UPDATE: The information in ‘Glenn Dyer’s comments’ about which station was first with the Kristina Keneally as NSW Premier news is incorrect and has been removed from this article. A clarification will be published in the Crikey Daily Mail on Monday.

The Winners: Seven News was tops with 1.215 million, Today Tonight was second with 1.089 million and Nine News was 3rd with 1.071 million. Getaway averaged 1.027 million for Nine at 7.30pm and 5th was the 7pm ABC News with 1.025 million. A Current Affair was 6th with 1.012 million. Rescue Special Ops on Nine at 8.30pm averaged 902,000, which is about where it finished its regular season. Nine didn’t mention it in some of the promo stuff for 2010 yesterday. The 7pm Project, 716,000. It’s not brilliant TV, but at least its moving pictures and talking people and not TT or ACA.

The Losers: Gary Unmarried on Seven at 7.30pm, 594,000. Hot Seat at 5.30pm on Nine (565,000), Deal Or Deal on Seven in the same slot, 525,000, also a repeat. I still can’t understand the logic of watching repeats of game shows, but people do. Whacked Out Sports on Seven at 8pm, 597,000. What a poor night of viewing from Seven last night and most of this week. Is this a cunning plot to push people over to the digital channels?

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market but Melbourne. ACA beat Today Tonight in Sydney and Melbourne again, but lost heavily in Perth and Adelaide where the program is now the Tracy Grimshaw-hosted effort from Melbourne. That looks like being a Nine/WIN ratings special triumph up against Seven’s local offerings. In Sydney Seven News, hosted by Chris Bath, beat Nine easily, 331,000 to 287,000 on the biggest news night for NSW politics this year. The 7pm ABC News averaged 320,000 in second, which was a bit of a surprise. The 7.30 Report with 315,000 in Sydney (and 915,000 nationally), accounted for TT with 271,000 and ACA with 288m,000 in Sydney. The decision of the NSW ALP came during The 7.30 Report.

Ten News averaged 748,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 405,000. Lateline on the ABC, 209,000, Lateline Business, 133,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 168,000, 180,000 for the late edition at 9.30pm. 7am Sunrise, 343,000, 7am Today, 325,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a 6pm to midnight All People share of 29.4% from Seven with 27.6%, Ten with 21.0%, the ABC with 16.1% and SBS with 6.0% (Its getting its summer kick). Nine won everywhere bar Perth where Seven got home . Nine leads the week 28.7% to 27.5%.

In regional areas a win for WIN/NBN with 30.5%, from Prime/7Qld with 27.0%, Southern Cross (Ten on 18.5%), the ABC with 15.8% and SBS with 8.2%.

Digitally: 7TWO with 3.50% (Seven’s main channel on 24.10%), from Nine’s GO with 3.20% (Nine’s main channel on 26.20%), Ten’s ONE on 2.20% (Ten’s main channel on 18.80%), ABC 2 with 2% (ABA 1 on 14.10%), and SBS TWO with 0.40% (SBS ONE with 5.60%).

Tonight: From 5pm to 6pm, the launch of ABC3, the third ABC channel and digital. The launcher will be PM Rudd. ABC3 starts broadcasting at 6pm. Elsewhere repeats like Bondi Vet on Ten, Better Homes and Gardens on Seven. Wholly boring programs like Motorway Patrol from NZ on Nine, Law and Order on Ten, Tom Cruise the Scientologist is in a movie on Nine at 8.30pm. The ABC repeats Wire In The Blood. Statewide (should be good) and Collectors are finals, also on the ABC. Top Gear on SBS at 7.30pm. Cricket (Nine) and golf (Ten) during the day will at least be living and moving and fresh. And don’t forget the digital channels.

Saturday: Ditto today for the cricket and golf. Kingdom and Wallender on Seven at 7.30pm and 8.30pm will be worth a look, at least. Nine has Crusoe at 7.30pm. Ten has Don’t Forget the Lyrics. Merlin is a repeat. Taggart on the ABC. no subtitles, no real story. Mythbusters, Iron Chef and Rockwiz, all fresh on SBS. Titanic is the movie on Ten, and so is the night, if you think about it. Later in the night on Ten we have two repeated episodes of Sex and The City. And later on SBS we have repeats of Newstopia. Why not put them on earlier, they might entertain?

Sunday: The Test cricket could end today, the golf will. The ABC looks at the success of Mills and Boon books. Seven has Bones, Castle and Outback Wildlife Rescue. Nine has a repeat of What’s Good For You. Glee stands out. That is it. And digital TV.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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