The Winners: Nine’s Two and a Half Men at 7.30pm averaged 1.304 million at the top of the list, in front of Seven News with 1.287 million and Ten’s Celebrity MasterChef Australia at 7.30pm. The 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.210 million for Nine and Today Tonight was 5th with 1.184 million. Spicks and Specks was solid for the ABC at 8.30pm with 1.141 million and NCIS Los Angeles (which is a pale imitation of the original) averaged 1.052 million for Ten at 8.30pm. Nine’s RPA Where Are They Now program averaged 1.034 million at 8.30pm. Home and Away, 957,000.

The Losers: Coastwatch on Seven at 7.30pm: 850,000, Medical Emergency at 8pm, 971,000. Money for Jam at 8pm for Nine, marginally better with 982,000. The content is appalling. Fancy making the lead item on how to make money from your pets. This program is struggling. John Safran’s Race Relations: 705,000. Hungry Beast was more interesting and more people watched, 744,000 from 9pm. City Homicide at 8.30pm: 989,000. For a program that used to rate above 1.5 million viewers on Sunday or Monday nights on occasions, it’s a huge fall and all due to Seven using it as ratings filler material. How to ruin a solid program.

News & CA: Nine News and A Current Affair, both under a million viewers with 957,000 and 991,000 respectively. That hasn’t happened for a while. Daylight Saving is doing its usual trick and cutting early evening audiences, but they were low figures. Seven News won everywhere, Today Tonight won everywhere bar Melbourne where hometown ACA got up. Nine News Sydney audience was 248,000, Seven’s was 313,000, the 7pm ABC News averaged 291,000. ACA averaged 240,000 in Sydney, a big difference to the 335,000 in Melbourne. Odd indeed. The 7pm ABC News averaged 934,000 nationally, The 7.30 Report, 722,000. Lateline, 230,000, Lateline Business, 111,000. Ten News averaged 711,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 389.000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 172,000, 151,000 for the 9.30pm edition. 7am Sunrise, 363,000, 7am Today, 311,000.

The Stats: Nine won 6pm to midnight All People with a combined share of 28.5% (28.0%a week ago), from Seven with 24.8% (28.5%), Ten narrowly third with a combined 24.6% (22.8%), the ABC with a combined 18.0% (16.1%) and SBS with a combined 4.2% (4.5%). Nine won clearly and on a main channel basis. Nine won Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Seven won Adelaide and Perth. Nine leads the week with a combined 27.8% from Seven with 27.4%. Ten said it won 6 pm to 10.30 pm 16 to 39s, 18 to 49s and 25 to 54s.

Digitally: Nine’s GO won with 1.90% (leaving Nine’s main channel on a winning 26.50% share). ABC 2 was second with 1.80% (16.20% for ABC 1). Ten’s ONE 2 was on 0.90% (23.60% for the main channel) and SBS TWO was on 0.30% (SBS ONE, 3.80%).

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Acute viewers of the Seven Network would have noticed that a program called Coastwatch returned to the screen last night at 7.30pm. It is a sign that it’s getting to be late in the ratings year and Seven, like Nine is running short of fresh programs, or it is cutting costs. If this keeps up, Wednesday will join tonight and perhaps Monday nights as being weak points for Seven. But Seven has won the ratings battle for the year.

TONIGHT: Getaway on Nine at 7.30pm, Costa’s Garden Odyssey on SBS at 8 pm. Glee, perhaps Rush, on Ten at 7.30pm and 8.30pm. Perhaps Seven’s Beauty and The Geek Australia (that’s if you are into cringe TV). It’s another poor night. Q&A on the ABC at 9.30pm. But for the presence of J.D. Elliott, it would be an interesting line up.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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