The Winners: MasterChef was tops for Ten from 7.30pm to 8pm with 1.558 million people, with Seven News second with 1.526 million and Today Tonight 3rd with 1.524 million. Australia’s Got Talent at 7.30pm for Seven was next with 1.474 million and Top Gear was squeezed down to 5th for Nine in the same slot with 1.385 million people. Ten’s NCIS was next with 1.370 million from around 8.30pm. Nine News was 7th with 1.339 million and A Current Affair was 8th with 1.276 million. The 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.241 million for Nine and Ten’s 8pm Bondi Rescue was 10th with 1.168 million people. Home and Away was 11th for Seven with 1.062 million at 7pm and the 7pm ABC News was next with 1.059 million. Nine’s 8.40pm Survivors program struggled into the million viewer list at 13th with 1.007 million. Grey’s Anatomy, Seven, 9pm averaged 948,000 and The 7pm Project on Ten averaged 921,000.

The Losers: The Big Bang Theory was used after Survivors by Nine to fill a hole and try and extend its audience. It is starting to be used as Two and a Half Men is being used earlier in the evening to fill holes (though not as frequently as 2008 and 2009). It must be a coincidence that both programs are from the same US producer.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market as did Today Tonight. The 7.30 Report averaged 666,000. Lateline, 196,000, Lateline Business, 110,000. Nine’s Nightline averaged 180,000, Ten’s News, 939,000 and the late News/Sports Tonight, 355,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 191,000, Insight at 7.30pm, 158,000, the late News, 147,000. 7am Sunrise, 380,000, 7am Today, 350,000.

The Stats:

FTA: Seven won all five metro markets to clinch a share of 30.0%, from Nine with 26.9%, Ten with 24.5%, the ABC with 14.3% and SBS with 4.4%. Nine leads the week, 29.8% from Seven with 28.9%.

Main Channel: Seven also won all five metro markets here to end with a share of 28.2%, from Nine with 24.6%, Ten with 23.9%, ABC 1 with 12.2% and SBS ONE with 3.8%. Nine leads the week with 26.4%, from Seven with 26.0%.

Digital: The digital battle was won by GO with 2.2%, from 7TWO with 1.8%, ABC 2 with 1.6%, ONE with 0.6% and ABC 3 and SBS TWO both with 0.5%. The six FTA digital channels averaged 7.2%. GO leads the week with 3.4% from 7TWO with 2.9%.

Pay TV: Seven won with 25.1%, from Nine with 22.5%, Ten with 20.5%, Pay TV, 14/0%, the ABC with 11.9% and SBS, 3.7%. The 11 FTA channels had a total share of 86.0%, the 100 plus Pay channels shared with 14.0% reported.

Regional: A win for Prime/7Qld with 31.4%, from WIN/NBN with 25.5%, SC Ten with 23.0%, the ABC, 14.3% and SBS, 5.8%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 30.4% from WIN/NBN with 23.6% and SC Ten with 22.6%. The digital battle was won by GO with 1.9%, from ABC 2 with 1.4% and 7TWO with 1.0%. WIN/NBN leads the week with 30.5% from Prime/7Qld with 28.3%.

(All shares on a combined overnight All People 6pm to midnight basis)

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Talent on Seven and cooking on Ten accounted for the revheads and the survivors on Nine — and that was the night.

From 7.30pm to around 8pm there were more than five million people watching, Ten, Seven, Nine and the ABC. That is a big combined audience.

TONIGHT: Unfortunately its Hey Hey on Nine tonight at 7.30pm vs. MasterChef on Ten vs. The Pacific on Seven at 8.30pm. The ABC has Spicks and Specks and that’s the night.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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