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The ratings race, updated 10am Sunday February 24
Despite Nine's cricket, Seven Nine won Friday night. And because of The Vicar of Dibley and Monsters Inc, Seven won Saturday night, ending the week with an average of 28.0 per cent of the prime time audience, with Nine on 26.8, Ten on 22.3, ABC on 16.8 and SBS on 6.0.
What Australia watched, Saturday
Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 DOC MARTIN RPT ABC 1,188,000 329,000 342,000 250,000 133,000 135,000
2 SEVEN NEWS - SAT Seven 1,118,000 314,000 280,000 224,000 130,000 169,000
3 ABC NEWS-SAT ABC 1,094,000 304,000 323,000 232,000 116,000 119,000
4 THE VICAR OF DIBLEY Seven 974,000 205,000 312,000 190,000 123,000 144,000
5 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Nine 952,000 212,000 326,000 198,000 135,000 81,000
6 M-MONSTERS INC. Seven 909,000 232,000 284,000 146,000 118,000 129,000
7 AUSTRALIA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEO SHOW Nine 856,000 186,000 273,000 204,000 96,000 97,000
11 THE BILL ABC 731,000 213,000 230,000 134,000 74,000 80,000
15 THE INSPECTOR LYNLEY MYSTERIES Seven 648,000 155,000 183,000 115,000 86,000 109,000
16 TOP GEAR (SERIES 1) SBS 570,000 182,000 160,000 126,000 59,000 43,000
19 2008 NAB CUP - HAWTHORN V CARLTON Ten 473,000 32,000 234,000 30,000 88,000 89,000
What Australia watched, Friday
Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,303,000 376,000 373,000 234,000 147,000 172,000
2 NINE NEWS Nine 1,277,000 345,000 407,000 263,000 139,000 124,000
3 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Seven 1,245,000 413,000 336,000 241,000 112,000 143,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,237,000 368,000 329,000 218,000 130,000 191,000
5 HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,141,000 356,000 295,000 234,000 112,000 144,000
6 DALZIEL AND PASCOE ABC 1,082,000 312,000 283,000 203,000 134,000 151,000
7 ONE DAY CRICKET - AUSTRALIA V SRI LANKA - GAME 9 SESSION 2 Nine 1,038,000 297,000 332,000 192,000 111,000 106,000
8 BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON RPT Ten 816,000 222,000 257,000 110,000 114,000 113,000
9 ABC NEWS ABC 809,000 251,000 232,000 151,000 81,000 94,000
10 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) Ten 781,000 213,000 255,000 139,000 101,000 73,000
11 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 739,000 244,000 335,000 56,000 104,000
12 KID NATION Ten 731,000 156,000 290,000 131,000 76,000 79,000
13 ONE DAY CRICKET - AUSTRALIA V SRI LANKA - GAME 9 SESSION 1 Nine 680,000 193,000 241,000 108,000 82,000 56,000
18 STATELINE ABC 603,000 179,000 152,000 130,000 83,000 59,000
25 2008 NAB CUP: ESSENDON V WESTERN BULLDOGS Seven 409,000 27,000 248,000 13,000 66,000 55,000
29 CAN WE HELP? ABC 345,000 88,000 115,000 62,000 43,000 38,000
(OzTAM preliminary estimates, mainland capitals)
What Australia watched, Thursday
Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 RPA Nine 1,343,000 324,000 429,000 268,000 167,000 156,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,341,000 420,000 339,000 229,000 150,000 204,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,320,000 416,000 310,000 265,000 137,000 191,000
4 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,267,000 395,000 318,000 216,000 150,000 188,000
5 KITCHEN NIGHTMARES USA Nine 1,195,000 326,000 400,000 173,000 146,000 151,000
6 LAW AND ORDER: SVU Ten 1,139,000 332,000 283,000 229,000 148,000 147,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,086,000 300,000 328,000 238,000 110,000 110,000
8 NINE NEWS Nine 1,050,000 293,000 302,000 222,000 134,000 99,000
9 ABC NEWS ABC 1,028,000 306,000 306,000 214,000 86,000 116,000 10 THE AMAZING RACE Seven 1,024,000 292,000 305,000 179,000 101,000 147,000
11 GETAWAY Nine 1,018,000 275,000 324,000 199,000 96,000 124,000
12 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) Ten 1,016,000 250,000 328,000 183,000 130,000 125,000
13 MEDIUM Ten 975,000 310,000 234,000 181,000 121,000 129,000
14 TWO AND A HALF MEN Nine 892,000 270,000 253,000 180,000 84,000 105,000
15 LOST Seven 867,000 246,000 308,000 118,000 103,000 93,000
16 FAMILY GUY Seven 836,000 208,000 278,000 151,000 90,000 108,000
17 AMAZING MEDICAL STORIES Nine 800,000 232,000 264,000 119,000 109,000 75,000
21 OUT OF THE QUESTION Seven 761,000 216,000 235,000 130,000 69,000 111,000
22 LIFE ON MARS ABC 757,000 242,000 240,000 113,000 72,000 89,000
23 SAVING KIDS WITH DAMIEN LEITH Ten 753,000 221,000 187,000 145,000 106,000 94,000
29 AMERICAN DAD Seven 467,000 131,000 158,000 67,000 48,000 63,000
30 SOUL DEEP: THE STORY OF BLACK POPULAR MUSIC ABC 454,000 123,000 145,000 81,000 47,000 59,000
34 INSPECTOR REX RPT SBS 434,000 173,000 105,000 83,000 44,000 29,000
The ratings race, updated 10am Thursday February 21
Channel Nine has canned the local comedy show Monster House after two episodes. On its second outing it dropped 100,000 viewers to reach a miserable 632,000.
What Australia watched, Wednesday
Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 RSPCA ANIMAL RESCUE Seven 1,594,000 430,000 463,000 297,000 157,000 247,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,393,000 364,000 378,000 273,000 158,000 219,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,273,000 368,000 292,000 274,000 141,000 198,000
4 UNDERBELLY Nine 1,273,000 575,000 -- 303,000 181,000 213,000
5 THE REAL SEACHANGE Seven 1,266,000 295,000 392,000 229,000 138,000 212,000
6 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,224,000 338,000 317,000 231,000 139,000 199,000
7 HOUSE Ten 1,201,000 311,000 396,000 202,000 142,000 151,000
8 NINE NEWS Nine 1,159,000 282,000 382,000 234,000 137,000 123,000
9 CASHMERE MAFIA Nine 1,137,000 383,000 318,000 182,000 130,000 123,000
10 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,087,000 260,000 355,000 231,000 124,000 117,000
11 ABC NEWS ABC 1,081,000 322,000 339,000 194,000 95,000 131,000
12 SPICKS AND SPECKS ABC 1,032,000 293,000 345,000 178,000 105,000 110,000
13 BACK TO YOU Ten 993,000 255,000 303,000 184,000 122,000 129,000
14 LEWIS Seven 950,000 255,000 277,000 155,000 112,000 150,000
15 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) Ten 927,000 204,000 354,000 145,000 119,000 105,000
16 THE CHOPPING BLOCK Nine 918,000 250,000 261,000 188,000 101,000 117,000
17 NUMB3RS Ten 905,000 242,000 295,000 147,000 121,000 99,000
18 TWO AND A HALF MEN Nine 888,000 222,000 305,000 168,000 93,000 101,000
19 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT Ten 865,000 199,000 294,000 152,000 105,000 114,000
20 THE NEW INVENTORS ABC 847,000 261,000 261,000 164,000 84,000 77,000
25 STUPID STUPID MAN ABC 687,000 176,000 254,000 126,000 69,000 62,000
40 AT THE MOVIES ABC 355,000 117,000 122,000 47,000 42,000 27,000
41 FOOD SAFARI SBS 338,000 79,000 125,000 56,000 37,000 40,000
What Australia watched, Tuesday
Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,390,000 394,000 337,000 278,000 162,000 220,000
2 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,355,000 390,000 369,000 233,000 166,000 196,000
3 BONDI RESCUE Ten 1,345,000 355,000 470,000 204,000 164,000 152,000
4 IT TAKES TWO Seven 1,292,000 394,000 366,000 209,000 126,000 196,000
5 HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,256,000 335,000 334,000 238,000 143,000 206,000
6 ABC NEWS ABC 1,180,000 295,000 378,000 233,000 116,000 158,000
7 ALL SAINTS Seven 1,164,000 365,000 349,000 160,000 137,000 153,000
8 NINE NEWS Nine 1,152,000 302,000 377,000 237,000 142,000 95,000
9 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,114,000 317,000 347,000 230,000 121,000 99,000
10 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) Ten 1,104,000 263,000 366,000 200,000 152,000 124,000
11 WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB Ten 1,037,000 276,000 309,000 174,000 143,000 135,000
12 TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES Nine 1,009,000 300,000 319,000 186,000 106,000 98,000 16 BRAT CAMP ABC 833,000 210,000 272,000 154,000 103,000 94,000
17 CHOPPER RESCUE ABC 809,000 208,000 225,000 172,000 106,000 97,000
18 BURN NOTICE Ten 797,000 190,000 260,000 139,000 108,000 100,000
21 FRIENDS Ten 659,000 161,000 237,000 96,000 87,000 78,000
22 CSI: MIAMI Nine 635,000 244,000 182,000 104,000 105,000
24 MONSTER HOUSE Nine 632,000 149,000 201,000 145,000 66,000 71,000
(OzTAM preliminary estimates, mainland capitals)
The Tuesday update
Last night's postmortem on John Howard brought Four Corners its biggest audience in years -- nearly 1.2 million in the mainland capitals. The ABC seemed to be stealing those viewers from Nine's CSI (since both the Despos and Dirty Sexy Money, pictured, barely slipped on last week), and that helped Seven to win Monday night.
But Seven was unable to overcome Nine's big Sunday advantage, so at this point in the week, Nine is ahead with 27.7 per cent of the prime time audience, while Seven is on 26.6, Ten on 23.6, ABC on 15.1 and SBS on 6.9. If this is not to become the pattern for future weeks, Seven needs to do something about its Thursday disaster. Lets hope that won't mean losing Lost.
The cinema box office, weekend to Feb 18
1 JUMPER sold $3,408,959 worth of tickets (total $3,462,102)
2 DEFINITELY, MAYBE $1,430,071 ($1,468,549)
3 FOOL`S GOLD $1,025,954 ($3,541,085)
4 JUNO $631,638 ($9,112,416)
5 DAN IN REAL LIFE $627,875 ($627,875)
6 27 DRESSES $418,385 ($14,733,347)
7 THERE WILL BE BLOOD $385,757 ($880,254)
8 SWEENEY TODD 310,878 ($4,725,625)
9 AMERICAN GANGSTER $303,467 ($11,191,183)
10 3:10 TO YUMA $239,840 ($2,293,266)
(MPDAA -- for more detail go to urbancinefile.com.au. To see how they fit with the all-time recordbreakers, go to The films Australia loved)
What Australia watched, Monday
Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,578,000 413,000 446,000 339,000 173,000 207,000
2 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,473,000 357,000 404,000 335,000 161,000 216,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,468,000 430,000 348,000 328,000 143,000 218,000
4 CSI Nine 1,445,000 376,000 422,000 285,000 178,000 184,000
5 THE FORCE Seven 1,441,000 338,000 392,000 310,000 151,000 250,000
6 BORDER SECURITY Seven 1,392,000 381,000 352,000 297,000 143,000 219,000
7 SYTYCDA - RESULTS Ten 1,345,000 422,000 400,000 258,000 131,000 135,000
8 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Seven 1,237,000 373,000 414,000 185,000 119,000 146,000
9 NINE NEWS Nine 1,196,000 308,000 367,000 254,000 165,000 101,000
10 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,195,000 324,000 381,000 242,000 141,000 107,000
11 FOUR CORNERS ABC 1,156,000 374,000 366,000 203,000 89,000 125,000
12 GOOD NEWS WEEK Ten 1,123,000 362,000 306,000 199,000 116,000 140,000
13 ABC NEWS ABC 1,104,000 311,000 337,000 209,000 101,000 145,000
14 CSI: NY Nine 1,074,000 281,000 333,000 182,000 143,000 135,000
15 A YEAR WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY Nine 1,055,000 333,000 310,000 185,000 115,000 113,000
16 DIRTY SEXY MONEY Seven 1,024,000 283,000 400,000 116,000 110,000 115,000
17 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) - ELIMINATION Ten 976,000 242,000 324,000 181,000 101,000 128,000
20 MEDIA WATCH ABC 861,000 312,000 269,000 125,000 74,000 81,000
21 TOP GEAR SBS 801,000 257,000 253,000 142,000 86,000 64,000
22 AUSTRALIAN STORY ABC 769,000 251,000 225,000 135,000 57,000 101,000
(OzTAM preliminary estimates, mainland capitals)
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The Monday report
The people in this picture have no reason to laugh. Channel Seven's hopes of winning the first week of "official" ratings, boosted when a judge ruled that Victoria could not see Nine's Underbelly, were dashed when NIne's cricket captured viewers over 50 and Ten's dancing captured viewers under 30 -- a pattern which recurred last night.
Seven's tentpole programs -- Border Security, Desperate Housewives, It Takes Two and Grey's Anatomy -- were well down on last year.
As you'll see in the Top 80 chart below, the hits of the week were Ten's So You Think You Can Dance Australia , the Frasier-like sitcom Back To You and the crime procedural Women's Murder Club ; Nine's CSI, RPA , and Underbelly; Top Gear on SBS and the Apology to the Stolen Generations (total 1.2 million across all channels plus uncountable numbers in schools and public spaces at 9am on Wednesday).
The flop was Nine's local comedy Monster House (793,000). The maybes were Seven's The Zoo and Dirty Sexy Money ; and Nine's The Chopping Block and Terminator.
Nine won the week by averaging 28.7 per cent of the prime time audience, while Seven was on 27.2, Ten on 22.5, ABC on 16.4 and SBS on 5.3. Then Nine easily won Sunday, with Ten bumping Seven out of second place.
What Australia watched, Sunday
Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 1,599,000 486,000 502,000 263,000 217,000 132,000
2 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE AUSTRALIA Ten 1,529,000 447,000 489,000 311,000 130,000 151,000
3 SEVEN NEWS - SUN Seven 1,389,000 371,000 372,000 320,000 144,000 182,000
4 ONE DAY CRICKET - AUS V INDIA - GAME 7 SESSION 2 Nine 1,369,000 423,000 506,000 293,000 148,000
5 THE ZOO Seven 1,273,000 382,000 306,000 286,000 133,000 165,000
6 GREY'S ANATOMY Seven 1,214,000 375,000 365,000 198,000 121,000 155,000
7 ONE DAY CRICKET - AUS V INDIA - SESSION 1 Nine 1,153,000 323,000 351,000 216,000 132,000 132,000
8 THE BIGGEST LOSER WEIGH-IN Ten 1,100,000 289,000 391,000 199,000 117,000 102,000
9 BROTHERS & SISTERS Seven 1,083,000 362,000 340,000 159,000 120,000 101,000
10 SAMANTHA WHO? Seven 1,074,000 268,000 294,000 235,000 120,000 157,000
11 BUSH DOCTORS Seven 1,065,000 299,000 253,000 247,000 117,000 150,000
12 AGATHA CHRISTIE'S MISS MARPLE: ORDEAL BY INNOCENCE ABC 1,051,000 310,000 295,000 184,000 130,000 131,000
16 ROBIN HOOD ABC 705,000 251,000 180,000 111,000 90,000 74,000
19 WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? SBS 571,000 186,000 191,000 77,000 57,000 61,000
(OzTAM preliminary estimates, mainland capitals)
What Pay TV subscribers watched, week ending February 16
1 7 AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL FOX8 177,000
2 LIVE: RUGBY UNION: S14 W'TAHS V HURR Fox Sports 2 176,000
3 FAMILY GUY FOX8 174,000
4 FUTURAMA FOX8 166,000
5 THE SIMPSONS FOX8 157,000
6 LIVE: FOOTBALL: A-LEAGUE SEMI FINAL C'COAST V NEWC Fox Sports 1 150,000
7 RAMBO III TV1 138,000
8 LIVE: RUGBY UNION: S14 REDS V H'LANDERS Fox Sports 2 135,000
9 GOSSIP GIRL FOX8 129,000
What Australia watched, week ending February 16
Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE AUSTRALIA - TOP 100 PART 1 Ten 1,601,000 532,000 463,000 296,000 134,000 176,000
2 SEVEN NEWS - SUN Seven 1,499,000 410,000 402,000 327,000 140,000 221,000
3 ONE DAY CRICKET - AUSTRALIA V INDIA - GAME 4 SESSION 2 Nine 1,472,000 420,000 494,000 277,000 150,000 131,000
4 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE AUSTRALIA - TOP 100 PART 2 Ten 1,469,000 442,000 437,000 287,000 132,000 172,000
5 CSI Nine 1,466,000 414,000 401,000 318,000 185,000 148,000
6 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Nine 1,448,000 470,000 488,000 213,000 175,000 103,000
7 ONE DAY CRICKET - AUSTRALIA V SRI LANKA - GAME 6 SESSION 2 Nine 1,389,000 380,000 443,000 258,000 152,000 156,000
8 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,371,000 395,000 347,000 275,000 153,000 200,000
9 BACK TO YOU Ten 1,358,000 379,000 418,000 271,000 145,000 146,000
10 BORDER SECURITY - AUSTRALIA'S FRONT LINE Seven 1,351,000 344,000 369,000 314,000 150,000 174,000
11 THE FORCE - BEHIND THE LINE Seven 1,343,000 364,000 362,000 288,000 140,000 189,000
12 UNDERBELLY Nine 1,321,000 615,000 291,000 190,000 225,000
13 RPA Nine 1,320,000 343,000 401,000 261,000 148,000 167,000
14 IT TAKES TWO Seven 1,300,000 406,000 377,000 234,000 130,000 154,000
15 THE ZOO Seven 1,297,000 366,000 375,000 244,000 131,000 181,000
16 GREY'S ANATOMY Seven 1,277,000 395,000 361,000 213,000 135,000 173,000
17 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,276,000 369,000 334,000 252,000 146,000 175,000
18 NINE NEWS Nine 1,274,000 341,000 410,000 266,000 150,000 108,000
19 DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Seven 1,271,000 358,000 480,000 193,000 109,000 131,000
20 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Seven 1,251,000 401,000 365,000 211,000 141,000 132,000
21 HOME AND AWAY Seven 1,237,000 371,000 305,000 260,000 137,000 163,000
22 WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB Ten 1,225,000 319,000 393,000 218,000 132,000 163,000
23 RSPCA ANIMAL RESCUE Seven 1,216,000 319,000 359,000 223,000 136,000 179,000
24 SEVEN NEWS - SAT Seven 1,196,000 347,000 263,000 301,000 119,000 167,000
25 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,188,000 312,000 393,000 268,000 120,000 96,000
26 DOC MARTIN RPT ABC 1,179,000 329,000 327,000 241,000 125,000 158,000
27 LAW AND ORDER: SVU Ten 1,179,000 348,000 304,000 250,000 124,000 153,000
28 DIRTY SEXY MONEY Seven 1,157,000 324,000 442,000 146,000 120,000 125,000
29 ALL SAINTS Seven 1,155,000 365,000 354,000 164,000 141,000 131,000
30 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) - THE WEIGH-IN Ten 1,151,000 314,000 388,000 203,000 119,000 127,000
31 BONDI RESCUE Ten 1,150,000 294,000 361,000 200,000 124,000 170,000
32 BUSH DOCTORS Seven 1,147,000 317,000 335,000 237,000 111,000 147,000
33 HOUSE Ten 1,130,000 311,000 450,000 235,000 133,000
34 ABC NEWS ABC 1,120,000 315,000 351,000 224,000 107,000 123,000
35 ONE DAY CRICKET - AUSTRALIA V INDIA - GAME 4 SESSION 1 Nine 1,107,000 331,000 337,000 200,000 112,000 127,000
36 SAMANTHA WHO? Seven 1,105,000 262,000 341,000 207,000 129,000 166,000
37 RULES OF ENGAGEMENT Ten 1,103,000 311,000 353,000 230,000 96,000 113,000
38 SPICKS AND SPECKS ABC 1,093,000 337,000 386,000 171,000 95,000 105,000
39 ABC NEWS-SAT ABC 1,086,000 316,000 276,000 245,000 112,000 137,000
40 KATH & KIM (R) Seven 1,085,000 253,000 349,000 216,000 115,000 154,000
41 TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES Nine 1,080,000 290,000 360,000 204,000 113,000 114,000
42 A YEAR WITH THE ROYAL FAMILY Nine 1,075,000 303,000 351,000 207,000 94,000 119,000
43 THE CHOPPING BLOCK Nine 1,070,000 338,000 285,000 189,000 112,000 146,000
44 KITCHEN NIGHTMARES U.S.A. Nine 1,070,000 295,000 372,000 157,000 133,000 112,000
45 AGATHA CHRISTIE'S MISS MARPLE: TOWARDS ZERO ABC 1,068,000 322,000 300,000 182,000 133,000 131,000
46 THE VICAR OF DIBLEY Seven 1,065,000 235,000 295,000 214,000 122,000 198,000
47 GETAWAY Nine 1,055,000 301,000 311,000 220,000 108,000 114,000
48 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Nine 1,048,000 260,000 314,000 262,000 117,000 95,000
49 10 TO 1 Nine 1,045,000 386,000 421,000 106,000 131,000
50 THE REAL SEACHANGE Seven 1,044,000 270,000 316,000 203,000 113,000 142,000
51 MEDIUM Ten 1,027,000 310,000 269,000 189,000 119,000 141,000
52 BROTHERS & SISTERS Seven 1,025,000 349,000 293,000 172,000 105,000 107,000
53 CSI: NY Nine 997,000 285,000 287,000 200,000 119,000 105,000
54 DALZIEL AND PASCOE ABC 978,000 316,000 260,000 153,000 129,000 121,000
55 GOOD NEWS WEEK Ten 973,000 293,000 322,000 129,000 111,000 118,000
56 CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Nine 970,000 237,000 280,000 240,000 110,000 104,000
57 M-FINDING NEMO Seven 955,000 255,000 302,000 158,000 100,000 139,000
58 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) - ELIMINATION Ten 947,000 221,000 339,000 188,000 97,000 102,000
59 LEWIS Seven 941,000 251,000 297,000 155,000 101,000 137,000
60 THE BIGGEST LOSER (AUS) Ten 914,000 216,000 292,000 189,000 99,000 118,000
61 ABC NEWS-SUN ABC 897,000 269,000 242,000 192,000 94,000 100,000
62 AUSTRALIA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEO SHOW Nine 896,000 224,000 246,000 232,000 95,000 99,000
63 COLLECTORS (SHORTS) ABC 893,000 252,000 256,000 172,000 99,000 114,000
64 CSI: MIAMI Nine 890,000 227,000 293,000 156,000 107,000 107,000
65 THE NEW INVENTORS ABC 888,000 295,000 261,000 147,000 84,000 102,000
66 THE AMAZING RACE Seven 886,000 210,000 276,000 179,000 105,000 115,000
67 TWO AND A HALF MEN Nine 878,000 235,000 278,000 185,000 84,000 96,000
68 AMAZING MEDICAL STORIES Nine 875,000 249,000 294,000 124,000 127,000 80,000
69 ONE DAY CRICKET - AUSTRALIA V SRI LANKA - GAME 6 SESSION 1 Nine 867,000 213,000 315,000 169,000 107,000 63,000
70 LITTLE BRITAIN ABROAD ABC 862,000 255,000 301,000 137,000 82,000 86,000
71 LOST Seven 853,000 250,000 302,000 121,000 85,000 95,000
72 7.30 REPORT ABC 853,000 267,000 250,000 150,000 84,000 101,000
73 THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN Ten 851,000 259,000 240,000 131,000 110,000 111,000
74 CATALYST ABC 828,000 238,000 243,000 182,000 73,000 92,000
75 BURN NOTICE Ten 819,000 204,000 263,000 139,000 110,000 103,000
76 OUT OF THE QUESTION Seven 814,000 245,000 278,000 129,000 63,000 99,000
77 THE BILL-SAT ABC 809,000 236,000 237,000 132,000 100,000 104,000
78 FAMILY GUY Seven 797,000 235,000 259,000 120,000 89,000 95,000
79 SAVING KIDS WITH DAMIEN LEITH Ten 795,000 245,000 212,000 153,000 92,000 94,000
80 MONSTER HOUSE Nine 791,000 173,000 257,000 181,000 95,000 86,000
81 TEN NEWS AT FIVE Ten 779,000 186,000 220,000 152,000 96,000 126,000
82 CHOPPER RESCUE ABC 765,000 180,000 242,000 137,000 93,000 112,000
83 TOP GEAR SBS 761,000 212,000 231,000 163,000 97,000 58,000
(OzTAM mainland capitals)
David Dale is the author of Who We Are -- A snapshot of Australia today (Allen and Unwin). His latest book is Soffritto -- A delicious Ligurian memoir. To join a daily discussion of Australian attitudes, go to http://blogs.sunherald.com.au/whoweare.
Given whats happening, and that seven will not have any new shows, other than the shows it already has 9 may win the first 3 weeks.
7 may bring forward the premiere of Gladiators, and hope the cricket doesn't get any tighter? It will be interesting if Underbelly gets to be screened in Melbourne.
Stunned that Ch9 won the week... although I don't think Underbelly will keep the same audience. A lot of people tuned in out of curiosity. Plus one of the better actors has now been eliminated...
Think that the networks are all spreading themselves too thin with the HD channels, & the programming departments are too distracted with filling in hours rather than clever scheduling...
Again TM, your rankings are out of whack. You have 'Who Do You Think You Are?' are number 19, when in fact, 'Compass' is at number 19 with 577,000 viewers and 'Who Do You Think You Are?' is at number 20 with 571,000 viewers.
Tribal Mind replies: My chart comes from the figures released this morning by OzTAM. I've checked back, and WDYTYA appears at Number 19 with 571,000. Number 20 is The Simpsons with 562,000. What chart are you looking at?
I'm looking at the chart provided by tvtonight, who I'm guessing also get's his information from Oztam.
TM replies: Can't explain the discrepancy. We may only know the answer when the week's adjusted chart comes out on Sunday.
Must say I'm just loving the dancing on SYTYCDA - it makes DWTS look pretty staid in comparison. Sorry, I just cannot help myself, but what was Natalie thinking with that hairstyle? It looked like a wig from That 70's Show.
Where is everybody?
Without getting into any AFL V NRL debate (appreciate both!) but I just would like to say is that the AFL is looking at expanding into other markets (ie Gold Coast & Western Sydney) where Rugby League easily ourates the AFL. Has the AFL considered this? The Swans played Collingwood (the most popular club in the country) and it was the 10th most watched show for the night in Sydney. I don't think the new market audiences will somehow reverse this situation...
Knew it. I forgot all about Samantha Who? (unfortunate name, that, given my incipient Alzheimer's) because I was too busy over with Robin Hood and his mates. Is there any scenery left unchewed by Keith Allen yet? Gawd, I love that show. And a double dose of Sir Guy, appearing straight afterwards in the Miss Marple! No wonder I paid absolutely no attention to the commercial stations last night.
And then a brief foray into Bollywood with Salaam Namaste on SBS. Ah, a very happy TV night! Although I could have done without having to get up for work this morning. *yawn*
SYTYCDA - very impressive ratings but what was with Natalie's (host) hair - she looked like the flying nun - I thought she was going to take off!! - FARRAH FAWCETT never looked like that
BIGGEST LOSER continues to slide in the ratings - it seems the contestants cant lose the weight and ten can't lift the ratings!
Will be interested to see how FOUR CORNERS rates tonight - at appears the claws are out for the former PM from a number of his senior former front benchers!
by tqd on February 18, 2008 at 01:58 PM
Oh tqd, didn't you see Sir Guy in Inspector Lynley Mysteries or whatever it is called - I happened to find it by chance as I don't usually watch it - on Sat night? He is seriously gorgeous ... sigh.
Really looking forward to Four Corners tonight when the rabid pack attack poor lil Johnny - hope it's bloody.
mmmmmm....yummmm - absolutely loved Robin Hood, tqd - I can't believe I didn't watch Miss Marple (I don't like this version, much prefer the Joan Hickson version) - if only I'd known Sir Guy had ventured further down the program (sigh!).
Ok, enough of my drooling. Now for the complaining - everyone has been having a go about the ABC logo - I must admit, I didn't really notice it until watching Robin Hood, however, because I have an old CRT TV (eg: no widescreen etc.) the bloody logo was right in the middle of the screen!
Has everyone else given up on Lost yet? Or are we still persevering....I must admit to trying to watch it again, but getting too frustrated.
Sorry Shoopie - didn't have time to say anything - drat that work thing it so interferes will what is important.
Put me in the Robin Hood fan club too - I dvrd it and Miss Marple and watched mr Hood when I got home last night will catch Miss Marple later - AJ I don't mind this version as the guest cast is usually excellent - we have already had Dr Who (Tom Baker) Jonathan Creek, Mr Emma Thompson and Richard E Grant to name but a few ...
Forgot to say last week that I caught my recording of Good News Week and was disappointed - did not measure up to my memory of the show - not a patch on S&S... very very bland... wonder how long Shirl will keep it for.
Think we should all work together to disabuse Nein of its view that it succeeding in entertaining the populace - can't believe it won last week's ratings. Think there will be a resurgent effort from Seven and Shirl this week - perhaps Seven will get the message about Thursdays at 8.30pm - give Glenn a pass out please
tqd wrote: and a double dose of Sir Guy, appearing straight afterwards in the Miss Marple!
Funny you mention that. I was thinking last night that the British acting pool is as shallow as ours after that episode of Miss Marple. Sir Guy was in from the previous show and there were two people from last week's episodes of Torchwood and two cast members from Dr Who (both of whom played family members of the Dr's companions).
AJ I am sticking with Lost for the moment but to be honest I truly doubt I will be saying that in 2010!!!
I have enjoyed Who Do You Think You Are and have wondered who they could do next. I think some of the posters here would not bother watching if they did The Boner or Karl S as the comments they attract suggest we know all about their antecedents.
I've been noticing in the last few days that Channel 10 is really screwing up the Friends episodes with their over-the-top editing. One cut that was made was about someone saying the word 'breast' or 'boob'. Why show it at 6pm if they are going to destroy it? Many of the episodes have been completely ruined - with whole scenes making no sense due to missing entire passages of scripts. Very annoying - I was trying to support 10 because I thought it was great that they were giving one of my favourite sitcoms a good airing for once (after the years of being screwed over by Nein). Now - completely against them.
AJ - I was a lost fan that had gone away, but have now returned. But that said, with the thursday night lineup becomingly increasingly weak - I may just abandon and begin viewing via streaming websites.
Finally - SYTYCD was VERY stretched out last night. Showing the performance, then stating every judges's comment - Hard to believe that it could make Idol look fast. They need to tighten up the Monday show, because this girl was fast becoming bored and started flicking channels. Mr B may once again win loungeroom viewing priveleges if they keep this up! Right now, he is recording Top gear to view later, but if it keeps going this way, I'll just tune to SYTYCDA for the first three minutes for group dance, then the last ten minutes for the eviction.
Good to see Greys and B&S ratings increasing.. Interesting to see with all the promotion that Biggest Loser got over summer is not working and getting beaten by Sevens "The Zoo", which surprisingly i find very enjoyable. But great night in on Sunday. Also looking forward to Monday night. DH and DSM!!
I watched Women's Murder Club and recorded Terminator. Tried to get into WMC, but for the life of me, I just didn't care and was eventually repelled by the short-haired blonde. Terminator is just far more accessable.
Yeah, me too, Beckala - found the elimination to be waaay too long and did we really need The Veronicas? The whole thing ran way overtime and I missed the start of Four Corners - dadburnit!
Four Corners - who would have guessed that politicians told lies?
Good to see that the Aussie episodes for 'Who Do You think You Are? are being repeated on Friday nights. It's a chance for more people to see them, especially considering how competitive the Sunday night timeslot is at the moment and some people may have missed some episodes.
Can we give it a rest with all the Shirl, Nein, Boner etc? The nicknames were cute at first, but having to decipher your posts every day is starting to give me the irrits. Maybe familiarity breeds contempt.
Agree with the comments regarding the SYTYCD elimination. Will tune in only to the last half hour of the Monday eps now :=).
Very impressive figures for FOUR CORNERS -I had a feeling it might rate and it was up against very tough competition - surprisingly the story really didnt unearth anything we didnt already know - the ususal finger pointing after an election loss and the costello/howard leadership debacle which we knew about anyway - still nice ratings for the ABC!
Not sure if GOOD NEWS WEEK will sustain its ratings once SYTYCDA finishes - its just not that funny and once again goes far too long - half an hour is long enough for any panel show!
BIGGEST LOSER again bombs big time and not sure what to make of the new host of MEDIA WATCH - he seemed very nervous and didn't seem to display that raw arrogance displayed by previous hosts - think littlemore, david marr and Ms Attard from last year.
DIRTY SEXY MONEY continues to impress.
I channel surfed a bit last night!!!
Massive numbers for Monday night news for 7, and over 1.4m for Home and Away! That would easily be the most underrated show on television. In its 21st year and slaughtering Neighbours, not to mention it rates the same as almost every good US import we have on a weekly average....
TM, could you please tell me how The Einstein Factor rated on Sunday night? Thanks.
Tribal Mind replies: 521,000.
SYTYCDA last night was so boringly long, I switched over to Foxtel then switched back to see the last few minutes to see who got elimnated. It ran way over time which made GNW run overtime so I hope I didnt cut off the end of Supernatural.
Please Ten make dance run on time . It just did not need to be dragged out so much. And why did they have to have the Veronicas on ? Just get on with the announcement already! I dont think I will bother with Mon nights ep anymore. And Nat. please fire your hairdresser! Sunday's hairdo was just bloody awful! She looked like Farrah Fawcett gone wrong.
Tonight will watch Sarah Connor again but dont think I will bother recording Womens Murder Club. It just didnt seem that good to me. Just another cop show with women being the main characters instead. And the blonde with the short hair was just annoying.
Anyone know if Ten is going to show new eps of Torchwood this year or do I have to download?
Timed things perfectly with SYTYCDA by watching Top Gear. When that finished I switched over to see Bassingthwaite calling the girls over to see who was elimated. I had taped the show so I was able to ff through and watch the group dance and the dance for your life segments in a matter of minutes. It worked brilliantly - shame that that was the last ep of Top Gear of the season
I'm glad to see the biggest loser is doing poorly. Hopefully it might be the last season. I think the whole show is wrong, it has little to do with helping people to lose weight and become healthy. Not only does it exploit the contenstants, but it gives unrealistic expectations for people watching it who want to diet themselves. When they find themselves losing 1/2 or 1 kilo a week, which is great in the real world, they get disheartened. I've seen it so often.
Anyway, pardon me while I climb down from my high horse.
Flicked between GNW and 4 corners last night. GNW was fairly good, but much of it was down to Wil Anderson. Made me miss the Glasshouse.
I thought 4 corners was going to be juicier than it was, but really nothing was said that you couldn't have already figured out.
The unexpected consequence of watching is that I suddenly have some respect for Tony Abbott. I feel slightly dirty.
How can anyone mention GNW without any reference to the blatant (even the comedians make no attempt to hide it) cross-promotion where each week one of the team members elects to have their turn taken by a guest actor from overseas.
Sorry, but that reeks!!!
I was one of the many to watch FOUR CORNERS: compelling program!
And I'm surprised GOOD NEWS WEEK is rating so well for TEN. I haven't seen the new series yet, is it as good as the old one from years ago?
Thoughts On Channel 7: Shows like Desperate Housewives have lost steam. And their new American stuff seems very bland and boring! That might explain why their ratings aren't so good this year.
However, Nine is obviously being propped up by the Cricket: when that is over, I suspect their numbers will start to decline.
Seeing GNW last night made me miss Glasshouse too. Somebody out there in TV land , please give Will Anderson a job.
He deserves his own show again. How about ABC bringing back the Glasshouse?
Quoth Cat on February 18, 2008 at 04:22 PM: "I was thinking last night that the British acting pool is as shallow as ours after that episode of Miss Marple. "
Yes, they do have fun getting all our old favourite actors out, but that is part of its charm. (You forgot the woman who played Mrs Bennet in *the* version of Pride & Prejudice. Although - sorry Ms Skerrick - I do have a soft spot for the most recent big screen adaptation with Keira Knightlet.)
I can't find Sir Guy attractive however, because he is Scary Stalker Guy and that just gives me the creeps. *shudder*
Rather enjoyed the Despos (especially the battle between Bree and the new character, I snorfled muchly into my dinner while watching) and DSM. Tonight I'm going to my first P&C meeting (lookit! I'm being a responsible parent! don't I feel all grown up!) but should be back home in time for Burn Notice. One should always get one's priorities right. I hope it doesn't disappear from the schedule. It seems to be rating okay, but it's probably not good enough. *sigh*
Wil Anderson will have a new show on the ABC this year. This was posted on the TV Tonight website, which is a good source for all things new in television:
Wil Anderson is returning to the ABC to host a 10 part panel show, ''The Gruen Transfer''. Produced by Andrew Denton, it will examine the advertising industry.
krissyg: I'm sad about Top Gear finishing as well. I thought last night's episode was the funniest show I'd ever seen. James' reference to his 'wedding vegetable' in the paint ball scenario, unfortunately, painted too graphic a picture in my head and now it won't go away.
Moved onto 4 Corners and felt some sympathy for Joe Hockey; at least he tried to be honest ... but Peter Costello left me with a huge sense of relief that he elected to go to the back benches post the election.
Thoroughly agree with everyone about the elimination show for SYTYCD ... too long & Natalie can't ab-lib to save her life... The US elimination show is so slick & so well done... it really is... They also have guest dancers, not guest singers as it is a dance show... Like others, I will not watch another entire elimination show, just tape it to see the opening number & the last five minutes result... Although I will miss the comic moments like Natalie telling the judges how " she would hate to be them making the decision of who should go" and how she feels just awful... as the judges walk off to make their decision, Nat tells them to "enjoy" ... oh dear...
by DragonLass on February 19, 2008 at 10:07 AM
Don't worry Dragonlass, next time he opens his mouth and puts his foot into it you will be back to normal.
Re SYTYCDA...they usually have a musical act to fill in the time while the judges make up their minds as to who gets eliminated. I don't mind seeing some performer, but replaying what the judges said and then having Natalie repeat the exact same thing is unnecessary...either one or the other. Think will record the show from now on as I don't want to miss Desperate Housewives...which also started quite late last night.
Has anyone seen how that new panel show is going on Digital Seven - the one with Jessica Rowe etc - early reports are that it's woeful and won't make it to Sevens normal late night programming -from what I heard it seemed a very odd mix of panellists - which seemed to suggest it would only appeal to a very small minority!
I thought that SYTYCD was stretch on Sunday night and I missed last nights show. I thought the host needs a lot of training. Did she improve for the Monday night show?
What do people think about Channel 9's decision to not show the cricket but instead show the abysmal (in ratings and quality) Monster House instead?
I am finding SYTYCD very boring now. Natalie Bassignthwaite or however you spell it has NO hosting ability.. she always looks lost and always seems drugged. Not helping her either are the horrendous hairdo's. Also did anyone hear the male contestants say "thats F**cking hard bro* when Natalie announced who was safe? But overall.. losing interest in the Australian version.. nothing compared to the US version.
DragonLass - Oh dear, in case my last post didn't make any sense ... I was referring to Tony Abbott. My excuse was ...um I was at work and the whole adrenalin rush got to me. You know - the thrill of posting in between surprise visits by the boss!
I forgot to mention that I accidentally watched about 10 minutes of Pride & Prejudice the other night. That was well and truly enough. Sorry tqd, but I'm with Bereft in this case. Words fail me.
Will have to agree with other comments re Natalie Bassinet - she has all the charm, personality and charisma of a love child of Jessica Rowe and Daryl Somers.
Was discussing the recent version of Pride & Prejudice with Master 3.6's pre school teacher yesterday. Usually our discussions involve Dr Who. Anyhoo, I raised the point that Donald Sutherland was playing Mr Bennet (the father of the 7000 Bennet spinsters) with an American accent. "Teach" quite correctly pointed out that the only thing that Donald Sutherland can play is Donald Sutherland.
The emotional connection between Keira Knobbly and Mr NotColinFirth was totally nonexistent. The chemistry was about as realistic as that between Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in Notting Hill.
Have been catching some SYTYCD - Natalie BigHairDoo had all of the hosting skills of chook raffle night at Bomaderry Bowlo. Both nights. Very amateur hour. I wish her well but she's no Cat Deeley.
Why oh why does Monster House have to sully the greatest band in the world (Madness) by using one of their songs in their advertising??? It's akin to using "It Must Be Love" for Huggies ads!
Small warning for Lost viewers. Before the show clear away all small hard objects you might feel inclined to throw at the screen in the last 60 seconds.
Another odd one for you TM. Can you please tell me how many watched Talking Heads on Monday at 6.30 on ABC? It featured one of my old favourites.
TM replies: 447,000. Are you referring to tomorrow night's Lost?
It didn't take long for the bitchy comments to start coming in towards Natalie Bassingthwaighte. It doesn't take long for the tall poppy syndrome to take effect in this country. Why do we find it so hard to commend Australians for doing a good job but so easy to bag them? Almost every host on every show gets bagged here. Maybe the elimination night wasn't as polished as the competition night but that's the danger of live tv. The American reality shows are rarely shown live. They are almost always pre-recorded with the boring bits cut out. I'm sure the host of the American show wasn't completely polished and professional in episode one compared to now, after appearing in two series. Give Natalie a chance.
I dont really have a problem with Nat B. hosting SYTYCD. I only have a problem with her hair styles!
I really dont think she is that bad, sure she needs a little more polish but she is new to hosting so give her time. I prefer her to the dribbling hosts of Oz Idol , Andrew G and the guy with the scared look on his face. (I must be getting senile I cant for the life of me remember his name!) Never could figure out why they have 2 hosts anyway. The US version only has one. Then again I dont know why Kyle wasnt dumped once Dicko came back. 4 judges is pointless.
I am liking Sarah Connor, but not sure how long my interest will last. Noticed Womens Murder Club only rated slightly better so be interesting to see how things go over the next few weeks.
Quoth Shoopie on February 19, 2008 at 05:33 PM: "I forgot to mention that I accidentally watched about 10 minutes of Pride & Prejudice the other night. That was well and truly enough. Sorry tqd, but I'm with Bereft in this case. Words fail me."
AND quoth Bereft Skerrick on February 19, 2008 at 09:14 PM: ""Teach" quite correctly pointed out that the only thing that Donald Sutherland can play is Donald Sutherland."
I feel positively ganged up on. ;) Luckily I do agree with you both. Luckily (for me) I rather like Donald Sutherland playing Donald Sutherland (he does it remarkably well, don't you think?), and while Matthew McFayden takes a while to warm up Mr Darcy, I think once he gets up to the initial proposal he's rather good. Keira one can always do without, but she's not dreadful. But I prefer Brenda Blethyn as Mrs Bennett to the BBC version (she was always a bit too shrill, on repeated rewatchings, one does have to hit ffwd on her scenes a bit), and most of the minor characters (Dame Judi Dench!) are great. And sometimes one does want to veg out watch a 90 min version of P&P rather than the full 5 hour version, or even reading the book. Call me a philistine, it won't be the first time. :)
Oh give us all a break J Bar ... the tall poppy syndrome? Does it not occur to you that most of the people (except those who bang on about their kids and their Tim Tams) who contribute to this blog have a problem with drivel on television and are not afraid to point it out? How could you ever make a tall poppy out of Natalie Bassingthwaite? She's just a not-very-bright presenter on a less than ordinary show.
by J Bar on February 20, 2008 at 08:04 AM
OK, J Bar, first you have a go at the use of nicknames for the TV stations - fair enough, that is your opinion and you are entitled to it. Natalie is just not doing it for me as a host of that show, OK? It has nothing whatsoever to do with tall poppies or any other syndrome you care to mention. Keep this up and you will be off the Brat Camp. Now I'm off to kick a cat or two. Humpff!!
Monster House. Oh dear. Tick, tick, tick.....
So, will Monster House survive another week? Are channel Nein stubborn enough to give it one more chance or will they move it straight away?
Good to see Terminator is holding its ratings, should be enough to hold that timeslot. Ratings could even increase if they find it a better lead in show.
And Shoopie, no probs I realised what you were talking about. Any mention of foot in mouth makes me think of Tony right away :)
TM - yes tomorrow night's Lost. We find out who another of the Oceanic 6 is but the ending had me seriously questioning how long I could tolerate the frustration knowing they are not planning on finishing until 2010. If the audience keeps dying away it may get cancelled long before that. (Last week's episode in the States attracted 13.6 million).
J Bar, I agree with Rupert... criticism of Natalie Bassingthwaite is warranted, we are not attacking her personally, we are saying that her hostess skills of a live show are wanting. It is the truth, we are not "trying to take her down a peg or two" She comes across as very nervous, wooden (due to nerves?) and can't ad-lib.
In an interview I watched, a celebrity was asked about the "tall poppy syndrome" and they said that they believed it to be an overused term. It is really reserved for those who achieved whatever they achieved by happy accident & perhaps undeservedly so, yet that should not mean that no one famous should not be criticised if they are found wanting... He also said that people use the tall poppy syndrome to deflect justified criticism. He or she actually said it better than I just paraphrased...
In any case, in Nat's case it is not even a case of tall poppy syndrome. We are not saying that she has an overinflated opinion of her talents, if anything she is lacking self-confidence as a host. Therein lies the problem... Terrified hosts are not good hosts... I could have actually really been picky and point out her grammar mistakes but then I was kind enough to attribute them to nerves. At the other extreme, we used to have Darryl Somers as a host, his overinflated ego & cheesiness made him a dreadful host.
A better host would have been some one like Rhonda Burchmore or even Adam Garcia who are dancers but who also have a good deal of confidence with live performances & cameras... They are but two suggestions. Natalie is also not helped by the excessive padding of the results show. The US show is so very much better & shorter.
As for other hosts, well, probably they deserve some criticism as well. Just because some one is famous, should they be immune from all criticism, to avoid any suggestion of tall poppy syndrome.... just wondering
Now Rupert what did you put on your cereal this morning? I cannot comment on Ms Bassingthwaite as I do not watch SYTYCD - nor am I likely too.
Bets on when Channel Nein will move Monster House - despite much outcry last year over Mick Molloy they kept him - so I would say they will keep promoing it to death - especially during Oscar telecast next week - in the foolish hope that some interest will be generated. What could they put in Monster House's place - a decade with Royal Family? - colour me shocked that the ratings have over one million watching a year with the royals... are they unable to change channels - surely it is like TV for Womens Weekly readers
Rupert, I'm all for constructive criticism but many of the comments here just looked bitchy and others just wanted to have a whinge. It's fair enough to criticise somebody if they're not doing a good job but I don't think it's fair to say she's not capable because of a hairstyle or dress. Men don't cop that sort of critique. Rather than bitch and whinge, why don't people offer a suggestion or an alternative? Who do people suggest as a host if it wasn't Natalie B doing it? I'm just saying, give her a fair go past at least week one. There's more important things to be angry about, like the way Monster House insults people's intelligence.
Sorry, tqd ... didn't mean for you to get caught up in my tall poppy lopping - will agree with you re Mrs Bennett - way too much. Did anyone notice she was the mother-in-law in The Worst Week etc? Oh and Donald Sutherland was sexy in his prime - see him in Klute with Jane Fonda.
Really enjoyed Brat Camp last night - what a bunch of charmers.
Living in the sticks I lead a very sheltered life, some would say backward as I did not realise that Natalie Bassingthwaigthe was a tall poppy - I should get out more.
You will also notice that I resisted the temptation to mention that all three of my children love eating Tim Tams.
Someone mentioned The Night Cap 7HD exclusive show on twice a week at 10.30 pm. For viewers without a HDTV or digital set top box, it can be watched live as it's on the link below, or previous ad free episodes can be viewed. The advantage to Qld viewers with daylight savings, is they can watch it at 9.30 pm live (instead of at 10.30 pm). Monique and Jess are class acts, but from seeing Tuesday's episode, host Matt White is unfunny and should stick to sports reporting and the unfunny Paul Murray should stick to being a radio DJ. The show needs to start having guests on it, even if they'd only be appearing on it to plug something.
J Bar - Absolutely agree that females on TV are assessed more on what they are wearing or their hairstyle but to be fair, the men also cop quite a bit... Andrew G from Idol gets huge thwacks for his flicky do & Mark Holden is often ridiculed for what he wears.... Ross Symonds also always confessed to an eye lift one summer break as viewers had started to say that he looked tired...
I have suggested 2 host alternatives, but they may be "too old" for Channel Teen...
Also I did make the point that Ch 10 does not assist Natalie by stretching out the program, it means more time to fill in with ad-libs & questions ... not her strong suit... less padding & Nat would not be so nervous & not showing up her weakness so much... Onus is more on Ch10 than Nat B
Also don't forget, the Channel Ten hair & wardrobe department are notorious ... remember some of their choices for Gretel on BB.... shockers
Re Monster House: Odd comment - if it insults people's intelligence, well then wouldn't the intelligent people not watch it, the less intelligent would not feel insulted & continue to watch it. Me - My intelligence high or low had not even been tested. The ads were enough to turn me off watching it....
Jbar...With his dance show credentials and the fact that he is without a gig Daryl Sommers would be a most 'suitable' alternative to Natalie B. I'm sure the targetted Gen Y audience would certainly warm to him with his hairstyle & dress sense ...
Question....people keep mentioning how much shorter and tighter the American version of SYTYCD was. Was the results show shorter or are they just thinking it was because we only used to watch an edited version here in Australia/ Channel ten used to compress 2 episodes of the show into 1 long one and would therefore cut out some of the padding.
There is now a repeat of Spicks n Specks on ABC 2 on Thursdays. If it makes the chart for Thursday night would you please include the figures? I wonder how many people will wait till Thursday to watch if they realise they have the choice.
TM replies: If it enters the top 100 for the day I'll report it, but I've never seen an ABC2 program in the chart.
I heard rumours that the SYTYCD performance show isn't live, so since there's time between filming and showing, the show could become much slicker (contents not pertaining to the outcome of this show have been edited, like in quiz shows).
But the programmers know they're onto a ratings goldmine and will stretch the shows out. Mind, the way the editing monkeys chop and change the US version cops flack as well, there's been times where the order didn't make sense.
The results show doesn't need to be an hour. Natalie will get better as she goes on (hopefully) but I fear that she does have Gretski's stylist.
On another topic, no-one mentioned that it was the Star In a Car Billie Piper that was cut from the Top Gear episode the other night. Doesn't make sense due to the popularity of Dr Who.
I now fear mentioning Shirl, Nein or even Tim Tams in case I get my wrist slapped.
Befeft posted: I heard rumours that the SYTYCD performance show isn't live, so since there's time between filming and showing, the show could become much slicker (contents not pertaining to the outcome of this show have been edited, like in quiz shows).
That's only true of the Performance Shows. They tape those on a Friday night - I'm guessing so they can edit out any swearing or if there is any technical difficulties. They also pre-film the first part of the Monday night episode - where there is the group performance, and if there are any guest performers. Unfortunately, the bit everyone has been complaining about - the bottom three, dancing and deliberating - happens live. So they do need the time for the judges to deliberate, I'll pay that (as the voting only finishes at 7:20), so I do understand the need for a special guest to fill in that time. But I totally agree that they need to refine the process, and half an hour would suffice (if they don't have enough time - stop the voting earlier, for crying out loud!!).
Monster House. Oh dear. Tick, tick, tick.....
by Sacs on February 20, 2008 at 10:32 AM
Just following on from kate's comments about hairstyles - yes the men on TV do cop it - both grant denyer and Mark Wilson from IT TAKES TWO have been receiving grief all week for their odd looking 'do's' since joining the show and Andrew G might as well swap his do for a mop.
Watched CASHMERE MAFIA last night and loved it.
SONIA KRUGER is getting a bit of bad press this morning for referring to Alan Jones as the real 'queen' of breakfast radio - apparently she made the comment on TODAY TONIGHT which is all class anyway - Jones has remained silent on the issue but good ole Ray Hadley has 'come out batting for Jones and has also come out with a stinging attack on Kruger and Todd McKenney - watch this space for Round 2.
Well, Monster House is canned. Surprise, Surprise! What I want to know is how...why..this drivel was made in the first place? What genius at Nein thought it was a good idea?
I really would like to know who thinks up these horrid shows. (think Yasmin etc) Dont we have any decent drama/comedy writers anymore? Geeesh!!! What a waste of money.
BTW I never watched it, the ads turned me off to begin with so I wouldnt waste my time. Seems everyone else thought the same thing. Genius Nein!
Bereft wrote: On another topic, no-one mentioned that it was the Star In a Car Billie Piper that was cut from the Top Gear episode the other night.
Bugger - I wanted to see that. So did she get away with her off road lap because she was wearing a see through top? On another trivial note -the offsider in Lewis is her new husband.
My turn for a whinge. Wednesday is the only time I watch shows "live" - i.e. I tape virtually everything I watch unless it is on the ABC so I can fastforward through the ads. Last night I watched House and Numbers again (whilst taping Lewis) and noticed the same thing. The number of ads during Numbers was much worse than during House and towards the end was plain absurd. They would interrupt after less than 6 minutes of show for about 4 minutes of ads. Is any wonder people download.
Now Nine has dumped Monster flop could you please do many of us favour and also dump The Chopping Block and do not give Catriona Rowntree another show. Why do networks think they can dump any tried & tested celeb onto us and think we will automatically warm to the show? I hope I haven't upset any Catriona fans out there!
Wow, I guess I opened up a bit of debate on SYTYCD, which is good but I'll also try to post my comments after my first cup of coffee in the morning to avoid being put on anybody's hitlist. Totally agree with most of those suggestions about how the producers can make the Results show slicker and less awkward.
Some sense prevails with the fast axing of Monster House, although the prospect of Bert Newton returning to our screens is just as scary. Chopping Block could be on its way too with a drop below the magic million. Big drop for the two Ch 10 comedies last night and I swapped my opinion on them. I thought the second episode of Rules of Engagement was good and much better than the first but the second episode of Back To You was bad and not as good as the first. The canned laughter is too obvious and annoying, especially when they're laughing uncontrollably at something not very funny at all.
Was programming Cashmere Mafia after Underbelly, a dumb move? Two of the least compatible shows in the Ch 9 schedule.
I wonder how much did 9 spending on those bus posters around sydney of Monstor House - Perhaps they could have used that money and production costs and create a better program than the crap of monstor house .....
TM, how did The Dame Edna Treatment go against 7's Forensic Investigators?
TM replies: FI 506,000; DET 411,000
Quoth Gert on February 20, 2008 at 08:08 PM: "There is now a repeat of Spicks n Specks on ABC 2 on Thursdays."
Is it a repeat of this week's episode? Because they've been showing older episodes on Monday nights for a while.
And, damnit, they've moved Good Game to Monday nights! Not a good night!
May I just say: Tim Tams, schmim schmams. It's Oreos all the way at the TQD household.
Oh, J Bar, drat, you sound nice ... looks as if I will have to cancel my "J Bar wax doll" and pins.... but then you showed your wild, crazy side by suggesting that Ch 9 actually has a programming schedule!
Re Monster House - perhaps a small whimper would have been more appropriate.
Here's the latest news on how many new eps of some favourite shows will be made, with the writers strike finished :
Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Ugly Betty ï¿½ 5 new eps will be made of the 3 shows, so Lost season 4 will be a 13 episode season. Lost's last 2 seasons will probably got an extra 2 episodes to the 16 eps they're meant to have.
Desperate Housewives - 7 new eps to the 10 already made.
Brothers & Sisters - 7 new eps to the 12 made.
Samantha Who, Boston Legal -6 new eps.
There won't be any new eps made for Pushing Daisies,
Private Practice and Dirty Sexy Money, although all 3 shows have been renewed.
I may be in the minority, but I'm refusing to watch Rules of Engagement based on the fact that Patrick Warburton is in it. Just cannot stand his voice. He sounds like an Adam West imitator. Also cannot handle Men In Black II and even The Emperors New Clothes recent DVD's because of him.
I also can't stand the way Catriona Roundvowels annunciates.
Perhaps they could build a Monster House out of all of the Monster House posters.
TM, I think it's unlikely an ABC2 program will ever feature in the ratings chart!
I tried to watch Shrink Rap with Pamela Stephenson interviewing Sharon Osborne last night, but had to switch it off after about 10 minutes.
The two ladies were filmed against a black background, with mainly their heads shown.
I found the huge hideous watermark too much of a distraction, plonked right in their faces or in the middle of a dark part of the screen.
Talk about Watermark Rage!
Wake up ABC, before you lose all your viewers.
Sal wrote: Talk about Watermark Rage!
Wake up ABC, before you lose all your viewers.
It is getting out of hand and it must be stopped before it reaches BBC levels. I downloaded Torchwood and BBC3's watermark is about a 1/4 of the way in from the top left and is ... wait for it... pink!!! Now how is that going to help them retain their viewers. Yes at times it is less prominent but it just keeps jumping out and distracting from the story. The current ABC one is the same. It is horrible to say the commercial channels watermarks are actually less irritating.
Re Cat's comments about the last 10 seconds of Lost and small hard objects - you are sooo right... it is only that I like my TV that stopped me.... I am now thinking about a whole other thread within the tangled web that is Lost and methinks it has to do with the secret room in Ben's house - but being Lost maybe it is a red herring. Fish for thought.
Given Seven is promoing Gladiators during TAR my guess is it may be filling 7.30 pm Thursdays after TAR finishes. That will give me another hour where I can catch up on recorded shows..
By the way House & Supernatural have 2-3 new eps left until at least April - wonder what Shirl will schedule.
Missed Cashmere Mafia but noted GJ loved it - were you a fan of Sex and the City? Copncept didn't appeal to me but wondering what other Tribal Minders thought
Tribal Mind asks: Why is the Sayid apparently working for the bad guy any more surprising or annoying than other plot twists? From the vehemence of the earlier reaction, I was fearing some kind of "it was all a dream -- or was it?" scenario.
Quoth Cat on February 21, 2008 at 09:07 AM: "The number of ads during Numbers was much worse than during House and towards the end was plain absurd. They would interrupt after less than 6 minutes of show for about 4 minutes of ads."
I wasn't counting or timing, but I did notice that we seemed to break for ads what felt like every five minutes during "Burn Notice" the other night. Gave me plenty of time to finish tackling the crossword and sudoku!
I was also shocked. I think it was the first episode yet where our hero didn't manage to make something out of a cheap mobile phone. He's the MacGyver for the noughties.
TM, may I ask how CSI: Miami performed in Melbourne on Wednesday night? It will be interesting to see if it survives being aired on split nights. Thanks.
TM replies: 287,000.
The plethora of Vicar of Dibley ads has got me wondering just how many more people will watch a show on commercial television rather than on the ABC? Kath & Kim rated well on Sunday nights but how much better did it do on Ch 7 than ABC? What's the Vicar of Dibley looking like?
Don't need an answer now, oh great TM, just maybe there is a group of people who actually prefer these shows to be interrupted by ads on a repeat, rather than dare to watch the ABC!
TM feplies: Just remind me, what night is Vic of Dib on commercial?
Yes, tqd on February 21, 2008 at 01:24 PM - ABC 2 is showing the previous nights Spicks N Specks, and the program that came after - Stupid something.. didn't watch it because there were too many of the Librarians in it and that didn't do anything for me so I decided not to try the new one. Did anyone here watch it?
Riddle me this, Batman: why would Ch7 have Lost scheduled at 9.30 on Thursdays following 2 programmes that rate lower - Out of the Question and Family Guy? With a lead-in like this, Lost has no hope. Shirley they should swap them round?
Shirely replies: I think they have something big planned for the 8.30 slot after Easter. They are just marking time at the moment.
To Cathy re Cashmere Mafia
Yes was a huge fan of Sex and the City and so was very sceptical of something similar or 'fake looking' emerging from this show.
I thought Cashmere was just a bit more twisted and daring in the way it presented the leads - they all seem to have a dark bitchy side and for a first episode I think it hit the mark - I was expecting a lot less but was very pleasantly surprised.
My only slight criticism is that I thought Miranda Otto over-acted a bit and could have held back - but other than that I will be tuning in next week - despite my very low tolerance for the NEIN network!
Still loving RAMSAYS KITCHEN NIGHTMARES - another Nein show I know -silly me!!
Bring back HEROES. It rated better than The Family Guy, and is clearly a superior program in any event.
Lost is really down on the ratings. Pity really but as said in here the lead in shows arent helping.
Loving Life on Mars. Don't know why it doesnt rate better but I suppose 757 is not bad for an ABC programme.
And BTW I have to agree with all the comments on here lately about ABC's watermark. It has to be the worst of all. It's so damn distracting. I dont know why any network has to have them anyway. We all know what channel we're watching dont we? Or do they really think we're alll that stupid?
And to Ozpuck, you've got me. Why would anyone watch Vicar of Dibley (repeats) on 7 with the awful interruption of ads when most fans would have seen them on ABC? And can buy them on DVD or catch up with them on UKTV on Fox!
I have no idea. Maybe 7 thinks it's a ratings winner after Kath & Kim did pretty well? I won't watch that's for sure.
Now that Monster House has been bulldozed, its now only a matter of time before Out of the Question becomes Out of the Picture. Leaving this rot in primetime may well cost Seven the win this week.
Soul Deep on ABC1 last night had some great old footage and was well worth watching.
And good to see a new series of Newstopia is back on SBS next Wednesday night at 10pm.
I meant to say in my last posted message
OUT OF THE QUESTION is the most BORING show on television at the moment - aside from the bland boring questions the host and the panel look bored because it is boring and we are bored.
Please Seven you have made a blunder here - even if the show is only to last until easter another 2 weeks is still 2 weeks too many - get rid of it - its just painful to watch - and why does Fifi box always seem to be the token female sidekick on all these panel type shows - she's cute but not overly funny - we have a plethera of good female comedians in this country - lets widen the net a bit and tap into the talents of intelligent comics like judith lucy for instance! - who we rarely see on the box these days - or is that 'out of the question?'
Gert, the show that was on ABC after S&S was 'Stupid Stupid Man' which was originally on Foxtel, starring Matthew Newtown and the people from the Librarians. Found it much more amusing than the Librarians (but that's a personal opinion, I just found Librarians a bit overrated, which spoiled my viewing). SSM is ok, but if you are offended by sexual content, it is definitley not the show for you.
by Gert on February 22, 2008 at 11:04 AM
Stupid Stupid Man - I watched it and had a good laugh but that could have been the bitch in me as one of the characters went under the knife and had a vasectomy ... I found it hilarious.
Who's Shirely? Or is that Shirley? Or even Patrick Warburton? Drat, I vacuumed my keyboard and sucked up some letters....
TM asks: Why is the Sayid apparently working for the bad guy any more surprising or annoying than other plot twists? From the vehemence of the earlier reaction, I was fearing some kind of "it was all a dream -- or was it?" scenario.
I don't think it was that Sayid was doing working for the bad guy - it was for me that the bad guy was off the island - and has some hold over Sayid that was annoying...
Of course Lost still could use the Dallas "it was all a dream" - or for those who remember the St Elsewhere scenario that it was an autistic child's imagination - that blew my mind.
And do love the Alias "Shirely" - perhaps Wendell was channelling Flying High
Stupid, Stupid Man is great but I've seen every episode twice on Foxtel.
Ozpuck, you were wondering 'just how many more people will watch a show on commercial television rather than on the ABC'. Well the answer is 1.065 million according to the ratings of The Vicar of Dibley from last Saturday night. It just goes to show that some people will not a program if it's on the ABC and others don't mind rewatching quallity shows even if they have ads interrupting them.
Shoopie, thanks for cancelling that wax doll and pins. Phew!
Off to the seaside for the w/e to broaden my horizons and discover who Patrick Warburton is .... I've googled, yahooed and am none the wiser. I obviously haven't had the pleasure.
PS I also meant to say earlier - on my Yahoo mail home page there is a link to email questions to Out of the Question ... so tempting ... hints anyone?
TM replies: You can't be serious. He was in The Dish, Seinfeld and Family Guy. Has a long entry on imdb. Doesn't make Rules of Engagement any less stupid.
TM, THE VICAR OF DIBLEY is on Saturday 8.30 on SEVEN.
I'ld most definitely switch OUT OF THE QUESTION & FAMILY GUY with LOST. So, Lost would be on at 8.30 & FAMILY GUY would be coupled with AMERICAN DAD! again.
Or alternative 2:
9.30 FAMILY GUY
10pm AMERICAN DAD!
10.30 OUT OF THE QUESTION.
What do youse think?
MONSTER HOUSE was better this week - though it wasn't too good. Perhaps Nine should switch it to Saturday 7.30 after FUNNIEST VIDEOS?
BTW, it has been replaced with 20 TO 01
I found Wednesday's BACK TO YOU hilarious & RULES OF ENGAGEMENT very funny.
They both should be getting at least a million if not more.
What has happened in the past week for Australia to have lost its funnybone?
To GJ ... Not really a spoiler but the ladies in Cashmere get a little less dark & bitchy in the following episodes .... and Miranda does over-act & continue to do so in following eps...
Kitchen Nightmare's , thought last ep was a little predictable.. mainly because the promo's & the intro to the show give too much away so the sackings were no surprise...
Oh, got the 9's... seems to always happen when talking about Ch9 shows... spooky
Dear TM, why is tonight's screening of Monsters, Inc. on Seven considered a premiere? I'm sure I've seen it on Seven before, can you confirm that?
TM replies: I have no idea. Other reades may know.
tqd said: I wasn't counting or timing, but I did notice that we seemed to break for ads what felt like every five minutes during "Burn Notice" the other night.
I know this makes me sound ever so sad, but I was (accidentally of course) timing the Burn Notice episode last week. I think the actual show segments went something like this:
9 mins, 8 mins, 5 mins, 5 1/2 mins, 5 1/2 mins and then the last bit was about 7 mins. The ad breaks were about 4 minutes I think.
Have you considered that maybe Australia HAS found its funny bone and realises that Monster House just isn't funny. Same goes for those sit-coms that need a laugh track to notify the audience that something was supposed to be funny and they should be laughing. :P
Thursday & Saturday nights are both such dud nights... Seven should bring back Bones, Series 3 is really quite good, there is a mysterious serial killer storyline arc and without issuing any spoilers, Bones' family play a large part... Sunday, Monday & Wednesday are too crowded.
Can't believe that 50 First Dates aired again! Movies on PayTV are on lower rotation than FTA TV at present... and that is saying something
Agree with you em that I can't understand why Life on Mars doesn't rate better. While the second season is not as good as the first, it is still a great show. And the first season is up there with some of my favourite shows of all time. John Simm didn't do much for me in Doctor Who but he is fantastic as Sam Tyler.