The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.666 million, Nine News was second with 1.546 million and Domestic Blitz was 3rd with 1.339 million. Dancing With The Stars averaged 1.301 million for Seven and the first audition of Australian Idol averaged 1.300 million. 60 Minutes was 6th with 1.219 million and Rescue Special Ops on Nine at 8.30pm averaged 1.140 million. Seven’s Bones at 8.30pm was 8th with 1.106 million. The first episode of Stephen Fry’s Visit to America on the ABC at 7.30pm averaged 979,000 and Ten’s movie, Little Miss Sunshine, averaged 976,000. The cricket averaged 804,000 from 8pm to 10pm on SBS. The Bones repeat on Seven at 9.30pm averaged 867,000.

The Losers: None really last night because the cricket made it difficult to get a handle on figures. Likewise over the weekend and on Friday Night. Las Vegas on Seven at 10.30pm, 383,000. The CSI Miami repeat in the same slot, 455,000.

News & CA: Seven News may have won nationally, but it only won Brisbane and Perth. Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide comfortably. Ten News averaged 757,000. The 7pm ABC News, 994,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 216,000. In the morning, Weekend Sunrise, 431,000. Sunday Today on Nine, 258,000. Landline on the ABC at noon, 253,000. Insiders on the ABC, 218,000, Inside Business, 161,000. Offsiders, 158,000. Meet The Press on Ten at 8am, 75,000.

The Stats: Seven snuck home and 25.5% (30% the Sunday before) from Nine with 24.9% (23.5%) and Ten with 24.5% (26.6%). the ABC was on 12.9% (11.7%) and SBS was on 12.3% (8.2%). Nine won Sydney, and Adelaide. Ten won Melbourne, Seven won Brisbane and Perth. Ten won 16 to 39 and 18 to 49. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 25.9% from WIN/NBN with 25.5%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 21.0%, SBS with 15.1% and the ABC with 12.4%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven won last week from Nine and Ten. Ten remains the best performed of the networks this year with gains in all demographics. Nine is the worst performed with losses. Seven is in between with some gains, some losses.

So, 804,000 people watched the first session of the Fourth Test of the Ashes on SBS last night and that drained viewers from all four other networks. Ten, Seven and Nine finished close up. In fact, it was one those nights where everyone was a winner, sort of. In fact, the cricket was the highlight of TV viewing over the weekend.

The second episode of Rescue Special Ops was not helped by the cricket on SBS. It’s not there next Sunday night. Last night’s episode was like a reunion of Underbelly series one.

TONIGHT: City Homicide is back on Seven at 8.30pm. Australian Story on the ABC at 8pm. Farmer wants a Wife may be worth a peek on Nine at 8.30pm (but it’s really now a sad shadow of itself). The 7pm Project on Ten. SBS reverts to normal programming now that Australia has dusted England (at last!).

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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