The Winners: Seven’s Border Security was top with 1.573 million people, from Seven News with 1.559 million and then Nine News with 1.419 million and the boost from the NRL in Sydney and Brisbane. Seven’s 8pm program Triple Zero Heroes was next with 1.378 million and Ten’s So You Think You can Dance Australia was fifth with 1.299 million. Ten’s The Biggest Loser Weigh-in averaged 1.277 million from 6.30pm to 7.30pm for sixth and seventh was 60 Minutes with 1.241 million. CSI averaged 1.205 million at 8.30pm for Nine and City Homicide was ninth with 1.203 million. Seven’s Sunday Night averaged 1.200 million in 10th spot and 11th was Nine’s 6.30pm program, Domestic Blitz, with 1.084 million. CSI was 12th at 9.30pm for Nine with 1.048 million. Hercule Poirot averaged 931,000 from 8.30pm for the ABC. Rogue Nation on the ABC at 7.30pm, 736,000. Bones on Seven at 9.30pm, 864,000, Rove in the same slot on Ten, 853,000.

The Losers: Nothing really last night. The ABC’s Einstein Factor at 6.30pm, 641,000. It needs a big refresh.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne. The NRL helped Nine get closer in Sydney and Brisbane. Mark Ferguson’s numbers therefore in Sydney are the best of the week for Nine. How long before Nine switches Peter Overton to Sunday nights for the boost? Seven’s Ian Ross starts his week on Sunday nights now that Chris Bath is co-hosting Sunday Night at 6.30pm. Ten News, 693,000. The 7pm ABC news, 960,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 163,000. Dateline on SBS at 8.30pm, 238,000. In the mornings, Weekend Sunrise, 423,000, Landline at Noon on the ABC, 250,000, Today on Sunday at Nine, 214,000, Insiders at 9am on the ABC, 184,000, Inside Business at 10am, 162,000. Offsiders, 141,000. Meet The Press on Ten at 8am, 62,000.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People with 28.0% (26.3%) from Nine with 26.8% (27.1%), Ten with 24.9% (26.5%), the ABC with 16.3% (16.0%) and SBS unchanged on 4.0%. Seven won Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Sydney and Brisbane. Ten says it won all the major demos from 6pm to 10.30pm. In regional areas a win to WIN/NBN with 29.6% from Prime/7Qld with 27.5%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.4%, the ABC with 16.8% and SBS with 5.7%. Ten’s programs didn’t have the same impact (The Biggest Loser and So You Think You can Dance Australia) in regional areas as in the five metro markets.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven won last week from Nine and Ten and that made it six weeks in a row. Ten had its best performance of the year so far. But what happens when The Biggest Loser and So You Think You can Dance Australia finish?

This week sees City Homicide finish up on Seven next Sunday night and Packed To the Rafters tomorrow night. The AFL returns with Ten showing a Thursday night game in some markets, and then Saturday night. The Thursday night game is to launch Ten’s new HD sports channel. Seven has AFL Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.

Last night Seven’s Sunday Night woke up, or rather viewers awoke to it, and it regained the safe haven of 1.2 million viewers. 60 Minutes was only 41,000 in front an hour later. Hercule Poirot added 200,000 viewers from 8.30pm to 10pm for the ABC and that seems to have come off the Nine Network. Ten also lost ground as well but still did well on the night winning 16 to 39, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54s for the commercial battle with Seven and Nine from 6pm to 10.30pm.

Ten’s The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance Australia did very well from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, only bested by the Seven duo at 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Border Security and Triple Zero Heroes. Sunday Night easily beat Domestic Blitz. CSI was narrowly in front of City Homicide, but the Ten programs were dominant. So You Think You Can Dance Australia won 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Rove didn’t hold its audience and finished third behind Bones on Seven and CSI Miami on Nine.

TONIGHT: The results programs of The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance Australia won’t help Ten tonight and it will again run third, well behind Seven and Nine. Ten viewers love Sunday nights and both programs; many can’t be bothered with returning Mondays to see what happened. Ten also has Good News Week. Seven has How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.

Nine has Customs and Underbelly and Crime Investigations Australia from Foxtel. The ABC has Australian Story and on Four Corners, disgraced judge Marcus Einfeld tells why he lied on that traffic charge. Then Media Watch. More on the Pauline Hanson pix? SBS has Top Gear.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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