The Winners: Packed To The Rafters was tops with 1.931 million at 8.30pm for Seven. Air Ways was second with 1.443 million and Seven News was 3rd with a low 1.385 million. Surf Patrol was 4th with 1.379 million for Seven at 8pm and 5th was Today Tonight with 1.353 million. Nine News was next with 1.265 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.198 million for Nine. The 20 to 1 repeat at 7.30pm for Nine averaged 1.181 million and Home and Away was 9th with 1.170 million. All Saints was 10th for Seven with 1.145 million at 9.30pm and the 9.30pm repeat of NCIS was 11th with 1.139 million, followed by the 8.30pm repeat of the same program with 1.115 million. A Current Affair was 13th with 1.103 million and Australian Idol was 14th and last with 1.049 million.

The Losers: Nothing really. Nine’s movie at 9.30pm called Talladega Nights, a repeat: 476,000.

News & CA: Seven News struggled last night. It was beaten by Nine in Melbourne and Nine in Sydney came within 2000 viewers in Sydney; 336,000 to 338,000. That didn’t extend to ACA which was very weak last night, especially in Sydney. But ACA still managed to beat TT in Melbourne. The 7pm ABC News averaged 979,000, The 7.30 Report, 840,000, Lateline, 193,000, Lateline Business, 118,000. Foreign Correspondent at 8pm deserved its high 767,000. Ten News averaged 805,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 521,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 204,000, Insight at 7.30pm, 218,000, the late News at 9.30pm, 148,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 403,000, 7am Today on Nine, 305,000.

The Stats: Seven won 6pm to Midnight All People (and 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s) with a share of 33.0% (31.3%) from Nine with 24.3% (unchanged) from Ten with 24.2% (26.5%), the ABC with 14.0% (13.6%) and SBS on 4.6% (4.5%). The HD or SD channel figures were Nine’s Go, 1.60%, ABC 2, 1.50%, Ten’s One, 0.70%, SBS Two, 0.60%. These are included in the overall share figures. Seven’s digital channel still isn’t fully on air and is mostly simulcasting the main channel. The combined share of the digital channels was 4.1%, which was more than the share for SBS’s main channel share of 4.0%. Overall Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week, 29.4% to 25.0% for Nine. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 33.6%, from WIN/NBN with 24.2%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 22.0%, the ABC with 14.4% and SBS on 5.8%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Australian Idol did not attract anywhere near the same number of viewers that Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation was attracting. In fact Ten was down around half a million viewers or so.

Deal or No Deal on Seven at 5.30pm, 736,000, Eddie’s Hot Seat, just behind, 727,000. Ten News in front, 805,000 for the hour from 5pm.

A Current Affair was again weak in Sydney, 274,000 viewers. Neighbours on Ten had more viewers in Sydney with 279,000, as did The 7.30 Report with 288,000 and the 7pm ABC News with 308,000. Just why this was, no one knows. TT wasn’t a better program last night. Both were more of the same old stuff.

TONIGHT: Highlights: 8.30pm to 10pm on the ABC with Spicks and Specks, The Librarians and The United States of Tara. Australian Idol at 7.30pm for Ten and before that The 7pm Project. RPA on Nine at 8.30pm, World’s Strictest Parents at 7.30pm for Seven. Inspector Rex on SBS at 7.30pm — it’s a repeat and it’s switched to Wednesdays because of a programming change on Thursday evenings.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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