An article today speculates on more programming plans between Seven and Nine with the following:
– Border Security to 7:30pm Sunday followed by Triple Zero Heroes.
– City Homicide to 8:30pm Sunday followed by Bones.
– How I Met Your Mother 7:30pm Monday.
– Australia’s Got Talent to 7:30pm Wednesday.
– Two and a Half Men (new) to 7:30pm Monday
– Domestic Blitz to 7:30pm Wednesday -this is already confirmed, and while Blitz has had its order upped, it tends to perform as a special or short-run series.
Nine’s director of research Steve Weaver said “dog” shows will be cut quickly despite an audience backlash to slicing and dicing of shows.
“Nine is absolutely sensitive to viewer concerns but we have to balance that with what we face in terms of this year’s fierce battle for revenue,” he said.
“The fight for your share will be fierce.”
Nine programmer Michael Healy added, “We attack and address every year as competitively as we can.”
If Seven does move Border to Sundays following Sunday Night it would be quite a cultural shift by the network, traditionally given to light entertainment rather than factuals. The night has been problematic for the network for a long time.
Expect Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters to move into 8:30pm / 9:30pm Mondays and Private Practice to join Grey’s Anatomy on Thursdays after it has a 2hr debute on Thursday Feb 5th first…. but we’ll know soon enough!
Nine is yet to announce times for key shows including Farmer Wants a Wife, Underbelly, Ladette to Lady, Sea Patrol, The Mentalist and more.
Seven and Nine should confirm additional timeslots early this week.
Source: Herald Sun