Channel Nine has won the night in ratings, only its second in the survey year, thanks largely to the lure of the AFL Footy Show.
It was the No. 1 show of the night in Melbourne pulling 414,000 viewers in its home city alone. By comparison the NRL version was only 160,000 in Sydney. Get ready for another year of the AFL show propping up its northern partner (and watching the Logie taken by the Sydney crew again?). The national figure for the shows was 806,000 ahead of Desperate Housewives (656,000), and Law & Order: SVU (567,000).
Top show for the night was Seven News on (1.15m) over Nine News (996,000) and 6pm with George Negus (350,000).
The Biggest Loser won its timeslot (943,000) over How I Met Your Mother (810,000 / 903,000), RBT / Getaway (850,000 / 895,000) and 7:30 / Catalyst (661,000 / 574,000).
CSI was also a good drawcard for Nine winning its slot with 922,000 over Grey’s Anatomy (810,000), Turn Back Time (632,000) and The Good Wife (610,000).
Sunrise (387,000) bettered Today (343,000).
Oz And James Drink To Britain was the best for SBS on 203,000 and Zumbo was 200,000.
Neighbours was the top show on multichannels but slipped to 297,000.
As a result of the strong mid-evening audience, Nine pulled ahead of Seven with a 30.8 share ahead of Seven’s 28.5%.