Wednesday was a low-scoring night with just six shows ranking above the magic million: two each for Seven, Nine and ABC1.
Seven led from 6-7, before Nine took the lead until 8:30pm. ABC’s shows then ranked first until 10pm.
The top show for the night was Seven News on 1.2m viewers, ahead of Nine News on 1.02m.
Seven’s other shows were Today Tonight (1.03m), Home and Away (950,000) and The One (687,000). But it bottomed out with just 493,000 for Criminal Minds, which is a terrible number for Seven at 8:30pm, before climbing back to 561,000 for its second episode. Above Suspicion was just 229,000.
Celebrity Apprentice, again cleverly divided into two shows, was Challenge: 1.12m / Wednesday: 888,000. Young Doctors pulled 798,000 but still won it slot. Frozen Planet lifted to 906,000 which was second in its slot, but dropped to 404,000 for Prime Suspect. Earlier, ACA was 881,000.
ABC1 won with Spicks and Specks (1.02m), Gruen Planet (1.05m) and The Hamster Wheel (766,000). Elsewhere ABC News was 900,000, 7:30 (667,000), Poh’s Kitchen (628,000), and At The Movies (432,000).
TEN’s best was a rather muddled episode of Glee (724,000), then The Project and Hawaii Five-0 (both 555,000). An NCIS repeat was 431,000.
Amazon with Bruce Parry was 313,000 for SBS ONE followed by One Born Every Minute on 282,000.
Neighbours topped multichannels on 396,000, a new Simpsons was 265,000 and The Killing premiered to 106,000.
Despite Nine winning on primary channels, Seven won with a network share of 28.2% over Nine’s 26.9%, ABC’s 20.3%, TEN’s 19.2% and SBS 5.5%.