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Last tangos to Seven

Week 44 was a week in which the TEN Network sought to pave the return of Big Brother by jettisoning a long-term host in favour of two largely radio personalities, all to convince the audience the reality show would be unrecognisable. So far it hasn’t appeared to enthrall many.

It was also a week the network was rocked by the tragic death of a colleague. Elsewhere Nine was back under the reins of David Gyngell and Foxtel announced one new channel and launched another.

But it was Seven that sailed to another win with a 28.9% share over Nine’s 25.6%. TEN had 22.1%, the ABC 18.1% and SBS 5.3%.

Seven won Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, with Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday going to Nine. Seven won all cities.

For the first time this season Dancing with the Stars was the week’s top show, with a still loyal audience it is helping Seven tie up a winning year in these last weeks. Seven’s other biggies were Border Security, City Homicide, Kath & Kim, All Saints, Home & Away, Seven News, Today Tonight, National Bingo Night, My Name is Earl, Better Homes and Gardens, Medical Emergency and Ghost Whisperer. Seven finally rid itself of Las Vegas this week, which should address the troublesome Wednesday schedule.

Nine’s best was the return of CSI on Sunday. It was followed by 60 Minutes, Missing Persons Unit, Cold Case, A Current Affair, News, CSI: NY, Farmer wants a Wife and Temptation. Perennial favourites such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Getaway could not crack the 1m mark. The return of 20 to 1 was small comfort, Dirty Jobs will end tonight, Singing Bee is only just warbling and RPA Where Are They Now would provide stronger figures in an earlier timeslot on another night.

TEN’s ratings report is looking identical every week. House, Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader, The Simpsons, NCIS. The ARIAs did ok but less than in 2006. Fridays and Saturdays are a joke with the low-budget Friday Night Download failing to crack 750,000. Californication is hanging on, as is Life.

The Chaser and Spicks and Specks helped The Librarians attract an impressive debut crowd. New Tricks was Saturday’s strongest show once more. ABC News, Enough Rope, Rebus and Ten Pound Poms were all excellent. With four entries in the national Top 20, the ABC was only bettered there by Seven.

SBS was strongest on Saturday and Monday once more.

Ratings Week 44

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