Deep summer started last night. Viewers tuned in for the final Inspector Gently on the ABC, which averaged 1.03 million people and was the most watched non-news program last night. It is always a sad occasion when a top notch fave like Gently fades to black. Next Sunday its replaced by repeats of Midsomer Murders. The women’s Big Bash did well on Ten yesterday afternoon with 422,000 nationally for session 2 and 336,000 nationally for session 1 of Game 4. Those figures should make everyone happy. Ten desperately needs the night sessions and games, judging by the way its line up last night scored a 7.5% share for its metro main channel, just ahead of SBS’s main channel share of 7.2%. Seven won the night, but no one is boasting.

Insiders stood out with another half million plus national audience, including a high 198,000 on ABC News (nee News 24). Intelligent political chat drags in the viewers, again. It wraps up next Sunday after the Bennelong by-election. In regional markets Seven News was tops with 435,000, then, Sunday Night-Summer with 375,000, followed by Inspector Gently with 343,000, with the 7pm ABC News fourth with 342,000 and fifth was Nine/NBN News 6.30 with 296,000.