The Winners: Packed to the Rafters won the night and averaged 1.766 million. RSPCA Animal Rescue averaged 1.501 million for Seven at 7.30pm. Seven News was third with 1.466 million and Today Tonight averaged 1.415 million. Last Chance Surgery averaged 1.394 million people at 8pm for Seven. 6th was Home and Away at 7pm with 1.213 million, with the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men on Nine with 1.187 million in 7th. Nine News was 8th with 1.169 million, All Saints won the 9.30pm slot for Seven with 1.151 million and A Current Affair was 10th with 1.146 million. The second episode of NCIS averaged 1.074 million viewers for Ten at 9.30pm and the 7.30pm episode of 20 to 1 on Nine averaged 1.011 million and was 12th and the last program with a million viewers or more.

The Losers: The Very Best of the Paul Hogan Show on Nine last night at 8.30pm, 989,000 viewers — moderately funny, in an old, Benny Hill way. Likewise Crocodile Dundee. Nine spinning its wheels showing what now amounts of archival material. Next we will be having Paul Hogan, the 20 to 1 least funny gags. Cheap TV of the most banal kind. Crocodile Dundee. averaged 695,000 people. Tragic for Nine.

Ten’s The Spearman Experiment at 7.30pm. 808,000 viewers: 120,000 more, but Nine’s 20 to 1 ran against it in the same slot and did better, and was crisper. Both are cheap TV.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. The 7.30 Report averaged 779,000, Lateline, 165,000, Lateline Business, 87,000. Ten averaged 763,000. The late News/Sports Tonight, 500,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 200,000, Insight on SBS at 7.30pm 246,000. The late News at 9.30pm on SBS, 151,000. 7am Sunrise, 374,000, 7am Today, 364,000. Close again.

The Stats: Seven won easily being a Tuesday night. It had a 6pm to Midnight All People share of 33.4% (33.7%) from Nine on 27.6% (26.5%), Ten with 21.8% (20.9%), the ABC with 12.6% (14.0%) and SBS with 4.6% (4.9%). Seven won all five metro markets and leads the week, 31.3% to 25.2% for Nine (which is inflated by its Go digital channel).

Digitally: Nine’s Go won the night with 2.00% (leaving the Nine main channel on 25.60%), ABC 2 was next with 1.60% (ABC 1 was on 11.00%). Ten’s ONE averaged 0.70% (The main channel, 21.10%) and SBS TWO was on 0.40% and SBS One on 4.20%.

In regional areas Prime/7Qld won with 33.9% from WIN/NBN for Nine with 28.2% and Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.1%. The ABC was on 12.7% and SBS, 5.2%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven won easily with the first six programs in the most watched list, with All Saints at Number 9 and winning the 9.30pm to 10.30pm slot. Ten will be more competitive from next week. Packed to the Rafters lost around 100,000 or so viewers from recent levels: was it the adulterous act that this episode finished on? Animal Rescue and Last Chance Surgery again did well for Seven from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. End of night.

Foreign Correspondent (740,000 viewers) was interesting on Iceland (more so than the 60 Minutes effort a few weeks ago). But both were old. The time to have done the story would have been at the end of 2008 to March this year when the country was struggling and fearful of collapsing.

Right now, if I was the program, I would be shooting a story on Detroit approaching a winter after the bankruptcies and rebirth of GM and Chrysler and the fact that all America’s major retailers have fled the country.

Or California where the state that gives us the dream factories of Hollywood can’t reconstruct itself to handle the subprime collapse and the recession, which has sent the place to the edge of collapse.

TONIGHT: Spicks and Specks on the ABC at 8.30pm. The 7pm Project on Ten, RPA on Nine at 8.30pm. City Homicide on Seven, also at 8.30pm. A lean night. At 6.10pm the ABC has a program called River Cottage Spring. It is a British cooking show starring a bearded young chef, talking about great Spring food in the Old Dart. So?

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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