NGV curator saga spreads to Spring St. The National Gallery of Victoria’s
conflict-of-interest saga is set to get a mention in State Parliament tomorrow,
with the Opposition signalling that it will put questions to Arts Minister Mary
Delahunty. Opposition arts spokeswoman Andrea Coote told The Oz‘s Corrie Perkin she
will seek answers from Delahunty about the handling of the investigation into
curator Geoffrey Smith. I have respect for Gerard Vaughan and the NGV Council of Trustees but I am
perplexed at the way this has been handled, and that he didn’t come out when
this issue was first raised,” she said. “Is he being gagged by a minister who doesn’t want the public scrutiny
prior to the state election?” The Opposition will go on the attack in Parliament on the same day the NGV
will be launching its Charles Blackman retrospective without the man who curated
it. Geoffrey Smith, who worked for more than two years preparing the Blackman
show, was stood down recently after the NGV’s internal investigation found he
had a case to answer about admissions he made in a Supreme Court affidavit
regarding his involvement in the commercial gallery business of ex-partner
Robert Gould. – Stephen Feneley

Ice torture continues for Nine. There
are three episodes of Torvill and Dean’s Dancing on
left for the Nine Network and getting through them will be sheer torture after
the program slipped below 1.2 million viewers last night. It was easily beaten again by Seven’s Border Security (2.06 million), Medical Emergency, (1.83 million) and All Saints (1.47 million). The TodayShow‘s Karl Stefanovic survived elimination despite being clearly the worst
non- professional skater on the night – Michael Slater and his partner were cut in a dance-off with Jules Lunn from
Getaway and his partner. Like
Dancing With The Stars, It Takes Two and Big Brother
the results are influenced by revenue-raising text messages from viewers: no
program releases any details on the number of text messages received – which would
reveal too much information to opponents about revenues and
support – but I
wonder if there’s some friendly help for network favourites in these programs. Dancing on
also hurt the following episode of The Closer which fell under a million
viewers. Nine was second overall to Seven. – Glenn Dyer

Memo to West Wing addicts.
The program ends on the ABC on 31 August with
the conclusion of Series 5, but instead of Series 6 being shown next
year, it has been dropped into the summer schedule from November 20 at
8.30pm. The ABC will double up with episodes as it is now doing.
Hopefully that will clear the way for the final Series 7, to be shown
next year, relatively soon after it goes to air in the US. Glenn Dyer

Last night’s TV ratings

The Winners:
A win to Seven last night; it is Tuesday after all. Border Security
was tops with 2.067 million, off a little from the 2.2 million plus of
a week earlier. Medical Emergency was second with 1.838 million, All
was third with 1.475 million and Seven News was next with 1.453
million. Nine’s Temptation was the 7pm battle with 1.451 million, with
Seven’s Home and Away 10,000 back at 1.441 million. Nine News was eighth
with 1.366 million and A Current Affair was ninth with 1.287 million.
Torvill and Dean’s Dancing on Ice was tenth with 1.193 million (that’s down
again) and the Adults Only Simpsons on Ten was 11th with 1.097 million.
Ten’s The Wedge wobbled back over the mill mark to average 1.043
million, ABC News at 7pm averaged 1.040 million and Rove Live at 9.30pm
averaged 1.004 million for Ten in another solid effort. In total 16
programs with a million or more viewers on a night when the most
popular was over two million.

The Losers:
Dancing on Ice is dipping into the area where if it was a long
form program it would probably have one or two more weeks to go before
being chopped. Nine’s The Closer slid to 985,000 and deserves to go
lower. It has no polish or sense compared to Cold Case or Without A
, as we will see tonight with the latter program on Nine. Bert’s
Family Feud
averaged 680,000, Deal or No Deal 847,000 (down a bit) and
Ten News at Five won the hour from 5pm with 855,000. Futurama averaged
824,000: not as many as Monday night but still a lot better than Yasmin would have been able to pull.

News & CA:
Seven News again had to use the big winning margin in Perth to secure
a national win: its Perth margin was 115,000, its national margin was
87,000. Seven News won Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Nine won Melbourne
and Brisbane. Today Tonight’s winning margins were, 140,000 nationally
and 89,000 in Perth. TT won Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine
won Melbourne. Both ABC News and Ten News At Five did
solid numbers.

The Stats:
Seven won with a share of 32.6% (30.6% a week earlier) from Nine with
25.8% (29.1%), Ten with 21.9% (22.0%), the ABC with 14.54 (14.5%) and
SBS with 5.4% (3.8%). Seven won all five metro markets. Seven now leads
the week 29.8% to 28.0% for Nine.

Glenn Dyer’s comments:
A competitive night tonight. Suddenly, after two weeks of repeats, Ten
has rummaged around to find new episodes of House and NCIS. Nothing to
do with the appearance of Seven’s Forensic Investigators at 8.30pm
(9.30pm from next week)? Nine’s McLeod’s Daughters should do well, if
it’s not split like last week in Melbourne and Without A Trace should
also be competitive. The ABC of course has Spicks and Specks, The New
at 8pm and the last episode of Absolute Power at 9pm. What
will the spin doctors do for their video training now? Ten might win
the night, it all depends on Futurama at 7pm and Honey We’re Killing
The Kids
at 7.30pm.

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