NCIS has been renewed for its ninth season today by CBS.

NCIS, television’s #1 drama/scripted series for the second consecutive year, has been renewed by the CBS Television Network for the 2011-2012 season, it was announced today by Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.

“It’s simply amazing that a show in its eighth season continues to perform at such an elite level,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.  ”This is a tribute to the hard work of its talented writers, producers and cast for bringing to life such compelling stories and characters with intrigue and humor.  The quality of the storytelling is also evident by the series’ incredibly devoted fan base who we thank for their passion and commitment to NCIS on CBS, in online communities and around the world.”

“NCIS has become a network phenomenon and a global sensation.  The show continues to hit audience peaks on CBS and is a top performer in territories around the world,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios.  “We thank an amazing cast, led by Mark Harmon, which has undeniable chemistry, for bringing to life characters with such amazing universal appeal.  And, we credit Shane (Brennan) and Gary (Glasberg) for the storytelling and production vision that delivers compelling episodes every week and a fresh creative vision every year.”

NCIS premiered on CBS in 2003-2004 as a spin-off of the long-running action/legal drama, JAG.  Since its debut, NCIS’ ratings have steadily climbed, becoming a top 10 program in 2007-2008, the series’ fifth season.  The show’s ratings continued building the following season, finishing 2008-2009 ranked fifth among all primetime programs.  Last season, the show ranked fourth among all programs and became the #1 drama/scripted program on television, with an average audience of 18.89 million viewers.

Currently in its eighth season, NCIS’ ratings are still rising and the series continues to be the #1 drama/scripted series.  This season, the show is averaging 19.60 million viewers.  Last night’s episode delivered a record audience of 22.85 million viewers and the show’s highest adult 18-49 rating since Oct. 2009.

Former ABC host Andy Muirhead, who today pleaded not guilty to two child porn charges.

Former ABC1 presenter Andy Muirhead has today pleaded not guilty in Hobart’s Magistrates Court to two counts of child porn.

Muirhead, former host of The Collectors, was bailed to appear for trial in the Tasmanian Supreme Court on April 4.

Muirhead, 34, was first charged in June with the federal offence of using the internet for child pornography.

He immediately took unpaid leave from The Collectors and his hosting role on ABC Radio in Hobart.

In August, he was charged with the state-based offence of possessing child exploitation material.

NOVA has launched an initiative to allow personal playlists to be added on the network.

Nova today announced the launch of The Playlist Project, a new initiative that allows music lovers to broadcast their personal playlists on commercial radio.
The Playlist Project, powered by Nova and Myspace and presented by Just Car Insurance, is the first collaboration between two music outlets that allows playlist creators to construct their own show on the Nova network.
If you think you’ve got a great playlist or know someone who has, then submit it online at www.theplaylistproject.com.au
15 finalists, determined by an expert judging panel, will broadcast a one hour show from 10pm weekdays on the Nova network. The creator of the playlist with the most votes, as determined by Nova and MySpace audiences, will win a one week residency programming a nightly show on Nova and will score $5000.
Mohit Bhargava, dmg Radio Australia’s Digital Product Manager said, “Digital media allows anyone to compile and broadcast their music playlists to reflect all aspects of their life from working out to road trips and parties.

On Myspace alone there are over 110,000 playlists created each month in Australia. The Playlist Project has been developed to celebrate this and entrusts our audience with an opportunity to broadcast their playlist on Nova.”

Nova’s The Playlist Project launches on Monday 7 February with registrations closing on 28 February. The one hour playlist broadcasts will kick off on Monday 7 March with the winner announced on 28 March.

The Nine Network won the overnight OzTam ratings.

Networks

ABC – 13.7% (%)
Seven – 30.2% (%)
Nine – 31.7% (%)
Ten – 20.2% (%)
SBS – 4.1% (%)

Channels

[b]ABC1 – 8.6% (%)[/b]
ABC2 – 1.8% (%)
ABC3 – 0.7% (%)
ABC News 24 – 2.8% (%)
[b]Seven – 23.6% (%)[/b]
7TWO – 3.9% (%)
7mate – 2.7% (%)
[b]Nine – 26.8% (%)[/b]
GO! – 3.0% (%)
GEM – 1.9% (%)
[b]Ten – 16.8% (%)[/b]
One – 0.3% (%)
Eleven – 3.2% (%)
[b]SBS One – 3.3% (%)[/b]
SBS Two – 0.8% (%)

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Lauren Phillips will host KidsWB weekday mornings on GO!

Lauren Phillips, the partner of AFL Gold Coast Suns skipper Gary Ablett, has signed on for a weekday role on GO!’s KidsWB with co-host Andrew Faulkner.

The show will mostly film in Melbourne, meaning the pair will need to keep their love alive from long-distance.

“Life was not meant to be easy, but we will work it out. He (Ablett) is busy too.

“I think I would be silly to give up my career ambitions to move up there (permanently) and Gary would never expect that, just as I would never expect him to stay here if he wanted to go up there.

“I will be up there as much as possible when I am not working. It will be a busy year, but I am looking forward to it,” Phillips told the Herald Sun.

 

The Seven Network was the winner in the overnight OzTam ratings.

Networks

ABC – 13.6%
Seven – 32.2%
Nine – 23.2%
Ten – 25%
SBS – 6.1%

Channels

ABC1 – 9.9%
ABC2 – 1.6%
ABC3 – 1%
ABC News 24 – 1.1%
Seven – 23.3%
7TWO – 5.1%
7mate – 3.8%
Nine – 17.1%
GO! – 2.4%
GEM – 3.7%
Ten – 20.8%
One – 0.6%
Eleven – 3.6%
SBS One – 4.6%
SBS Two – 1.5%

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Don Burke is set to join 2SM to broadcast his popular weekend programme.

The 2SM Super Radio Network is talking to former 2UE weekend host Don Burke about broadcasting his popular programme to regional NSW and Queensland.

Burke had talks with 2SM owner Bill Caralis on Monday at the same time as former colleague John Laws recommenced his career at the struggling network.

A 2UE insider has told Confidential they wanted to syndicate Burke’s program to regional affiliates but not air it in Sydney, giving outgoing weekday breakfast host John Stanley the shift instead.

Burke claims that was news to him.