The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.763 million, with MasterChef Australia at 7pm to 8pm second for Ten with 1.728 million and Today Tonight third with 1.568 million. Sea Patrol 1.358 million at 8.30pm for Nine. Nine News was 4th with 1.335 million, Recruits on Ten at 8pm was 6th with 1.333 million and A Current Affair was next with 1.331 million. Seven’s Desperate Housewives was next with 1.181 million at 8.30pm and Nine’s repeat of Two and a Half Men at 7pm averaged 1.127 million in 9th. Good News Week on Ten at 8.30pm averaged 1.152 million and the 7.30pm fresh episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.127 million people and 11th spot nationally. 12th was Home and Away with 1.108 million and 13th was Ten News with 1.089 million. The 7pm ABC News averaged 308,000 in 14th and Nine’s 8pm program, You Saved My Life averaged 1.014 million was 15th. Australian Story on the ABC at 8pm averaged 994,000. Missing Persons Unit averaged 943,000 at 9.30pm for Nine, Brothers and Sisters for Seven at 9.30pm, 902,000 and Supernatural on Ten at 9.40pm, averaged 876,000. Spooks on the ABC, 659,000 at 9.30pm.
The Losers: Seven after 7pm. Home and Away continued to be swamped by MasterChef and Desperate Housewives at 8.30pm by Sea Patrol on Nine.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight lost Melbourne to ACA, but still won everywhere. The 7.30 Report averaged 864,000 (and had the best report I have seen on fighting in Afghanistan by Australian troops). Four Corners averaged 780,000, Media Watch, 718,000, Lateline, 301,000, Lateline Business, 157,000. Ten’s late News/Sports Tonight, 455,000. Nine’s late News, 220,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 205,000, 159,000 for the 9.30pm edition. Sunrise, 401,000, Today, 315,000.
The Stats: Ten won everything for the second night running. It had a 6pm to midnight All People share of 26.9% (24.9%) from Nine with 25.9% (26.8%), Seven with 25.0% (26.9%), the ABC with 16.5% (16.7%) and SBS with 5.8% (5.6%). Ten won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane. Ten leads the week 27.0% to 26.0% for Nine and 25.2% for Seven.
In regional areas a clear win to Nine with WIN/NBN with 29.6% from Prime/7Qld with 23.9%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 22.2%, the ABC with 17.7% and SBS on 7.4%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: Another soft night for Seven. The 6pm News and Today Tonight did well, as usual, but the rest of the night’s programming left viewers underwhelmed. And while Ten again did very well, it was in the big metro markets. In regional Australia, its programs don’t attract at all. That must frustrate the owners of Ten’s regional affiliate, Southern Cross.
TONIGHT: Find My Family, The Zoo, All Saints for Seven. Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation, NCIS and MasterChef Australia are the highlights for Ten. Nine has Two and a Half Men. SBS, zilch. The ABC, The 7.30 Report perhaps?
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports