Two more departures from the House of Eddie. Nine’s publicity boss, Jamie Campbell, will go at the end of November after ten years, and head legal beagle, Stuart Thomas, is departing for a job with Macquarie Radio network. Eddie announced yesterday: “Stuart Thomas, the Nine Network’s General Counsel, has decided to take up a position with the Macquarie Radio Network. Stuart has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Network and will leave Nine early in the New Year, with our best wishes”. That means Nine’s two main legal operatives (the other was Andrew Stewart) have gone this year. Clark went to Deacons where he was involved in the abortive attempts to suppress the Mark Llewellyn affidavit. Nine has just appointed a head of communications and marketing in Stephen Woodhill who is in the process of revamping the publicity and corporate relations area at Nine from reports around Willoughby. Perhaps Campbell sniffed the wind and saw the need for a change, but some suggest that it might also mark the start of further changes in the publicity and programming areas of Nine. — Glenn Dyer
Daily Tele back to being a newspaper today. The P-Plate drivers story led the paper and the circulation enhancing Alfa Spider sports car offer was buried in a strapline across the bottom of the front page. “Please Save Our Kids” screamed the headline, with pictures of children from the school on the Northern NSW Coast where the four teenagers died in a car crash at the weekend. — Glenn Dyer
Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: Monday night and its Grey’s Anatomy, which won the night again for Seven with 1.849 million viewers from the kids on Home and Away with 1.464 million. Idol’s Verdict was next with 1.450 million (it’s odd how the verdict ep of Idol always doesn’t rate as well as Sunday’s performance) Seven News was fourth with 1.450 million, Nine’s A Current Affair averaged 1.339 million for fifth, Nine News was sixth with 1.320 million and Today Tonight was seventh with 1.319 million. Nine’s What’s Good For You lifted to 1.318 million, Temptation averaged 1.260 million, Criminal Minds, 1.146 million at 9.30 for Seven (where Nine fell in a big hole of its own making); What A Year was higher with 1.025 million viewers, The Great Outdoors averaged 1.020 million and the 7 pm ABC News averaged 1.002 million to be the 13th and last program on the night with a million or more viewers. Ten’s repeat of Law and Order SVU averaged 963,000 and Futurama at 7 pm for Ten with 929,000.
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The Losers: Apart from Nine’s repeat of Cold Case at 9.30pm (761,000 on average), no real disasters. Bert’s Family Feud averaged 545,000, Deal Or No Deal, 853,000. Ten News At Five, 806,000. All fair to middling. The ABC’s Australian Story was weak with 786,000. Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope was down on average at 880,000.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally but Today Tonight was beaten by A Current Affair. Either Nine News was weak, or Today Tonight was. Given that Seven News won by 130,000 nationally (106,000 in Perth) and Today Tonight got beaten by 20,000 (including 98,000 in Perth) it looks like TT and presenter Naomi Robson had a bad night. But these things happen. Seven News won Sydney comfortably and TT beat ACA in its home down by an even larger margin. It was only when you got to Melbourne and Brisbane were there noticeable turn-offs from Seven News to TT. It will make for an interesting week. ABC News was solid at just over a million viewers and The 7.30 Report was also solid with 895,000 (more than Australian Story) Four Corners at 8.30 averaged 850,000, beating Australian Story as well. Media Watch missed out, averaging 763,000 viewers. Sunrise and Early Sunrise again beat Today on Nine.
The Stats: Seven won the night with a share of 31.2% (31.1% a week earlier) from Nine with 25.7% (23.6%), Ten with 20.7% (21.8%), the ABC with 15.9% (17.3%) and SBS with 6.5% (6.3%). Seven won all five metro markets but Nine leads the week 27.2% to 26.0%, with Ten on 25.8%. In regional areas, Nine was the winner with its affiliates, WIN/NBN averaging 30.0% from Prime/7Qld with 26.0%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 21.6%, ABC, 15.1% and SBS with 7.2%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: Compared to the previous Monday, Nine’s What’s Good For You added around 240,000 viewers and this helped What A Year at 8.30 past the million mark. But it is not an interesting program like 20 to 1 can be. Mike Munro and Megan Gale are not really gelling and give Ellen Fanning and Ross Greenwood on Sunday a run for the top spot in the competition to find the least compatible TV couple presenting a program. A better option would have been to give Bert Newton a crack at What A Year: he’s lived through all the memorable ones in recent memory. Once Nine’s night got to 9.30 pm all it had was a repeat of Cold Case which bombed. Ten had nothing outside Idol, which is enough: if the 18 to 49s are not there the 16 to 39s will do, I suppose. Seven would have liked the night but a slight niggle is the weakness in Melbourne of Naomi and Today Tonight. A turn-off again for TT from Seven News. Tonight there’s a certain Dancing show on Seven. Will its audience figures perk up after weakening over the start of series five? The other networks have FAQ (Fair Average Quality) programming so you takes your chances.