The Winners: Underbelly won the night with 2.267 million people. Seven News averaged 1.639 million and Today Tonight, 1.400 million in third spot. Customers on Nine at 8pm  averaged 1.312 million and Crime Investigation Australia was 5th at 9.30pm with 1.265 million people. Nine News averaged 1.235 million people and A Current Affair, 1.196 million. The 7.30pm fresh of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.186 million and the 7pm Home and Away averaged 1.161 million for Seven. The 7pm ABC News was 10th with 1.063 million and Desperate Housewives was 11th with 1.048 million. The Biggest Loser elimination episode averaged 1.047 million for 12th spot, the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.018 million and Seven’s Brothers & Sisters averaged 1.012 million at 9.30pm. Ten News was 15th with 1.009 million in another solid Monday performance.

The Losers: The Cut on the ABC at 9.35pm with 399,000. The best episode so far — it’s a pity no one watched. Good News Week on Ten at 8.30pm, 802,000. Mikey Robins would make a better host, maybe too clever for the rest … but!

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. The 7pm ABC News in Sydney had more viewers than Nine News. The 7.30 Report averaged 941,000. Four Corners on the Federal Government’s emissions trading policy, 574,000 and Media Watch straight after, 532,000. That is one the worst figures for Four Corners for some time. The story was OK, but reporter Liz Jackson and Senator Penny Wong share an unerring ability to send the audience fleeing or to sleep. Lateline, 191,000, Lateline Business, 112,000. Ten News averaged just over a million viewers. It’s getting to be less rare. Ten’s Late News/Sports Tonight suffered for the low evening audience and averaged 399,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 217,000, 194,000 for the late edition. 7am Sunrise for Seven, 370,000, 7am Today on Nine, 317,000.

The Stats: Nine won with All People (and all other demos) with 33.0% (32.5%) from Seven with 25.9% (26.2%), Ten with 19.3% (18.8%), the ABC on 14.0% (15.3%) and SBS with 7.7% (7.2%). Nine won all five metro markets and leads the week, 29.66 to 27.5% for Seven. In regional areas, WIN/NBN won with 35.2% from Prime/7Qld with 23.0%, Southern Cross (Ten), on 17.8%, the ABC on 15.1% and SBS on 8.9%. Nine won regional Queensland for the first time since Underbelly started.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: It was a case of Underbelly and the rest last night. Another episode which showed what we now know to be the true nature of Terry Clark. It was well captured, a sordid grubby little Kiwi and some sordid grubby NSW cops (and where were the NSW politicians from the then ALP Government?).

Apart from that, Top Gear was another Golden Oldie as SBS keeps the ad revenues flowing in by showing old episodes of this program (this one was from 2004, I think, or even 2003. There was a reference to 2005 in the program).

Australian Story was the repeat of the good story on the late Matt Laffan. The Cut on the ABC at 9.35pm averaged 399,000, should have been more. It was ahead of its time.

TONIGHT: It’s Seven with Animal Rescue, Find My Family, Packed To The Rafters and All Saints. Nine has Two And A Half Men and Wipeout Australia, plus Aussie Ladette to Lady. Ten has The Biggest Loser, Bondi Rescue, NCIS and Lie To Me. The ABC has not much at all: barren except for The 7.30 Report and Lateline who will go frothing at the return of Federal Parliament. SBS has Insight at 7.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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