The Winners: Seven’s night, easily, again. Seven won from 6pm to 9.30pm. End of story.

  1. Packed to the Rafters (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.605 million
  2. The X Factor (Seven) (7.30pm) — 1.418 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.164 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.143 million
  5. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.058 million.
  6. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) (8pm) — 1.014 million
  7. NCIS (Ten) (8.30pm) — 1.006 million

The Losers: Nine’s fresh episode of Two and a Half Men at 8.30pm: 875,000. A flop for a program that started with more than 2.5 million viewers. It’s a pale copy of the Charlie Sheen version — silly and not very amusing at all.

Nine’s Survivor: South Pacific at 9.30pm, 429,000. A tired format getting its just deserts. United States of Tara on the ABC, also at 9.30pm, 278,000. Just terrible.

News & CA: Seven’s problems in Sydney at 6pm are more than just the lead-in. Last night the gap between Hot Seat and deal and Deal or No Deal narrowed to just 21,000 nationally and 7000 in Sydney (129,000 to 122,00) and yet Seven’s 6pm News lost to Nine by a massive 78,000 viewers, 307,000 to 229,000. Seven News won the four other metro markets.

As a result, ACA beat TT in Sydney by 5000 viewers, 279,000 to 274,000 ( in other words TT added viewers from the news in Sydney while ACA lost them). TT won the other metro markets. 6.30 with George Negus faded again after the brief rise above 400,000 on Monday evening.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.164 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.143 million
  3. Nine News (6pm) — 960,000
  4. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 875,000
  5. ABC News (7pm) — 861,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 650,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 645,000 (+ 32,000 on News 24 simulcast)
  8. Foreign Correspondent (ABC) (8pm) — 641,000
  9. Ten News (5pm) — 541,000
  10. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 340,000
  11. SBS News (9.30pm) — 196,000
  12. Insight (SBS) (7.30pm) — 192,000.
  13. SBS News (6.30pm) — 164,000
  14. Lateline (ABC) (10.40pm) — 146,000
  15. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.15pm) — 120,000 (+ 9,000 News 24 at 8.30pm)

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 396,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 343,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 35.4%, from Nine (3) on 23.7%, Ten (3) was on 22.5%, the ABC (4) was on 13.1% and SBS (2) was on 5.3%. Seven leads the week with 32.0% from Nine on 29.3% and Ten on 19.5%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 27.7%, from Nine on 17.5%, Ten was on 17.4%, ABC 1 was on 9.9% and SBS ONE finished with 4.1%. Seven now leads the week with 24.7% from Nine on 23.8% and Ten on 14.2%.
  • Digital: Another win for 7TWO with 4.4% from GO on 3.4%, Eleven and 7mate on 3.2%, Gem was on 2.8%, ABC 2 was on 2.2%, ONE was on 1.8%, SBS TWO was on 1.2%, News 24 was on 0.6% and ABC 3 ended with 0.4%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA share last night of 23.2%. 7TWO still leads the week with 4.2% from GO on 3.3%, Eleven on 3.2% and 7mate on 3.1%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 29.7%, from Nine (3) on 19.9%, Ten (3) was on 18.9%, Pay TV (200 plus channels) was on 13.7%, the ABC (4) was on 11.0% and SBS (2) was on 4.5%. The 15 FTA channels had an 86.3% share of viewing last night. The 10 digital channels had a share of 19.5%, the five main channels had a total of 66.8%.

The five top Pay TV channels last night were:

  1. Fox 8 (3.12%)
  2. Lifestyle (2.61%)
  3. TV1 (2.01%)
  4. UKTV (1.92%)
  5. 111 Hits (1.79%)

The five top Pay TV programs last night were:

  1. Family Guy (Fox 8) — 74,000
  2. Futurama (Fox 8) — 68,000
  3. The Simpsons (Fox 8) — 67,000
  4. Eastenders (UKTV) — 64,000
  5. Coronation Street (UKTV) — 62,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 36.3% from WIN/NBN (3) on 23.4%, with SC Ten (3) on 22.8%, the ABC (4) was on 12.6% and SBS (2) ended on 4.9%. Prime/7Qld easily won the main channels with 28.0%, with daylight second and third, then WIN/NBN on 16.8%. 7TWO won the digitals with 4.8% from Eleven on 3.9% and 7mate and GO on 3.5%. The 10 digital channels had an FTA viewing share last night of 26.7%. Prime/7Qld leads the week with 32.2% from WIN/NBN on 30.0%.

The five most watched programs in regional areas were:

  1. Packed To The Rafters — 750,000
  2. The X Factor — 673,000
  3. Seven News — 571,000
  4. Home and Away — 499,000
  5. A Current Affair — 479,000

Major Markets: Seven won everywhere, overall and the main channels. Nine was second everywhere bar Adelaide where Ten got up both overall and in the main channels. In Perth Ten was second and Nine third in the main channels. in the digitals 7TWO won everywhere bar Brisbane when Eleven was again tops in its best market. Nine still leads Seven and Ten in Sydney, but elsewhere its Seven from Nine and Ten.

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

Glenn Dyer’s comments: An easy win for Seven and Nine must be despairing over the collapse of ratings for Two and a Half Men. Nine also must now be wondering what it has to do to halt the steady erosion of ratings for ACA at 6.30pm. And Seven knows that its problem is the black hole slowly swallowing the 6pm News in Sydney.

The five most watched programs nationally last night were:

  1. Packed To The Rafters — 2.354 million
  2. The X Factor — 2.089 million
  3. Seven News — 1.736 million
  4. Home and Away — 1.557 million
  5. Today Tonight — 1.465 million

Tonight: The ABC for Spicks & Specks, Gruen Planet and The Hamster Wheel. Hopefully that will make us laugh and help offset the uneasy feeling some viewers might have from watching the promised Alan Jones interview Leigh Sales last night said she had tonight on 7.30.

Nine has CSI if you are desperate for nostalgia, seeing Ted Danson is in the lead role and looking like he could still be behind a bar in Cheers. Seven has The One: Australia’s Most Gifted Psychic — the rubbishy show about psychics. Ten returns Bondi Vet at 8pm. It has the weak Hawaii Five O at 8.30pm. SBS has Amazon with Bruce Parry at 7.30pm.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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