The final episode ever of ER screens in the US on April 2. In Australia, the last episode we saw was episode 1 of season 14 back in late January which puts us something like 40 episodes behind. In mid 2008, ER was taken out of 9′s primetime line up as it was not performing well. The remainder of season 13 was played out during summer after 10.30pm on Wednesdays but failed to crack top 20 on those nights.
While the show is not to everyones’ taste, it definitely has a following and a fan base who fell let down by what is happening at ch 9 with the show. Furthermore, the quality of the show has been fairly consistent over the years. A show would not last 15 seasons if it was not any good.
Channel 9 should show ER. Its not going to rate like Underbelly or CSI, but it will do better then some of the shows currently on 9. And as they own the rights to it, does that not mean they have already paid for it? Therefore no expense to show? Not sure on that point, I don’t know how that side of things works.
They could play it out 10.30pm on a weeknight, perhaps with a few double episodes or have it on twice per week so the finale could be on TV before the end of this year. I would put it to you that, if it was played at the same time each week and promoted from time to time, ER could attract enough audience to justify the move. There’s alot of hype at the moment about the series ending, with George Clooney (he was in the original episodes) and other big names returning in last episodes. All the US talk shows including Ellen and the View – both seen on ch 9 – have been talking about ER.
Surely quality drama like ER would do better for 9 than the likes of Bridezillas – which has already been scene on Foxtel? And its not just ER – what about Survivor fans waiting for the new series which is doing very well in the US. And I think 9 have the rights to the Bachelor as well – also doing well in US (and just finished with controversy).
In my opinion, if a TV network – free to air, cable or otherwise – have the rights to air a programme, they should have a reasonable time to air the show or they lose the rights, and either another network can take it on or the DVD release can be allowed. I think it should be within 12 months at the most of the date the show airs in its country of origin.
Maybe 9′s 2nd SD channel may help these shows get an airing, but then again, they’ve been doing breakaway 9HD programming for a while showing repeats and other obscure shows.
Please, channel 9, tell us when you’ll be showing ER. Tell me the remainder of episodes won’t be spread out over the next 3 or 4 summers. If you don’t want to air it, sell the rights to 111-Hits on Foxtel who are currently showing episodes from season 11 5 days a week, and at that rate, if they had the rights to the rest of the seasons, could finish the series within the next 5 months. That would keep the fans happy and pave the way for the release of the 15 season box set in time for Christmas this year.