The Winners: Seven News was on top with 1.699 million viewers, from Today Tonight with 1.593 million and City Homicide was third at 8.30pm with 1.334 million. Home and Away was 4th with 1.304 million at 7pm and the 7.30pm episode of Nine’s Two and a Half Men averaged 1.277 million. Nine News was 6th with 1.228 million and the 7pm repeat of Two And A half Men averaged 1.169 million. Nine’s The Farmer Wants a Wife averaged 1.169 million at 8.30pm for 8th overall.

A Current Affair was a weak 8th with 1.150 million and Australian Idol was 10th for Ten with 1.110 million. Next came the 7pm ABC News with 1.087 million and 11th was Nine’s 9.30pm program, Beyond The Darklands, with 1.077 million viewers. Australian Story was solid at 8pm with 1.071 million, Seven’s science special at 7.30pm, Journey To The Edge Of The Universe, averaged 1.068 million. Ten’s Good News Week was 15th with 1.022 million at 8.30pm.

The Losers: Drop Dead Diva on Nine at 9.30pm: 537,000 for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Dexter on Ten after 9.40pm or thereabouts, 491,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. Just as to why ACA started the week with such a low audience is anyone’s guess. The 7.30 Report averaged 957,000. Four Corners, 802,000, Media Watch, 746,000. Lateline, 258,000, Lateline Business, 164,000. Ten News averaged 892,000, The late News/Sports Tonight, 244,000. Nine’s late News, 173,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 205,000, 165,000 for the 9.30pm edition. 7am Sunrise, 384,000, 7am Today, 335,000.

The Stats: Seven won with a 6pm to midnight All People share of 29.5% (28.5%), from Nine with 26.4% (27.0%), Ten with 20.8% (20.2%), the ABC with 17.0% (17.1%) and SBS with 6.3% (7.1%. Seven won Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. Nine got up in Adelaide.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven won, Nine was second, Ten third, but Australian Idol and Good News Week again did better than the numbers would seem at 7.30pm. Two and a Half Men from 7pm to 8pm in two episodes was again prominent, especially in Melbourne. Ten won 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s.

Deal or No Deal on Seven (885,000) was back in front of Hot Seat on Nine (774,000).

Nine’s Go had a great Sunday night and disappeared last night. ABC 2’s Dr Who last night averaged 98,000, (98th overall on the day) Ten’s ONE program, One Week at a Time averaged 98,000 as well in position 100. Go didn’t have one program in the top 100, against nine on Sunday.

TONIGHT: Packed to the Rafters on Seven at 8.30pm, Foreign Correspondent on the ABC at 8pm, perhaps Australian Idol on Ten at 7.30pm. East West 101 on SBS at 8.30pm. Ignore Nine unless you have a thing for Two and a Half Men.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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