Some bad news for some of the first run content on GEM, with some last minute programming changes pushing Southland back half an hour from tonight (Mon Jan 31) and Hotel Babylon back half an hour as of Wednesday night (Feb 2).
Tonight (Mon Jan 31), an episode of Friends will air at 11.15 after the movie, with Southland now starting at 11.45pm. Same will happen next Monday (Feb 7) with Southland on at 11.40pm.
On Wednesday, Hotel Babylon gets the same treatment – being moved back to an 11pm start time, with Friends at 10.30pm. That also means that Conan is not on until midnight.
These changes come less than a week after new show Rizolli & Isles was bumped from Tuesday night.
I can understand tweaking of the schedule to help ratings, but making the change as of tonight? How can that possibly help ratings? It’s more likely to annoy fans of Southland who have to wait up another half an hour for their show. Then there will be some who turn off, thinking it is not on instead. Are they trying to kill it off?