After dismal ratings, Channel Ten is now going to air both episodes combined of American Idol on Friday nights. Starting on Friday March 22, The Living Room will move back to 7.30pm with Idol following while Thursdays will see all new Jamie Oliver and his 15 minute meals return. Continue reading »
Channel 10 Programming
Sunday March 3
6pm – The All New Simpsons
6.30pm – Bondi Rescue
7pm – Modern Family
7.30pm – MasterChef: The Professionals
8:30 pm – Elementary
9.30pm – The Graham Norton Show Continue reading »
Sunday Feb 3
6pm – The Simpsons
6.30pm – Modern Family (R)
7.30pm – MasterChef: The Professionals
8:30 pm – Elementary – Premiere
9.30pm – Graham Norton
10.30pm – (M) Dude, Where’s My Car?
Monday Feb 4
6pm – The Simpsons (R) (Weeknights)
6.30pm – The Project (Weeknights)
7.30pm – MasterChef: The Professionals
8.30pm – Modern Family (R) Double
9.30pm – Hawaii Five-O – Interactive Episode
10.30pm – Ten Late News
11.15pm – The Project Encore Continue reading »
Sunday Dec 30
6pm – The Simpsons (R)
6.30pm – Merlin (P)
7.30pm – Modern Family – Double Episode ( Repeats )
8.30pm – Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 Continue reading »
Channel Ten are at it again, changing their schedule for the last week in January (Week 5).
This time, it is the Office which suffers, being taken out of the schedule that week, probably either never to return or to return to a late night timeslot. Also out, is Accidentally on Purpose which is more likely because Ten have caught up to the US in aired episodes.
Malcolm in the Middle, however, gets even more episodes on with a double from 7.30pm Thursday. That is on top of five days a week at 6pm and Friday’s double at 7.30pm. That’s 9 of them in one week.
On Tuesday Jan 26, a 1 hour special called “I Get That A lot” is on at 7.30pm. The show features stars that play practical jokes on unsuspecting fans in a case of mistaken celebrity identity.
The rest of the week now looks like:
Wed Jan 27:
7.30 New Simpsons
8.00 Futuruama Rpt
8.30 The Cleveland Show
9.00 The Simpsons Rpt
9.30 The Simpsons Rpt
10.00 Californication Final
Thur Jan 28 and Fri Jan 29:
6.00 Malcolm in the Middle
7.00 The 7pm Project
7.30 Malcolm in the Middle
8.00 Malcolm in the Middle
The following week – week 6 commencing Sunday Jan 31 should see the return of So You Think You Can Dance and the Biggest Loser which will fill numerous timeslots including 7.30pm. The 7PM Project will continue then as well. Confirmation of programming for that week to follow later.
Programming information: Tv Tonight.
Channel Ten are now regularly coming fourth in the ratings behind Seven, Nine and the ABC. Last week, the first week of 2010 as far as TV weeks are concerned, Ten ranked fourth for the week overall. The majority of shows on Ten in prime time (6pm – 10.30 by their own definition) are being watched by between 350,000 and little over 500,000 viewers which translates to shares about half of those enjoyed by Seven and Nine. Both Seven and Nine (moreso Seven) still have a few shows rating over a million.
The result is that Ten sees the way of fixing the problem is by changing their schedule. Ten already so far have removed Stargate Universe – which was actually one of their better rating shows – and Supernatural from Monday nights.
The next round of changes, in response to low ratings are changes mostly to earlier timeslots that sees Rules of Engagement (a show that never rates well so I can’t understand why they even put it on), Don’t Forget the Lyrics (a show best suited to day time TV or late night) and Glee (has a good fan base, but repeats are now too soon after original airing) all dumped from the schedule. Even the extra 30 minutes of the 7PM Project on Friday nights will be chopped, leaving the Friday night episode at 30 minutes.
Dumped shows will be replaced with more Malcolm in the Middle, more Simpsons, and movies – none of which will rate that well either. The changes to the programming line up are more likely to drive viewers way as printed guides will not be up to date, and people will tune in seeing a show different to what they expected.
We saw in 2009, that the more a network changes their schedule, the worse the ratings shares become. Channel Nine fell in to this trap with Tuesday nights where they struggled to compete against Packed to the Rafters and NCIS – both two of the top ranking shows overall. Nine regularly came distant third for Tuesday nights and never really recovered from the instability of the night earlier in the year until GO started helping their network shares from August.
Unfortunately for Ten, however, their multi channel ONE does not help their network shares with ONE’s digital channel shares typically being as low as one third that of 7TWO and GO, and more often than not below ABC2. In recent days, ONE’s share has been closer to that of ABC3 and SBS TWO. As ONE is a niche channel, low shares can be expected.
The summary of changes to Ten’s schedule are as per the following:
Thursday Jan 7:
7.30pm Accidentally on Purpose is back twice a week again – Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm. Why? It does not rate well either.
Friday Jan 8:
The 7pm Project is in a little island surrounded by Malcolm in the Middle – a show that now gets the “Two and a Half Men Award” for having the most episodes aired in one week. On Friday night, Malcolm can be seen at 6.30, 7.30 and 8pm. For the record, on Friday Jan 1, Malcolm was on at 11.30am, 6.30, 7.00, 7.30 and 8.00pm. Five times in one day.
Sunday Jan 10:
6.30pm Movie Billy Madison, followed by Die Hard with A Vengeance at 8.30pm.
Monday Jan 11:
6.30pm – not a change, but a reminder – Neighbours is back.
8.00pm – a new episode of the Simpsons will air.
Wednesday Jan 13.
7.30pm – another new episode of the Simpsons. If people know about the new episodes, they should rate well but otherwise they will struggle to do any better than the repeats.
Sunday Jan 17:
6.30pm – movie – Home Alone 2, followed by Collateral at 8.30pm (wasn’t that just on recently?).
And it looks like 6pm Simpsons will be replaced in coming weeks as well. At 6pm weekdays, Simpsons will be replaced with – wait for it – Malcolm in the Middle!
It all amounts to fairly weak programming on Ten’s behalf. The chopping and changing of shows out of a line up that originally was not that bad to begin with just does not make sense. I recall when I first saw Ten’s summer line up and posted it here in November I thought Ten would actually do OK and hoped that they would maintain the line up.
However, the reality now is that the period of time called “non-ratings” season no longer means what it used to. In the old days, it was a chance for new shows to be given a regular timeslot so they could grow on people, a chance to burn off episodes of shows that were not doing as well as they could during ratings season, a chance for more niche shows that never had any hope of rating through the roof to be given a chance.
Now, more than ever, non-ratings is simply that period of time where networks show poorer quality TV without any regard for the viewers. The networks react to the ratings during non-ratings season just as ferociously as they do when it is official ratings season. Therefore, what is the point to this season of second rate TV?
If Ten really want to increase their network shares during summer, then maybe it is time they become the first network to break from this non-ratings nonsense by bringing back some of their key shows earlier rather than making fans wait until the week starting February 7 for all of their favourite shows to return. Sure – less people watch TV over summer, but the majority start getting back to their normal routines the week after Christmas and New Years’ are done.
The ratings for last night – Sunday Jan 3 – show that there are a lot of people back in front of their TV’s now and, of there was anything worth watching, they would be there longer. Time to stop non creative programming with the one sitcom taking 10 or more timeslots in the one week and playing 90’s movies that have been on time and time again. Movies these days are repeated more on free to air than my favourite DVDs are played.
Programming information: TV Tonight.
Last night in Melbourne, Ten put on their night to launch their 2010 programming.
Ten programmer David Mott had confirmed that the following shows will be returning to Ten in 2010:
Masterchef season two, The Biggest Loser – which should start in February, So You Think You Can Dance Australia, Australian Idol – yes – despite poor performance this year, it will be back, Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation, Rove, Recruits Bondi Rescue and Rush – for which a third season was recently confirmed in any case. Neighbours, of course, is back after being on air now for 25 years.
International shows in 2010 include: Merlin, House, NCIS, NCIS:LA, Dexter, Californication, Burn Notice, Numb3rs, The Simpsons, Jamie Oliver, Lie to Me and Law and Order SVU.
New series to start in 2010 include: The Good Wife, Cleveland and Modern Family. Local drama Offspring which is described as Brothers and Sisters meets the Secret Life of Us is hoped to proceed into a series. Also 2010 should see the Hawke telemovie air on Ten.
The 7pm Project will continue through summer into the new ratings year. The show which has not been ratings very well will be tweaked to improve its overall appeal and improve ratings. This means that daily episodes of reality shows like the Biggest Loser and Masterchef will air at 7.30pm instead of 7pm.
With the Dehli Commonwealth Games to air on Ten in October 2010, the network are looking at their options for Australian Idol which traditionally runs from August to November. Ten are yet to discuss with Fremantle Media – who product Idol – how they will adjust the show for 2010 to help boost the ratings. David points out though that Idol plays a function bringing content to consumers in a number of different ways. It’s not just straight out broadcasting – there is online, catch up and mobile content now as well.
David Mott confirms that Ten will launch a new channel in 2010 that will replace the standard definition signal for ONE, leaving ONE only as an HD channel.
“We are assessing where Nine are at, where Seven is at, so it gives us the ability to go ‘OK where do we see our channel going forward?’ We are technically ready”.
Source: Tv Tonight.
Channel Ten Programming for week 43 (Oct 18 – 24)
1. Australian Idol – Sunday 7.30pm: The final 6 perform the biggest hits from the movies and theatre in stage and screen night. Guest judge yet to be announced.
2. Rove – Sunday 9.30pm: Guests this week include Seth Green promoting his animated TV series “Robot Chicken” and Barry Humphries promoting his new book “Handling Edna”.
3. Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader – Monday 7.30pm – Season Finale. Dr Chris Brown playing for the charity Assistance Dogs Australia is the last this year to take on the 5th Graders.
4. Celebrity Master chef – Wednesday 7.30pm: Cooking off this week are fashion guru Alex Perry, cricketer Simon Katich and comedian Wendy Harmer. The Pressure Test challenge will be based around a dish prepared by one of Australia’s favourite cooks, Stephanie Alexander.
5. Burn Notice – Thursday 9.30pm – Season Finale. The second season ends with a bang or two. What will replace Burn Notice at 9.30 Thursday? Supernatural season 5 maybe? Hopefully we will find out this time next week.
6. And don’t forget:
NCIS – Tue 8.30 S7E04
NCIS:LA – Wed 8.30 S1E04
Lie to Me – Tue 9.30 S2E03
Three Rivers – Wed 9.30 S1E02
Nurse Jackie – Mon 10.35pm S1E05
Little Britain USA – Mon 10.00pm S1E05
And, if you like a good countdown,
Spearman Experiment Tue 7.30pm. Find out later what they will be counting down… or if the show is still on given its poor ratings of late.
Programming subject to late change.
Channel 10 programming for the week starting October 11
1. Australian Idol – Sunday Oct 11 7.30pm. The final 7 will take part in “Big Band” night with Harry Connick Jnr as guest judge and Mentor.
2. Rove – Sunday Oct 11, 9.30pm. More of Hamish and Andy feature. Mrs Rove – Tasma Walton is also on the show talking about her new book “Heartless”.
3. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Mon Oct 12 7.30pm. Celebrity contestants are Merrick and Rosso.
4. Good News Week, Mon Oct 12, 8.30pm. The show will feature the exclusive announcement of the new name of the NRL (National Rugby League). The NRL has been so badly damaged by a litany of off-field scandals there are calls for the game to trade under a new name (because clearly that was the problem!). Good News Week will tell us what that will be. Also on the show the search for Miss Chiko Roll and Feather Plucking Mother Plovers – something to do with birds and Spring…
5. NCIS S7E03. Tue Oct 13 8.30pm.
6. Lie to Me S2E02. Tue Oct 13 9.30pm. Mekhi Phifer – best known for his role of Pratt in ER joins the Lightman Groups as a permanent partner.
7. NCIS:LA S1E03. Wed Oct 14 8.30pm
8. Celebrity Masterchef. Wed Oct 14 7.30pm. This weeks’ three celebs are: Anna Bligh, Eamon Sullivan and Simon Westaway.
9. Three Rivers. Wed Oct 14, 9.30pm. Premiere S1E01. Three Rivers is a medical drama that goes inside the emotionally complex lives of organ donors, the recipients and the surgeons at the pre eminent transplant hospital in the country, where every moment counts. Stars Alex O’Loughlin. Speaking of medical dramas, ER is back on 9 at 10.30 Thursdays from Oct 8. And then there is Mercy on Channel 7 Mon 9.30pm. Interestingly, there is reference to a hospital called Mercy in ER. While we are at it, Grey’s Anatomy season 6 just debuted in the US for season 6 with a double episode and was one of the highest rating shows in the US for the week. We probably won’t see that here until channel 7 airs it Feb 2010. Private Practice starts next week in the US and follows Greys Anatomy. Detour over.
10. Ten’s Thursday nights. Oct 15. 7.30 Glee. 8.30 Rush. 9.30 Burn Notice. A good night for Ten.
11. Supernatural. No word as to when the promised fat tracking of season 5 will air on Ten. All I can say is that it is not before Oct 17 unless there are late changes.
Programming subject to late change. Programming info here all courtesy Channel 10 except when other shows have been mentioned which are highlighted in other posts on Throng.
[Updated to reflect new information received Sept 18]
[Updated to reflect changes to Australian Idols' time slot as well as other flow on changes.]
Channel 10 programming for the week starting September 27.
1. Sunday Sept 27, 7.30pm. P!nk night has been moved back one week to Oct 4. Sept 27 is 80′s night. Rove follows at 9.30pm.
2. Monday Sept 28, 7.30pm. On Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, Ian Thorpes appearance draws to a close. He is then followed by Ian “Dicko” Dickson and Dave Hughes later in the show.
3. Monday Sept 28, 10.00pm after Good News Week. Originally it was planned that the season 5 premiere of Supernatural was to air with its 1st episode, picking up where the last season left off. This is one week after it’s US premiere.
As a result of the Australian Idol time slot change, Little Britain USA and Nurse Jackie will be moving to Monday nights after Good News Week which means they will usually air from 10pm. STILL No word yet as to where Supernatural will end up. The two shows will not air on Sunday Sept 20. Mon Sept 28 will be their second episodes.
4. Tuesday Sept 29, 8.30pm. Also fast tracked, will be the premiere of season 7 of NCIS – just one week after they see it in the US. This is followed by a repeat episode scheduled for 9.30pm
5. Wednesday Sept 30, 7.30pm. Celebrity Masterchef kicks off. Returning to judge the 18 celebrity contestants will be Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston whose opinions, judgement and commentary will not change with this new realm of contestants.
6. Wednesday Sept 30, 8.30pm. The premiere of the new NCIS franchise, NCIS: LA starring Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J. At 9.30, a repeat of NCIS will follow.
7. Saturday Oct 3, 3pm. One Tree Hill is back for season 6.
8. Dexter is no longer on Monday nights, being moved to 11.30 Saturday from Oct 4.
9. LIE TO ME confirmed for its season 2 return at 9.30 Tuesday Oct 6, after new NCIS. That brings the NCIS episode count back to 3 per week. One new NCIS, new NCIS:LA and one repeat after NCIS:LA.
Programming subject to late change.