Foul play suspected in City Homicide disappearance. More information has come to hand about the fate of City Homicide, the Melbourne-based crime drama piloted for Seven at the end of last year, starring Shane Bourne. Detectives are investigating the program’s disappearance in and around Seven’s programming department. Foul play is suspected. Shane Bourne’s gig fronting Thank God You’re Here on Ten won’t be troubled. The disappearance of City Homicide has strained relations between the Programming and the Drama departments at Seven, specifically between John Holmes, the head of drama, and Tim Worner, Seven’s head of programming. Some in Seven are wondering if it’s Always Greener  the above average rural drama Seven killed off a couple of years ago, just as its rating were steadying – all over again. Worner pulled the plug to free up money and a timeslot or two for a couple of co-productions with Channel Four in the UK, which subsequently bombed. Relations between Programming and Drama were strained as a result. Worner doesn’t like City Homicide and that’s it, never mind that it did well in audience tests. Investigations are continuing. — Glenn Dyer

New editor for The Adelaide Review. The appointment of former ABC, Adelaide Advertiser and international freelance journalist Lachlan Colquhoun as editor of The Adelaide Review will be formally announced later today. The free fortnightly tabloid, a hot property under Christopher Pearson’s editorship, is best described nowadays as a renovator’s delight. — Christian Kerr

Cricket delivers Nine the last week of summer ratings. A win to the Nine Network last week, driven by the success of the One Day International cricket on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday nights. And Nine would have hoped to win this week off the back of two ODI games but that is off after England beat Australia last night and Nine will have to tackle its rivals with normal programming tomorrow night. Still Nine is well placed and a bit more confident after the good summer it has enjoyed, thanks to the cricket ratings and the $60 million plus in revenues it delivered. Nine won last week with a share of 31.2% (29.6%) from Seven with 26.4% (30.3%), Ten with 21.5% (19.4%), the ABC with 15.5% (15.0%) and SBS with 5.4% (5.7%). Nine won Friday and Saturday nights: Friday with the first ODI final lost by Australia and a share of 37.9% to 25.4% for Seven; and Saturday with average programming but enough to win with a share of 24.6% to 24.0% for Ten, 22.3% for the ABC and 22.2% for Seven.

Last night’s TV ratings

The Winners: The rain disrupted not only the second One Day Final, won by England, but last night’s viewing and the ratings, easily won by Nine. For example, according to the official ratings, Nine News was the most watched program with 1.885 million viewers. But it wasn’t; the cricket ran over to around 6.50pm when the News started and ran to roughly 7.20pm. So the News ratings were actually part of the night session of the cricket, the second most-watched program with 1.710 million viewers. Seven News, which did start at 6pm, averaged 1.486 million (a strong figure, given that the cricket was getting interesting at the end of the England innings). The day session of the cricket was fourth with 1.393 million as it ran around 50 minutes past the scheduled 6pm finish because of rain delays. Ten’s first weigh-in of The Biggest Loser wasn’t hurt by the cricket: it averaged 1.258 million viewers from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Seven’s one-off Where Are They Now at 6.30pm averaged 1.187 million and its movie, The Princess Diaries (The Engagement), from 7.30pm averaged 1.148 million (meaning that the overwhelming majority of women viewers from 7.30pm onwards were on Ten and Seven and lots of men watched the cricket on their own). The ABC’s World War Two police drama, Foyle’s War (8.30pm ) averaged 1.042 million, Ten’s So You Think You Can Dance averaged 1.008 million from 8.30pm and Planet Earth on the ABC at 7.30pm a strong 1.003 million up again the start of the Australian innings. The various rain delays during the Australian innings last night meant the telecast went on and on and on.

The Losers: Too hard last night. The cricket didn’t help the return of The Einstein Factor on the ABC with 452,000 viewers. The real story last night was the strength of Ten and Seven up against the cricket. Last night was a much more important game for Australian fans and although Nine did very well, it wasn’t quite as good as the previous Sunday and Seven and Ten did better than a week ago.

News & CA: Nine News won from a strong Seven News. It’s the battle proper tonight and both Today Tonight and A Current Affair have been promoting exclusives all weekend. These are all “good” stories which happened to come to fruition late Friday! ABC News averaged 883,000; Ten News, 601,000.

The Stats: Nine won with a share of 35.3% (37.3%), Seven with 24.3% (22.8%), Ten with 19.7% (18.9%), the ABC with 15.9% (16.8%) and SBS with 4.9% (4.2%). Nine won all five metro markets. In regional areas a win to Nine through WIN/NBN with 32.6% from Prime/7Qld with 26.5%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 20.0%, the ABC with 15.4% and SBS with 5.5%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: A point to emerge from the cricket commentary on Friday and yesterday is that Australian cricketer Andrew “Roy” Symonds is a rough gem just waiting to be polished as a commentator. He brought a modern analytical mind to the chat and showed up most of the commentators (with the exception of Richie B and at times Ian Healy). The audience for The Biggest Loser will give maximum confidence to Ten. The Biggest Loser was the top show in both the 16 to 39 and 18 to 49 age groups and that would have been bad news for Nine and Cricket Australia because they are the demographics they want to capture if cricket is to stay on top. Tonight it’s ratings proper with Seven having the Rich List, Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters. Nine has The Code, Motorway Patrol, 1 vs 100 and CSI New York. Ten has The Biggest Loser, Bondi Rescue and Supernatural. On the ABC Four Corners is back plus the new Jeff McMullen talk show, Difference of Opinion.

Peter Fray

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