The Winners: MasterChef was tops with 1.644 million people for Ten at 7.30pm to 8pm, Seven News was second with 1.613 million and Modern Family had a good second outing on Ten at 8pm with 1.548 million. NCIS averaged 1.466 million for Ten at 8.30pm and Seven’s Australia’s Got Talent averaged 1.449 million from 7.30pm to 9pm. Nine News was 7th with 1.367 million and Top Gear was 8th with 1.288 million from 7.30pm to 8.40pm. A Current Affair was next with 1.263 million and the 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.230 million. Home and Away was 11th with 1.178 million, the 7pm ABC News was next with 1.072 million and the finale of Survivor averaged 1.054 million on Nine from 8.40pm. NCIS Los Angeles was 14th with 1.030 million.

The Losers: Another reasonable night for viewers.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally, but lost Melbourne. Today Tonight won nationally, but lost Melbourne as well. Ten News averaged 866,000, the late News/Sports Tonight, 412,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 738,000. Lateline, 223,000, Lateline Business, 153,000. SBS News at 6.30pm, 190,000, Insight at 7.30pm, 163,000, the late News, 194,000. 7am Sunrise, 378,000, 7am Today, 330,000. Nine’s Nightline, 221,000.

The Stats:

FTA: Nine won here with a share of 28.8%, from Seven with 28.4%, Ten with 24.9%, the ABC with 14.0% and SBS with 3.9%. Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane, seven won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth (Ten was second in Adelaide and Perth). Nine leads the week, 29.3% from Seven with 27.7%.

Main Channel: Nine won here as well with a share of 26.7%, from Seven with 26.1% and Ten on 24.4%. ABC 1 was on 12.5% and SBS ONE, 3.4%. Nine won Melbourne and Brisbane, Seven won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth where Ten was second. Nine leads the week, 26.5% from Seven with 24.8%.

Digital: 7TWO won with 2.2%, from GO with 2.1%, ABC 2 with 1.2%, ONE and SBS TWO on 0.5% each and ABC 3 on 0.3%. That’s a total share of a low 6.8% for the six digital channels. 7TWO leads the week on 2.9%, from, GO with 2.8%. Digital channel viewing in Adelaide and Perth was not so pronounced last night. in fact it was around the levels of the rest of the country.

Pay TV: Nine won with 24.3%, from Seven with 23.9%, Ten on 21.0%, Pay TV, 13.1%, the ABC was on 11.8% and SBS, 3.3%. The 11 FTA channels had a total share of 86.9%, pay TV’s 100 plus channels shared in 13.1%.

Regional: Prime/7Qld won easily with a share of 31.2%, from WIN/NBN with 25.4%, SC Ten on 23.9%, the ABC, 14.5% and SBS, 5.0%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 29.4%, SC Ten was second with 23.4%, WIN/NBN was on 23.0%. GO won the digitals with 2.4%, 7TWO was on 1.8% and ABC 2, 1.7%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with a share by 28.8%, from WIN/.NBN on 28.4%. That will change tonight with the State of Origin on WIN/NBN.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Nine won because of the finale of Survivor topping the million viewer mark (adding around 100,000 to 150,000 on some previous week), plus a stronger performance in Melbourne and Brisbane where the male skewing programs, Two and a Half Men and Top Gear, did well (especially in Melbourne). Foreign Correspondent had another solid report at 8pm, this one was on the Icelandic volcano with the unpronounceable name. Australia’s Got Talent looked slick and was, Top Gear was another repeat. And that was the night.

And, more on the audience for the Monday night soccer international between Australia. The game was the first TV program to air in 3D in this country, which was broadcast on the temporary Fox Sports 3D channel. That’s on Foxtel channel 200. It was also broadcast in 2D on Fox Sports 3 (just over 151,000 people in the five metro markets) and Fox Sports 3HD. OzTAM wasn’t asked to measure the 3D broadcast. Was Foxtel afraid? Tonight’s State Of Origin broadcast will be in 3D, according to Nine publicity.

On The 7.30 Report last night the slowdown in retailing was finally marked by a program, that is supposed to be on top of Australian day to day serious current affairs. Yes there is a slowdown in retailing (but not a slump), it’s been around for a month now.

Kerry O’Brien laboured manfully in his interview with Lindsay Tanner, but there were no easy gains unlike his monstering of Rudd and Abbott. Kerry unfortunately has swallowed the fictitious line from one online columnist that there’s a capital strike as a result of the proposed resource profits tax.

If he and the columnist cared to delve more deeply, they’d find that BHP and Rio and all the other, moaners are continuing to spend money on their current projects, and that Twiggy Forrest is talking about cancelling projects the economics of which have not been proven by his company, let alone approved.

So will Kerry talk to any of the 20 economists who published a letter today supporting the tax? Kerry sounded a lot like an editorial from The Australian last night.

TONIGHT: Rugby League State Of Origin Tonight on Nine in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, live. 9.30pm in Adelaide and Perth on WIN. MasterChef on Ten, the finale of Lost on Seven. Spicks and Specks on the ABC.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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