The Winners: MasterChef Australia was the top program with 1.804 million, with Seven News next with 1.697 million and Today Tonight third with 1.545 million. Nine News was 4th with 1.289 million and A Current Affair was next with 1.255 million. Seven’s Desperate Housewives won the 8.30pm slot (a rare win this season) with 1.253 million. Ten’s 8pm program, Recruits was 7th with 1.217 million and Sea Patrol averaged 1.215 million at 8.30pm for Nine and 8th spot. Seven’s Michael Jackson special at 7.30pm averaged 1.193 million (and Seven has another special for 10pm Wednesday). Australian Story was 10th with 1.094 million and Good News Week was 11th for Ten at 8.30pm with 1.088 million. Home and Away averaged 1.080 million at 7pm and the 7.30pm episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.047 million for Nine and 13th; followed by the 7pm repeat of the same program, with 1.046 million. 15th was Ten News with 1.038 million. Nine’s Missing Persons Unit averaged 978,000 at 9.30pm and won the slot with Brothers and Sisters second for Seven with 956,000. Flight of The Conchords on SBS at 9pm, 301,000.

The Losers: Big Bang Theory on Nine at 8pm, 854,000. Supernatural on Ten at 9.40pm (not helpful) with 711,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Today Tonight lost Melbourne. Nine News and ACA were again significantly lower, by around 120,000 viewers on what Nine News and ACA got in Melbourne. The 7pm ABC News averaged 961,000 (and will be glad MasterChef is finishing soon). The 7.30 Report averaged 800,000. Four Corners, 886,000, Media Watch, 833,000. Lateline averaged 317,000, Lateline Business, 152,000. Ten’s late News/Sports Tonight, 351,000. Nine’s late News, 286,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 214,000; 193,000 for the 9.30pm edition. 7am Sunrise, 359,000, 7am Today, 314,000.

The Stats: Seven won with a 6pm to Midnight All People share of 26.0% (27.2%), from Ten on 25.3% (unchanged), Nine on 24.0% (25.3%), the ABC with 16.6% (16.0%) and SBS 8.1% (6.1%). Seven won everywhere bar Adelaide where Ten got home and Brisbane where Nine won. Ten won the demos again. Seven leads the week 28.0% to Ten with 25.7% and Nine on 23.9%. In regional areas, WIN/NBN won with 26.6% from Prime/7Qld with 23.8%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 23.3%, the ABC with 17.4% and SBS with 8.9%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven won the night, Ten won all the demos. Top Gear returned to SBS, and the cheering could be heard around Artarmon where the network is based. The audience rose 200,000 to 688,000 on the last episode of the local program the week before. Nine News deserved its 180,000 viewer thrashing by Seven in Sydney last night. A dodgy lead story and not much else. Seven at least started with a solid crime round story.

TONIGHT: Seven nails down the week with Packed To The Rafters at 8.30pm, and The Zoo and Find My Family at 7.30pm to 8.30pm. It’s the final for Find My Family, an unpretentious program that allows people to be emotional about finding family members and doesn’t milk it. Nine has the finale of HomeMade at 7.30pm, which is the highlight. It starts Little Britain at 10.30pm, but they are repeats of programs seen on the ABC and Pay TV. Ten has of course MasterChef; perhaps Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation. NCIS is a repeat. The ABC has Foreign Correspondent and Grand Designs.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports