The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.441 million. Nine’s fresh episode of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.369 million at 7.30pm. Today Tonight was 3rd with 1.300 million and The Big Bang Theory at 8pm benefited from Two and a Half Men as the lead in with 1.241 million. Seven’s 7.30pm program Highway Patrol, averaged 1.237 million. 5th was The Mentalist on Nine at 9.30pm with a solid 1.195 million and a win. Home and Away won 7pm with 1.123 million and 8th was Destroyed in Seconds on Seven at 8pm with 1.074 million. Nine’s 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men also averaged 1.074 million and 10th was Nine News with 1.070 million. Seven’s Criminal Minds won the 9.30pm slot with 1.059 million people, ahead of the 8.30pm program on Seven, FlashForward, with 1.056 million. Australian Story was 13th for the ABC with 1.031 million and A Current Affair averaged a million viewers in 14th spot. Good News Week on Ten from 8.30pm to 10pm, 833,000.

The Losers: Top Gear: 674,000. Fading, doesn’t bode well for Nine next year which will give us Top Gear overload. Jamie’s American Road Trip. 625,000 on Ten at 7.30pm. The Apprentice Australia, 841,000: verging on OK.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. Today Tonight shed 48,000 in Sydney from Seven News, and 30,000 in Melbourne. But it still won both markets and nationally. Nine News and ACA were very weak nationally and in Sydney and Melbourne. ACA shed 44,000 viewers in Melbourne last night. ACA’s 1 million viewers on a Monday nights was well down on what it has been normally attracting. TT won by 300,000 nationally on the night. Seven News won by more, 371,000. Not a good look for Nine. But, it must be said, the wheel can turn. Ten News averaged 765,000, The late News/Sports Tonight, 306,000. The 7pm ABC News, 934,000, The 7.30 Report, 723,000. Four Corners at 8.30pm, 773,000, Media Watch, 757,000. Lateline, 282,000, Lateline Business, 149,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 187,000, the 9.30pm edition, 177,000. 7am Sunrise, 391,000, 7am Today, 319,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a combined share in All People, 6pm to Midnight, of 28.8% (27.9%), From Seven with a combined share of 28.5% (29.0%), Ten with a combined 17.9% (18.3%), the ABC close behind with 17.0% (16.2%) and SBS with 7.8% (8.6%). Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth. Seven leads the week, 30.2% to 27.6% for Nine.

Digitally: Nine’s GO won with 2.00% (leaving Nine’s main channel on 26.80%), from ABC 2 with 1.80% (ABC 1 on 15.10%), 7TWO on 1.40% (leaving Seven’s Main Channel with 27.10% and a win), Ten’s ONE was on 1.00% (Ten’s main channel, 16.90%) and SBS TWO was on 0.20% (7.50% for SBS ONE). Overall the digital channels had a combined share of 6.40%, down from Sunday’s prime time share of 8.80%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven may have won the main channel battle, but Nine did much better in the demos and was the real winner on the night. In fact last night was much closer than Sunday night. Seven’s 7TWO finished third again behind Nine’s Go and ABC 2 this time. Seven’s FlashForward has now faded at 8.30pm to where it is in danger of tipping over and down past a million viewers.

Seven won all People. Nine and Ten shared the rest. The fresh Two and a Half Men at 7.30pm was again sold with 1.369 million people, with 412,000 in Melbourne, the highest audience nationally on the night in any market. Who says Melbournians like good TV and are cultured?

Four Corners was a solid report and the interview with convicted child abuser, Denis Ferguson was in context and a must for the story, although the story did finish rather lamely.

TONIGHT: A lot of horse racing and silly hats will dominate the 6pm and 7pm News, plus the current affairs programs. There’s a marriage on Packed to the Rafters. Ten has NCIS, Nine has lots of Two and a Half Men and Packed to the Rafters. The ABC has Foreign Correspondent at 8pm. Ignore Private Practice on Seven at 9.30pm and Aussie Ladette To Lady in the same timeslot. And ignore the Stephen Fry-hosted quiz show.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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Peter Fray
Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey