Compared with tonight, Tuesday nights are a TV wasteland — Just Desserts, The Block and Australian Survivor (and odds and sods on the ABC). One winner and two losers. SBS at least was interesting with the new series of Who Do You think You Are, Insight and Dateline. Solid.

But tonight we have The Bach on Ten (yes, it is crap, but it’s a rabbit-in-the-headlights type of crap, unlike Survivor which is so last century). Ten also has the series final of Offspring. There must be another series next year because Nina hasn’t fixed her life up yet (or had it fixed for her) — or is she going to be a serial neurotic all her life?

The ABC has Gruen. Seven has The Durrels — still too British, but miles in front of what was on last night as entertainment. While Nine has its trusty Block, it also starts Doctor Doctor, a local drama set in Mudgee which should be worth a look. SBS has The Secret. Shhh.

Zumbo and Survivor flopped again for Seven and Nine and Zumbo’s flop had the knock-on effect of dragging down the audience for 800 Words (especially in the metros). So persisting with the turkey, Seven is effectively destroying 800 Words’ future. As a result, Nine was an easy metro winner, overall, the main channels (by 6 percentage points, a big gap) and all the major demos. In the regions it was a bit closer, Seven won Total People, but Nine won the main channels, and the demos. Ten moved back into the third and the ABC fell back to fourth.

The Block had 1.390 million national viewers, Married had 1.469 million and ACA sparked up to jump to third nationally (and fifth in the metros) with 1.519 million viewers. 800 Words could only manage 1.068 million nationally (a shadow of last year), Zumbo managed 1.011 million but Survivor again failed to get a million or more nationally and ended the night with 940,000. Who Do You Think You Are averaged 568,000 national viewers.

In the regions, Nine News was the most-watched program with 603,000, followed by Home and Away with 491,000. Seven News/Today Tonight was third with 483,000, The Chase Australia 5.30pm was fourth with 462,000 and ACA was fifth with 452,000.

In the mornings Sunrise with 313,000 had another metro breakfast win over Today with 282,000 (and a national win as well). — Glenn Dyer

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