The Winners: Nine’s running dead with some of its big guns back next week (it has One Day Cricket to disrupt regular programming on Sunday and tonight). But Seven returns Packed to the Rafters next week at 8.30pm, so the night will be a win for them, again. Home and Away has started the year solidly for Seven.

  1. NCIS (Ten) (8.30pm) — 1.441 million
  2. Seven News (6pm) — 1.298 million
  3. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.278 million
  4. Nine News (6pm) — 1.213 million
  5. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.207 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.084 million
  7. ABC News (7pm) — 1.022 million

The Losers: Nine, by their own hand.

News & CA: Nine News won Melbourne by miles, lost Sydney by a big margin to Seven which won the rest. ACA won Melbourne, lost Sydney by 100,000 and the rest to TT. TT and ACA were both noticeably weaker in Melbourne, shedding thousands of viewers from their respective News broadcasts. Ten’s 6.30pm Evening News had more viewers than 6PM with George Negus. Sunrise won Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Today won Melbourne, but still lost by 100,000 viewers as both programs shed viewers from Monday.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.298 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.213 million
  3. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.207 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 1.022 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 971,000
  6. Ten News (5pm) — 887,000
  7. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 807,000
  8. The 7.30 Report (ABC) (7.30pm) — 729,000
  9. Ten Evening News (Ten) (6.30pm) — 471,000
  10. 6PM With George Negus (Ten) (6pm) — 443,000
  11. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (10.30pm) — 380,000
  12. SBS News (9.30pm) — 219,000
  13. SBS News (6.30pm) — 207,000
  14. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 176,000
  15. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 87,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 399,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 296,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 32.2% from Ten (3) on 25.0%, Nine (3) on 23.2%, the ABC, (4), 13.6% and SBS (2), 6.1%. Seven leads the week with 31.7% from Nine on 27.8% and Ten on 22.9%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 23.2%, from Ten on 20.8%, Nine on 17.12%, ABC 1, 9.9% and SBS ONE, 4.6%. Seven leads the week on 24.4% from Nine on 21.2% and Ten with 19.1%.
  • Digital: The 10 digital channels had an FTA prime time share of 24.4% last night. 7TWO won with 5.1%, from 7Mate on 3.8%, Gem on 3.7%, Eleven with 3.6%, GO on 2.4%, ABC 2 on 1.6%, SBS TWO on 1.5%, News 24 on 1.1%, ABC 3, 1.0% and ONE on 0.6%. The 10 channels total shares ranged from a high of 28.5% in Adelaide, to the low on 19.8% in Sydney and more than 26% in Melbourne and Perth. 7TWO leads the week with 4.2%, from GO on 3.5%, Eleven on 3.2%, and Gem and 7Mate on 3.1% each.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) are of 26.1% from Ten (3) 0.3%, Nine (3) 8.8%, Pay TV (100 plus channels) on 15.8%, the ABC (4), on 11.0% and SBS (2) with 5.0%. The 15 FTA channels had a total share of viewing last night in prime time of 84.2%, made up of 19.7% for the 10 digital channels and 64.5% for the five main channels. As usual Foxtel was strongest in Sydney. Second there last night with a share of 20.9%. the weakest was in Adelaide with 10.2%.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld again won with a share of 31.8% (3 channels), from WIN/NBN (3) on 26.2%, SC Ten (3) on 23.4%, the ABC (4), 13.4% and SBS (2), 5.3%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels from WIN/NBN. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.6%, from 7Mate on 4.5% and Eleven on 4.0%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA prime time share of 25.5% last night. WIN/NBN still lead the week on 31.2% from Prime/7Qld on 30.8%.

Major Markets: Seven won every market overall and in the main channels, except Brisbane where Ten got up in the main channels. Nine was second overall in Melbourne behind Nine. 7TWO won the digitals in all markets bar Perth where 7Mate got up. Gem, Eleven and Go also shared the minors. Seven leads every market from Nine and Ten, bar Perth where Ten is second behind Seven.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: The feeling in TV land is that Seven is the weakest of the three commercial networks this year. Ten is looking OK, and we have to await Nine’s better offerings next week and the week after. But Seven has started a bit stronger than its rivals thought it would. Seven certainly isn’t making the same mistake as it made last year with the slow start because of the Winter Olympics on Nine.

Seven doubled episodes of Parenthood at 8.30pm to 10.30pm and even though they only averaged 726,000 and 679,000 respectively, they rated very highly in the demos. As a result Seven was again the winner.

Watching Sunrise and Today this morning, both had hosts and reporters in cyclone country in Cairns, Townsville and Innisfail as they tried to guess when Yasi will come ashore. Nine finished Today at 9am, then went to Kerry Anne. Seven kept Sunrise going: better news instincts.

TONIGHT: One Day cricket from Sydney on Nine. The game only had 10,000 pre sales out of 26,000 yesterday. Ten has more The Biggest Loser: Families, and a new program called Blue Bloods and then returns House at 9.30pm. Seven has My Kitchen Rules again, then returns Criminal Minds and City Homicide. Rex in Rome is on SBS, then the questionable series Big Love. The ABC is something of a wasteland with the last Trophy Room (ever, I hope).

The ABC’s Foreign Correspondent host Mark Corcoran is in Cairo. The program returns next Tuesday, with, no doubt, with its usual high quality explanation of what’s happening.

And bad news for Nine. US entertainment media are full of reports this morning that Charlie Sheen won’t be back to complete the current season of Two and a Half Men. In fact, Hollywood Reporter and Reuters report that CBS (the broadcast network), has been told the series will fall eight episodes short as Sheens undergoes yet more treatment for addiction. More episodes of Mike and Molly (Nine) and Rules of Engagement (Ten) have been ordered to fill the gap.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports