The Winners: Tops was Seven News with 1.361 million, Today Tonight was second with 1.345 million and Nine News was a high third with 1.130 million viewers. Ten’s 8.30pm program, Law And Order SVU averaged 1.129 million, the puerile Adults Only 20 to 1 on Nine at 8.30pm averaged 1.128 million in 5th spot. Nine’s 7.30pm program Getaway was next with 1.084 million and Ghost Whisperer averaged 1.054 million at 7.30pm for Seven. Nine’s 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.042 million in 8th slot and Grey’s Anatomy averaged 1.040 million at 8.30pm. Home and Away was 10th with 1.020 million. Then came The Biggest Loser at 7pm to 8pm with 998,000. Bondi Vet at 8pm on Ten with 952,000. The Footy Shows with 883,000 for both the NRL and AFL from 9.30pm. That was down 20% from the return the week before.

The Losers: Nothing really: all moderate performers. Nine News and ACA were again weak in Sydney. Life on Mars, 709,000 on Ten at 9.30pm, Private Practice on Seven in the same slot, 818,000 and out of the 700,000 range. Neighbours on Ten at 6.30pm down to 676.000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne. Nine News in Sydney was closer and easily topped the ABC in Sydney. ACA was very weak in comparison: 949,000 nationally, 180,000 down on Nine News. The 7.30 Report had more viewers in Sydney than ACA. Nationally the 7pm ABC News averaged 958,000. Q&A was OK and averaged 598,000, climbing! Lateline, 373,000, Lateline Business, 215,000. Ten News, 856,000. The late News/Sports Tonight, 389,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 172,000, 185,000 for the 9.30pm edition. Sunrise at 7am, 358,000, 7am Today, 300,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a 6pm to midnight All People share of 28.0% (30.7%) from Seven with 27.3% (26.4%), Ten with 21.8% (22.0%), the ABC on 18.1% (16.2%) and SBS with 4.8% (4.6%). Seven won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven said it won prime time in 16 to 39s 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s. Seven leads the week, 28.4% to 28.0%. In regional areas a different result with Prime/7Qld with 27.2%, from WIN/NBN with 26.9%, Southern Cross (Ten) on 20.9%, the ABC with 18.7% and SBS with 6.2%. The Footy Show did not make it into the top 10 in the bush ether (it finished 15th in the metro markets).

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine got up, closely, but it was due to the shrinking AFL Footy show. The NRL program shrunk so that Seven won Sydney. Another rough winter is ahead for Nine on Thursday nights if the situation is allowed to drift.

Seven’s female skew did OK for the first time this year: a strong contrast to the smutty AO version of 20 to 1. Why haven’t they masked Bert Newton to save viewers from listening and watching his poorly written scripts? It’s a perfect lead in for the Footy Shows, especially the AFL one. The first two programs of the NRL program have been solid, responsible efforts on the major issue of drinking and NRL footballers.

From what I saw Law And Order SVU was quite strong, so I will watch it on record. Getaway at 7.30pm strangled the first really solid segment that have had for yonks. The promoted segment on Teheran was actually well done. But too short.

TONIGHT: The ABC has new old crime: Rebus (the last four episodes) at 8.30pm and Vincent at 9.40pm. Watch. Seven has Better Homes and Gardens, then three movies from 8.30pm to 3am. Nine has two NRL games. Poor people in Melbourne won’t see the NRL game between Brisbane and Melbourne until after 1.10am Saturday. That’s another example of how Nine Melbourne isn’t taking Nine seriously in Sydney. After all, Nine is the Rugby League network and the Melbourne Storm, are one of the main teams.

Ten has The Biggest Loser, two episodes of The Simpsons, one fresh, Medium, back to back episodes of Law and Order, both fresh. SBS is barren.

SATURDAY NIGHT: New Tricks on the ABC, Iron Chef on SBS. The Vicar of Dibley on Seven, followed by a repeat of the Pirates of the Caribbean: The Black Pearl. Johnny Depp is pretty good. After the Home Videos finish at 7.30pm, Nine has three movies until 2.30 am Sunday. Ten has Two movies, then swimming highlights. And a repeat of Good News Week.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Rogue Nation then Hercule Poirot returns at 8.30pm to worry Nine and Seven. Seven has the lingering Sunday Night, which needs a jolt to put some life back into it. Border Security/Triple Zero Heroes and City Homicide are all fine. Nine has Domestic Blitz, 60 Minutes and then CSI and CSI Miami.

Ten has The Biggest LoserSo You Think You Can Dance Australia, Rove and swimming. Ten is running back to back Dexters from 11.40pm to 1.50am, so it reckons Dexter isn’t working in Australia and is using up its episodes. It did that last week from 10.40pm to 12.50am. Another Ten program is tapping the mat!

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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