The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.363 million viewers, with Today Tonight second with 1.332 million. Nine’s fresh 20 to 1 at 8.30pm was 3rd with 1.133 million and Nine News was 4th with 1.117 million. Getaway was next at 7.30pm for Nine with 1.091 million. A Current Affair was next with 1.055 million and Home and Away averaged 2.053 million at 7pm. Rush averaged 1.050 million for Ten at 8.30pm and 9th was the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men for Nine with 1.049 million. The Footy Shows averaged 915,000 at 9.30pm for Nine (389,000 in Melbourne, the second biggest single audience on the night for any program in the country). Skippy the doco at 8.30pm on the ABC averaged 892,000 was good TV, amusing, informed and well made.

The Losers: Gary Unmarried, 800,000 for Seven at 7.30pm. The Amazing Race at 8.30pm, 792,000. The 9.30pm episode actually did better, averaging 816,000. Burn Notice on Ten at 9.30pm, 666,000.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market. Today Tonight won everywhere bar Melbourne where ACA got up by around 1000 viewers. The 7pm ABC News averaged 961,000, The 7.30 Report averaged 819,000, Lateline, 322,000, Lateline Business, 168,000. Q&A at 9.30pm, 541,000. Ten News averaged 803,000. The late News/ Sports Tonight, 294,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 168,000, the 9.30pm edition, 91,000. 7am Sunrise, 365,000, 7am Today, 322,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a 6pm to Midnight combined All People share of 30.7% (29.8%) from Seven with 24.4% (23.1%), Ten with 21.7% (25.4%), the ABC with 18.3% (16.9%) and SBS with 4.8% (4.7%). Nine won all five metro markets. Nine now leads the week, 28.7% to 28.2%.

Digitally: A win for ABC 2 with 1.70% (ABC 1 with 16.70%), from Ten’s ONE with 1.60% (20.10% for Ten’s main channel), 1.50% for Nine’s Go (29.20% for Nine’s main channel) and 0.60% for SBS TWO (4.20% for SBS ONE). Seven was on 24.40% and doesn’t have a separately programmed digital channel yet.

In regional areas a win to WIN/NBN for Nine with 32.3% from Prime/7Qld with 24.1%, Southern Cross on 20.5%, the ABC, 17.3% and SBS, 5.8%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Skippy the Doco: good TV. The best of the night. Quiet otherwise. The Footy Shows, or rather the AFL Footy Show helped Nine win last night. Q&A was interesting. Seven still underperforming.

TONIGHT: NRL and AFL finals on Nine and Seven. George Gently on the ABC at 8.30pm. Go out, reading a book, go online if you don’t like sport, watch Pay. The 7 pm Project on Ten before you go.

TOMORROW NIGHT: NRL and AFL finals on Nine and Ten. Go out, read a book, go online if you don’t like sport, watch Pay.

SUNDAY: Sunday Night on Seven and perhaps 60 Minutes on Nine at 6.30pm and 7.30pm respectively. Midsomer Murders on the ABC at 8.30pm. Rove on Ten (the programs turns Ten). Australian Idol has been moved back to a 7.30pm start to try and boost its audience. It took Ten a while to realise that. The 7th and final ODI between Australia and England from around 7pm on SBS. Maybe Border Security on Seven at 7.30pm and Rescue Special Ops on Nine at 8.30pm, but Midsomer Murders does police fantasy better.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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