The Winners: Packed To the Rafters was the most watched with 1.926 million, with Ten’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation holding its own at 7.30pm with 1.616 million. Seven News was 3rd with 1.572 million and Surf Patrol at 8pm was 4th with 1.505 million. Today Tonight was next with 1.479 million and Air Ways at 7.30pm averaged 1.414 million for Seven and 6th place. Home and Away won the 7pm slot with 1.311 million and All Saints won the 9.30pm slot with 1.262 million. Nine News was 9th with 1.222 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a half Men averaged 1.130 million. A Current Affair was 11th with 1.130 million and the second repeat episode of NCIS averaged 1.097 million for Ten. The 8.30pm repeat episode of NCIS was next in 13th with 1.079 million, the 7pm ABC News was 14th with 1.067 million and the 7.30pm fresh episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.036 million in 15th spot. Grand Designs averaged 975,000 at 8.30pm for the ABC. Liberal Rule on SBS, 241,000. No one is much interested, except those in it.
The Losers: How about Nine’s The New Adventures Of Old Christine at 8pm, 654,000. It’s failed before, so the return last night and failure could be described as The Old Story of Old Christine. Hot Seat at 5.30pm did better (682,000). 20 to 1 at 8.30pm on Nine, 676,000. Brought down by Christine’s old failure as a lead-in. CSI New York on Nine at 9.30pm, 423,000. Poor, but deserved. It’s the weakest of the CSI programs, worse than the terrible CSI Miami.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally but Melbourne. Today Tonight won everywhere. The 7.30 Report averaged 765,000, Lateline, 168,000, Lateline Business, 92,000. Ten News, 871,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 410,000. Nine’s late News, 163,000. SBS News at 6.30pm 184,000, 235,000 for the 9.30pm edition. 7am Sunrise, 385,000, 7am Today, 283,000.
The Stats: Seven won with a 6pm to midnight All People share (and won all the other demos as well, except 16 to 39s which went to Ten) of 34.0% (32.5% a week ago) from Ten on 26.4% (26.5%), Nine with 18.9% (19.4%), the ABC with 15.2% (14.6%) and SBS with 5.5% (6.5%). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week 30.0% to 25.4% for Ten and 22.5% for Nine. In regional areas a win for Prime/7Qld with 33.1% from Southern Cross (Ten) with 24.7%, WIN/NBN with 20.9%, the ABC on 15.8% and SBS with 5.5%. Nine and the ABC tied for 4th in Perth last night, which won’t impress WIN or Bruce Gordon who own STW 9.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: There goes the week — Seven wins and Nine and Ten battle it out for second. Seven had seven of the top 10 programs last night; Nine had two and Ten the other. Nine spent some of the night running fourth. It would be sad to see Ten finish second, because they are at least having a go in difficult circumstances. Nine is struggling to keep in the race. Even the ABC has been a bit more interesting at times this week than some of Nine’s programming.
The fact that Nine doubled fresh episodes of the expensive Sea Patrol for the past two Mondays to win and to use it up to allow Rescue Special Ops to start next Monday night, tells us of the desperation at Nine. It also raises a question mark on whether Sea Patrol will be back next year. This series cost a rumoured $17 million: that’s a lot of money, even if some of it came from the Navy, from taxpayers via rebates and from the Queensland Government. Nine doesn’t have a lot of money these days.
Packed To The Rafters rated its socks off last night for Seven and was a very solid episode, good storylines and good characters, and a bit of humour.
Foreign Correspondent on the ABC at 8pm did well — 767,000 viewers and explained some of the problems that lay behind the outbreak of unrest involving Uighurs in Xingjiang Province. The pictures of the People’s Liberation Army on manoeuvres in a remote area of the province were priceless. Well worth the near 30 minutes, and it could have been more. Another good example of real current affairs reporting.
And Grand Designs on the ABC at 8.30pm. Talk about a great house built by obsession. There is a crying gap here for similar program.
TONIGHT: The last Chaser at 9pm, Spicks and Specks is continuing at 8.30pm, and we are counting down to the end of The Cook and The Chef at 6.30pm: all on the ABC. Nine has another go with Australia’s Perfect Couple at 7.30pm. But the highlight is RPA. Ten’s highlights are The 7Pm Project, (786,000 last night) and the fresh Simpsons episode at 7.30pm. Seven’s World’s Strictest Parents at 7.30pm. The ABC starts The United States Of Tara at 9.30pm which shifts to 9pm next week to replace The Chaser. Could be worth following.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports