It’s explosive at Ten – bomb after bomb

2005 is becoming a year of flops for Ten, who would really be up the creek without a paddle if it weren’t for Big Brother. The latest casualty is the US version of The Office,
which went to air on two nights last week – two eps back-to-back on
Wednesday night when it attracted 869,500 viewers, and on Thursday
night when it was watched by around 683,000 people. Not brilliant.

The original British version of The Office
was a huge hit in Britain and here. Why NBC thought an American version
would work in the US and why Ten thought it would work here after the
original was a hit on the ABC, is difficult to explain.

Ten stuck with X-Factor
despite low viewing figures because it had paid millions of dollars for
the format and there was too much money and too much ego tied up with
junking it.

Another flop was the local version of Queer Eye,
which was pulled after three of six episodes. The remaining three
episodes shuffled off into the ether last Friday night. The first
episode was watched by 610,000 people, the second (at 10pm) by 336,000,
while the third didn’t make the top 50 list of most-watched programs on

Lunch with Jana?

Jana Wendt, the host of Nine’s Sunday program, is to get a high profile gig on The Bulletin
at ACP – she will replace Jennifer Byrne in the “Lunch with..” column
that is quite successful. Byrne has been writing the column since replacing Maxine Mckew who also presents Lateline on the ABC on Friday nights and presents news updates.

Wendt’s move to take up regular lunching and interviewing tightens the already strong links between the struggling Bulletin and Sunday. Business Sunday is already called “Business Sunday with The Bulletin.

This is just what ACP and PBL CEO John Alexander wants. It might be good for The Bulletin, but for Sunday and Business Sunday?

Last night’s TV ratings

The Winners Seven, even though it lost the night. It had the four top programs, with Border Security (1.891 million) and Medical Emergency (1.719 million) showing the competition a very clean pair of heels. Home and Away (1.435 million) again beat Temptation (1.410 million). Grumpy Old Women
on the ABC saw 1.2 million people watch their crabby, heart felt
comments – the ABC’s best performer on the night.
The Losers Seven’s Boston Legal, with only 516,000 people, though it missed
going to air in Perth because of the cricket, so that knocked off
60,000-70,000 viewers. Even so, the audience would still
have been the lowest since it started four weeks ago with 722,000.
News & CA Wins in Sydney and a big victory in Perth propelled Seven News to a 53,000 margin nationally. Today Tonight won by more than 140,000 people over A Current Affair, thanks to wins in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
The Stats Nine won 29.6% to Seven on 28.0%, Ten on 22.3% the ABC on 15.9% and SBS on 4.3%, Nine won everywhere bar Melbourne and Perth.
Glenn Dyer’s comments Seven is going to make some small changes next week. Boston Legal
goes back to 10:30pm next Tuesday. The show remains a worry, although
Seven programmers are still sold on it as a late night viewing option.
Encouraged by a small lift in viewer numbers on Monday night, Last Man Standing will get more exposure by running on Tuesday nights as well, at 9:30pm.

Peter Fray

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