Last night was boring, tonight is snoring (apart from the ABC’s Monday night news and current affairs line up) and the rest of the week leading up to Easter isn’t any better. In fact, the ratings tell us that viewers twigged to the paucity of offerings and the insults contained within. Nine had more metro viewers overall, Seven had more in the main channels. 

Seven and Nine News were the most watched programs. The others last night deserve to be ignored. Pap. The 7pm ABC News should have done better — just 1.025 million viewers.

In the morning Insiders (545,000 national viewers) again distanced itself from the others and from those on Sky News.

Time for the first egg of the season, and perhaps a bun or three — more entertaining than what is on the screen.

Last September the big news in TV was that Andrew Denton would be returning in 2017 to the Nine Network with an interview show similar to his Enough Rope program that was on the ABC from 2003 to 2008. No night had been selected, but it was all stations go, with the idea having the backing of Nine director and former CEO, David Gyngell. Well, that was last September. Now there is a big change. Denton is still returning to TV this year, but to Channel Seven (where he had a comedy skit program in 1993). Nine is no longer in the frame and explanations are scarce on the ground. Pre-production is due to start on the new program. No night has been selected, but Sunday could be a strong possibility.

And good news for Seven Network with CBS renewing Criminal Minds for yet another season. A year ago, the program was in trouble with weakish ratings, cast turnover and the shock exit of Thomas Gibson in controversial circumstances. The program still gets around 11 million viewers  on a same-day and live basis, which puts it it in the top ranks of CBS’s non-sport programs. This is season 12. Its spin-off Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is dying (4.6 million viewers on average). Criminal Minds would be close to Seven’s best-performing regular foreign series. Read the rest of Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings on the Crikey website

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