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. now might be a good time to pull out an update on “the list” that i’ve been doing behind the scenes all year. This is a tally of all the shows that the commercial networks have pulled out of schedule during ratings without an immediate scheduled return date. i think you will notice a trend:

    TEN: (0) quite impressive really
    Seven: (3) gavin&stacey, not going out, beyond the darklands
    Nine: (14) the big bang theory, ramsay’s kitchen nightmares USA, CSI:NY, weeds, RPA, bargain hunt, celebrity singing bee, airline, without a trace, flashpoint, bridezillas, worlds funniest videos, commercial breakdown, hells kitchen

    lists like this do not work without clear boundarys so here is the fineprint: only shows from 5pm-midnight are included, HD-exclusive shows not included, repeats not included, only included if they were scheduled in ratings, can be scheduled for any market, this is regardless of intention, note above definition.

  2. JJR, how is this the fault of the advertisers? The advertisers see a medium where around a million people (which will be shrinking with that garbage line-up) are watching, and want to place their promotion. They pay their money to the network, they air their advertorials. That does not necessarily amount to endorsing what they do.

    Also, i doubt the ‘Gyng’ will get these messages soonish. He is obviously not in the state of mind to make rational decisions at the moment, if you know what i mean…

  3. Blame the advertisers who support this rubbish. I agree with everyone else’s comments below on mor esuitable alternatives – Survivor, movies, drama, even Sopranos repeats!

    If anyone at Nine is reading these comments, please place them in David Gyngell’s pigeon hole!

  4. Just in case the monkeys at Nine happen to look at this. We want Survivor!
    Not repeats of repeats of repeats of repeats…
    Actually maybe I’ll try Nine’s programming tactic:
    We want Survivor!
    We want Survivor!
    We want Survivor!

  5. If CSI was on that list, then that is pretty much what Channel 9 consists of. Two and a Half Men, 20 to 1, Underbelly and CSI. They really need to wake up.

  6. David are they really out of ideas for aussie made shows at nine? Seriously whats wrong with them? I mean 30 minutes sitcoms, or 45 minute comedy dramas is what we are all screaming for. Good solid, likable characters. I mean as a writer this fustrates the heck out of me, especially when i have synopsis’ for about 12 dfferent shows which wouldn’t cost the network much at all.

    Whats wrong with Nine is it that bad now? is it, gulp, the re-run network!!!!!!!

  7. 20 To 1 Shows on Nine’s programming

    #20 Two And A Half Men
    #19 20 to 1
    #18 Underbelly
    #17 ummmmmmmmmm …..
    #16 still thinking………….
    #15 just repeat #s 20-18

  8. Even more of a reason not to watch nine! Dumb move, dumb executives and even dumber progammers! Can someone just axe the whole network and be done with it. It’s full of a bunch of people with no new and original ideas.

  9. Is there any word on when Survivor: Gabon* will air? You would think with such a bare line up of quality programming that Nine would bring this back and yet they continue to disrespect fans of this franchise 🙁

    *This is the season immediately after Fans vs Favorites right?

  10. Lol. Nine proves its even more hopeless. And so predictable, we all knew something like this would happen. And next year we’ll be talking about how 2.5 Men has to be moved to 11.30 because it doesn’t rate, 20 to 1 will be axed, and Underbelly will get rating figures of 500,000 all due to overload. They learnt nothing from Ramsey. Stupid fools.

    One the one hand i would love Nine to put Survivor back on, but then that would mean i actually have to watch something on channel Nine.

  11. Oh. My. God. More 20 to 1? Underbelly repeats? Not to mention still having Two and A Half Men. Don’t get me wrong, I like Bert, and his lame-o jokes are saved by his brilliant delivery and cheesy face, and 20 to 1 has proven to be a success in a number of timeslots, but I mean this repetitive programming is just more ammunition for Nine-bashers. What are you thinking Nine? You really must be broke! But surely there are better programming choices… Survivor, traditional-format Millionaire might have worked, new shows from their CBS Paramount deal?…

  12. Firstly, wtf was Darren McMullen thinking going to Ch9 to host a clip show?

    Obviously this is just an emergency holding pattern until whoever is programming Ch9 these days (my bet is Dexter from Perfect Match….”89% chance that commercial clip show will fail”) gets their head together. Why didn’t they snap up 2nd season Damages before Foxtel/W? How about Underbelly 9:30pm into 10:30pm Sopranos series 5 & 6?

    Ch9 have lost it…that they ever had it is debatable.

  13. Lol nice article David. ‘It’s finally happened’. When i see nine come third in total people, i think that surely they would be coming either second or first in demos given that they haven’t made any changes to their garbage line-up, but no, last in every demo but 55+. The network is now officially a joke.

  14. Survivor and not to mention Flashpoint and Fringe etc…even make it a Movie night..They must have something in their archives/library

    I would be interested in learning about the reasoning behind the scheduling tho

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