The Winners: Seven News topped the ratings with 1.668 million people, with Ten’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation second with 1.655 million. NCIS at 8.30pm (a repeat) averaged 1.559 million in 3rd and Seven’s The Zoo at 7.30pm was 4th with 1.470 million. A Current Affair was 5th with 1.457 million and beat Today Tonight which was 5th with 1.409 million. Find My Family averaged 1.370 million at 8pm for Seven. Ten’s MasterChef Australia episode averaged 1.357 million and Nine News was 9th with 1.322 million people. The second repeat of NCIS at 9.30pm averaged 1.300 million and The 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.247 million people. All Saints averaged 1.225 million at 8.30pm for Seven (and a recent high). Seven’s Home and Away averaged 1.191 million at 7pm and 13th. The 8.30pm episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.156 million and the 9pm second episode averaged 1.056 million. The Home Made episode averaged 1.058 million in 16th and last and 17th was the 7pm ABC News with 1.016 million. Deal Or No Deal on Seven at 5.30pm, 949,000, Hot Seat on Nine in the same slot, 683,000. Ten News, 964,000. Seven’s 10 Years Younger at 9.30pm, 892,000 people.
The Losers: Home Made topped the million viewer mark last night with 1.058 million.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but ACA won the 6.30pm slot with victories in Sydney and Melbourne. TT won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Ten’s late News/Sports Tonight averaged 536,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 894,000, Lateline, 211,000, Lateline Business, 148,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 194,000, the 9.30pm edition, 160,000. 7am Sunrise, 392,000 on a working morning, Today up to 278,000 as more people were up early.
The Stats: Ten won 6pm to midnight All People (and the other major demos) with 30.3% (29.5 last week) from Seven with 27.6% (27.8%) from Nine with 24.0% (23.8%), the ABC with 14.3% (14.6%) and SBS with 3.7% (4.3%). Seven won Sydney, Ten won the four other metro markets and leads the week 27.5% with Seven on 26.9% and Nine on 25.0%. In regional markets Prime/7Qld won with 30.2% from Southern Cross (Ten) with 27.3%, WIN/NBN with 22.9%, the ABC with 15.5% and SBS on 4.1%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: Ten won last night, easily, leaving Seven and Nine in its wake. Nine is now facing a tough week, without the fallback of State of Swine Flu football. Its NRL scheduling could also be hit by the scare if more footballers test positive.
Ten won last night with Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation again doing very well (it will be the surprise hit of 2009, but 2020?). MasterChef Australia and the NCIS repeats also helped. Apart from that and the continuing resurrection of Tracy Grimshaw and ACA, it was a fairly average night’s viewing.
TONIGHT: The black hole at 9pm on the ABC caused by the suspension of The Chaser (shot in foot by themselves and management) will be filled by a Tracey Ullman program. Yawn. Spicks and Specks look like being the highlight of the night. Seven has Criminal Minds, Thank God You’re Here returns after playing in the State Of Origin last weekend.
My Name Is Earl is on at 9.30pm and Seven is also running How I Met Your Mother at 10pm (a reversal of the Thursday night scheduling last year from 7.30pm to 8.30pm). It’s also running How I Met Your Mother on Monday nights at 7.30pm.
It looks like Seven is exhausting its store of fresh episodes to pull it from the schedule after flopping on Mondays. Nine has RPA, What’s Good For You, The Mentalist and fresh and repeat episodes of Cold Case from 9.30pm. Ten has MasterChef, The Simpsons and fresh and repeat episodes of Law And Order SVU a from 8.30pm.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports