So close, and yet so far … the first Test, which finished late in the evening, allowing the Tour de France coverage on SBS One to be picked up, and that was also a great spectacle and performance by another "British" sportsman -- Kenyan born Chris Froome, who only has to stay upright and on his bike and he will be the winner next Sunday night. Nine won last night nationally through solid wins in the metros and regional markets, thanks especially to the cricket and The Block.

Outside of the cricket, Nine depended on The Block (2.561 national/ 1.758 million metro/ 803,000 regional viewers) and 60 Minutes (2.033 million/ 1.400 million metro/ 633,000 regional viewers) -- without the former Nine would have struggled last night in the main channels. Seven's A Place To Call Home is finishing series 1 with a wet sail -- averaging 1.934 million national/ 1.250 million metro/ 676,000 regional viewers for the second-last episode of this series last night. No wonder Seven has confirmed a second series for this program.