If it’s Tuesday, it must be recycled.

bertIt’s finally happened.

Channel Nine plans to fill an (entire) prime time evening with its 3 staple shows: Two and a Half Men, Underbelly and 20 to 1.

Nine has just dumped AFHV World’s Funniest Videos and Commercial Breakdown, clip-show ideas that haven’t worked in other versions, and replaced them with Bert Newton hosting 20 to 1 next Tuesday.

That means aligned up with it’s other scheduling, Two and a Half Men and repeats of Underbelly’s first season, the network has effectively pooled wall to wall programming of 3 recycled brands from 7pm to 11:30pm.

And we’re in ratings.

Tue April 28
7:00pm Two and a Half Men rpt
7:30pm 20 to 1 new
8:30pm Two and a Half Men new
9:00pm Two and a Half Men rpt
9:30pm Underbelly rpt
10:30pm Underbelly rpt

Bert Newton, Charlie Sheen and Vince Colosimo deserve gold watches for the way Nine resorts to pulling them off the interchange bench. No doubt Gordon Ramsay would have some stern advice for them.

So too would a certain Nine executive who admitted the network would have been “F***ed” without Gordon Ramsay last year. Now he doesn’t even rate.

The clip shows hosted by Shane Crawford, Lyndsey Rodrigues and Darren McMullen are now out of schedule after 3 weeks.


  1. Nine is a disgrace

    The Saddest Thing was after close to thirty years Sale of the Century/Temptation was sent to the scrap heap at the start of 2009.
    Why Not Bring Back the Price is Right for 7pm weeknights something everyone can enjoy instead of this overdose of 2.5 men.
    Only thing I watch on Nine Now is Getaway.I used to watch Bugs Bunny and Looney Tunes Cartoons but those things no longer screen before the 6pm News anymore.

  2. dean bailey (melbourne)

    Can’t you all see what’s really happening?
    Channel 9 are deliberately trying to lose the ratings this year to get better draft picks for next season!!!

  3. Why does this make me think of a chicken running around with it’s head chopped off? Ch9 is dead and doesn’t even know it.
    Worse still are the people at WIN running 9 Perth who won’t take things in hand and at least move 9 Perth programming away from the dreck being generated in Melbourne and Sydney and give us some unique programs that might win them an audience.
    Shame, shame, shame. No one to blame but themselves.

  4. You’re a disgrace Channel 9. You’re the channel of smut.

    I say this in the hope that someone from the channel reads this page, and thats my 2 cents

  5. Well it’s not suprising. They are the 3 shows that nine only have that gets them in the ratings. I can’t see bert knocking off RSPCA and Find my Family. Things must be bad at 9 if you need to keep on relying on Bert to keep you in the ratings. How many more 20 to 1’s can you do. Soon they will be doing the 20 to 1’s best ice cream or stupid things like that. Well sorry 9 I won’t be watching. Tuesday night is ch7 night. You wonder why you keep losing in the ratings.

  6. You’re a disgrace, Channel 9.
    If you’ve gotta show reapeats, how about some Fringe? Great show – if we had the chance to get into it!!!
    Many others request Survivor, ER, Sopranos… anything than more Bert, 2.5 Men & Underbelly – especially in Victoria, were we won’t even get to see the whole series.

    Turn over the programming to the public – I’m sure that I can do a better job than those “experts”.

  7. You’d think, with Packed to the Rafters off the air, that Nine would take a chance and actually try to capture some of the homeless Tuesday night ‘drama’ audience. Why not air something like Without a Trace, Flashpoint or Fringe? And when you do pick a show, keep it on air for more than a month. Allow viewers to connect with it and begin to plan their daily schedule around it. They call them viewing ‘habits’ for a reason, you know.

    I acknowledge that TV is a cut-throat business, but I think a large part of Seven’s current success has come down to this sort of stability. Shows like Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy no longer win their timeslots, but they’re able to pull in a solid 1,000,000 every week because Seven hasn’t had a knee-jerk reaction to their ratings drop. Similarly, shows like Brothers and Sisters, Private Practice and How I Met Your Mother have never really been smash hits for Seven, but they’re holding down the same timeslot every week, and pulling in consistent ratings.

    Even outside primetime, shows like Boston Legal, Scrubs, Eli Stone and Lost have been given a stable timeslot and allowed to maintain an audience. Take note, Nine.

  8. david i agree that some changes are necessary the networks are a business. but this is taking it too far.

    Tommyk, i love “the list” even if it has to be complicated and apparantly controversial. i’d say the next addition will be what’s good for you. maybe replaced by RPA repeats

  9. Sorry about the typos in my post.

    I’ll add that, as usual, 9 have changed their schedule too late for printed guides in Sunday papers.

    At least 7 and 10 usually make schedule changes prior to print deadlines.

  10. God help their second channel. What about ER and Survivor, finishing Gilmore Girls, etc??? ET at 7pm? New shows? Thinking outside the square?

    No doubt the motivation at 9 is now simply the cheapest dollar per ratings possibly with no concern of overall ratings. Said it before – I think they now have an agends not related to winning ratings.

    David – you and other people in TV medai should be pushing 9 for answers. Nearly 40 comments here in one night say it all. And then theres thousands of other who will say nothing and tune out.

  11. Ummm , I think everyone’s missed the obvious .. Logie voting is still on .. Underbelly 1 and cast are up for a bunch of awards … and the ratings were good first time round so even if they get 1/2 as many tuning in for the second go around .

  12. Far be it for me to defend dodgy programming…. but part of the skill of programming is to respond to competition. If a show hasn’t aired, and especially if it hasn’t even been promoted, it’s not unreasonable to make a change. It’s only due to the net we can see ‘behind the scenes’ via blogs and messageboards but I think a line should be drawn in the sand as to what has aired.

  13. They lasted 3 weeks ?
    Just out of interest, does Nine actually want to win the ratings or is their sole goal to be crowned “most idiotic programmers of all time”
    How about “first run Tuesday where all Nine’s warehoused and unused programmes could be shown – Weeds,Survivor, Pushing Daisies, Chuck
    Or how abouta whole month without Bert,Underbelly or SHeen

  14. David, i try to stick to the boundary’s as much as i could to keep it fair, and avoid conflicts like this, but obviously we realise that the need for a big fineprint.

    strictly speaking RPA, Weeds, and WaT were scheduled to air in particular timeslots and didn’t. Crimes that shook the world was outside ratings which is why shows like the zooNZ weren’t included, fresh and doctors are outside 5-midnight. i only mentioned 7, 9 and 10 here. but sorry i wasn’t aware that bargain hunt were repeats so i will take that one out.

  15. “Johnson says:
    April 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm
    Tepee: Channel Ten now has the output deal with CBS Paramount.”

    I think you will find that Ten has a couple of outputs deal with CBS Television, but it seems not for all of their content. Which is why Entertainment Tonight is on Nine.

  16. i might also say that AFHV was was one of the worst shows i have ever seen, did anyone see shane crawford’s “my beef” segment on the 7:30 report. i could not believe this stuff made it to TV.

    ps. david you can delete that first comment i don’t know why a half finished version was submitted.

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