The Winners: Viewers — mostly of the male variety — love Two and a Half Men. Junior MasterChef also did well, meaning Nine and Ten duked it out for supremacy in the demos, while Seven took home All People overall. Seven’s The Event — holding up 8.30pm one week, 10.30pm the next —  just 310,000 people.

  1. Two and a Half Men (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.406 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.394 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.332 million
  4. Junior MasterChef (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.261 million
  5. Two and a Half Men (Nine) (8pm) (repeat) — 1.186 million
  6. Nine News (6pm) — 1.163 million
  7. Undercover Boss Australia (Ten) (8.30pm) — 1.134 million
  8. The Mentalist (Nine) (8.30pm) — 1.087 million
  9. Criminal Minds (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.080 million
  10. ABC News (7pm)– 1.078 million
  11. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.071 million
  12. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) –1.037 million
  13. The X Factor (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.027 million

The Losers: The million plus viewers who watched Two and a Half Men and liked it. Says a lot about TV audiences. The bloke who threw the shoes at John Howard on Q&A. Unnecessary publicity and sympathy for the former PM.

News & CA: Seven News lost Sydney to Nine News, won the rest, TT won all five metro markets over ACA. Today was solid, Sunrise back over 400,000 in the morning. Both seemed to have added a few more viewers in the past two weeks.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.394 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.332 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.163 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 1.078 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.071 million
  6. Australian Story (ABC) (8pm) — 881,000
  7. The 7.30 Report (ABC) (7.30pm) — 800,000
  8. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7 pm) — 752,000
  9. Ten News (5pm) — 715,000
  10. Four Corners (ABC) (8.30pm) — 673,000
  11. Q&A (ABC) (9.35pm) — 656,000
  12. Media Watch (ABC) (9.20pm) — 627,000
  13. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (10.40pm) — 325,000
  14. Lateline (ABC) (10.35pm) — 274,000
  15. SBS News (6.30pm) — 177,000
  16. SBS News (9.30pm) — 150,000
  17. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.10pm) — 104,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 419,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 330,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven won with a share of 27.6%, from Nine on 27.2% (the second close night in a row). Ten was third with 21.9%, the ABC, 17.1% and SBS, 6.1%. Seven leads the week with 28.2% from Nine on 27.8% and Ten on 21.6%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 23.2%, from Nine on 22.7%, Ten with 21.2%, ABC 1 on 14.4% and SBS ONE with 5.3%. Seven leads the week with 23.8% from Nine on 22.6% and Ten with 19.5%.
  • Digital: GO won with a share of 2.6%, from 7TWO and 7Mate second with 2.2% each. Gem was next with 1.9%, ABC 2 was on 1.6%, SBS TWO finished with 0.7%, ONE, 0.7%, ABC 3, 0.6% and News 24 was on 0.5%. The nine FTA channels had a total share of 13.1%. The shares ranged from 10% in Sydney to 16.1% in Perth,
  • Pay TV: Seven won with 23.1% for its three channels, from Nine on 22.8% for its three, Ten was on 18.4% for its two channels, Pay TV finished with a share of 13.7% for its 100 plus channels. The ABC had a share of 14.3% for its four channels and SBS, 5.1% for its two channels. That left the 14 FTA channels with a total of 86.3%, made up of 11.0% for the digitals and 75.3% for the five main channels. Foxtel’s shares ranged from 17.1% in Sydney to 11.2% in Adelaide and 11.3% in Melbourne.
  • Regional: WIN/NBN won narrowly with 28.4% from Prime/7Qld on 28.3%, SC Ten was on 22.1%, the ABC was on 15.9% and SBS, 5.4%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 24.3%, from WIN/NBN on 23.2%. Go won the digitals with 3.5%, from 7Mate on 2.1% and 7TWO on 1.9%. The nine FTA digital channels had a share of 13.1%. Prime/7Qld leads the week on 29.9% from WIN/NBN on 29.0%.

Major Markets: Seven won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth overall and in the main channels. Nine was second everywhere, Ten was third, except in Perth where they swapped in the main channels. GO won Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide. 7TWO won Sydney. 7Mate won Perth. Seven leads Nine and Ten everywhere bar Melbourne where it is Nine from Seven and Ten.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Q&A was worth the solo guest, given John Howard’s longevity in Australian politics. Four Corners lived up to the publicity about the poor governance in Pakistan and world cricket, especially when it comes to corruption. It was a night when intelligent TV won out (as it did on Sunday night with Sherlock on Nine).

In fact, because Nine had Sherlock at 8.30pm a week ago, it won Monday night decisively, whereas Seven snuck home, at least in All People last night with Sherlock not on Nine. Ten said that from 7.30pm “all TEN programs win their timeslot in total people and all key demographics”, which they did (that’s counting Two and a Half Men from 7.30pm to 8.30pm as an hour, when the 7.30pm episode won the half hour to 8pm. The 8pm repeat sagged, losing 220,000 viewers).

TONIGHT: Packed to the Rafters on Seven at 8.30pm. Top Gear on suspicion tonight on Nine. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation on Ten. Kevin McCloud: Slumming It on the ABC at 8.30pm is worth a look. Insight on SBS at 7.30 pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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