A very predictable programming change from Nine.
On Monday June 14, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist will all be repeats. This is the week that the second State of Origin will be aired so Nine know they will almost certainly win that week in ratings regardless.
The fact that repeats of these three shows rate almost as well as new episodes means Nine can prolong the their run by inserting repeats assuming that most people will still watch them anyway.
While this practise of “managing stock” will help the network out with ratings in later weeks, it can be frustrating for viewers who have to negotiate trying to follow when new episodes of the shows they enjoy are aired. It could also be viewed as a sign that Nine are unsure what will replace these shows (other than more repeats) once their new episodes have been played out.
In the case of The Mentalist, played on Monday nights 8.30 since February, there have been just as many repeat episodes as new ones. Nine had indicated that the season finale would be seen on Monday June 14. In a previous post, I stated that it would be more likely June 21 for the Mentalist finale for the very reasons outlined above.
Any wonder why the Mentalist is not rating 1.5 million like new episodes used to – and indeed – the show should.
Programming info: TV Tonight.