ABC shoots arrow at ratings target

The ABC’s schedule for the the first week of 2008 Ratings is in.

It will feature the second series of Robin Hood (premiering Feb 3), new series of Dalziel and Pascoe, Agatha Christie telemovies, Life on Mars, plus UK comedy That Mitchell and Webb Look (also coming to UKTV in Feb), documentaries Apollo 11: The Untold Story and Soul Deep: The Story Of Black Popular Music.

As previously reported The Bill is no longer screening on Tuesday nights, replaced by documentaries, beginning with a second series of Brat Camp. Foreign Correspondent is trimmed by ten minutes to begin at 9:30pm. The ABC’s scheduling of docos at 8:30pm Tuesdays pits them directly against SBS documentaries. Double eps of The Bill continue on Saturday nights.

The ABC of course does not subscribe to theory of ratings seasons, and indeed the first week will see other shows end, including the 2-part Little Britain Abroad specials. Will it subsequently launch the new series of Double the Fist in the traditional Chaser timeslot?

There are also new series of Spicks and Specks, Catalyst, The Einstein Factor, The Cook and the Chef, Talking Heads, Compass, Australian Story, At the Movies, New Inventors, Grand Designs, Gardening Australia, Can We Help? and Collectors. Doc Martin is a repeat.

There is a TBA slot at 8:30pm Mondays, traditionally the home of Four Corners and Media Watch, the latter has a new producer and presenter in 2008.

ABC has also flagged a presentation change, likely to see the rebranding of the channel as ABC1.

NB: The following is a Victorian schedule.

Sun Feb 10
6:00 She Sells Seashells
6:30 The Einstein Factor
7:00 ABC News
7:30 Robin Hood
8:15 Creature Comforts
8:25 ABC News
8:30 Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: Towards Zero
10:05 Compass

Mon 11
6:00 Landline
6:30 Talking Heads
7:00 ABC News
7:30 The 7.30 Report with Kerry O’Brien
8:00 Australian Story
8:30 TBA
9:30 Apollo 11: The Untold Story
10:25 Lateline
11:00 Lateline Business

Tue 12
6:05 Time Team
7:00 ABC News
7:30 The 7.30 Report with Kerry O’Brien
8:00 Chopper Rescue
8:30 Brat Camp: What Happened Next
9:30 Foreign Correspondent
10:00 Artscape: IOU
10:30 Lateline
11:05 Lateline Business

Wed 13
6:00 Rick Stein’s French Odyssey
6:30 The Cook And The Chef
7:00 ABC News
7:30 The 7.30 Report with Kerry O’Brien
8:00 The New Inventors
8:30 Spicks And Specks
9:00 Little Britain Abroad
9:35 That Mitchell And Webb Look
10:05 At The Movies
10:35 Lateline
11:10 Lateline Business

Thu 14
6:10 Grand Designs
7:00 ABC News
7:30 The 7.30 Report with Kerry O’Brien
8:00 Catalyst
8:30 Life On Mars
9:35 Soul Deep: The Story Of Black Popular Music
10:25 Lateline
11:00 Lateline Business

Fri 15
6:00 Message Stick
6:30 Can We Help?
7:00 ABC News
7:30 Stateline
8:00 Collectors
8:30 Dalziel And Pascoe
10:15 My Family
10:45 Lateline

Sat 16
6:00 Goodnight Sweetheart
6:30 Gardening Australia
7:00 ABC News
7:30 Doc Martin
8:25 ABC News
8:30 The Bill
10:05 ABC News
10:10 Murphy’s Law
11:40 rage

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  1. Look at how many of those shows are already released on DVD.

    You should get an Amazon affiliation and link to shows like life on mars which is was released on DVD some time ago.

    How about the ABC tries fast tracking some shows.

    At this rate, they will be showing us ‘new’ episodes of The Two Ronnies next 🙂

  2. Its a little disappointing that the ABC has scheduled their documentaries at the sametime as SBS.

    It kind of makes you wonder if the ABC is trying to steal viewers from SBS. If they weren’t that interested in ratings, they would be running them on another night so the viewer (remember us!!!) would have more choice and not have to miss one for the other.

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