The Winners: MasterChef was the most watched program from 7.30pm to 8pm with 1.768 million. Seven News was 2nd with 1.597 million and Seven’s Australia’s Got Talent from 7.30pm to 9pm averaged 1.587 million. 4th was Modern Family on Ten at 8 pm with 1.524 million and Today Tonight averaged 1.479 million and 5th. 6th was NCIS on Ten at 8.30pm with 1.460 million with Nine News 7th with 1.324 million. The 7pm repeat of Two and a Half Men averaged 1.281 million, with Top Gear 9th at 7.30pm to 9pm with 1.264 million. A Current Affair was next with 1.249 million and Home and Away averaged 1.111 million at 7pm for Seven. The 7pm ABC News rounded out the million viewer programs with an average of 1.050 million.

The Losers: Hmm, last night? Why, the BMW car company for the monstering its Tiger tank like X6 got at the hands of Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market, as did Today Tonight — it was Seven’s strongest night for a couple of weeks. Ten News averaged 847,000, the late news/Sports Tonight, 421,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 627,000 (and had a scrappy, useless interview between Kerry O’Brien and Wayne Swan). Foreign Correspondent averaged 562,000 at 8pm with a nice story from India. Lateline averaged 216,000, Lateline Business, 128,000. Insight at 7.30pm on SBS, 188,000. the SBS News at 6.30pm, 161,000, 115,000 for the late edition. Nine’s Nightline, 127,000. 7am Sunrise up to 392,000, 7am Today steady on 350,000.

The Stats:

FTA: Seven won all five metro markets. It finished with a share of 30.2%, from Nine with 26.5%, Ten with 25.7%, the ABC on 14.4% and SBS, 3.2%. Nine leads the week on 28.5%, from Seven with 27.5% and Ten on 24.4%.

Main Channel: Seven again with wins in all five metro markets: Ten was second in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth and that was reflected in the shares. Seven finished with a national share of 28.3%, from Ten with 25.1%, Nine on 24.3%, ABC 1 on 12.6% and SBS ONE on 2.8%. Nine leads the week with 25.6%, from Seven on 24.6% and Ten on 22.6%.

Digital: GO won with a share of 2.3%, from 7TWO on 1.9%, ABC 2 on 1.3%, ONE with 0.6% and ABC 3 and SBS TWO both with 0.4% each. That’s a national total of 6.9% for the six FTA digital channels. 7TWO leads the week, 3.0% to 2.9% for GO.

Pay TV: Seven won with 25.4%, from Nine with 22.3%, Ten on 21.4%, Pay TV, 13.6%, the ABC, 12.1% and SBS, 2.7%. The 11 FTA channels totalled 86.4%, Pay TV’s 100 plus channels, 13.6%.

Regional: A win for Prime/7Qld with 31.7% from WIN/NBN on 26.0%, SC Ten on 23.5%, the ABC with 14.1% and SBS on 4.1%. Prime/7Qld won the main channel battle with a share of 30.0%, from WIN/NBN with 25.2%. GO and 7TWO shared the digitals with a share of 1.7% each. ABC 2 had 1.2%. WIN/NBN lead the week with a share of 3-.0% from Prime/7Qld with 28.8%.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Last night: MasterChef, solid, Australian Story, solid, Australia’s Got Talent, solid (the ratings), the content, well…

Australian Druglords on Nine at 9.30pm: for a program that was hyped as much as it was, 952,000 viewers (and more people watched in Melbourne than in Sydney, where it was based last night), was barely OK. Ten’s NCIS Los Angeles with 964,000 viewers beat it.

Air France Flight 447 at 10pm on Nine averaged 587,000, but Foreign Correspondent‘s report last year was more timely and asked better questions.

Seven won All People, Ten won the demos. Nine got squeezed, just as Seven did on Monday night.

TONIGHT: MasterChef on Ten, Spicks and Specks on the ABC, The Pacific on Seven at 8.30pm (Seven has a movie at 9.30pm, desperate). And for lovers of the 1970s and 1980’s Hey Hey Its Saturday is on Nine in black and white at 7.30 pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

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