The Winners: Packed To The Rafters was on top with 1.817 million viewers, with Find My Family next with 1.545 million. Seven News was next with 1.497 million and RSPCA Animal Rescue averaged 1.416 million, NCIS on Ten at 8.30pm had another strong night with 1.409 million. Today Tonight was 6th with 1.370 million, All Saints was next with 1.220 million at 9.30pm for Seven and Home and Away was 8th with 1.194 million. A Current Affair was 9th with 1.181 million and Nine News was next with 1.178 million. The 8.30pm fresh episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.132 million in 12th, ahead of the 7pm ABC News with 1.063 million. Ten’s 8pm program Bondi Rescue was 14th with 1.056 million and the 9pm fresh episode of Two and a Half Men was next with 1.047 million. 16th and last was the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men for Nine with 1.009 million.
The Losers: Aussie Ladette To Lady, 878,000 for Nine and an unfortunate program. Wipeout Australia, 990,000 and just outside the million viewer club. The Biggest Loser, 959,000. It’s just on the verge of tipping over, but still doing well. It was an hour from 7pm to 8pm. That way Ten could support its claim that it won all key demographics even though Home and Away and Animal Rescue on Seven had more viewers. The Biggest Loser doesn’t do well among grocery buyers, for instance. Which is understandable given the program is about people with weight problems.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight lost Melbourne to ACA. Nine News was again weak in Sydney where Seven and the 7pm ABC News finished ahead of it in the rankings and The 7.30 Report had more viewers as well. In Melbourne thought ACA had 411,000 viewers and was 4th in market overall. The 7.30 Report had 910,000 viewers nationally, Lateline, 214,000; Lateline Business, 140,000. Ten News averaged 927,000; the Late News/Sports Tonight, 517,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 119,000, 152,000 at 9.30pm. 7am Sunrise, 376,000, 7am Today, 285,000.
The Stats: Seven won with a share of 34.0% (33.4%) for All People 6pm to midnight. It also won 18 to 49, 25 to 54. Ten says it won 16 to 39s commercial share battle with Seven and Nine from 6pm to 10.30pm. After Seven came Ten with 24.9% (25.3%), Nine with 24.7% (24.3%), the ABC with 13.3% 912.4%) and SBS 3.1% (4.6%). Seven won all five metro markets. In regional areas a win for Prime/7Qld with 36.1% from Southern Cross (Ten) with 23.4%, WIN/NBN with 22.7%, the ABC with 12.6% and SBS with 5.2%.
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Glenn Dyer’s comments: It was Packed To The Rafters, Find My Family and Seven News and then the rest last night. Nothing else much mattered. Scrapheap Challenge on ABC stood out: its 90,000 viewers on ABC 2 enough to put inside the top 100 programs yesterday at Number 98.
In the news and current affairs battle, more misery for Nine in Sydney and ACA did well in Melbourne.
TONIGHT: The ABC has The Cook And The Chef at 6.30pm and then Spicks and Specks at 8.30pm. Ten has The Biggest Loser, Guerilla Gardeners, House and Life. Nine has The Farmer Wants a Wife, The Mentalist and two Cold Cases. Seven has Australia’s Got Talent, Criminal Minds and the final Gangs of Oz. Then Lost. SBS is pretty bare.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports