Business, business everywhere. With Business Sunday gone, others are jumping in. Sky News, owned by PBL, Sky News (News Corp) and the Seven Network, started a Sunday version of the Sky Business Report yesterday at 8.30 am; the ABC has Inside Business hosted by Alan Kohler at 10am. And the best business program on TV for small and medium business is Seven’s My Business, hosted by David Koch. on Sundays at 11 am: it attracts the biggest audiences of any business program on TV each week, even outrating the old Business Sunday. Now there’s an ad on Seek.com.au for a “Television Journalist/Presenter” for a pilot series for “Business style program”. The company listed as a contact produces infomercial style programs in the motoring and real estate areas for Fox Sports, Nine and SBS already. Could it be that AVE is sniffing an opportunity to move upmarket and that a cheaper and softer version of Business Sunday appears on Nine in 2007? Or on Ten perhaps, or SBS? The opening is there. — Glenn Dyer

Wanted: unwanted TV talent. Another interesting ad on Seek is this one from Nine, looking for “permanent and casual producers”:

Producers

Permanent and Casual Positions Available

National Nine News Sydney seeks experienced News Producers for both permanent and casual positions in their busy newsroom.

Working within Australia’s top television newsroom it is essential you have first class writing skills, can work to tight deadlines and perform well under pressure.

Previous media industry experience essential.

There’re quite a few people around with the necessary experience who used to work for Nine. Why sack them when two months later you have to go and hire new staff? — Glenn Dyer

Nine wins ratings, not profits. Another week another win by the Nine Network in the national ratings battle, but rival Seven is far more profitable and Nine is facing renewed profit pressures from renegotiated cost and revenue sharing agreements with key affiliates in Adelaide and Perth. Bragging rights do not mean high profits if you can’t translate that into higher revenues and that has been Nine’s problem for the past year. It’s a network that’s winning the ratings battle and doing a good job of finishing second in revenue and more importantly, profits. Nine won last week with a share of 29.5% (40.3% the week before ) from Seven with 26.7% (27.3%), Ten with 22.8% (21.1%), the ABC with 15.8% (15.9%) and SBS with 5.2% (5.4%). Nine won Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane while Seven won Perth. In regional areas Nine won through its affiliates WIN/NBN with a share of 31.6% from Prime/7Qld with 26.6%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.4%, the ABC with 15.3% and SBS with 6.1%. The NRL finals this Friday and Saturday nights in Sydney and Brisbane will be enough to make sure Nine win this week. But there’s no AFL in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth as well as regional markets in southern states. That means Nine has to put filler material to air while the NRL finals are played and broadcast in NSW and Queensland (like it has been for the past five years). Meanwhile the Ten Network has released times for this weekend’s first round of AFL Finals and it has declined to put the Friday night game between St Kilda and Melbourne on live in Sydney and Brisbane up against the first NRL final on the Nine Network. All other games are live, especially the Swans-Weagles game in Perth on Saturday evening. — Glenn Dyer

Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: Sunday night and Nine won both the night and the old fashioned Sunday night movie battle between three interesting contenders: Terminator 3(not the Telstra issue) on Nine, Under the Tuscan Sun on Seven and Intolerable Cruelty on Ten with the best known principals of George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Naturally the Governor of California won. But Nine News was tops on the night with an average 1.770 million viewers thanks to the NRL and AFL games at 4 pm. They were the last home and away matches for the year. 60 Minutes was second with 1.707 million and Australian Idol was third with 1.348. Where Are They Now on Seven was 4th with 1.348 million, Prehistoric Park on Nine at 6.30 pm was just behind with 1.305 million, Nine’s movie Terminator 3 was seventh with 1.206 million, ahead of Nine’s Sunday Football with 1.089 million and Seven’s movie Under The Tuscan Sun with 1.082 million. Ten’s charming Meerkat Manor was tenth with 1.041 million, and with 1.002 million, the 7pm ABC News was the 11th and final program with a million or more viewers. Ten’s movie, Intolerable Cruelty, bombed with just 797,000 viewers. Artful acting just doesn’t cut the mustard on a Sunday night when up against Arnie and a good chick flick on Seven.

The Losers: Seven’s You May Be Right keeps hanging around at 7.30pm. It averaged 812,000 last night. It finished fourth last night behind 60 Minutes, Idol and the ABC’s In Search of Myths at 7.30pm.

News & CA: Nine News won as expected. No AFL on the network from this weekend so the figures for next Sunday will be interesting. Seven News has to make up ground if it believes it can claw back Sunday nights from Nine.Ten News at Five averaged 690,000, but will do well over the next few weekends because of the AFL Finals. ABC News was solid. Sunday morning figures were Weekend Sunrise with 481,000, Sportsworld, 371,000, Landline (ABC Noon), 271,000. The Sunday Footy Show on Nine 410,000, Sunday 266,000, My Business on Seven at 11 am, 179,000, Business Success at 8.30 pm on Nine, 1333,000, Insiders on the ABC, 115,000, Offsiders, 105,000, Inside Business, 103,000, Meet The Press, 58,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 32.1% (35.3%) from Seven with 25.3% (22.9%), Ten with 23.7% (22.2%), the ABC with 15.0%(14.7%) and SBS with 3.8% (4.9%). In regional areas a win to Nine’s affiliates, WIN/NBN with a 29.8% share from Prime/7Qld with 26.7%, Sthn Cross (Ten) with 22.1%, the ABC on 16.4% and SBS on 4.9%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: So all those Sunday Night at the Movies? And all of them oldies too in terms of pay TV, cinema and DVD release. Next Sunday, it’s back to higgledy-piggledy programming. but more of that later. Tonight Nine has a program called Swarms and then a Cold Case repeat and then Two Twisted. Two Twisted is the stand out. Seven has The Great Outdoors, Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds. Ten has more Idol, then an old Law and Order SVU and an MA15 new ep of the same program. The ABC’s highlight will be Andrew Denton at 9.35pm with Raelene Boyle and a repeat of the Don Chipp interview (Denton spoke at the memorial service for Don Chip last week).

Peter Fray

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