The Winners: Seven News was on top with 1.571 million, with Nine News second with 1.491 million. Ten’s MasterChef was 3rd with a solid 1.470 million, and Merlin dominated the 6.30pm slot for Ten with 1.305 million. Sunday Night averaged 1.298 million and Bones won the 8.30pm slot for Seven with 1.269 million. Border Security USA on Seven averaged 1.267 million at 7.30pm and The Force was next in 8th spot with 1.256 million on Seven at 8pm. 60 Minutes was 9th with 1.181 million, CSI was 10th with 1.074 million and Ten’s new program Home Made struggled to hold viewers and averaged 1.021 million at 6.30pm. Rove averaged 1.012 million at 8.30pm on Ten and Seven’s Bones repeat at 9.30pm averaged 1.012 million as well in 12th spot. Nine’s CSI New York averaged 841,000 at 9.30pm. The ABC’s 7.30pm special on Snow Leopard averaged 759,000.

The Losers: Harper’s Island on Ten at 9.40pm. Another victim of The Black Hole in Ten’s nightly schedule. It averaged 575,000. It must be driving Ten mad to have so many failures in the 9.30pm slot. Dirt Game on the ABC at 8.30pm, 566,000. Still interesting, still contemporary, but the production last night was disjointed and lacked pace. But it has an idea or two about mining in Australia which is honest and not a rightwing or leftwing fudge.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne. The two news broadcasts drew Sydney with 426,000 viewers (which was the top audience in the city last night). Ten News averaged 643,000 and the 7pm ABC News averaged 902,000 nationally. SBS News at 6.30pm, 166,000 and Dateline at 8.30pm, 211,000. In the morning Weekend Sunrise averaged 405,000, Today on Sunday on Nine, 220,000, Landline on the ABC at Noon, 234,000, Insiders on the ABC at 9am, 206,000, Inside Business at 10am on the ABC, 179,000, Offsiders at 10.30pm on the ABC, 170,000. Meet The Press on Ten, 40,000.

The Stats: Seven won All People 6pm to midnight with 29.1% (24.4%) from Ten with 27.1% (21.7%), Nine was third with 26.1% (38.1% for The Logies) and the ABC on 13.3% (11.7%) and SBS was on 4.3% (4.0%). Ten won 16 to 39 and 18 to 49. Seven won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Ten Melbourne, Seven was third. In regional areas Prime/7Qld won with 28.8% from WIN/NBN with 25.5%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 23.1%, the ABC on 16.0% and SBS with 6.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: A win for Nine last week with Underbelly‘s finale and The Logies doing the job. Seven was second, but Ten again did well in the 16 to 39 demographic. A notable feature was Friday night’s win by Hot Seat on Nine at 5.30pm over Deal Or No Deal in Sydney, 204,000 to 191,000. Ten News however won the timeslot nationally and in Sydney. It did nothing for Nine’s News though as Seven won Sydney and won nationally. Today Tonight though had a much smaller win over ACA, which won Sydney. ACA, with 280,000 viewers in Sydney, was down 60,000 from Nine News, which continues to be part of the black hole. Today on Saturday on Nine, 176,000; not bad.

Nine won’t do as well this week after Sunday night TV threw up several surprises. Nine finished third overall, which will come as a very big shock to the network which would have thought with the line-up with the new Home Made, 60 Minutes, CSI and CSI New York, would have been victorious. It wasn’t. Third in Sydney as well, the biggest ad market in the country.

Nine’s much hyped home reno show Home Made sagged, starting with just 1.021 million. The first episode was slow as the rules and structure of the contest were detailed, (as it had to), but that made it hard to understand and stay with. It won’t have any respite on Tuesday night when the second episode will be up against Find My Family and The Zoo returning on Seven and Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation and Recruits on Ten. Home Made finished a well-beaten third at 6.30pm.

TONIGHT: SBS has the first of the second series of Top Gear with trumpeter, James Morrison a new host and the extrovert. The ABC has Four Corners tonight. Of interest will be the approach and reporting of the program’s revelations (if there are any new ones) by the News Ltd papers in Sydney and Brisbane. News owns 50% of the NRL. The ABC also has Australian Story, Media Watch and Spooks.

Seven has How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. The AFL (Saint Kilda vs. Collingwood is on in the AFL states from 8pm).

Nine has Two and a Half Men. Missing Pieces, The Real underbelly and Eleventh Hour — which is a flop.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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