Nine has thrown in the towel on two more of its 2006
offerings.

Suspicious Minds, which was going to air at 9.30pm on
Wednesdays, has been moved back to 10.30pm. Nine
has slotted in The Closer, the underperforming US crime drama that has popped up on Monday and
Tuesday nights. That makes two episodes of The Closer this week – it must be the filler of choice
for Nine until the episodes run out. Nine is also
running multiple episodes of CSI to fill gaps in its
schedule. The
rundown from 8.30pm tonight is now Without A Trace, The Closer and
Suspicious Minds. On
Thursday nights Nine has said goodbye to The New
Adventures Of Old Christine
at 9pm. Two and A Half Men is now at 9pm after a 90 minute
episode of Getaway. The
longer episode of Getaway is an attempt by Nine to counter the start of Seven’s
Celebrity Survivor at 8.30pm Nine is hoping people will watch Getaway and not
switch to Seven at 8.30pm. But
Seven’s 7.30 to 8.30 programs How I Met Your Mother and My Name Is Earl are
building audience and Earl has won the 8pm to 8.30pm timeslot on
occasion. Tonight, Seven
premieres The Master, another quiz show where five contestants take on “The
Master” for a million dollar prize. It’s up against
Spicks and Specks and first episode of the new Ricky Gervais comedy, Extras, on the ABC. Glenn Dyer

Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: Tuesday night
and another win to Seven but Nine’s Dancing on Ice had its best night
out since starting with a small but solid lift in audience numbers.
Border Security though was the top show with another strong effort: an
average 2.274 million people watching. Medical Emergency at 8pm
averaged 1.813 million, All Saints, 1.523 million, Home and Away at 7pm, 1.513 million, Seven News, 1.438 million and Today Tonight, 1.417
million. All top six programs from Seven. Nine’s Temptation was its
best at seventh with 1.366 million, with A Current Affair (1.334 million)
and Nine News (1.319 million) and then Dancing on Ice, 1.283 million,
all from Nine. Nine’s repeat of CSI was 11th with 1.271 million, The
All New Simpsons was 12 with 1.096 million, and that was all the
programs with a million or more viewers last night. Dancing on Ice
added 91,000 last night.

The Losers: Ten – it may have
won the night with the under 40s last night but a share of 19.8% on a
Tuesday night isn’t good.The most watched show for the network was The
Simpsons
, The Wedge averaged 905,000 and was beaten by Rolf Harris’s
painting show on the ABC (936,000) Bogan humour, aka The Wedge, doesn’t
play for long. The return of Crossing Jordan to Seven at 9.30 pm was
also a ho-hum event for viewers: only 902,000 watched, 600,000 down on
the number that watched All Saints. Bert’s Family Feud averaged 611,000,
Seven’s Deal Or No Deal, 872,000, Ten News At Five, 894,000.

News & CA: Seven
News
and Today Tonight had to rely on big winning margins in Perth to
once again finish ahead of Nine. Seven News won by 174,000 in Perth and
119,000 nationally: Today Tonight won by 142,000 in Perth and 83,000
nationally. Seven News won Perth and Adelaide, Nine won Sydney,
Melbourne and Brisbane: Today Tonight won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth,
A Current Affair won Sydney and Melbourne (the markets that really
count). ABC News at 7pm averaged 997,000, The 7.30 Report, 645,000
and a victim of the battle between Seven and Nine at 7.30 pm.

The Stats:
Seven won last night with a share of 32.3% (32.6%) to Nine with 28.2%
(25.8%), Ten with just 19.8% (21.9%), the ABC with 14.6% (14.4%) and
SBS with 5.1% (5.4%). Seven won all five metro markets. In regional
areas Prime/7Qld won with a share of 33.3% from WIN/NBN(9) with 28.2%,
Sth Cross (Ten ) with 20.2%, the ABC with 13.4% and SBS with 4.9%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments:

Nine will be a little happier about the lift in viewers for Dancing on
Ice
. But the program did lose its best “character” last night in Jules
Lund. But Nine will now be hoping for an 1.5 million average audience
for the final in a couple of weeks. Border Security, though, goes from
strength to strength: 947,000 people watched in regional markets last
night, meaning that more than 3.2 million watched across the country.
That’s a big audience. (and don’t cover WA and the Northern Territory).
Ten is floundering at the moment with the separation of Yasmin at 7pm,
it’s got nothing to start the evening with. There is a new comedy
starting tomorrow night that will be worth watching: David Tench
Tonight
, followed by another series of The Ronnie Johns Half Hour.
Tonight Ten should bounce back though with a new House and NCIS after
Honey We’re Killing The Kids. Ten’s night, maybe.