The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.256 million, from Today Tonight with 1.132 million, Getaway with 1.107 million was 3rd for Nine at 7.30pm and Home and Away averaged 1.067 million for Seven at 7pm. CSI was 5th for Nine at 8.30pm, with 1.045 million, The 7pm repeat of Two and A Half Men averaged 1.008 million and Seven’s Beauty and The Geek Australia at 8.30pm averaged 1 million people.
The Losers: The Amazing Race on Seven at 9.30pm; 679,000. It will finish soon and no one will be watching at this rate.
News & CA: Nine News averaged 945,000, A Current Affair, 971,000. The 7pm ABC News averaged 979,000 nationally and again beat Nine News (and ACA as well). Seven News and TT won every market. In Sydney Seven News averaged 355,000, the 7pm ABC News, 289,000, Nine News, 268,000 and ACA, 277,000. Another downward cycle in the ratings for Nine News and ACA in Sydney? The 7.30 Report averaged a low 780,000, Q&A averaged a solid 568,000 at 9.30pm for its second last episode of the year. Lateline averaged 319,000, Lateline Business jumped to a solid 189,000. Ten News averaged 776,000, The late News/Sports Tonight, 404,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 150,000, the 9.30pm edition, 124,000. 7am Sunrise, 347,000, 7am Today, 341,000. Very close.
The Stats: Nine won with a 6pm to Midnight All People share of a combined 28.5% (30.5%) from Seven with a share of 25.6% (24.1%), Ten with a combined 22.1% (22.6%) the ABC with a combined 19.5% (17.7%) and SBS with a combined 4.4% (5.1%). Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth. Seven leads the week, 29.3% to a combined 27.3% for Nine.
In regional areas WIN/NBN averaged 29.6%, from Prime/7Qld on 25.9%, Southern Cross (Ten) was on 10.9%, the ABC, 18.4% and SBS was on 6.2%.
Digitally: Another strong night for Nine’s GO with 2.40% (leaving Nine winning on the main channel with 26.00%). ABC 2 was on 1.70%, ABC 1 on 17.80%, Ten’s ONE was on 1.30% (20.80%), SBS TWO was on 0.50% and SBS ONE was on 3.90%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine won, Seven was OK, Ten was Glee-ful at 7.30pm. It’s a pity the program can’t be stripped into a half hour format, it’s an ideal basis for a 16 to 39 soap. Full of stereotypes.
TONIGHT: Better Homes and Gardens on Seven at 7.30pm Midsomer Murders on the ABC at 8.30pm. Nine has a Harry Potter movie at 8pm. Ten, it’s a case of take a nap, SBS likewise.
SATURDAY: Horse racing for the gambling inclined. Hope Springs on the ABC at 7.30pm (A sort of UK East of Everything). The Australia-NZ Rugby Union Test on Seven at 7.30pm (Foxtel as well and Austar), Breathless at 11.30pm is the Richard Gere 1983 movie. Russell Crowe stars in A Good Year on Ten at 9.05pm. It seems to be first time on TV, so must be a dud being screened on a Saturday evening. SBS has RockWiz.
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SUNDAY: Sunday Night on Seven. Bones on Seven at 6.30pm and 8.30pm respectively. The Ray Martin life story on 60 Minutes. That will get ’em watching. Australian Idol on Ten. Rove on Ten straight after at 9.30pm. Nine has a movie at 8.30pm. The ABC is dull. SBS has Dateline.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports