The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.540 million, Australia’s Got Talent at 7.30pm on Seven was second with 1.344 million and the 8.30pm program, Criminal Minds with 1.337 million people. Today Tonight was 4th with 1.295 million people. The Farmer Wants a Wife averaged 1.180 million for Nine at 7.30pm and Spicks and Specks averaged 1.155 million at 8.30pm for the ABC. Nine News was 7th with 1.137 million people and The Mentalist averaged 1.125 million at 8.30pm for Nine. The repeat of Two and a Half Men at 7pm averaged 1.075 million, in front of Seven’s Home and Away which averaged 1.051 million. 12th was the 7pm ABC News with 1.036 million, Gangs Of Oz finished on Seven at 9.30pm with 1.013 million and The Biggest Loser was 14th at 7pm to 8pm for Ten with 1 million viewers. Cold Case averaged 928,000 for Nine at 9.30pm. The New Inventors averaged 838,000 for the ABC at 8pm. The Cook and The Chef at 6.30pm, 533,000.

The Losers: House at 8.30pm, 901,000, sunk by the poor lead in, Guerrilla Gardeners with 685,000 at 8pm. House managed to add 226,000 viewers, which is a solid achievement. But viewers deserted Ten when Life came around after House at 9.30pm: Life averaged 790,000. Lost on Seven at 10.30pm, 415,000. Chandon Pictures finished its run on ABC TV with 489,000 at 9pm. Another Foxtel success for the ABC.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. It was another bad news in Sydney for Nine with the News and ACA beaten in the market by Seven News, the 7pm ABC News and The 7.30 Report. The 7.30 Report averaged 891,000, Lateline, 262,000, Lateline Business, 144,000. Ten News, 859,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 426,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 149,000, 224,000 for the 9.30pm late edition, 7am Sunrise, 395,000, 7am Today, 297,000.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People with 30.7% (30.8%) with Nine next with 26.9% (27.8%), Ten with 20.7% (20.3%), the ABC with 16.8% (16.2%) and SBS unchanged on 5.0%. Seven won all five metro markets. Seven leads the week, 29.9%, to 27..7% for Nine. Ten said it won 16 to 39 in the commercial share battle from 6pm to 10.30pm with Seven and Nine. In regional areas a win for Prime/7Qld with 32.6%, WIN/NBN was next with 26.2%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 18.7%, the ABC with 15.9% and SBS with 6.7%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another win to Seven with News, Criminal Minds and Australia’s Got Talent doing well. The Farmer Wants a Wife was charming and at times sad. Nice people, confusion, some raw emotions emerging. It’s a pity that people allow it to happen on national TV, but the program handles it well. Spicks And Specks on the ABC at 8.30pm is still OK but is in need of a refresh. The audience will rise from next week with The Gruen Transfer returning at 9pm, but that won’t be due to the program. It’s looking old and has whiskers and needs a new simpler set and look at a minimum. The ABC knows very little about refreshing successful programs. At 9.30pm TV dies on a Wednesday night.

TONIGHT: The AFL and NRL Footy Shows return to Nine from 9.30pm. So stand by for more atrocity stories about Sam Newman when the ratings for the AFL program dip. The NRL program in NSW and Queensland won’t be an improvement on last year, or the year before, even though the cast has been reduced. That well known Kiwi Rugby League fan, Russell Crowe is on the panel. He’s still really a South Sydney person, so will we get what fans want, some independent thinking?

Nine was promoting an interview with the Manly rugby league player Brett Stewart, who has been the subject of a lot of unfortunate publicity this week. But it was done before the recent events: in fact it was done at the Manly club launch function where he fueled up and reportedly was refused service and asked to leave. Apart from that Nine has Getaway and the fictitious Adults Only 20 to 1. It’s milder than the mildest episode of Underbelly.

Seven has the female skewing line up of Ghost Whisperer, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Ten has The Biggest Loser, Bondi Vet, Law And Order SVU and Life On Mars. The ABC has Q&A at 9.25pm. Ignore Bringing Up Baby at 8.30pm on the ABC — the audience is. SBS has Inspector Rex at 7.30pm in yet another repeat of the dearly departed doggie…

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports