The Winners: Packed To The Rafters was tops with 2.033 million people. Find My Family was next for Seven at 8pm with 2.692 million and Seven News was 3rd with 1.501 million. RSPCA Animal Rescue was 4th with 1.432 million at 7.30pm for Seven. NCIS at 8.30pm for Ten was 5th with 1.395 million, Today Tonight was 6th with 1.373 million and the 7pm ABC News averaged 1.211 million people. Bondi Rescue averaged 1.160 million, All Saints was 9th at 9.40pm for Seven with 1.130 million and Home and Away was 10th with 1.115 million for Seven. Ten’s The Biggest Loser averaged 1.108 million from 7pm to 8pm and Ten’s 9.30pm program Lie To Me averaged 1.097 million people. Wipeout Australia averaged 1.048 million at 7.30pm for Nine and 13th spot and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.046 million for Nine. Nine News was 15th with 1.040 million, A Current Affair was on the same audience size and the 8.30pm episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.003 million and the 9pm episode, 968,000.
The Losers: Wipeout Australia, third behind Seven and Ten and deservedly so for a such a cynical program. Aussie Ladette To Lady finished with 955,000. Eli Stone on Seven at 10.30pm, 478,000. Is this the silliest program on TV? Lead Balloon on the ABC at 8pm, 439,000 people. No, is that the silliest program on TV? Foreign Correspondent averaged 534,000 at 9.30pm and out rated Lead Balloon. Nine News and A Current Affair — a very, very poor night. Bring back Mark Ferguson in Sydney. Viewers don’t want Peter Overton, nor do they want ACA in its current look and host Tracy Grimshaw.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market; Today Tonight won everywhere bar Brisbane. In Sydney the 7pm ABC News and The 7.30 Report had more viewers than Nine News and ACA. Nine was very weak last night. The 7.30 Report averaged 925,000 nationally, Lateline, 261,000, Lateline Business, 163,000. Ten News, 876,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 504,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 179,000, the 9.30pm edition, 129,000. Insight, 298,000 for a solid look at obesity. 7am Sunrise, 353,000, 7am Today, 268,000.
The Stats: Seven won with a 6pm to midnight All People share of 33.3% 934.5%) from Ten with 24.0% (25.4%), Nine with 23.0% (22.9%), the ABC with 14.2% (13.2%) and SBS with 4.5% (4.1%). Seven says it won 25 to 54s, Ten says it won 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s in the commercial share battle with Nine and Seven. Seven won all five metro markets and now leads the week, 28.9% to 27.0% for Nine. In regional areas a win for Prime/7Qld with 35.7% from Southern Cross for Ten with 23.8%, WIN/NBN with 20.8%, the ABC on 13.5% and SBS on 6.2%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: The Ten Network will go close to winning next Tuesday night. There’s a big call. But with Seven resting Packed To the Rafters until later in the year (along with City Homicide after this Sunday night), Seven will battle to make headway each week while Nine runs Underbelly on Monday nights and Ten has the very popular NCIS at 8.30pm Tuesdays. Seven reckons the return of the AFL on Friday nights will see it over the line most weeks and it probably will, but catching Nine’s Underbelly lead will be that much harder without Packed To The Rafters.
NCIS is the second most watched program in the 8.30pm slot and will get viewers from Seven who don’t like All Saints. All Saints at 8.30pm will not pull the 1.8 million viewers on average, or more than 2 million last night for Packed To The Rafters. In fact the audience for Packed To The Rafters was just 40,000 short of Underbelly‘s audience on Monday night.
Find My Family on Seven last night again proved why it is the simplest, most effective program on TV and the one doing more good than any other. It is probably the most emotionally charged, gut wrenching program for ages. Without milking emotions, it allows people to tell simple, heart breaking stories and find some meaning for broken lives. It is especially effective for women who were forcibly separated from babies born in the 60s, 70s and 80s out of marriage.
Last night was the highlight of the night. A decision one mother made (and many are mothers) was terrible: understandable, but terribly sad. It makes the programs on Ten, Nine, the ABC and SBS look like pap. It’s a nice antidote to Packed To The Rafter’s view of family life as well, although last night’s episode also had a tough storyline which was handled well.
TONIGHT: The Gruen Transfer and Spicks and Specks are the highlights on the ABC and of the night, along with The Mentalist on Nine at 8.30pm. The Farmer Wants a Wife is coming to and end.
Ten has poor old House and Life after the Guerilla Gardeners. SBS has not very much at all. Seven has Australia’s Got Talent, Criminal Minds and then Beyond The Darkland with Roberta Williams starring. YUK! I bet Today Tonight won’t be having a go at Seven for using Ms Williams in this program as they rightfully did for Nine over A Current Affair‘s interviews with her.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports