The Winners: Seven News averaged a big 1.728 million people last night for top spot on the most watched list. Today Tonight was second with 1.563 million and Nine News was third with 1.336 million people. MasterChef again did well for Ten at 7pm to 8pm with 1.331 million people. A Current Affair was 5th with 1.281 million and Home and Away was 6th with 1.262 million at 7pm. Nine’s fresh episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.262 million at 7.30pm, and the 7pm repeat, 1.215 million. Nine’s Trimbole doco, The Real Underbelly, at 8.30pm averaged 1.151 million, while Recruits on Ten at 8pm averaged 1.116 million. The 7pm ABC News averaged 1.102 million, Good News Week was next in 12th spot with 1.092 million and Australian Story averaged 1.057 million. Four Corners slipped into the most watch list high up with 1.013 million for its look at the NRL players appalling behaviour and Ten News had another pleasant Monday with 1 million viewers. Missing Pieces on Nine at 8pm averaged 984,000. How I Met Your Mother on Seven at 7.30pm, 956,000. Seven’s Deal or No Deal averaged 878,000. Nine’s Hot Seat, 608,000.

The Losers: Spooks on the ABC at 9.30pm 631,000. Eleventh Hour on Nine at 9.30pm, 676,000. Supernatural on Ten at 9.30pm: 600,000. It’s a bit of a black hole for everyone (Seven’s AFL game in southern markets last night may have made a slight difference).

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. The 7pm ABC News had more viewers in Sydney last night (357,000) than Nine News (343,000) or ACA (352,000). Ten’s Late News averaged 296,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 926,000 nationally and Media Watch was boosted to 828,000 by Four Corners. Lateline averaged 277,000, Lateline Business, 151,000. Nine’s late News averaged 197,000. SBS News at 6.30pm averaged 201,000, 148,000 for the 9.30pm edition. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 348,000, 7am Today, 300,000.

The Stats: Seven won All People 6pm to Midnight with a share of 30.5% (26.2%) from Nine with 23.7% (29.1%), Ten with 22.6% (21.5), the ABC with 17.3% (15.6%) and SBS on 6.0% (7.8%). Seven won 18 to 49, 25 to 54s, Ten won 16 to 39. Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week with 29.8%, with Ten and Nine on 24.8%. With a fresh episode of NCIS in the 8.30pm slot tonight, Ten will again be very competitive. In regional markets a very different result with WIN/NBN winning for Nine with 27.2%, from Prime/7Qld with 24.9%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 290/8%, the ABC on 18.9% and SBS on 8.2%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven has a bigger win that it would have had because of the Monday night AFL game between St Kilda and Collingwood. It dominated in Melbourne and did OK in Adelaide and Perth, while the audiences in Brisbane and Sydney were low because it was played late at night. Nine will be glad that Patrol Boat (series three) starts next Monday night. it will go someway to filling the gap left by Underbelly. But Nine will be down anywhere from 200,000 to 500,000 viewers on Mondays between 8.30pm and 9.30pm. Nine has to fix the hole at 7.30pm. Fresh episodes of Two and a Half Men will become repeats soon with the fresh episodes originally only used Tuesdays at 8.30pm.

Four Corners did very well last night with its report on sex and NRL footballers. Hopefully we will now get the same type of report on AFL players. In Sydney it pushed the ABC to a 21.2% share with Ten. It averaged over a million viewers nationally. The ABC has the Nine Network to thank for all the pre-publicity after it outed Andrew Johns on last Thursday nights news in Sydney and then the NRL Footy Show. Johns and his family were on Broome yesterday at a resort, but the Daily Telegraph to its credit followed him up there and had pictures. Now attention will be on the NRL Footy Show on Thursday night at 9.30pm on Nine. Will Matthew Johns be on air, or will Nine rest him?

Four Corners won the Sydney 8.30pm to 9.20pm timeslot, beating Desperate HousewivesThe Real Underbelly on Nine and Good News Week on Ten. Four Corners averaged 495,000 in regional areas, principally in regional NSW and Queensland which are strongholds of Rugby League. That’s more than 1.5 million people watched Four Corners across the country last night. It was in fact the most popular sports program.

In metro markets the AFL on Seven averaged 790,000 with 530,000 of those watching the game in Melbourne. On Foxtel last night in the five metro markets, the Melbourne Storm Sydney Roosters NRL game averaged nearly 177,000.

Top Gear‘s second Australian series started last night and viewers told us what they thought: 689,000.

TONIGHT: A big night for Home Made, Nine’s expensive home reno program at 7.30pm. Either it holds its 1.021 million from Sunday night, or builds on it. The presence of the Federal budget at 7.30pm might make it a bit tougher again for Home Made. Nine also has three episodes of Two and a Half Men and in some markets, Underbelly Uncut. Kitchen Nightmares in Melbourne.

The ABC has the Budget from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Mumbai Calling at 9.35pm might be more interesting. Lateline and Lateline Business will cover the Budget as well.

Ten has Talk’ ‘Bout Your Generation, then NCIS and before them, MasterChef Australia. Lie To Me at 9.30pm for Ten will again disappoint.

Seven has The Zoo, Find My Family, All Saints and 10 Years Younger at 9.30pm.

Insight on SBS at 7.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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