The Winners: Seven News averaged 1.381 million on top, followed by Highway Patrol at 7.30pm on Seven with 1.311 million and Today Tonight in 3rd spot with 1.302 million. Nine’s fresh episode of Two and a Half Men at 7.30pm averaged 1.276 million, the 7pm repeat was next with 1.246 million. Nine’s The Mentalist won the 8.30pm slot with 1.230 million and Home and Away was 7th with 1.182 million. Nine News was 8th with 1.140 million and Seven’s 8pm program, Destroyed in Seconds, averaged 1.129 million. Nine’s Big bang Theory (in the same time slot) averaged 1.083 million and 10th. Seven’s Criminal Minds at 9.30pm averaged 1.082 million. A Current Affair was 12th with 1.078 million. Hamish and Andy ReGifted on Ten at 7.30pm averaged 1.052 million. The 7pm ABC News was 14th with 1.015 million. FlashForward on Seven at 8.30pm continues to fade, down to 972,000. Ten’s Good News Week from 8.30pm to 10pm averaged 956,000. Nine’s The Apprentice Australia finished last night with 834,000 at 9.30pm. Did anyone really care? Criminal Minds on Seven won the slot. Elders with Andrew Denton at 8pm, 800,000.

The Losers: Top Gear, 681,000. The program looks more like a send up of itself. SBS is doing its best to make us hate the program.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market. Today Tonight won everywhere bar Brisbane — A Current Affair won. The 7.30 Report averaged 752,000. Lateline, 243,000, Lateline Business, 133,000. Ten News, 803,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 206,000. SBS News at  at 6.30pm, 177,000; the 9.30pm edition, 288,000. 7am Sunrise, 363,000, 7am Today, 323,000.

The Stats: Seven won with a 6pm to Midnight All People share of 28.2% (29.1%), from Nine with 27.8% (30.0%), Ten with 21.3% (18.3%), the ABC with 14.2% (14.6%) and SBS with 8.4% (7.9%). Nine won Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth by big margins, which gave it the national win. Seven leads the week, 29.3% to 28.5% for Nine.

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In regional areas a win for WIN/NBN with 27.5%, from Prime/7Qld with 25.8%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.3%, the ABC with 15.1% and SBS with 11.4%.

Digitally: Nine’s Go won with 1.80%, (Nine’s main channel was on 26.10%), from ABC 2 with 1.70% (ABC 1 with 12.50%); 7TWO was on 1.10% (Seven’s main channel was on 27.10%), Ten’s ONE was on 0.70% (Ten’s main channel was on 20.60%) and SBS TWO was on 0.30% (SBS ONE was on 8.10%).

Glenn Dyer’s comments: It was nice of Hamish and Andy to reshow some of their 2009 highlights with us last night. With Rove gone next year, they won’t have an outlet on Ten, unless Ten gets them to do something special. Now there’s an idea for a desperate network searching for programming ideas next year. But Hamish And Andy ReGifted, plus the Good News Week Awards, meant ten won 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s last night.

Apart from that it was a night that just faded.

TONIGHT: Baby time on Packed To The Rafters. All go ahhhhh. Nine has a 2.5 times version of 20 to 1, called 50 to 1, that takes double the time (two hours), from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. It’s a valiant but flawed attempt to keep viewers away from Packed To The Rafters. Ten starts the finale of Celebrity MasterChef Australia from 7.30pm and wraps it up tomorrow night. SBS has East West 101 at 8.30pm and the ABC has a telemoviette called A Good Woman; Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johnansson. Not tonight Scarlett, there’s a baby to pop on Seven, unfortunately, but I will record you.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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