The Winners: Seven News averaged 1.556 million people, with Ten’s 8.30pm fresh episode of NCIS next with 1.553 million. Seven’s Today Tonight was 3rd with 1.548 million and Ten’s 8pm program, Bondi Rescue was 4th with 1.508 million — its biggest audience of the year. Seven’s 8pm program, Find My Family,  averaged 1.488 million. RSPCA Animal Rescue on Seven at 7.30pm averaged 1.438 million and won the slot and Ten’s 9.30pm repeat of NCIS was next with 1.334 million (and also won the slot). All Saints averaged 1.314 million at 8.30pm, filling in for Packed to the Rafters. Ten’s The Biggest Loser averaged 1.249 million from 7pm to 8pm (its biggest daily show audience of the year so far). The 7pm ABC News was 10th with 1.200 million and Seven’s Home and Away was 11th with 1.180 million and in need of help. The 8.30pm episode of Two and a Half Men on Nine averaged 1.170 million, the 9pm episode, 1.1032 million for 13th spot. A Current Affair was 14th with 1.092 million, Nine News was 15th with 1.090 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men was on 1.046 million.

The Losers: Wipeout Australia ended last night with 914,000 people. It was a flop. The Castle was repeated by Nine for another time from 9.30pm, it averaged 856,000. Nine is still running its doubling of episodes of Two and a Half Men from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. They averaged more than they did last week with Packed To The Rafters resting. But they were wasted, as Nine ran third in the timeslot, easily beaten by Ten with NCIS and Seven with All Saints. Lead Balloon on the ABC at 8pm. It said goodbye with 473,000 viewers. Foreign Correspondent moves into the slot next week.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market, as did Today Tonight. Nine News was again beaten in viewer numbers by Seven and the 7pm ABC News. ACA slumped to 277,000 viewers in Sydney. The 7.30 Report and the 7pm ABC News had more viewers. The 7.30 Report also had more viewers than Nine’s News. With heavy rain and other news, Sydney viewers just went to Seven, and then the ABC. The 7.30 Report averaged 977,000 nationally, Lateline, 208,000, Lateline Business, 135,000, Foreign Correspondent at 9.30pm, 384,000. Ten News averaged 888,000; the late News/Sports Tonight was on 526,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 165,000, Insight at 7.30pm, 263,000. The late 9.30pm News, 135,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven down to 325,000, 7am Today on Nine, 295,000.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People with 29.8% (33.3%), from Ten with 28.2% (24.9%), Nine on 24.5% (23.0%), the ABC on 14.0% (14.2%) and SBS with 3.6% (4.5%). Seven won Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Ten won Brisbane. Nine leads on 27.2% from Seven on 26.7% and Ten with 26.4%. In regional areas Ten didn’t rate again. Prime/7Qld were easy winners with 32.1%, from Southern Cross (Ten) with 25.6%, WIN/NBN with 23.1%, the ABC on 14.1% and SBS with 5.1%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven won All People, Ten won the night where it really matters because Seven rested Packed To The Rafters. Seven won All People because its news and current affairs hour from 6pm to was much stronger than anyone else’s. Ten won from 7pm onwards. Seven’s Home and Away is drifting badly and needs putting back on the rails quickly. (Get Kate Ritchie back for a few guest turns!) Ten won 16 to 39, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54. Nine finished third and weak with a poor line up. Seven will kick ahead tonight; and on Friday with the AFL and Better Homes and Gardens.

Ten is heading for its best week of the year. When The Biggest Loser and So You Think You Can Dance Australia finishes, then Ten will be in trouble, especially as NCIS takes a rest as do all other major US programs for the Northern Summer’s non-ratings period. Our networks have been “fastracking” these programs. We will have lots of repeats until late September/early October in some cases.

Nine News and A Current Affair simply faded from view last night, each shedding well over 100,000 viewers. Seven News’s 511,000 in Sydney was its highest ever non-Olympics audience. It’s winning margin over Nine was a record 207,000 people.

TONIGHT: Spicks and Specks and The Gruen Transfer on the ABC, after The New Inventors and Red Kerry. Nine has The Mentalist after The Farmer Wants a Wife and Cold Case. Ten has The Biggest Loser, Guerrilla Gardeners, House and Life. It won’t be Ten’s night tonight.

Seven has Australia’s Got Talent, Criminal Minds and Beyond The Darklands after Seven leads with its stronger News and Today Tonight. SBS is bare again.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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