Glenn Dyer’s TV scorecard. Three weeks into the all-important TV ratings season and two networks are scrambling to fill holes. Seven, meanwhile, sails along as read…

Nine Network:

  • Dumps CSI: Miami from Sunday 9.30 after one airing replaced with a second episode of The Mentalist
  • Dumps CSI: New York from Thursday 9.30 after one airing replaced by second episode of CSI
  • Dumps new The Big Bang Theory from Tuesday 7.30 after two airings replaced by repeats
  • Dumps Ben Elton Live From Planet Earth from Tuesday 9.30 after three airings, replaced by TBA
  • Dumps second episode of The Mentalist Sunday 9.30 after two airings for Harry’s Law
  • Dumps second episode of CSI from Thursday 9.30 after two airings for CSI: Miami (which was previously dumped from Sunday 9.30). CSI: Miami will also enter Monday 9.30 timeslot (three slots in three weeks).

No real winners for Nine. Holes all over: Tuesday and Wednesday nights the big problems. Sundays OK. Underbelly, a disappointment on Monday nights, now ended.

Ten Network:

  • Dumps NCIS: LA Sunday 9.30 after three airings for second episode of Hawaii Five 0
  • Dumps House Wednesday 9.30 after three airings for second episode of Blue Bloods
  • Dumps Undercover Boss Monday 8.30 after two airings for a second episode of new NCIS — then dumps new NCIS Monday 8.30 for repeat episodes after one airing (but continues to advertise as new)
  • Dumps NCIS Monday 8.30 after two airings for House (previously dumped from Wednesday)
  • Dumps Lie to Me Tuesday 9.30 after one airing for another NCIS (repeat)
  • Dumps second episode of Blue Bloods Wednesday 9.30 after one episode for Lie to Me (previously dumped from Tuesday).

The Biggest Loser Families series is Ten’s stand out so far, along with Modern Family. Ten’s big problem is 6-7pm — a change of management will see further changes.

Seven Network:

  • Nil changes so far. Schedule as started ratings almost three weeks ago.

Naturally Packed To The Rafters is the big winner for Seven, but My Kitchen Rules is proving to be the sleeper. Home And Away is back and doing better than a year ago. Better Homes on Friday nights is also solid in return. A couple of time slots can do better (and can they fix up dull Saturdays?). — Glenn Dyer

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