PROGRAMMING WRAP | NINE looks to take Number One position with packed programming slate to close 2019

Sophie Monk from Love Island Australia
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NINE have bolted out of the gate in 2019 with hit after hit. The year kicked off with the controversial Married at First Sight, before switching to the family smash hit Lego Masters.

The Voice and Australian Ninja Warrior continued the positive momentum, which now looks sure to continue with The Block.

NINE (29.6%) is now neck and neck with SEVEN (29.7%) in Network Share figures for 2019. A winter calendar of Ashes Test Cricket and four matches per week of NRL ahead of the finals series is delivering the network a real boost.

For the first time in a long time, NINE has a real chance of winning the year. To do so, it has locked in a programming line-up it believes will keep viewers engaged and entertained. TV Blackbox has confirmed these the shows still to come on NINE in 2019:

 

Hamish and Andy’s Perfect Holiday

Hamish and Andy’s Perfect Holiday

Audiences fell in love with their gap year seasons and their caravan specials. Now the boys will embark on another action packed adventure, but this time with a slight twist, in Hamish and Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday.

Hamish and Andy’s “Perfect” Holiday is produced by Radio Karate for Nine.

Love Island Australia

The show that got everyone talking, Love Island Australia returns in 2019 moving from 9Go! to Nine. Hosted by Sophie Monk, 10 new sexy, single islanders will play the ultimate game of love and lust in a series that has broken Australian viewing records and caused a tabloid sensation.

Temperatures soar as we follow heated arguments, fiery dramas and steamy hook-ups while they try to win the hearts of the public for a cash prize.

Love Island Australia is produced by ITV Studios Australia for Nine.


Bondi Vet Coast to Coast

Bondi Vet Coast to Coast

Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast will follow the adventures of Alex Hynes, Danni Dusek, Lewis Hunt and Peter Ricci. The series will give viewers a unique insight into the heartwarming, heartbreaking and rewarding world of the four vets. Alex is an emergency veterinarian at Brisbane's Animal Emergency Service.


The Fix

Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-writes and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, a Los Angeles district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she decides she needs a change and flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later, when this same celebrity comes under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis finds herself lured back to the DA's office for another chance at justice.


Grand Hotel

Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel's loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series.


Doctor Doctor

Doctor Doctor

Doctor Doctor

After serving out his probation in rural Whyhope and saving the family farm, life is about to go totally, disastrously wrong for Hugh. And this time, his friends and family won't be making it any easier for him.


Halifax FP

Rebecca Gibney reprises her role as Jane Halifax, who will face the most thrilling and dangerous case of her career when she hunts down a killer terrorising an entire city. As she is drawn into the killer’s web, has she put herself and her family in the firing line?

 

Also coming up this year:

·      Taken – Nine will air the second and final season

·      Botched – Brand new season 5

·      2019 ARIA Awards

·      Chicago Med – all new season 4

·      Driving Test – more new episodes to come

·      New Amsterdam – fast-tracked new season from the US

·      RBT – all new episodes will continue for Sydney and Brisbane viewers

·      Survivor US – The reality series will once again will be fast-tracked

·      Mom – will return with all new episodes

·      Young Sheldon – will also be fast-tracked this year


Sport

Nine has a full roster of sport coming up including the continuing Ashes Test series, Federation Cup tennis, NRL Finals and the Presidents Cup golf tournament.

Gone Missing

Nine has screened three seasons of the US series Unforgettable starring Poppy Montgomery, however never screened the fourth and final season. Nine have advised Tv Blackbox that the network does not have the rights to that final season so therefore will not be screened.

BBC in the UK have postponed the documentary ABBA: Let the Music Speak, affecting Nine’s ability to screen this in 2019.

The new season of Paramedics will now not screen until 2020.

Nine has previously screened World of Dance, however do not have the rights to season 2 and therefore will not air on Nine.

20 to One has had its 2019 season completed on Nine, however it is my understanding that three episodes from the previous season remain unaired. Nine declined to confirm details regarding this program.

Accidental Heroes was apparently made in 2017 and has yet to see the light of day. Nine did not respond to enquiries on this show.

 

Round Up

With The Block and This Time Next Year continuing well into the final part of the television ratings year, coupled with Hamish and Andy’s Perfect Holiday, I am predicting a strong finish to the ratings year for Nine – in fact I will go for a near tie with its rival Seven.

However, with all the hit shows returning in 2020 and with some fine tuning across the schedule, it would be hard to argue that Nine will not win next year. If Nine could address their poor form on Saturday nights, I would guarantee a Nine win.