The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.594 million people, with Today Tonight second with 1.439 million. NCIS averaged 1.421 million in 3rd for Ten at 8.30pm and RSPCA Animal Rescue averaged 1.345 million at 7.30pm for Seven. Find My Family averaged 1.318 million at 8pm for Seven, just in front of the final episode this series of Bondi Rescue for Ten 1.311 million. A Current Affair was 7th with 1.257 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men on Nine averaged 1.241 million. The 8.30pm episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.238 million for 9th. 10th was the second episode of 10 Years Younger in 10 Days. It averaged 1.226 million people at 9.30pm, a strong performance. Nine News was 11th with 1.221 million and Seven’s Home and Away averaged 1.219 million at 7pm (with no The Biggest Loser to drain viewers). Nine’s 20 to 1 was dropped in to replace the departed Funniest Home Videos/Commercial Breakdown. 20 to 1 averaged 1.205 million, more than 300,000 extra than the programs it replaced. The 7pm ABC News averaged 1.190 million in 14th, while the second episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.134 million at 9pm on Nine. Next was All Saints, well beaten by Ten and Nine at 8.30pm with 1.112 million. MasterChef Australia fell to 1.056 million for its second episode last night for 17th and Ten News averaged 1 million viewers at 5pm to 6pm. Foreign Correspondent on the ABC averaged 743,000. Neighbours fell back to a still sound 847,000 last night.

The Losers: All Saints: 1.112 million at 8.30pm. Not a loser as such, but beaten by a loser program on Nine called Two and a Half Men. The fresh and repeat episodes did better with viewers. NCIS did both quite easily, even though it was nowhere as good as the last Bondi Rescue for the season. The trick now for Ten and the producers will be to make sure they don’t go for overkill on Bondi Rescue. Good to see a well-known Bondi Vet dropping in to treat a hurt doggie. Lie To Me on Ten at 9.30pm: 843,000. It dropped nearly 600,000 viewers from NCIS.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight won everywhere and lost Melbourne and almost Brisbane. Ten News/Sports Tonight averaged 367,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 903,000, Lateline, 213,000, Lateline Business, 127,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 178,000, 215,000 at 9.30pm. Insight, 303,000 at 7.30pm. 7am Sunrise, 334,000, 7am Today, 296,000. Close again.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to midnight All People with 29.3% (31.3%) from Nine with 26.2% (22.5%), Ten with 24.8% (27.2%), the ABC with 15.4% (14.3%) and SBS with 4.3% (4.6%). Ten though won 16 to 39, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54 from 6pm to 10.30pm, which is the heart of prime time. Seven won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth; Nine won Melbourne. Ten still leads the week 29.1% to 25.6% for Seven and 25.4% for Nine. In regional areas a clear win for Prime/7Qld with 31.7%, from WIN/NBN with 25.1%, Southern Cross was third for Ten with 23.9%, the ABC on 13.6% and SBS on 5.7%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Some interesting changes last night. Seven would not be impressed the way All Saints tanked against a fresh and repeat episodes of Nine’s Two and a Half Men last night at 8.30pm. Seven will blame a one off result, but if it shows up next week, then Seven has a concern.

MasterChef Australia was again solid, in content last night (apart from its Australian Idol overtones) but the audience didn’t hang around 370,000 people vanished from Monday night’s debut. Just over 250,000 viewers went to Bondi Rescue and missed MasterChef. That’s the real worry for Ten. Ten will take a gulp and hope it steadies around there, as The Biggest Loser did in early episodes, before falling further and then strengthening as the end of the series approached.

Hot Seat at 5.30pm, down to 583,000, Deal Or No Deal on Seven, 862,000. Ten News, 1 million viewers for the second night in a row and the clear winner.

The 7pm ABC News was very strong in Sydney last night: 398,000 viewers, just 14,000 behind Seven and 60,000 ahead of Nine on 338,000 and ACA on 362,000.

TONIGHT: Welcome back Thank God You’re Here. It’s on Seven, not Ten at 7.30pm. That makes the night easy. Watch this, then Spicks and Specks on the ABC at 8.30pm, then The Gruen Transfer at 9pm on the ABC. Have a tea or a snack; get a Pig Flu update on SBS late News at 9.30 m, or read a book and watch Lateline/Lateline Business.

This could be the best night of the week.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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