The Winners: Seven’s Border Security averaged 1.528 million at 7.30pm, with the weigh-in edition of The Biggest Loser averaging 1.408 million, its highest audience for the year so far. Nine News was 3rd with 1.378 million and Seven News was next with 1.358 million. So You Think You Can Dance Australia on Ten was 5th with 1.310 million and City Homicide finished the current run with its best figures of 1.307 million at 8.30pm for Seven and 6th spot. Seven’s Triple Zero Heroes was 7th with 1.228 million and 60 Minutes was 8th with 1.224 million. Nine’s CSI averaged 1.131 million at 8.30pm for 9th and Domestic Blitz averaged 1.126 million at 6.30pm for Nine. Sunday Night averaged 1.048 million in the same slot for 11th and 12th was the Melbourne F1 GP on Ten (from around 5pm to 7pm with 1.036 million). The 7pm ABC News was 13th with 1.005 million and the Hercule Poirot telemovie on the ABC at 8.30pm averaged 973,000. CSI Miami averaged 966,000 at 9.30pm and Rove averaged 779,000 at 10pm. The ABC’s 7.30pm program The History of India averaged a solid 924,000 at 7.30pm.

The Losers: Bones at 9.30pm in repeat, 784,000 for Seven.

News & CA: Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Ten News was pre-empted by the Grand Prix. SBS News averaged 155,000. Dateline at 8.30pm, 215,000. In the morning Weekend Sunrise averaged 417,000, Landline on the ABC at Noon, 271,000. Today on Sunday on Nine, 228,000. Insiders on the ABC at 9am, 209.000, Inside Business, 180,000, Offsiders, 162,000. Meet the Press on Ten at 8am, 58,000.

The Stats: Ten won All People 6pm to midnight in all key demos with a share of 27.6% (24.9%) from Seven with 26.4% (28.0%), Nine on 25.3% (26.8%), the ABC on 17.1% (16.3%) and SBS on 3.5% (4.0%). Ten won Sydney and Melbourne Nine won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. In regional areas a win for Prime/7Qld with 28.0% from WIN/NBN with 26.6%, Southern Cross (Ten) back on 21.1%, the ABC on 18.9% and SBS with 5.4%. The Biggest Loser made the top 10 list in regional markets; So You Think You Can Dance Australia just doesn’t rate in those areas. Last week, Seven won the week in All People with 28.6% from Nine with 26.1%, Ten with 23.1%, the ABC with 17.0% and SBS with 5.1%. Seven won Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Seven’s wins in Sydney and Brisbane were very close.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The later car race worked for Ten and gave it an early evening base on which to win the night. Seven finished second and did OK, Nine was third and in the cold as it was squeezed out. The ABC didn’t help either with Hercule Poirot from 8.30pm to 10.05pm adding to the pressure on CSI.

Sunday Night on Seven at 6.30pm was OK, hurt by the late finishing time of the GP in Melbourne on Ten. But it didn’t hurt too much. Let’s hope Sunday Night now settles on the latest presenting trick of Mike Munro and Chris Bath presenting stories solo and occasionally appearing together. More changes on that program than in The Biggest Loser. The new system though looks better and doesn’t seem as uncomfortable as the older double headed intros did.

It certainly had better content than 60 Minutes which was again a confected program. Yes more people watched 60 Minutes than Sunday Night, but more people watched Border Security/Triple Zeros Heroes on Seven from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

Nine’s interior decorating version of The Block called Home Made (from David Barbour and Julian Cress program who did The Block and The Chopping Block) is a dud and won’t be run Monday to Friday for 30 minutes from 7pm. It will has been turned into one hour programs to be showed twice a week. The US version of The Chopping Block has been canned in the US after three showings and will go twice week in a less than prime time slot to run it off. Nine original of The Chopping Block is in the ether as well.

And Thank God You’re Here returns to TV on Seven this time on Wednesday April 29 at 7.30pm, where Ten had placed it when it had the first three series. It will run for 10 weeks.

TONIGHT: Top Gear on SBS at 7.30pm. Ten will do poorly, with viewers not supporting So You Think You Can Dance Australia and The Biggest Loser in the numbers they did last night, which is again very odd.

Not so good news week for Good News Week? It has been replaced by The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which is another version of Good News Week, just with a much bigger line up of performers including those on GNW.

Nine will win with Underbelly at 8.30pm, Crime Investigations Australia at 9.30pm. The ABC has Australian Story, Four Corners (on the military’s lack of help for service people coming back from overseas service). Sunday Night’s good story on the appalling treatment of the HMAS Onslow crew back in 1981 makes Four Corner’s story look a bit redundant and out of date. Good use of Freedom of Information there and a solid win in that department for Seven.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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