The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.365 million, with Today Tonight second with 1.364 million. Border Security was 3rd for Seven with 1.322 million and Medical Emergency averaged 1.244 million at 8pm for Seven. Two and a Half Men averaged 1.219 million at 7.30pm and the 7pm repeat averaged 1.198 million. Celebrity MasterChef Australia averaged 1.185 million at 7.30pm for Ten. Home and Away was 8th with 1.174 million and A Current Affair was 9th with 1.114 million. Nine News was 10th with 1.079 million, with NCIS Los Angeles on at 8.30pm for Ten averaged 1.075 million, in front of Spicks and Specks with 1.069 million at 8.30pm on the ABC. Seven’s City Homicide moved back into the million viewer club with 1.032 million. It was the last program in the club last night. Nine’s RPA averaged 945,000 at 8.30pm, The Gift at 9pm with 852,000 and Crime Investigations Australia at 9.30pm with 818,000.
The Losers: Money For Jam, 858,000 at 8pm. Deal or No Deal at 5.30pm for Seven, 617,000. Hot Seat on Nine in the same slot, 613,000. Close again. Three Rivers on Ten at 9.30pm (it’s a medical drama set around transplants), 499,000.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market and Today Tonight won everywhere. The 7pm ABC News averaged 933,000, The 7.30 Report, 627,000. Lateline, 222,000, Lateline Business 120,000. Ten News, 795,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 300,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 186,000, the 9.30pm edition, 155,000. 7am Sunrise, 403,000, 7am Today, 342,000.
The Stats: Seven won All People 6pm to Midnight with a share of 28.5% (20.6%) from Nine with a combined 28.0% (43.3%, Hey Hey last week). Ten was third with a combined 22.8% (19.3%), the ABC was on combined 16.1% (13.7%) and SBS was on a combined 4.5% (3.1%). Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and Seven won Adelaide and Perth.
Seven leads the week with 29.7% to 26.6%. Ten did well with MasterChef which scored in the demos, as did NCIS Los Angeles. Ten won 16 to 39, 18 to 49 and 25 to 54s in the commercial share battle with seven and Ten from 6pm to 10.30pm.
Digitally: Nine’s GO won the metro digital share battle with 2.30%, which cut the Nine main channel to 25.70%. Ten’s ONE averaged 1.30% (Ten’s main channel was cut to 21.50%, ABC 2 was on 0.70%, ABC 1, 15.40 and SBS TWO was on 0.30% and ABC ONE was on 4.20%.
In regional areas a win for Prime/7Qld with 30.2% from WIN/NBN with 27.7%, Southern Cross was on 20.8%, the ABC was on 16.2% and SBS was on 5.1%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: While watching Nine’s Money For Jam last night it was hard not to throw something at the TV set.
Spicks and Specks was moderate last night. Some Hungry Beast hosts have yet to learn that it’s not smart or clever to portray yourself as being smart or clever. But there are a couple with promise who realise you don’t need to exhibit your cleverness or ego to tell a story, who understand that the story is the prime concern. But then where would we get the clever people from?
With Hey Hey out of the way, MasterChef‘s celebrity version was worth staying with. It’s OK, not a patch on the main series and has all the signs of being a quickie. The celebrities are all strangers (can’t have them overshadowing the judges, can we). It’s very serious, not enough fun.
TONIGHT: Getaway on Nine at 7.30pm. Q&A on the ABC at 9.30pm. Costa’s Garden Odyssey on SBS at 8pm. If you want crime, CSI at 8.30pm on Nine and Rush on Ten at the same time. Avoid Beauty and The Geek Australia on Seven at 8.30pm and The Secret Millionaire on Nine at 9.30pm.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports