The Winners: Seven News was on top with 1.551 million people, Today Tonight with 1.539 million was next and City Homicide on Seven at 8.30pm averaged 1.388 million. Nine News was 4th with 1.265 million and Home and Away won the 7pm slot with 1.241 million. The 7.30pm fresh episode of Two and a Half Men on Nine averaged 1.199 million and 6th place, in front of A Current Affair with 1.195 million people. Seven’s Battle At Kruger Park at 7.30pm averaged 1.162 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men was 9th with 1.155 million. The Farmer Wants a Wife averaged 1.114 million at 8.30pm for Nine and 10th spot. The 7pm ABC News was 11th with 1.052 million and Ten’s 8.30pm program, Good News Week finished with 1.011 million viewers in 12th spot. Top Gear averaged 969,000 last night on SBS. Big Bang Theory at 8pm, 900,000 on Nine. Australian Story on the ABC at 8pm, 910,000.

The Losers: For Nine, Farmer Wants a Wife would be a bit of a disappointment with 1.114 million at 8.30pm. That’s OK, but not brilliant. Beyond The Darklands on Seven at 9.30pm: 869,000. Low numbers and it confirms that if it’s a high profile criminal being examined then viewers will watch, while not so well known bad folk are less interesting. Dexter on Ten at 9.50pm: 460,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. The 7.30 Report averaged 795,000, Four Corners, 820,000, Media Watch, 739,000. Lateline, 224,000; Lateline Business, 120,000. Ten News, 887,000; the late News/Sports Tonight, 214,000. Nine’s late News, 202,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 184,000. The 9.30pm edition, 132,000. 7am Sunrise, 432,000, 7am Today, 341,000.

The Stats: Seven won with a 6pm to Midnight All People share of 28.6% (29.5%); from Nine with 26.3% (26.4%), Ten with 21.0% (20.8%), the ABC with 16.7% (17.0%) and SBS with 7.5% (6.3%). Seven won everywhere bar Melbourne. Seven leads 28.0% to 26.4%. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 28.3% from WIN/NBN with 27.3%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 19.7%, the ABC was on 16.1% and SBS finished with 8.6%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: An average Monday, not much to watch overall. The digital figures again skewed some of the overall shares and ABC2 beat Nine’s GO. The figures were ABC2 with 1.5-% (ABC 1, 15.10%), Seven, 28.6% for the analogue channel, GO on Nine with 1.40% and Nine’s main channel, 24.9%; Ten’s ONE with 1.30%, Ten’s main channel with 19.7%, SBS Two with 0.30%, SBS One with 7.30%.

ACA was again weak in Sydney: 306,000 watched. The 7pm ABC News was watched by 321,000. Nine News averaged 353,000 in Sydney. Seven News, 422,000. The Sunday Telegraph and Nine are giving away $10,000 a night in Sydney as part of a joint promotion for the Tele‘s new TV guide and ACA. Both should save their money. It’s a curious cross promotion.

TONIGHT: Well, Packed to the Rafters is on at 8.30pm on Seven, there’s lots of Two and a Half Men on Nine (as there was last night). Ten has Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation back at 7.30pm; after The 7pm Project. SBS has Insight, and then East West 101. The ABC has Foreign Correspondent at 8pm. As for the other stuff, take your chance.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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