9:42pm…. tricky scheduling for Tricky Business?

By David Knox on May 14, 2012 / Filed Under Programming 24

Some promos say Tricky Business premieres “after The Voice” which is Live tonight.

Their official Facebook page indicates Nine’s new drama starts at 9:30pm.

Nine’s Guide on its official website also indicates 9:30pm.

However my Foxtel EPG (which is the most accurate Guide I know of) indicates it starts at 9:42pm. Hmmm, what gives….?

If 9:42pm is the agreed ending for The Voice, then I hate to think what happens if it runs overtime. Tricky Business could get pushed out to 9:50pm… such a move would be an alarming way to premiere a new local series.

Or is the strategy to allow The Voice to run overtime so that the ratings, which are reported tomorrow, reflect a spill-over and give the appearance of a stronger premiere? Maybe I’m too cynical….

Of course, Nine is not alone in promoting shows as one starting time, only to allow them to begin up to 20 minutes later.


  1. thisisnothollywood July 16, 2012 at 5:20 am -

    Stop comparing it to the rafters….its nothing like it…and the Rafters ratings are right down too atm.

  2. Lyn May 16, 2012 at 11:28 am -

    I was really surprised it started only 15 minutes late, instead of the usual 25 minutes of the last 2 weeks.

    I did tape it to watch last night, but I did check when it had started.

    On another note, I won’t be watching again.
    I knew I didn’t like it after 5 minutes, but I did watch the whole episode.

    I was very disappointed on many levels.

    Australia can do so much better than this.

  3. Carringbush May 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm -

    9.45 on a school night for a Rafters type drama was never going to draw in the punters. Be interesting to see where they replay it to get more the attention of more people.

  4. Secret Squirrel May 15, 2012 at 12:31 pm -

    Well I’m surprised it started as early as it did. I know it’s only the first ep but was it any good?

  5. Rutzie May 15, 2012 at 9:45 am -

    Judging by that picture it looks like someone just showed Shane Bourne the ratings from last night.

  6. Bazza May 15, 2012 at 7:23 am -

    Nine’s broadcast EPG showed a start of 9:38pm since late last week and the show actually began at 9:43pm, so Nine knew well in advance the running times.

  7. Buzz3 May 15, 2012 at 3:57 am -

    I might have considered watching it,if it started close to the time.But since i was watching Foxtel at the time the Voice was on.I just continued my viewing on Foxtel.

  8. Belinda May 14, 2012 at 11:54 pm -

    I missed the start on my recording (going by IceTV EPG). I’ll have to find it on the end of The Voice recording.

  9. J Bar May 14, 2012 at 11:00 pm -

    Shonky scheduling. How did the EPG know that Nine’s live show would run exactly 12 mins over time?

  10. Beckala May 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm -

    You could tell in The Voice that they realised the judges were going a little long so they made them simplify their comments- well done to them for starting the show so close to the peg (not foxtel but an updating set top box that is extremely accurate)..

    And totally agree – The Voice was an amazing production in all aspects – staging and lighting were stunning (apologies- in an English teacher so I get excited about lighting and production design!!)

  11. Craig May 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm -

    My EPG has 9:42 – 10:44, it started on time but why 62 min, is this an error or are they squeezing in a few more ads. It will be interesting to see exactly how ling the ep is without ads.

  12. David Knox May 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm -

    TB starts at 9:42:22 PM EST (and I have to say The Voice production was outstanding).

  13. David Knox May 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm -

    Foxtel EPG changed to 9:38.

  14. tomothyd May 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm -

    Standard channel nine programming, exactly what I commented on yesterday. The only thing they ever started on time was Beaconsfield, well 8.31pm was close enough.

  15. Secret Squirrel May 14, 2012 at 9:30 pm -

    There’s no way that this’ll start at 9:42. Prob won’t start until after 9:50. Nine have hobbled this before its even had a chance.

  16. Craig May 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm -

    Not a good start for a new local show they have been pushing for months!

    We know the ratings will be high (from The Voice) if not correct because they won’t take into account the show starting late. Got my PVR set but might have to extend it a bit, maybe until 11pm or later?

  17. aussie May 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm -

    My free-to-air EPG says its starting at 9.38pm. I’m sick of the networks deliberately sending out misleading information.
    TEN never update their EPG on Sunday’s…they state their shows start exactly on the hour and half hour…idiots!

  18. Moanique May 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm -

    Even if it does start at 9.30 pm, most people will probably tune out by 9.42 pm.

  19. A. May 14, 2012 at 8:31 pm -

    Interesting and sneaky. I’ll note the normal EPG says it’ll start at 9.38pm and end at 10.39pm. That said it’s not always completely correct. I’ll admit Monday is the day, due to Media Watch, that I don’t mind if something is late at 9.30pm as a viewer. I just wish they would choose to admit it.

  20. Guy May 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm -

    I won’t be watching this. The ads during The Voice are enough to put me off already.

  21. Ashton May 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm -

    Well at least they have the correct day this time. Last night in QLD they were advertising that ‘Tricky Business would be airing after the voice Tonight on 9′, I don’t believe either program was on last night

  22. David Knox May 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm -

    Hmmm….. Shine declines to answer how long its show is set to run for tonight.

  23. Belinda May 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm -

    I have put a 45 minute buffer onto the end of Tricky Business…

  24. ilovetv May 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm -

    I cant belive 9 adn the other networks go this.

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