Yasmin’s not getting married. I suppose we should be glad for small mercies: Ten has yanked the terrible Yasmin’s Getting
Married
from our screens after just four episodes and replaced it at 7pm with the cartoon series, Futurama. Let’s
hope that the jilting of Yasmin before she even got to
the altar will effectively end the glut of reality-style TV programming in this country. Big Brother will still be with us, as will programs like The Biggest Loser
and Honey We’re Killing the Kids, but they are becoming few and far
between. Yasmin was down
to just 510,000 viewers on Friday night and would have fallen under the half
million mark tonight. Ten had to kill it off over the weekend before incurring another
week’s costs. Ten
paid tribute to the panel used in the program but I would have shot the lot in TV
terms: there should have
been a mother; a tut-tutting, do-gooding social worker; an out there marriage
celebrant/relationships counsellor and a bitchy
critic – anything to have given it a bit of bite. The
problem was that the format itself was a dud. All dating programs have a short life, they are mawkish and depend heavily
on the host and innuendo. We
should also be glad that Ten didn’t resort to either of its three usual standby options when
forced to fill a gap in its schedule: Seinfeld,
Everyone Loves Raymond and The Simpsons. But Futurama isn’t a long term option – why not bump new comedy series Real Stories up to four nights a week? – Glenn Dyer

The dying days of Business Sunday. Only a
couple of editions of Business Sunday
left before it dies under the Eddie McGuire-inspired revamp of Nine’s
Sunday morning programming, but can’t they keep the standards up a
touch in the meantime? In a story
on yesterday’s program about trying to get Australians to take their
annual holidays, Scott Morrison, general manager of Tourism Australia,
was interviewed. And yet Morrison is no longer with Tourism Australia –
he lost his job last month. Perhaps the
better story would have been to look at the falling out between him and tourism minister Fran
Bailey. A back announce following the story could have pointed out Morrison’s departure. – Glenn Dyer

Footy takes Nine to another weekly win. A close
win to Nine last week, which was decided on Friday and
Saturday night by the various football telecasts. Nine
won with a share of 28.3% (28.6% last week) to 28.1% (27.6%). Ten was next with 22.9%
(22.4%), followed by the ABC on 15.5% (16.0%) and SBS on 5.9% (5.4%). Nine
won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven won Brisbane and Perth and Ten won Adelaide. Ten
plumbed the heights (Big Brother on Sunday and Monday night) and then the depths
with Yasmin’s Getting Married
at 7pm. Nine won Friday night (and probably the week) with the AFL in
the southern markets and the NRL in Sydney and Brisbane. The West Coast
Eagles were playing and that gave Nine a 45.7% share in Perth. Seven
won Saturday night with the Rugby Test doing well in Sydney and
Brisbane and the AFL (Sydney v Essendon) doing very well in Melbourne.
The Melbourne audience of 426,000 for the losing Bombers supported
Seven’s decision not to show the rugby live in Melbourne and Adelaide. – Glenn Dyer

Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: Sunday
night: new programs on Seven (Criminal Minds) and the return of
Australian Idol on Ten. 60 Minutes on Nine made it to the top of the
viewing pile. 1.889 million people on average: it was a long way ahead
of Nine News with 1.630 million. Nine had CSI in third with 1.548
million. Seven’s It Takes Two finished up last night with 1.516 million,
about what it deserved: it’s no Dancing With The Stars and Grant Denyer
isn’t Dazzlin Dazza. Seven News was fifth with 1.502 million, Nine’s
repeat of 20 to 1, 1.478 million, and the first audition of Idol was
back with an average 1.346 million. Seven’s Criminal Minds debuted with
1.330 million over two hours from 8.30 pm. It switches to 9.30 pm
Mondays after Grey’s Anatomy at 8.30 pm. We will see how it settles. CSI
Miami
was next with 1.256 million, The final episode of Planet Earth at
7.30 pm on the ABC averaged 1.250 million. Nine’s 4pm football
telecasts averaged 1.154 million, and Ten’s Great Debate from the
Melbourne Comedy Festival averaged 1.079 million after Idol… Just 12
programs with a million or more viewers.

The Losers:
Nothing really; a solid night when all the programs did reasonably well
to excellent (60 Minutes especially). The opening for Idol was OK: it
did the trick for Ten with the 16 to 39 group, as it was intended, but
a wider audience? Needs a new judge at the older end of the spectrum
because like his automotive namesake, Mark Holden is not selling well
these days. JAG on Seven after Criminal Minds with 1.3 million, sagged
to just 382,000 viewers. Not good.

News & CA: Sunday
night, the footy lead-ins and Nine News won. But Seven News won Melbourne and Brisbane, so the power of the footy lead-in is perhaps
not as strong as thought. Seven News was close to Nine for the second
Sunday in a row.The 7pm ABC News averaged 983,000 people, Ten News At
Five
661,000. Weekend Sunrise averaged 397,000 at 8am to 9.30pm but
that was the first time under 400,000 viewers for some months.. Nine’s
Sunday averaged 291,000, Seven’s My Business at 11 am, 213,0000,
Sportsworld averaged 361,000 from 9.30 am to 11am.

The Stats: Nine
won with a share of 31.1% (31.4% a week ago) from Seven on 28.6%
(24.0%), Ten with 22.3% (25.6%), the ABC with 13.7% (15.2%) and SBS
with 4.3% (3.9%). Nine won Sydney, lost Melbourne to Seven, but won
Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth!

Glenn Dyer’s comments:
Nine would have been happy, Seven would have been happy and Ten would
have been happy. So too the ABC and SBS: and viewers as well. There was
something for most viewers last night on telly. Tonight it’s What’s Good
For You
and a New and Old Cold Case (a repeat!) up against Idol on Ten
and Law and Order SVU. Seven has The Great Outdoors, Grey’s Anatomy and
Criminal Minds. It will be close between Seven and Nine. Four Corners
looks interesting: a story about the execution in Iran of a teenage
girl.

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