Wilson speculates on a night AFL grand final. A wonderful punt
into the ruck of AFL-Seven-ten-Foxtel 2007 negotiations today from The Age‘s
well-connected football writer, Caroline Wilson. The
report certainly saw the pack fly, but no grab. It was
a pretty thin line of argument to base the night AFL grand final story on the
fact that Seven’s David Leckie started it with the NRL
back in 2001, when he was running the Nine Network.

“Channel Seven chief
executive David Leckie has long been an advocate of
the move, having pioneered National Rugby League Sunday night grand finals
during his tenure at the Nine Network”, writes Wilson. But Leckie only had one NRL Grand Final – he
was sacked three months later by Kerry Packer, partly over giving the Ten
Network the AFL finals series (but that was only a catalyst). As for the night AFL, both Seven and Ten
point out that the ratings will be the same in the afternoon as at night and the
advertising will be the same – a premium can be changed no matter if its an
afternoon or an evening grand final. It is a major event and stands on its own,
across the country. It is also on a Saturday, compared to the
NRL, which was moved to Sunday afternoons and then evenings to help Nine’s
ratings in Sydney and Brisbane. Meanwhile, the AFL calendar won’t be out until October
but we will get an idea when the V8 Supercars releases
its 2007 calendar about a month before hand. Seven, the Supercars and the AFL are consulting on the two calendars to
eliminate as many clashes as possible.Glenn Dyer

The
BBC’s “wrong Guy” saga continues.

Guy Goma is the Congolese man the BBC mistakenly
interviewed
on live TV last month about the Apple v Apple legal battle. The
man they’d intended to interview was Guy Kewney, while Guy Goma was actually in
the building applying for a data support cleanser job in the BBC’s IT
department. A job that he didn’t get, to the disgust of thousands of supporters
who have started an online petition asking the BBC to give him
either the job he applied for, or a better one. Guy Goma is reportedly “amused” by all the attention. – Marika Webb-Pullman

Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners:
Wednesday night and it’s House and Thank God You’re Here and a win for
Ten, with Seven second and Nine a close third in another fairly
competitive night. Fifteen programs with a million or more
viewers.Thank God You’re Here was the most watched program with 1.812
million, followed by House with 1.719 million, Seven News with 1.579
million, Today Tonight with 1.558 million, McLeod’s Daughters 1.328
million, NCIS 1.317 million, Home and Away 1.317 million, A Current
Affair
1.287 million, Temptation 1.202 million, Prison Break 1.179
million, Big Brother 1.170 million, Spicks and Specks (ABC) 1.084
million, Beyond Tomorrow (Seven) 1.037 million and Without A Trace on
Nine with 1.033 million..

The Losers: Bert’s Family Feud
back up to 659,000 but Deal or No Deal averaged 974,000 and won the
5.30 timeslot. Seven’s Beyond Tomorrow is looking a bit tired, as is
Nine’s ER (827,000). Seven’s Prison Break ran for two hours last night
and only averaged 1.179 million. That’s OK but not much more. House and
NCIS were just too good, but Prison Break did beat Without A Trace on Nine.

News & CA:
Seven News had a narrow win nationally, thanks to the big win in Perth.
Seven News beat Nine in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne
and Brisbane.Today Tonight had a bigger win over A Current Affair with
wins in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. ACA won Perth. The 7pm
ABC news averaged 947,000 and the 7.30 Report, 750,000.

The Stats:

Ten won with a share of 31.0% (24.6% a week ago) from Seven on
26.1%(23.9%) and Nine with 25.2% (36.5%: last Wednesday night saw the
first NRL State of Origin game played and broadcast on Nine). Ten won
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide while Seven won Perth.

Glenn Dyer’s comments:
There are only a couple of Thank God You’re Here episodes to go, with a
Grand Final that will no doubt be as big as Ben Hur. It is probably
Ten’s most successful new show this year, although The Biggest Loser
was probably more beneficial to Ten, filling the hole at 7pm five
nights week and ending with a bang. But Thank God‘s departure will
leave a big hole in Ten’s schedule. By the time it returns no doubt
there will be some ensemble comedy/sitcoms back on air, somewhere.
Nine’s Comedy IncThe Late Shift returned on Tuesday night with 585,000
people, which was OK at 10.30pm.Tonight it’s Lost on Seven and The
Amazing Race
taking on Missing Persons Unit, Hello/Goodbye and Getaway
on Nine. Ten’s night will be back to the 16 to 39 age group with shows like Smallville and Medium. Seven is a narrow leader over Nine for the week, 27.5% to 27.3%.

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