No family affair for Today
family-orientated double header hosting Today: All in the Family with Pete and
I don’t think so.
Niners say the floated suggestion of Peter Overton of 60
Minutes hosting the Today show next year with wife Jessica Rowe, the Ten
Network co-host of the 5pm news, has been nixed. Not
by management, but by the magic couple.
Why Rowe would want to leave a program like Ten News, which has more viewers in Sydney each day than Today
has nationally, is beyond me. Likewise with Peter Overton. Being watched every
now and then by more than 1.5 million people on a Sunday night on 60 Minutes is
worth around eight days of Today audiences.
Today represents rotten hours and limelight deprivation syndrome with
if you’re not getting up early at the moment to work,
why would you want to change?
Last night’s TV ratings
No outstanding winners: Temptation and Millionaire both
had bigger audiences than a week earlier, but that was helped a bit by Seven
running a highlights episode of Desperate Housewives instead of a new
episode, so viewers were encouraged to move elsewhere.
||Also no outstanding losers from last night, it was a very evenly
distributed evening. Perhaps 24, the Seven program now in its fourth series.
Viewers continue to be increasingly resistant to its charms. It lost almost
200,000 viewers last night to end at 1.005 million on average. Having
a highlights show of Desperate Housewives (1.448 million) instead of a
full episode (two million plus) hurt 24. Mythbusters on SBS down around
200,000 viewers or so on recent weeks at 697,600 people.
|News & CA|| Seven News and Today Tonight were first (1.560
million) and second (1.539 million) nationally thanks to a good win in
Sydney and a huge victory in Perth where the audiences for Nine
News and A Current Affair were half that for Seven. The ABC News and 7:30 Report attracted well
over a million viewers each in another good night, while Four Corners
out rated Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope with an average 995,500 people –
its second best audience of the year. Enough Rope was watched by an
average 932,900 and Media Watch wasn’t far behind with 893,400. But
host Liz Jackson can’t do irony, too monotone, I wish someone would
Nine won with 27.4% to 26.8% for Seven, 22.0% for the
Ten, 17.5% for the ABC and 6.3% for SBS (no cricket last night). Nine
had solid wins in Sydney, Melbourne
Seven won Brisbane, but streeted the
opposition in Perth,
winning by 10% from Ten and then Nine. The ABC recorded very high
figures for Perth (19%) and Sydney (19.6%).
|Glenn Dyer’s comments||
Seven did everyone a favour by not running a new episode of