplay. Seven’s Sunday Night had Molly on tour with the band a month ago. Nine has CSI and CSI Miami. Ten has The Biggest Loser, The Dance Australia program, Rove and then the X Files movie. The ABC has the first part of Lost in Austen, which is worth a look. SBS has Dateline.

And there is cricket, Rugby Union, soccer and assorted other sports on Pay TV.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports.

Peter Fray

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