Dazza to dance off Dancing ? Is Daryl Somers about to lay down his dancing pumps, or is he up to his old tricks of trying to pressure Seven into a new and juicier deal? Is the Seven Network about to take a big, big risk and go with Sonia Kruger as host of the smash hit series which finished last week with 2.2 million people tuning in across the five metro markets? We’ve heard these questions before with Our Daryl, who is something of a DQ (Drama Queen) when it comes to his income and perks. On Sunday night, in accepting the Logie for the most popular reality program, Dazza showed all the insecurities that he is noted for: telling the audience you can get millions of people watching you but it’s always a surprise to get a Logie, and also suggesting that series seven was up in the air. Of course it is, but only because it is too early to talk about it. But our Daz is known for holding his hand to his forehead and saying “woe is me, I am not appreciated.” So will it be time for Kruger to take the lead or will Seven ship around another case or five of Grange and a polite note thanking Dazza for his efforts and how many zeroes would he like on his cheque? I reckon Seven should frighten the dye out of Daz’s locks and suggest that it will be an all-girl pairing of Sonia and Fi Fi Box, who was the surprise packet of the last series and shares with Dazza a charming sense of ordinariness (but hopefully not his DQ nature). — Glenn Dyer
Lyle hits the big time. A big promotion in the Murdoch media empire for former Nine and Ten presenter and executive, David Lyle. He’s been named president of the Fox Reality Channel on the cusp of the cable network’s second birthday. Lyle has headed up the channel as chief operating officer and general manager since its launch two years ago and according to Fox the channel is now in 35 million American homes. Before he started Fox Reality, Lyle was president of entertainment at FremantleMedia North America. He was also worldwide head of acquisition and development at Pearson and before that head of development and acquisitions at Australia’s Nine Network (where he worked under David Leckie). Lyle would not return to work for the present management of Nine because of the closeness to Leckie. He is in a far more powerful position in North American electronic media than most. David Gyngell, who ran Nine from 2002-2005, runs the North American operations of Granada and as such is a supplier to networks like Fox Reality. Could Lyle be a possible new head of Foxtel when News Corp here gets around to some senior management shuffles it has to make in the next few months at Foxtel and News Ltd? Maybe, but running Foxtel would not have the same oomph as running a rapidly growing cable network in the News empire in the toughest media market in the world. — Glenn Dyer
Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: A strong win to Seven without Dancing Of The Stars. The Nine Network’s inflationary counter attack, 50 to 1 did OK but Seven’s programming was No. 1 from 5.30pm to well past 10.30pm. Seven News was tops with 1.547 million viewers, Today Tonight was second with 1.528 million and Seven’s Dancing replacement, It Takes Two, returned for series two with a strong 1.515 million over two hours from 7.30pm. It beat Nine’s 50 to 1: Great Movie One Liners, which averaged 1.303 million people, with Bert Newton again giving his all for the network. Home And Away had 1.300 million while Nine News averaged 1.239 million. All Saints was down from its Dancing days but the 1.236 million from 9.30pm or so made it a clear winner. A Current Affair had a low 1.180 million viewers, Temptation averaged 1.130 million and NCIS had 1.099 million for Ten at 8.30pm. The 7pm ABC News had 1.069 million and the new Simpsons ep at 7.30pm (1.003 million) was the 12th and final program with a million or more viewers.
The Losers: Nine running CSI repeats on Tuesday night, a night when it had the chance to counter-attack against a Seven without Dancing . Weak-kneed or a sign there’s nothing worth using in the armoury at Nine? The Budget was earnest at 7.30 pm: 707,000 tuned in. Red Kerry does a lot better with the normal 7.30 Report , while the hour-long double header at 8pm with Kez and the blonde butterball, Tony Jones, was worthy and watched by 803,000. Almost 100,000 more viewers found the dynamic duo more interesting than The Smirk at 7.30. A no-brainer really. Lateline Business at 10.30pm was a bit ropey with the now usual collection of ABC technical faults: poor audio, vision drops-outs…
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News & CA: Seven News and Today Tonight had another clear national win each in all five metro markets. Nine advanced Nightline to 10.30 for its Budget special and it did well with 463,000. Ten News and Sports Tonight was well behind with 337,000. Crossing Jordan on Seven won with 613,000. Lateline Business won the ABC averaged 131,000 with its budget special. Lateline was combined with Kerry at 8pm to 9pm on the ABC. Ten News At Five averaged 865,000. Insight on SBS averaged 277,000, World News Australia , 187,000 at 6.30 pm, 184,000 at 9.30 pm. 7am Today , 253,000, 7am Sunrise 396,000. The Catch-Up , Nine 1 pm, just 108,000 yesterday.
The Stats: Seven won clearly with 34.4% (40.8% last week for the grand final of DWTS ), Nine was second with 26.8% (21.4%), Ten was third with 20.2% (20.7%), the ABC was on 13.6% (12.9%) and SBS was on 5.0% (4.3%). Seven won all five metro markets. Nine leads 30.7 % to 30.2%.In regional Australia,Prime/7Qld won 30.6% from WIN/NBN with 28.5%, Southern Cross (Ten) 31.3%, The ABC with 13.4 %,and SBS was on 6.2%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: Today Tonight and A Current Affair traded whacks last night and TT clearly outpointed ACA. TT looked at the boning of Jessica Rowe from Today and Nine, blaming Eddie McGuire. ACA looked at a pretty stupid remark on Sydney breakfast radio by Grant Denyer, the host of It Takes Two . By the end of TT, Denyer was groveling and apologising with bruised knees and ringing head from where a Seven executive metaphorically whacked him. ACA ran the story in high moral dudgeon in an attempt to undermine the return of It Takes Two . Viewers ignored it and ACA , which had a down night. Tonight The Chaser could be interesting at 9pm on the Logies and their experiences on the red carpet. Spicks and Specks is also on at 8.30pm on the ABC. House is on Ten at 8.30pm with a fresh ep. There’s three Big Brother programs, 7pm, 7.30pm and 11.15pm. Nine has McLeod’s , Cold Case and Without A Trace and Seven has Last Chance Learners , Police Files , Heroes and Prison Break . Nine is repeating the average The Lost Tribes from Sunday evening tonight at 10.30pm. Watch and cringe.