The Winners: The tennis, with Roger Federer playing and losing to Novak Djokovic. The only program on the main channels or TV that was worth watching.

  1. Australian Open, night session (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.368 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.236 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.144 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.075 million

The Losers: Ten, but it’s the dying days of non-official ratings, so no one cares. Getaway returned at 8pm for Nine; the 611,000 hopefully is not a sign of a slow start to the year.

News & CA: Seven news won everywhere bar Melbourne, as did Today Tonight. In the morning, Sunrise lost Sydney and Melbourne, but won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth quite easily. 6PM With George Negus and Ten Evening News fell back again, but Thursday night in summer (and the tennis on Seven) means the result isn’t reliable.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.236 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.144 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 1.075 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 939,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 920,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 765,000
  7. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 731,000
  8. The 7.30 Report (ABC) (7.30pm) — 663,000
  9. 6PM With George Negus (Ten) (6pm) — 429,000
  10. Ten Evening News (6.30pm) — 399,000
  11. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (10.30pm) — 251,000
  12. SBS News (6.30pm) — 182,000
  13. SBS News (9.30pm) — 107,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven, 7 – 9 am) — 363,000
  2. Today (Nine, 7 – 9 am) — 303,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) had a share of 36.1% from Nine (3) on 25.4%, Ten (3) on 19.7%, the ABC (4), on 13.6% and SBS (2), finished with 5.3%. Seven now leads the week with 31.7% from Nine on 30.7% and Ten back on 19.0%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 31.4%, from Nine on 17.9%, Ten on 13.6%, ABC 1, 9.9% and SBS ONE, 4.7%. Seven now leads the week with 23.8% from Nine on 23.0% and Ten on 14.5%.
  • Digital: The 10 digital channels had an FTA share in prime time last night of 23.6%. Eleven won with a share of 4.8% each, from GO on 4.1%, Gem on 3.4%, 7Mate on 2.6%, 7TWO on 2.1%, ABC 2, 1.9%, ONE on 1.3%, ABC 3, 1.1%, News 24, 0.7% and SBS TWO, 0.6%. The FTA digital shares ranged from 19.9% in Sydney to 28.8% in Perth and more than 22% in each of the other metro markets. 7TWO still leads the week with 4.4% from GO on 4.1%, Eleven on 3.8% and Gem on 3.7%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 28.5%, from Nine on 20.1% (3), Pay TV (100 plus channels) finished with 17.8%, Ten was on 15.6% (3), the ABC (4), was on 10.7% and SBS (2), was on 4.2%. The 15 FTA channels had total share last night of 82.2%, made up of 17.9% for the 10 digitals and 64.3% for the five main channels. Foxtel finished second in Sydney with the high of 22.4%, its second best share was again Perth with 17.6% and the low was as usual in Adelaide with 11.8%.
  • Regional: Seven won with Prime/7Qld finishing with a share of 35.9% (for three channels), from WIN/NBN (3) on 29.5%, SC Ten (3), 18.5%, the ABC (4), 10.8% and SBS (2), 5.3%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels from WIN/NBN. GO won the main channels with 4.9% from Eleven on 4.78% and 7Mate on 3.9%. The 10 digital channels had a total FTA prime time share last night on 25.8%. WIN/NBN lead the week on 33.1% from Prime/7Qld with 31.1%.
  • Major Markets: Seven and the tennis won all markets overall and in the main channels. Nine and Ten with in the minors in that order. Eleven won most markets, sharing Sydney with GO, which in turn won Perth. Seven now leads Nine and Ten in the week in all five metro markets.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Roger Federer is gone and Li Na into her first Grand Slam final. Seven will have more viewers in China for the women’s final tomorrow than it probably has had for the Australian Open this year so far in Australia.

TONIGHT: Tennis on Seven, repeats and other stuff on Nine and Ten. Stuff on the ABC, look at your own risk. Actually, if you don’t like tennis, tonight and tomorrow night are nights when you should not be watching TV in any way). The second men’s semi final, Andy Murray versus David Ferrer of Spain.

Saturday: Tennis on Seven, (the Women’s final, an historic match). The final repeat of Midsomer Murders on the ABC, useless stuff on Nine and repeats on Ten.

Sunday: Tennis on Seven. Cricket on Nine. For those who are not into sport, the ABC has an Agatha Christie’s Poirot repeat at 8.30pm. Oh, did I mention that 2011 ratings started today? Summer has gone. And to celebrate, Ten brings us the new The Biggest Loser, a new Modern Family and the debut episode of Hawaii Five-O. And a new NCIS Los Angeles.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports