The Winners: Underbelly was tops with 2.174 million viewers, down around 50,000 viewers, but still solid. Seven News was second with 1.667 million and Today Tonight was third with 1.445 million. Customs on Nine at 8pm averaged 1.436 million people and A Current Affair was fifth with 1.200 million. Two and a Half Men averaged 1.186 million at 7.30pm and Crime Investigation Australia was seventh with 1.147 million at 9.30pm. Nine News was eighth with 1.139 million and Home and Away was ninth with 1.079 million. Two and a Half Men averaged 1.079 million for the repeat at 7pm. 11th was Desperate Housewives on Seven with 1.038 million and the elimination episode of The Biggest Loser averaged 1.033 million from 7pm to 7.30pm in 12th spot. Last in the million viewer club was the 7pm ABC News with 1.016 million people. How I Met Your Mother averaged 998,000 at 7.30pm for Seven, Brothers and Sisters averaged 970,000 at 9.30pm and Good News Week averaged 886,000 at 8.40pm on Ten. Top Gear averaged 921,000. And for the life of me I couldn’t work out how old it is, but it had some whiskers.
The Losers: Scrubs on Seven at 8pm, 868,000; Four Corners at 8.30pm, 591,000 (but not Media Watch with 534,000 — its audience is being dragged down by Four Corners). So You Think You Can Dance Australia on Seven from 7.30pm to 8.40pm. For some reason almost 400,000 viewers preferred not to watch the results last night after watching the Sunday performance program which averaged 1.292 million. Most odd. Big Brother was like that.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. Seven News had very big wins in Melbourne and Brisbane last night. The 7pm ABC News in Sydney had more viewers than Nine did in Sydney last night. The 7.30 Report averaged 947,000, Lateline, 243,000, Lateline Business, 138,000. Ten News averaged 927,000, the late News/Sports Tonight averaged 341,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 187,000; the late edition at 9.30pm, 253,000. 7am Sunrise, 369,000, 7am Today, 285,000.
The Stats: Nine won 6pm to midnight All People with a share of 32.2% (33.0% a week ago) from Seven with 25.7% (25.9%), Ten with 20.0% (19.3%), the ABC with 14.2% (14.0%) and SBS with 7.8% (7.6%). Nine won everywhere. Nine leads the week, 29.7% to 26.0%. In regional Australia a win to WIN/NBN with 33.0% from Prime/7Qld with 23.4%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 18.3%, the ABC with 16.3% and SBS with 8.9%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another Underbelly night. It’s looking a bit repetitive: the audience was down a fraction, but it’s still strong. Nine’s night, easily. But 6pm to 7pm remains a problem, especially in Sydney. Top Gear was again looking out of date; Seven’s 7.30pm to 8.30pm programs, How I Met Your Mother and Scrubs tried, but didn’t work. Nor did Two and a Half Men at 7.30pm on Nine and at 7pm.
Ten’s So You Think You Can Dance Australia results program just faded, rather oddly. Apart from that, a solid night. Four Corners, another “sound” overseas story, but of no real interest to local viewers. It cut Media Watch‘s audiences well for the second week in a row. Last week it was the “Heat on The Hill” local story from Liz Jackson. Viewers are voting on the program by not watching, and its part of the ABC’s core programs.
TONIGHT: Seven with Animal Rescue, Find My Family, Packed To The Rafters and All Saints. Ten will be strong with NCIS (fresh), The Biggest Loser, Lie To Me and Bondi Rescue. Nine has Wipeout Australia, three epidodes of Two and a Half Men at 7pm, 8.30pm and 9pm and then Aussie Ladette To Lady, which is tosh. Nothing on the ABC or SBS except Insight on the latter at 7.30pm and The 7.30 Report on the ABC.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports