The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.602 million, Border Security was second with 1.550 million and Triple Zero Heroes at 8pm was third with 1.331 million. Nine News was fourth with 1.213 million and Seven’s City Homicide won 8.30pm with 1.187 million. Ten’s So You Think You Can Dance energised the 7.30pm to 9pm slot with 1.150 million in sixth spot and seventh was Seven’s Sunday Night with Prime Minister Rudd. 60 Minutes was next with 1.118 million and The Biggest Loser‘s weigh-in at 6.30pm averaged 1.094 million. CSI averaged 1.065 million at 8.30pm for Nine and Domestic Blitz averaged 1.013 million for Nine at 6.30pm, but finished third. It did at least recover the 1 million viewer mark. Rove averaged 933,000, CSI Miami at 9.30pm for Nine, 901,000, the Bones repeat at 9.30pm for Seven, 780,000.

The Losers: Sunday Night on Seven at 6.30pm. 1.1 million made it a moderate winner, but the format was off-putting and once again the Prime Minister looked like a creature of Sunrise. Will Mal Turnbull get the same opportunity? For those who watched, did you notice that Seven has switched the hosts: Mike Munro is now on the right, Chris Bath on the left. The thinking in commercial TV is that the male reader should be on the left (looking at the screen). It’s the way Ten does its double header Monday to Friday News At Five. It was probably done to put Chris Bath closer to the panel so the lack of a woman on the panel didn’t appear to outrageous. 60 Minutes looked tired last night. The X-Files movie on Ten at 10.10pm: 357,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market. Seven News had more viewers in the smaller Brisbane market (416,000) than in Melbourne, 393,000. It may have been the Cyclone watch. Nine News was well behind. Ten News averaged 847,000. It has given up hundreds of thousands of viewers Sunday nights at 5.30pm by switching Sports Tonight to the digital channel, where it hides, unwatched, and dropping in the failed Out of The Blue soap (289,000 people last night — a joke). SBS News at 6.30pm, 182,000. Dateline at 8.30pm, 200,000. The 7pm ABC News, 933,000. In the morning, Weekend Sunrise on Seven, 435,000. Landline at Midday, 286,000, Today on Sunday, 219,000. Insiders on the ABC at 9am, 188,000, Inside Business, 158,000; Offsiders at 10.30pm, 137,000. Meet The Press on Ten at 8am, 49,000.

The Stats: Seven won All People 29.2% (28.8%) from Nine with 26.0% (26.3%), Ten with 24.3% (25.9%), the ABC with 15.9% (14.0%) and SBS with 4.6% (5.0%). Seven won everywhere bar Adelaide where Nine won. Ten says it won the commercial share battle 6pm to 10.30pm in 16 to 39, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven won last week from Nine and won 18 to 49s, All People and 25 to 54s. Ten won 16 to 39s. It was a clear win for Seven. Nine was strong on Monday night. Last night a surprisingly easy win for Seven. The PM on Sunday Night helped, but putting Border Security and Triple Zero Heroes up against 60 Minutes on Nine from 7.30pm to 8.30pm did more damage. 60 Minutes finished third.

City Homicide won the 8.30pm timeslot. It may have been another “chick flick” TV program, but Lost in Austen on the ABC at 8.30pm will go down as the best show on TV this week (Part 2 is next Sunday night) for a very simple reason: it was entertaining, well acted, well costumed and well written. Life on Mars on Ten at 9.30pm Thursdays (and the ABC last year) could learn from the way Lost in Austen was made.

TONIGHT: Top Gear on SBS. Pick a year and select the unscreened ep. After last week’s 2003 program, which will it be? Seven has How I Met Your Mother over an hour (it’s back to one episode next Monday and an episode of Scrubs at 8pm) and Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. Nine has Customers and Underbelly followed by Crime Investigation Australia. Ten has The Biggest Loser, So You Think You Can Dance and Good News Week, then a repeat of NCIS at 9.45pm. Dexter is being moved to another night. The ABC has Australian Story (a repeat worth watching), Four Corners, Media Watch and The Cut.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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Peter Fray
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