Archive for March, 2002
Take a breath, a deep breath
how many millions of experiences can you smell
how many people have savoured that same breath
and added their own life force
exhailed with love and fear
joy and saddness
life and death
How many trees have sung it’s sweet whisper
and how many grains of sand
each a memory of it’s own
have been carried upon that breath
to a beach somewhere
to form the shore for our life to gently lap upon
and for the wandering of the seabreeze
to begin again
THE Nine Network’s new lifestyle line-up, featuring the new program body+soul, struck a strong chord with Australia’s female viewers when it debuted on Thursday night. Based on the Sunday Mail’s successful liftout, body+soul attracted almost 1.2 million viewers nationally with 132,000 tuning in in Adelaide.
Nine’s director of programming John Stephens was encouraged with the performance of his new-look lifestyle schedule, which includes the proposal program Marry Me. “Both programs on their first night performed exceptionally well in the target audience of females 18-49, winning this all-important demographic in the five mainland capital cities,” Mr Stephens said.
“The programs should improve even further on these figures once normal Thursday night programming resumes next week.”
Nine has always been the strongest ratings performer on Thursday nights and Mr Stephens believes Shafted at 7pm will provide a strong lead-in for Marry Me, with body+soul preceding the No 1 drama ER and then The Footy Show.
Overall, Nine won the night with a share of 26.2 per cent, beating Ten with 25.8, Seven with 25.3, ABC with 16.3 and SBS with 6.4.
At a launch for the show’s debut at Fox Studios in Sydney on Thursday, its presenters — Toby Allen, Erika Heynatz, Karina Brown and Paul Mercurio — were toasted by News Limited chief executive John Hartigan, Fox Television Australia chief David Martin, PBL Media head John Alexander and Nine’s head of news and current affairs Peter Meakin.
–Sunday Mail, 10 Feb 2002