The Winners: Ten’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation averaged 1.648 million at 7.30pm to 8.30pm, with Seven News next with 1.578 million and Ten’s NCIS 3rd at 8.30pm with 1.544 million. Today Tonight was next with 1.494 million and Seven’s 7.30pm program, The Zoo averaged 1.465 million. Find My Family averaged 1.345 million at 8pm for Seven and A Current Affair was 7th with 1.293 million. MasterChef Australia at 7pm on 10 averaged 1.276 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.265 million for Nine. 10th was Nine News with 1.253 million and Seven’s All Saints was 11th at 8.30pm with 1.197 million. Home and Away was 12th and weak with 1.155 million and Ten’s 9.30pm program, Lie To Me averaged 1.101 million in 13th spot. The 9pm, episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.089 million and the 8.30pm episode, 1.071 million. The 7pm ABC News averaged 1.032 million in 16th spot. Hot Seat at 5.30pm on Nine, 663,000. Deal Or No Deal, 880,000 at 5.30pm on Seven. Ten News, 974,000 and won the hour.

The Losers: Mumbai Calling on the ABC at 9.30pm: 456,000. Home Made, 969,000 at 7.30pm for Seven. A distant third in the slot behind Ten and Seven. No hope of making an impression. The movie Wedding Crashers on Nine at 9.30pm except in Melbourne. It averaged 368,000 and will soon qualify for the veteran movie awards. In Melbourne Nine showed Kitchen Nightmares USA which averaged 243,000. Best not spoken about. The mix and match programming was due to the Underbelly Uncut being repeated, but not in Melbourne. Kitchen Nightmares was and will be shown there instead.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market; Today Tonight won everywhere bar Melbourne where A Current Affair was ahead. Ten’s late News averaged 465,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 762,000 (low), Lateline, 230,000, Lateline Business, 115,000. Insight on SBS averaged 225,000, SBS News at 6.30pm, 177,000, the 9.30pm edition, 157,000. 7am Sunrise, 374,000, 7am Today, 283,000.

The Stats: Ten won with a 6pm to midnight share of 29.5% (30.2%), from Seven with 27.6% (28.9%), Nine on 23.8% (21.9%), the ABC on 14.6% (14.5%) and SBS on 4.3% (4.6%). Ten and Seven drew Sydney; Ten won the other four metro markets. Ten and Seven now lead the week on 27.6% with Nine on 25.1%. In regional areas, Ten didn’t win. Prime/7Qld won with 30.1% from Southern Cross (Ten) with 26.1%, WIN/NBN with 22.7%, and the ABC with 14.6% and SBS on 5/7%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Home Made: Not good enough with 969,000 viewers. But Nine will have to continue showing it one or two nights a week because it needs to fill two hours in the schedule.

TONIGHT: The return of The Chaser at 9pm will destabilise the 8.30pm to 9.30pm viewing: the ABC will win the hour solidly with Spicks and Specks at 8.30pm and the other networks will bring up the rear.

Next week it will be The Chaser against the first State Of Origin Rugby League game on Nine. Now that should be a battle royale in many NSW and Queensland homes.

The ABC also has The New Inventors and The Cook And The Chef. Seven has Thank God You’re Here at 7.30pm and then Criminal Minds and My Name Is Earl. Nine has What’s Good For You, RPA, The Mentalist and doubled episodes of Cold Case.

Ten’s line up has MasterChef, fading to The Simpsons and then doubled fresh episodes of Law And Order SVU. The second episode replaces the dragged Numb3rs which had collapsed in the ratings. Another one bites the dust from Ten’s 9.30pm line up.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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