On the weekend Nine’s Michael Healy remarked that Seven counter-programmed X Factor after Nine had declared its hand on a Sunday slot for Australia’s Got Talent.
“I think it’s a shame Seven has made the decision to schedule their show against ours. Two great entertainment shows against one another. “They did that after they knew we were scheduling it in the slot. It’s probably not one of the greatest decisions they have ever made,” he told News Corp Australia.
But Seven’s head of production Brad Lyons told the Daily Telegraph, “We thought long and hard before we passed on AGT – last night’s results prove we made the right decision.”
Those results saw X Factor finish in front of AGT by some 300,000 in preliminary figures.
Both sides would well remember AGT getting whipped by The Voice last year, but while AGT had some good acts it’s probably fair to say singing shows come out in front of the broader entertainment shows.
Both sides (effectively) went to war over Mel B, so there’s a bit of bragging rights at stake here.
In the middle of it all is FremantleMedia which has produced both shows, and from where I sit, done a pretty good job on both this year.