The Winners: That’s a bit more like it, 10 programs with more than a million viewers. Did the approaching onset of autumn and damp weather in many markets have a role last night?

Seven ran a repeat episode of Bones at 8.30pm, (873,000). For the second week in a row this probably cost Seven a win in All People and the main channels. But in the 16 to 54 group Seven will win. Ten did well with The Biggest Loser and Modern Family finishing high in the demos. Ten won 16 to 39s. Nine also had a good night in the demos, one of its best so far this year.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.419 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.381 million
  3. The Force (Seven) (8pm) — 1.302 million
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.237 million
  5. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.231 million
  6. Border Security (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.214 million
  7. Midsomer Murders (ABC) (8.30pm) — 1.119 million
  8. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.039 million
  9. The Biggest Loser (Ten) (6.30pm) — 1.017 million
  10. Modern Family (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.010 million

The Losers: A much better night for viewers who were offered some choice. Hawaii Five O on Ten at 8.30pm, 652,000. Harry’s Law on Nine at 9.30pm, 702,000.

News & CA: Nine’s decision to run another exclusive interview-based A Current Affair on Sunday at 6.30pm did well. It actually provided an interesting comparison with Sunday Night on Seven (quality TV current affairs last night).

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.419 million
  2. Nine News (6pm) — 1.381 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 1.237 million
  4. 60 Minutes (Nine) (7.30pm) — 1.231 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.039 million
  6. ABC News (7pm) — 816,000
  7. Ten News (5pm) — 471,000
  8. Ten Evening News (6pm) — 314,000
  9. SBS News (6.30pm) — 250,000
  10. Dateline (SBS) (8.30pm) — 206,000

In the morning:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) (8am) — 386,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) (8am) — 261,000
  3. Landline (ABC) (Noon) — 241,000
  4. Insiders (ABC) (9am) — 220,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) (10.30am) — 173,000
  6. Inside Business (ABC) (10pm) — 163,000
  7. Meet The Press (Ten) (8pm) — 46,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Nine (3 channels) won with 30.3% from Seven (3) on 28.9%, Ten was on 19.1% for its 3 channels, the ABC (4) was on 16.6% and SBS (2), was on 5.1%
  • Main Channel: Nine won with 22.4% from Seven on 21.9%, Ten was on 15.3%, ABC 1, 14.4% and SBS ONE, 4.6%.
  • Digital: GO won with a share of 4.9%, from 7TWO on 3.6%, 7Mate on 3.4%, Eleven on 3.1%, Gem on 3.0%, ABC 2 on 1.0%, News 24 was on 0.8%, ONE was on 0.7%, SBS TWO was on 0.5% and ABC 3, was on 0.4%. That’s a total FTA prime time share of 21.4%.
  • Pay TV: Nine won (3 channels) with a share of 25.0%, from Seven (3 channels), on 23.9%, Ten (3) was on 15.8%, Pay TV (100 plus channels) finished with 15.0%, the ABC (4) was on 13.8% and SBS (2) ended with 4.2%. That saw the 15 FTA channels share 85.0% of the prime time viewing last night which was made up of 17.6% for the digital channels and 67.4% for the 5 main channels.
  • Regional: WIN/NBN (3 channels) won with a share of 31.7%, from Prime/7Qld (3) on 27.7%, SC Ten was on 18.1% (3 channels), the ABC (4) was on 17.9% and SBS (2) was on 4.6%. WIN/NBN won the main channels with 23.4% from Prime/7Qld on 19.3%, ABC 1 was on 15.1% and SC Ten was on a weak 13.5%. GO won the digitals with 5.3%, from 7TWO on 4.7% and Eleven on 3.8%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA prime time share last night of 24.7%.

Major Markets: Nine won overall and the main channels in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven won Adelaide and Perth in both measures. In Adelaide the ABC was third in the main channels, pushing Ten to 4th. In Perth, the ABC was second and Nine was a weak third in the main channels. GO won Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane. 7TWO won Adelaide, Eleven won Perth.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven again, by a mile both overall, the main channels and the digital channels. Six weeks in a row. Will the resting of Packed to the Rafters tomorrow night (and the new program Winners and Losers) and Nine’s new gambling show, Million Dollar Drop, be game changers this week?

Midsomer Murders bored for an England gone by on the ABC last night. It wouldn’t surprise to see a platoon of National Front folk walking down Carston High Street protesting at modern story telling in UK crime dramas.

TONIGHT: The ABC’s Wall Of Knowledge, from 7pm to 11.30pm or thereabouts. Four Corners perhaps (the program is going all current, looking at the events in Japan and I bet a lot on nuclear power).

Q&A has some interest, will Miranda Devine inspire the twits of Twitter to waste money tonight commenting on what she says? Nine has Eddie McGuire’s new game show, Million Dollar Drop. Nothing wrong with a game show, but there is an awful lot to dislike about a program which refines gambling into entertainment and shows a glamorous falsehood.

Nine also has double episodes of Two and a Half Men where the ending is said to be shocking… More shocking that what we’ve seen from Charlie Sheen already? Seven has My Kitchen Rules and Conviction Kitchen. SBS has Man vs. Wild. Ten has The 7pm Project and Glee. Could Glee be the highlight?

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

A lot can happen in 3 months.

3 months is a long time in 2020. Join us to make sense of it all.

Get you first 12 weeks of Crikey for just $12. Cancel anytime.

Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey

12 weeks for $12