The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.513 million, with Today Tonight second on 1.455 million. The finale of The Farmer Wants a Wife averaged 1.422 million for Nine and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.265 million. The 7.30pm episode of the same program averaged 1.263 million and the first part of the two hour finale of The Farmer Wants a Wife averaged 1.263 million from 8.30pm in 6th spot nationally. Nine News was 7th with 1.236 million, City Homicide on Seven averaged 1.189 million at 8.30pm and Home and Away averaged 1.150 million at 7pm in 9th. A Current Affair was next with 1.146 million and Seven’s 10 Things You Need To Know About Losing Weight averaged 1.090 million at 7.30pm. The 7pm ABC News averaged 1.085 million in 12th spot and The Big Bang Theory averaged 1.018 million at 8pm for Nine in 13th. Good News Week at 8.30pm to 10pm for Ten, 878,000. Top Gear on SBS at 7.30pm, 944,000. Australian Story at 8pm on the ABC, 891,000. Deal or No Deal went an hour last night from 5pm and it averaged 849,000. Seven has reverted to the format Deal appears in most offshore markets. Hot Seat‘s audience fell to 631,000 on Nine at 5.30pm.
The Losers: Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader on Ten at 7.30pm, 801,000. Fading. Beyond The Darklands on Seven at 9.30 pm. No one was interested, 738,000. Dexter on Ten at 10pm. The critics love it, the audience doesn’t, 393,000 watched last night. It ruined the audience for the late News at 11.05pm.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally but lost Melbourne to Nine. Today Tonight won everywhere. The 7.30 Report averaged 812,000, Four Corners averaged 609,000 and Media Watch, 583,000. Ten News averaged 854,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 191,000 after 11pm. SBS News at 6.30pm, 245,000 at 6.30pm and 144,000 at 9.30pm. 7am Sunrise, 371,000, 7am Today, close at 339,000.
The Stats: Nine won with a combined channel share of 32.1% for 6pm to Midnight All People (28.8% a week ago). Seven was second with 25.9% (26.6%, Ten was third with 19.3% (19.6%), the ABC was on 15.6% (16.8%) and SBS was on 7.9% (8.2%). Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth where the Farmer wasn’t as popular as in the Eastern States. Nine now leads the week 29.4% to 26.5% for Seven.
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Digitally: ABC 2 won with 1.50% with ABC 1 on 14.10%. Nine’s Go was second with 1.40%, with the Nine main channel on 29.90%. Ten’s ONE averaged 1.20% and the main channel, 18.00%, ABC Two averaged 0.40% and ABC 1, 7.60%. Seven was on 25.90%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: A solid win to Nine thanks to the Monday night popularity of Two and a Half Men and the two hour finale of a very predictable and tired The Farmer Wants a Wife. Nine will win the week thanks to the NRL finals on Friday and especially Saturday nights.
Seven is shifting City Homicide to Wednesday nights from tomorrow night. For a program that has done well for Seven, the network is certainly doing its best to ruin its appeal with viewers.
TONIGHT: Packed to the Rafters on Seven at 8.30pm; RSPCA Animal Rescue returns at 7.30pm, and a new program, Last Chance Surgery at 8pm. Nine has lots of Two and a Half Men if anyone if interested. The ABC has Foreign Correspondent at 8pm. Ten has The 7pm Project and then perhaps The Spearman Experiment at 7.30pm. After last week’s slow start, it will either click with viewers or fade. SBS has East West 101 at 8.30pm. The Wire on ABC 2. SBS also has game five of the One Day Cricket from London from around 11pm. SBS also has Insight at 7.30pm.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports