The Winners: It was Tuesday night, so Packed to the Rafters topped the most watched list with 1.943 million people at 8.30pm. Seven News was second with 1.587 million. Ten’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation was 3rd with 1.554 million and Today Tonight was next with 1.441 million. Surf Patrol on Seven at 8pm was next with 1.354 million. Air Ways on Seven at 7.30pm averaged 1.310 million. Home and Away was 7th at 7pm with 1.263 million for Seven and Nine News was 8th with 1.239 million. A Current Affair was 9th with 1.179 million, All Saints was 10th for Seven at 9.30pm, with 1.175 million and Nine’s repeat of Two and a Half Men at 7pm averaged 1.173 million viewers and 11th spot. Ten’s 8.30pm repeat of NCIS averaged 1.055 million, the 9.30pm was next with 1.052 million and the 7pm ABC was 14th with 1.026 million. Nine’s 20 to 1 repeat at 7.30pm averaged 985,000. The 7pm Project, 751,000, for Ten.

The Losers: Nine’s movie at 9.30pm, Blades of Glory, 593,000 viewers. Surely Nine had something better?

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. The 7.30 Report averaged 769,000, Lateline, 200,000, Lateline Business, 126,000. Ten News averaged 865,000. The late News/Sports Tonight, 446,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 199,000, Insight at 7.30pm, 232,000, the 9.30pm News, 157,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 390,000, 7am Today, 302,000.

The Stats: Seven won with an All People 6pm to Midnight share of 33.2% (33.0%) from Ten with 25.4% (24.7% a week ago), Nine with 23.1% (24.3%), the ABC with 14.3% (14.0%), and SBS with 3.9% (4.6%). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week 29.7% to 25.3% for Nine. In regional areas a win to Prime/7Qld with 33.0% from WIN/NBN with 24.8%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 23.0%, the ABC with 23.0% and SBS with 4.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Packed to the Rafters, plus the strength of the 6pm to 7pm News and current affairs hour, (and All Saints at 9.30pm) and Seven wins Tuesday night. Nine was third as Ten brought back Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.

The highlight last night was the solid report on Foreign Correspondent on smoking in Indonesia. It shows what is sorely missing from Australian TV — a look at the outside world, especially the countries of our region through Australian eyes and voice.

For the second night in a row ABC 2 beat Nine’s GO digital channel. The Wire debuted at 9.30pm with 138,000 viewers on ABC 2. Junkyard Wars at 6.30pm averaged 137,000 on ABC 2 as well. ABC 2 averaged 2.40%, ABC 1 11.90%, Seven averaged 33.20%, Go averaged 1.60%, Nine’s main channel, 21.70%, Ten’s ONE averaged 0.60%, Ten’s main channel, 24.80%, SBS Two averaged 0.60%, SBS One, 3.40%.

TONIGHT: The ABC. Spicks and Specks at 8.30pm, The Librarians at 9pm and The United States of Tara at 9.30pm. Seven has World’s Strictest Parents, Ten has The 7pm Project, SBS has Inspector Rex at 7.30pm, Nine has RPA at 8.30pm. At 8pm Nine starts a new program called Money For Jam.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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