The Glenn Dyer breakdown: It was tennis on Seven versus Nine’s The Big Bang Theory, and the latter won — for at least half an hour last night. Although The Big Bang Theory was not up against Lleyton Hewitt, who played later in the night and gave more than  a million Australians an early morning bed time.

Seven’s tennis audiences won’t be so strong now that Hewitt, the last Australian in the Open, has gone. Hewitt played late, around 10.30pm onwards, and attracted more than 1.3 million people in the five metro markets. After two nights, Seven has already won the week, adding to last week’s big victory.

The Biggest Loser‘s 2012 launch averaged just 897,000 viewers from 7pm to 8pm because of the tennis and the fresh The Big Bang Theory episode on Nine. When ratings really start, The Biggest Loser will find the going tough, especially with Seven stripping My Kitchen Rules for an hour from 7.30pm four nights a week.

Tonight: More tennis on Seven from 7.30pm, Nigella Kitchen on the ABC at 8pm. Don’t forget the Fourth cricket Test against India is in Adelaide this afternoon. Ten repeats Young Talent Time, New Girl and Homeland tonight from 8pm, in case you missed them on Sunday night. Lucky viewers. That’s after The Biggest Loser at 7pm.

The top 10 national programs (metro & regional combined):

1. The Big Bang Theory (7.30pm)  2.177 million
2. Tennis: Australian Open (night) 1.934 million
3. Seven News  1.887 million
4. The Big Bang Theory (8pm)
1.825 million
5. Tennis: Australian Open (late)  1.773 million
6. Nine News  1.728 million
7. Home and Away  1.555 million
8. A Current Affair 1.554 million
9. Today Tonight  1.360 million
10. The Biggest Loser  1.220 million

The Winners (metro):

1. The Big Bang Theory 7.30pm 1.641 million
2. Tennis: Australian Open 7.30pm 1.367 million
3. The Big Bang Theory 8pm 1.350 million
4. Tennis: Australian Open 10.30pm 1.322 million
5. Seven News 6pm 1.274 million
6. Nine News 6pm 1.182 million
7. The Big Bang Theory 7pm 1.136 million
8. Today Tonight 6.30pm 1.109 million
9. Home and Away 7pm 1.064 million
10. A Current Affair 6.30pm 1.026 million

The Losers: The tennis made it tough to sort out any losers. But keep an eye on The Biggest Loser.

News & CA: Nine News and A Current Affair (Tracy Grimshaw was back on deck for 2012) beat Seven news and Today Tonight in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Seven News and Today Tonight won Adelaide and Perth by margins big enough to give them national wins.

1. Seven News 6pm 1.274 million
2. Nine News 6pm 1.182 million
3. Today Tonight 6.30pm 1.109 million
4. A Current Affair 6.30pm 1.026 million
5. ABC News 7pm 857,000
6. Ten News
5pm 693,000
7. 7.30 7.30pm 502,000 (+29,000)*
8. The Project 6pm 494,000
9. SBS News 6.30pm 195,000
10. The Drum
6pm 142,000 (+27,000)*
11. SBS News 9.30pm 53,000

*On News 24 simulcast

In the morning:

1. Sunrise 7am 365,000
2. Today 7am 333,000

FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 40.2% from Nine (3) on 26.7%, Ten (3) was on 17.2%, the ABC (4) was on 11.7% and SBS (2) ended on 4.2%. Seven leads the week with 39.9% from Nine on 23.9% and Ten on 20.1%.

Main Channels: Seven won with 32.8% from Nine on 20.8%, Ten was on 11.7%, ABC 1 was on 7.8% and SBS ONE ended on 3.2%. Seven leads the week with 31.7% from Nine on 17.1% and Ten with 15.5%. Digital: 7TWO won with a share of 5.0% from GO on 3.5%, Eleven was on 2.8%. The 10 channels had an FTA viewing share of 24.6%. GO leads the week on 4.3% from 7TWO on 4.2% and 7mate on 4.0%.

Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 33.4% from Nine (3) on 22.2%, Ten (3) was on 14.3%, as was Pay TV (200 plus channels). The ABC (4) was on 9.7% and SBS (2) ended on 3.5%. The 15 FTA channels had a viewing share last night of 85.7%, with the 10 digitals on 19.9% and the five main channels on 65.8%. Seven leads the week with 32.8% from Nine on 19.7% and Ten on 16.6%. Pay TV is on 15.1%.

The top five pay TV channels were:

1. 3.15%
2. 2.33%
3. 1.74%
4. 1.70%
5. 1.54%

The five most-watched programs on pay TV were:

1. Wife Swap Australia 114,700
2. Coronation Street 81,400
3. The Simpsons 67,700
4. Gossip Girl 66,900
5. MASH 63,000

Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) had another big win with a share of 41.7%, from WIN/NBN (3) on 26.2%, SC Ten (3) was on 16.4%, the ABC (4) was on 11.8% and SBS (2) ended on 3.9%. Prime/7Qld naturally won the main channels, thanks to the tennis. 7TWO won the digital channels with 6.4% from GO on 4.3% and 7mate on 3.3%. The 10 digitals channels had a prime time share last night of 27.0%. prime/7Qld lead the week on 41.8% from Win/NBN on 23.7% and will win the week.

The five most-watched programs in regional markets were:

1. Seven News 613,000
2. Tennis: Australian Open 567,000
3. Nine News 539,000
4. The Big Bang Theory 535,000
5. Tennis: Australian Open 451,000

Major Markets: A clean sweep with Seven with wins overall and the main channels in all five metro markets. GO Won the digitals in Sydney, 7TWO won the rest. Seven leads Nine and Ten in all five markets and will win the week in each.

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

Source: , TV Networks reports

Peter Fray

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