Only three weeks in, time for the scheduling switcheroos. Ten has “boned” the disappointing Celebrity Dog School. It will be rested from its 6.30pm Sunday timeslot where it bombed badly over the last two Sundays. It may reappear later in the year. It would have been better at half an hour and perhaps on a Friday or Saturday evening. Ten is also putting The Simpsons into the 6.30pm timeslot on Sunday nights with Futurama repeats at 7pm (that means around five and a half hours of The Simpsons) and ran a repeat of NCIS after a fresh ep of NCIS last night to replace The OC, which has died. Meanwhile, Nine has killed Kings Of Comedy, Fridays, 7.30pm after two outings. It did better than the dogs on Ten but poorly against better Homes and Gardens. Airline and Airport replace Kings on Friday nights for a while (at least until the NRL starts in Sydney and Brisbane on March 16). Nine has already killed The Code and rested Motorway Patrol and replaced them with What’s Good For You from next Monday night. Justice was flicked last night for Amazing Medical Stories at 9.30pm. They rated roughly the same, about 830,000 or so viewers. — Glenn Dyer

More bad blood between Foxtel, Seven and Ten. In The Australian today was a complaint from Foxtel about Seven and Ten knocking back AFL ads from the pay TV operator because they didn’t like the content. Sounds more like Foxtel being provocative. The bad feeling between Foxtel, Seven and Ten over the AFL contract will linger for a long time yet and we will see more skirmishes. — Glenn Dyer

Last night’s TV ratings

The Winners: Tuesday night and another big win to Seven thanks to Dancing with the Stars which lost some ground on last week but still averaged 1.726 million viewers. All Saints was second with 1.381,000, virtually steady on a week earlier. Seven News was next with 1.285 million, followed by A Current Affair (1.251 million), Today Tonight (1.221 million), Nine News (1.161 million) and the new Simpsons ep averaged 1.031 million and was Ten’s best. Home and Away won the 7pm battle for Seven with 1.098 million, just in front of The Biggest Loser with 1.080 million. The Simpsons repeat on Ten averaged 1.031 million and the fresh NCIS at 8.30pm averaged 1.010 million. The 7pm ABC News had 1.001 million. Nine replaced the faltering Justice with Amazing Medical Stories at 9.30pm and it shed 3,000 viewers at 831,000. The nice doco, Not All Tea and Scones, on the Country Women’s Association on the ABC at 8pm averaged 654,000 and deserved a lot more.

The Losers: The Bill on the ABC at 8.30pm is up against Dancing on Seven but last night it averaged a lowish 704,000 (which is too many for such an average program). Neighbours was again weak for Ten at 6.30pm with 639,000 and isn’t showing any signs of firing. It needs a rev up.

News & CA: Seven News again won nationally by 124,000 viewers. Nine News won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth where the margin was 121,000. ACA beat Today Tonight nationally and won everywhere bar Adelaide and Perth. (TT won Brisbane on Monday night, not ACA as I said yesterday). Ten News averaged 848,000, the Late News/Sports Tonight averaged 465,000 at 10.30, Nine’s Nightline averaged 296,000 about an hour later. The 7.30 Report averaged 784,000, Lateline, 177,000, Lateline Business, 103,000. SBS News averaged 162,000 at 6.30pm, for the hour and 183,000 for the 9.30pm bulletin. SBS Insight averaged 201,000. 7am Sunrise, 429,000, 7am Today 245,000. Early Sunrise 260,000, Early Today 130,000. Foreign Correspondent 511,000.

The Stats: Seven won with a share of 35.7% (37.2% a week earlier), from Nine on 24.2% (23.0%), Ten with 22.4% (21.1%), the ABC with 12.9% (13.3%) and SBS with 4.7% (5.4%). Seven won all five metro centres, with the biggest win in Sydney by a surprising large margin, 38.8% to 23.9% for Nine. Seven leads the week 32.1% to 27.2% and will win the week. In regional areas Seven also won through Prime/7Qld with 34.3% from WIN/NBN for Nine with 25.9%, Southern Cross (Ten) with 22.4%, the ABC on 12.3% and SBS with 5.1%.

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Dancing with the Stars shed around 80,000 viewers. Not much, but it revives memories of the slow slide of series five late last year. A Current Affair pulled past Today Tonight last night for the first time for a while. Is the “chains” story damage now having an impact on TT? Viewing levels for both not what they were. The ACA improvement was independent of Nine News. Nine’s The Catch Up at 1pm shed 89,000 viewers to 155,000; less than The Young and The Restless and on yesterday’s second outing, it could go a bit lower. They should remember there are still quite a few old people (my age) at home. It is still most popular in Melbourne. Tonight it’s Border Security, Serious Crash Unit, Heroes and Prison Break – On the Run on Seven, McLeod’s Daughters (which is trying to tart up ratings with a boxing match between two of the blokes!), Cold Case and Without A Trace. Ten has the unfortunate Con Test, then the very fortunate House band then Medium, with The Biggest Loser at 7pm. And keep watching the TT/ACA battle and numbers; it could get ugly.

Peter Fray

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