The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.441 million viewers, Today Tonight was second with 1.324 million and Australia’s Got Talent was next with 1.322 million at 7.30pm for Seven. Criminal Minds was 4th for Seven at 8.30pm with 1.287 million. The ABC’s Spicks and Specks had its best audience of the year so far with 1.235 million at 8.30pm and Nine’s 7.30pm program, The Farmer Wants a Wife averaged 1.224 million.

The 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.201 million for Nine and The Gruen Transfer averaged 1.151 million at 9pm for the ABC. A Current Affair averaged 1.111 million for Nine in 9th spot, the 7pm ABC News was next with 1.072 million and Nine News was 11th with 1.072 million people. Home and Away was 12th with 1.053 million at 7pm, and Ten’s The Biggest Loser averaged 1.033 million from 7pm to 8pm.

Seven’s 9.30pm program, Beyond The Darklands averaged 1.010 million. Ten’s House averaged 937,000 at 8.30pm. The New Inventors on the ABC at 8pm, 816,000. Guerrilla Gardeners on Ten at 8pm, 750,000. The AFL Footy Show, 556,000 with 359,000 in Melbourne (up from 334,000 the week before). The Mentalist on Nine at 8.30pm shared the slot with The Footy Show. The Mentalist averaged 524,000.

The Losers: Again, no real disasters. Some programs like Guerrilla Gardeners are doing it tough, but have a core audience, unlike some other programs on air. Life on Ten at 9.30pm, 803,000. The same comment applies.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market. Today Tonight won everywhere bar Melbourne. Both were again weak in Sydney where the 7pm ABC News and The 7.30 Report had more viewers than both programs for the second night in a row. ACA was far stronger on Melbourne. Ten News averaged 805,000. The late News/Sports Tonight, 380,000. There’s talk that Ten News will run for an extra half hour shortly, Monday to Friday until 6.30pm. It’s likely to start when Nine’s new 5.30pm news lite program (starring Eddie McGuire in Sydney and Leila McKinnon in Sydney) starts. Ten News has been the network’s most consistent winner this year. The 7.30 Report averaged 884,000 nationally, Lateline, 292,000 and Lateline Business, 185,000 (solid figures again). SBS News at 6.30pm, 144,000, 155,000 for the 9.30pm edition. 7am Sunrise, 363,000, 7am Today, 288,000.

The Stats: Seven won All People 6pm to midnight 29.5% (29.3%) from Nine, 26.8% (26.0%), Ten with 20.5% (24.3%). The ABC was on 19.0% (18.3%) and SBS on 4.2% (5.0%). Nine won Melbourne, Seven won the other four metro markets. Seven leads the week 29.1% to 26.9% for Nine. Ten says it won 16 to 39’s 6pm to 10.30pm against Seven and Nine. Seven says it had more viewers under 55. Nine had a few more viewers 16 to 54 from 6pm to 10.30pm according to Fusion Strategy in Sydney. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 30.2% from WIN/NBN with 25.8%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 19.7%, the ABC on 17.8% and SBS on 6.4%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The AFL Footy Show was on Nine last night because of the first AFL game of the season being on Ten tonight (but not nationally broadcast). I missed that last night. Apologies. That’s why Nine snuck home in Melbourne. But Seven had a solid win and Ten cleaned up the kids again. Spicks and Specks was OK, the audience liked it, perhaps it’s the darker evenings. It can do better. Same with The Gruen Transfer. But both oases of intelligence on an average night, and good TV to boot..

TONIGHT: For those in AFL states in the South, there’s the Carlton-Richmond game on Ten and Ten HD: for the rest of Australia, we have to watch (is Foxtel carrying it on the main event channel though?). Otherwise it’s the NRL Footy Show in Sydney and Brisbane on Nine, plus Getaway and the adults only version of 20 to 1. Ten in Sydney and Brisbane has Bondi Vet, The Biggest Loser, Law And Order SVU and Life on Mars. The ABC has Q&A, roughly when the third and 4th quarters of the AFL are being played. The first part of the history of Australian surfing will be worth a look at 8pm. That will mean interrupting the repeat of Inspector Rex on SBS. Sighhh.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports