Ratings super-battle looming
Hold onto your hats. The week of September 27th holds a giant battle between our networks.
It’s shaping up as one of the biggest battles in the TV ratings year.
The week of September 27th sees big drawcards from all of our 5 Free to Air networks, hot on the heels of the US fall season. Get ready for some big guns, in what will surely be the mightiest week before the final survey week in late November.
And with Nine just tipping Seven last week, with considerable thanks to GO!, the fight is on to launch new titles.
On Sunday September 27th the usual battle between heavyweights Sunday Night, 60 Minutes, Midsomer Murders, Rescue: Special Ops, Australian Idol, Border Security and Rove is joined by a new local series of Who Do You Think You Are? on SBS featuring Ron Barassi. Nine moves a new ep of 20 to 1 into the 6:30 slot.
Updated: On Monday night Seven has the premiere of FlashForward. Nine has a fastracked ep of Two and a Half Men at 8pm followed by The Mentalist.
TEN no longer has new Supernatural with Little Britain USA and Nurse Jackie now set to follow Good News Week.
Tuesday night the season premiere of NCIS on TEN, Packed to the Rafters on Seven and the second season of East West 101 on SBS (bound to get caught in the crossfire).
Wednesday night Nine has the 2.5 hr Hey Hey it’s Saturday live reunion on Nine, TEN launches Celebrity MasterChef followed by NCIS: Los Angeles. The ABC has its Spicks and Specks 70s Special followed by the first episode of Hungry Beast from Andrew Denton’s production company.
On Thursday there’s Glee, Rush, a conspicuous TBA from Seven (new Amazing Race anyone?). Nine has new CSI and the NRL Footy Show Grand Final in some markets and a repeat of The Mentalist in others.
If that isn’t enough, it’s also the last week before Daylight Saving hits, when it’s traditionally much harder for networks to grab our attention early in the evening, plus the NRL Grand Final and the offical launching of GO!