Last night, a new episode of NCIS, scheduled for the unusual start time of 8.00pm, instead of the usual 8.30pm hit a new all time low for ratings. Ten’s main channel share for the night was just 11.4%, on a night the network used to pull big figures back in the day where new NCIS was a draw card.
Yep, programming on Nine changes tonight once again at the last minute.
The Ten network has endured a stream of abuse from angry fans after sticking with its decision to move its Formula 1 from the HD channel One to the standard definition main channel and delay the telecasts for viewers not on the east coast.
Ten Sport’s twitter address, @tensporttv, bore the brunt of the anger from hundreds of fans who pledged to boycott the network, advertisers and source pirated or paid streams from overseas. Continue reading »
It’s time to set things straight, Australia!
I’ve been strolling through posts, comments and feedback on different Australian television sites and it seems there is a general consensus that this year’s Biggest Loser is dragging on for longer than usual. Is this a correct assumption? Well, I thought I’d investigate to see if this season is indeed being milked for all it’s worth.
Yes, The Voice is rating through the roof so far, but if you are going to air it over close to two hours, why not schedule it as such? Continue reading »
Another year, another Logie Awards Ceremony done.
But this year, the coverage on Nine did not conclude until 12.20am, wound up with a performance by One Direction after Hamish Blake’s acceptance of the 2012 Gold Logie.
With Nine premiering new talent reality competition show The Voice before The Logies, the red carpet part of the show did not even start until a few minutes after 8pm, with the ceremony itself not on air until close to 8.40pm – an hour or so later than it really happens. Continue reading »
The TV show McDonalds Gets Grilled copped a lot of flack over the weekend as just being an ad for McDonalds. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and even chose it as a TV pick, but apologise for that.
This show was a blatant advertisement for McDonalds but even when they tried to justify their actions, raised more questions.
I wanted a documentary, not an hour of advertising of a fast food chain. How McDonalds got away with this concept is unbelievable. At the end of the day it is an advertorial.
(An advertorial is a term learned by those obtaining an advertising degree online)
How come McDonalds can explain how they make their thick shakes, burgers and nuggets, yet did not explain to me how every time I eat their food I am hungry after half an hour and need to use the rest room continuously?
McDonalds already advertise heavily, and I think Seven have done themselves an injustice by lowering themselves to show this form of apparent journalism. Indeed, Steve Liebmann, that Foxtel viewers will know from the Crime & Investigation network, and others may know from Nine, presented the show. Liebmann has incredible respect in this industry yet having him fronting this show was a mockery.
I expected indepth research and a definitive two sided argument but this show left me regretting the hour I spent watching it. At the end of the day, I hoped for a fair and just view of McDonalds, but it was paid for by McDonalds, I should have been wiser.
We all know we will all chose to eat where we want no matter what advertising, advertorials, publicity or otherwise tells us. At the end of the day, time equals convenience, and taste is taste.
YET, when you watch a supposed documentary, I would like all the facts presented, better than they were tonight on McDonalds Gets Grilled.
The excuse Nine usually use to not air Survivor: One World within days of the US like what Seven do with The Amazing Race is to avoid gaps resulting from possible pre-emptions in the US.
Both Survivor and The Amazing Race have aired on CBS in the US EVERY WEEK since their new season premieres in February – no gaps. Only issue there has been is late starts for The Amazing Race in the US on Sunday nights due to late running live sport.
So if Seven can do it for The Amazing Race, why can’t Nine for Survivor?
At time of writing (March 29) there is still no sign of Survivor: One World in the schedule for NIne or GO! (or even GEM for that matter).
Everyone I know who loves Survivor is obtaining the new series by “other means”.
These same people say they would be happy to watch it on Nine, GO! or any where so long as it aired within a few days at most of the US air date.
By all reports, Survivor: One World is a brilliant season. But having to wait over two months for Nine to air it?
Nine – back at you. Are you playing Survivor: One World after Easter?
This Saturday, March 24, sees the first ever Sydney AFL derby as the Sydney Swans play the AFL’s newest team GWS Giants (Greater Western Sydney).
The game plays a week ahead of the rest of the week 1 games, at ANZ stadium in Sydney. In Sydney, there will be extra trains and buses scheduled to take the expected large crowd to and from the stadium before and after the game.
For AFL fans in Sydney, it is set to be a major event.
So why is it, that free to air coverage of the game is airing on 7mate and not the main channel Seven? Sure – over 90% of us have access to digital TV now, but only about 40% of TV’s overall – when you count the second, third, etc, TV in households are able to receive the digital channels, but isn’t this – the first Sydney AFL derby worthy of coverage on Seven’s main channel?
It’s not like Seven are going lose significant ratings if they did play the AFL on the main channel. Yes, AFL does not rate well in Sydney, but Swans games can draw an audience as good, if not better than the usual movies that air on Saturday nights on Seven.
Isn’t the AFL trying to increase its following in Sydney? Would the AFL be happy about the fact that this historic game is NOT on Seven’s main channel? It is on the main channel in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth LIVE.
It all seems very strange that this first game between two Sydney teams is not on the main channel in the city it is played in. If TEN were still doing the Saturday night AFL games, you can be sure that this game would have been on the main channel.
But now it is all Seven – and the mantra is that all games are live on Seven in AFL states and live on 7mate elsewhere (and lets not forget though that EVERY game airs live on the Fox Footy Channel). The 7mate broadcasts are good news for AFL fans outside of the AFL states.
But this should not include games with NSW and QLD teams – who should be able to see their teams play on the main channel, not 7mate, if it is one of the four games Seven are covering each week.
UPDATED: Turns out to have been a ratings success for 7mate:
What the hell are Ten thinking in moving the popular YTT to Friday nights? It doesn’t rate through the roof but my family and I really enjoy it on a Sunday night. But a nothing Friday?
No word as to what will air at 8pm Fridays after YTT but probably Glee and then one of Ten’s well overplayed movies like Little Miss Sunshine, 27 Dresses or the Devil Wears Prada, or straight in to another repeated movie once again by Ten.
After visiting the set and seeing the amazing team of YTT, I really feel that Channel Ten is doing them an injustice, especially as this a local production featuring all the music of Michael Jackson was advertised this Sunday. Next episode they have Chucky Klapow – one of Michaels dancers on the This Is It tour (his incompleted final) and High School Musical choreographer and an amazing guy basically mentoring them – why advertise such a great episode to only change it? It looks like the best of the season and would reach such a broad audience.
I just feel like so much local talent could be wasted by this move – and these kids (ok, some have more than others) could fall at the wayside. What is Warburton thinking! Idol went, and we now only have a weight loss show they are pinning their hopes on while Seven takes the lead with talent on Australia’s Got Talent and X Factor. Expect to see one of the YTT kids win one of those shows or greater in the future as I can not see it lasting in this night and time slot. It makes me truly sad.
Guess that’s why Seven will not only win the year but also the support of the Aussie public – regular programming will always win out – but of course so does quality. Sorry Ten – you lost me with changing Glee and Good Wife times that I now watch weeks later – how many more do you want to do it too?
I will still live blog YTT whenever on by the way. Leave comments below if you want them passed on to Ten. Johnny Young and the team and all behind the scenes, deserve more than this callousness by Ten.