Dallas is a switch-off

Updated:  Dallas averaged a dismal 206,000 last night. Nine will be looking to Timeshifted results in a week’s time for it’s real performance, if it doesn’t move it in the meantime.

Dallas was not the only concern last night. Much bigger problems exist at TEN with I Will Survive on just 338,000. By now TEN should have bumped the show in its schedule, but as many are asking -“what have they got to replace it with?”

Wednesday was an easy win for Seven with 33.4% then Nine 22.5%, ABC 20.8%, TEN 17.1% and SBS 6.2%.

The X Factor was again #1 with 1.54m for Seven then Seven News (1.29m), Today Tonight (1.15m), Criminal Minds (1.02m), Home and Away (995,000), Deal or No Deal (530,000) and Covert Affairs (487,000).

Nine News was 1.1m for Nine followed by Big Brother (1.02m), A Current Affair (960,000), The Farmer Wants a Wife (784,000), Embarrassing Bodies (651,000), Hot Seat (569,000). Dallas was just 206,000 with a repeat of House Husbands at 108,000.

ABC News continues to win its timeslot as an alternative to lighter content with 1.12m for ABC1, then Gruen Planet (917,000), Qi (774,000), 7:30 (750,000), Randling (495,000), Would I Lie to You? (420,000), Paralympics highlights (319,000) and At the Movies (312,000).

There were barely two performers for TEN being Puberty Blues (728,000) and TEN News (702,000) but TEN was again in fourth place. Modern Family was 519,000. The Project 6pm (376,000) and I Will Survive (338,000) both trailed The Bold and the Beautiful (407,000).

Meet the Amish (326,000) was best for SBS ONE then Bears of the Last Frontier (321,000), Sandhurst Military Academy (215,000) and World News Australia (167,000). On SBS TWO The Bridge was 101,000.

Neighbours topped multichannels with 321,000.

The Morning Show:  159,000
Mornings: 121,000
The Talk: 28,000

Wednesday 5 September 2012 


  1. I absolutely agree with Les Solomon – how are we to follow a show when the likes of Nine move the viewing time with no notice and then throw in an extra episode which had not been programmed to tape? The following week I programmed my recorder to tape the two episodes, however only one was aired. And then, without notice (again) it’s never shown again. I’m referring to Dallas. Seriously, this is not just a stupid way to manage from Nine’s perspective but it’s incredibly insulting to its viewers.
    I remember Ten doing this to The Office – and look how popular and award-winning this finally became.

  2. Dallas was a big hit in the US, admittedly it’s on TNT Cable channel, but still it won the weekly ratings during summer and outperformed most network TV shows. The quality (I didn’t see it) was praised.

  3. And Embarrassing Bodies is the best they can do. Fair dinkum give Dallas to Soho on Fox and watch it work. FTA TV is programmed to suit the tastes of 14 year olds! Dallas was just starting to develop and Nine has no nerve. On sell it. Is there anti siphoning laws about this?

  4. Dallas, top stuff, I believe that it has shafted? Is that true?
    Win Nine, whatever you lose me every time you do something stupid like this.Guess I will have to find the episodes somewhere else.
    I was enjoying this series. You only had what another 4 or 5 to show would it hurt to show them ?

    Not happy at all. I have not watched or started to watch much on Nine I followed “tricky Business” all around the shop, many thanks to TV Tonight in keeping me up to date with this.
    And they wonder why people are not watching !
    Talk about make me mad. Some of my friends watch Nine all the time, I will switch channels , but I have stayed away from Nine, I guess I will stay away even more now !

  5. There is now no encore of Dallas on GEM this Saturday night, so that is it for me. I cannot watch or record the double episodes because of programming clashes.

  6. Dallas.. I remember these classic series of dallas.. As i have them complete on dvd. Seriously i think the classic series of dallas was more intertainment more interesting and more popular then what it is today. They bring back dallas. Its good news.. however it sort of quickly loose interest… thats why the classic series always becomes more popular to watch it then the new come back series of dallas. But the funny part is… if you wait 20 years later from now…. Then watch Dallas that was made in 2012.. perhaps it might become a peace of classic popular series then. It allways feels that which ever series a tv brings back…. it allways fails so quickly. Oh by the way i heard last year that “Prisoner” will return as new here in australia and would run new dramas of Prisoner for channel ten. And to show it nightly. Prisoner the australian drama series of the ladies in prison. Again it dont think it be that popular when it comes out and the old classic drama series of prisoner would always be more popular then the new ones. So it goes for current things really.

  7. should have been on thursdays at 8:30, less competition there. why the hell would they rather show Big Bang repeats?! this is not how you run Nine, Go.. yes but they are wasting precious air time with repeats! but this belongs on Gem yet the repeats are on late at night.

  8. jezza the first original one

    @David, I agree that no network sets up a show to fail. However there is such widespread inbred incompetence amongst the programming community, that to outsiders it may appaer that they intend to fail.. Most comm fta channels seem to be afflicted by this and it reflects in their ratings. Ch 10 (RIP) are by far and away the worst followed by (we know best) ch 9. All ch 7 have to do to win each week is just be fairly sensible

  9. Ten is totally lost. Ten News at 5pm is here only solid performer other than Puberty Blues. I struggle to find something on Ten that isn’t a repeat.

    At the very least Ten Late News should have attracted some viewers, it hasn’t. The format is an absolute mess. Ridiculous, awkward chatter between a panel who have zero rapport, a host who was supposively going to be the savior of Ten who has spent more time away from the desk than behind it, and ratings that are on a nightly bases half of Sandra Sullys Late News. Failure on all counts. Put Sully behind the Late desk, re-jig the format – more news/interviewed based and watch the loyal late news viewers from years gone past return & new viewers check it out & stay around.

  10. A Bad programming move from the start. A brand new show needs to maximise as many potential viewers as possible. This would only be possible at an 8.30 or 9.30 start. A better time would be Tuesday 9.30 or Thursday 8.30. If they had no faith in putting it in prime time they should have just put it on GEM from the start. As soon as I knew 9 had the rights I viewed this series by other means. It actually is quite slow to start off with but the last 5 eps really get things moving and I really enjoyed it in the end.

  11. what Nine need to is have more Dramas like Dallas exclusive to GEM in a better/earlier timeslot. leave Nine for the shows no one cares about, then we’ll see what rates better. Wednesday night is a bad slot anyway, Thursdays 8:30 or Tuesdays would be better or even Sundays either at 8:30 or 9:30.

    the programmers have no idea what they are doing!

  12. I will survive should be moved to 11, Ten should fast tract new glee which starts next week but make sure its on 7.30 and not fridays! Thats 1 show that can fill iws, Ten also has New Merlin eps to use, Also class of should be put on earlier

  13. I can’t believe they switched Dallas for embarrassing bodies!!! What a joke!

    I’m loving Dallas but I feel asleep before it started and miss two epps and missed the last epp before so now I’m three epp behind. I think I’ll just wait for the DVD release. Not messing around with nine anymore. If your not going to stick with it don’t put it on and just cause the numbers they want they aren’t getting doesn’t mean no one is watching!!

  14. I have contact with a quite a few people in the US and they all love Dallas….I liked what I saw….but I am not going to chase a show around channels and time changes….

  15. The figures for “Dallas” are phenomenal in America, thats about what “Glee”rates on cable and its considered a hit (well a slowly dying hit anyhow) Dallas would have done a respectable 5-600,000 here if put on the right time, properly promoted and then left alone. Seems commercial channels just jump to every ratings tune and are clearly lost in the desert.

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