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Australia's Channel Nine Axes Days Of Our Lives After 45 Years!

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Now here is some not so good news for the folks down under and Days of our Lives!  After 45 years on the air in Australia having debuted there in 1968, Channel Nine is discontinuing airing episodes of DAYS and will air its final episode on April 26th.

According to Australia’s TV Tonight a network spokesperson said, “Nine is revamping the timeslot. We made a commercial decision not to renew Days Of Our Lives.”  However, last week DAYS ratings were up in Australia, averaging 126,000 viewers and beating TEN’s Ready Steady Cook (124,000) and Seven’s Dr. Oz (118,000). It ranked second the week before.

This isn’t the first time Nine has dropped a Sony soap, either!  In 2007 Nine dropped The Young and the Restless after 31 years for the short-lived panel show The Catch-Up. Fans flooded Nine’s online forums at the time. Foxtel wasted no time in snapping up the show, which now airs on Arena.

Let it also be known that DAYS in Australia is at least a year and half behind on U.S. episodes, as it gets pushed back each year for Cricket season televised games by the television network.

Looks like Australia is getting a bad case of the cancellation soap flu!   Why are the American soaps not captivating foreign audiences anymore, unless it’s The Bold and the Beautiful?   Why do you think the Australian market lost interest in DAYS?  Weigh-in!

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su0000
su0000

Perhaps Sony has intentions to putting the soap on-line..
The networks are struggling trying to compete with the internet and Netflix, HuLu Plus, Amazon and the TV internet streaming devices, that people are using to watch most of their TV shows, now days..

There are the networks CBS and FOX who now are thinking of ”charging’ to watch their networks shows..
things are rapidly changing for media viewing..
Network TV is failing/can not compete. ..

Vicsze
Vicsze

This doesn’t apply to anyone that lives outside of the USA, as none of the above are able to be accessed outsiside of Nth America.

Such is life
Such is life

Get this show back on now Or I’ll chop of cancels

Natalie
Natalie

I can tell you why as an Australian with many friends who watch it. Channel 9 have dropped it to play sports over summer to the point we are once again about 2years behind. SO we have only recently aired and gotten rid of Carly Manning. Everyone I know said what they did to Bo & Hope (who had a HUGE following here) was disgusting and they stopped watching and never returned.

Sarah
Sarah

I’d still be watching if they genuinely made good on opportunities like Carly coming back to mess with Bo and Hope. I’m not shocked this show is missing the mark both with audiences in Australia and if we are honest in the US too. They are too fixated on old news couples. The show lacks punch and creativity. It all takes a backseat to baseless historically driven drivel.

Bec
Bec

Michael, unfortunately here for a soap to work it seems to have to named Home & Away. This seems to be the only soap Australians will watch. It also doesn’t help that we are back to being over a year behind due to ch9 yanking Days off the air everytime a sporting event occurs. Over summer Days is lucky to air once a week while the cricket is on.

KateK
KateK

Its already been said that one of the major networks is thinking of going to cable. So, this does not surprise me.

Vicci
Vicci

I think it’s mainly the storylines. I am from Australia and have watched Y&R and used to watch Days for years until the storylines went pearshaped with the possession of Marlena and all sorts of weird ones. Have to say that I still watch Y&R but stopped watching Days.

Jolene
Jolene

A show that has been on tv for 45 years must be popular. What a joke to can a show watched by so many viewers. Shame on channel 9.

Carolyn
Carolyn

I agree. Can’t believe they did that to us 🙁

Marion
Marion

I live a country area where we have very poor radio reception so have been watching days for 30 years and I like it, channel 9 what are you going to put on to replace it – not a thing so far!!!!!!!
VERY UNFAIR CHANNEL 9!!!!!!!!!

Barbara Golding
Barbara Golding

channel nine is useless watching DOOL is the only reason i bother turning the television on here during the day, hopefully another channel will pick up the soap, we love it in Australia, in the meantime i can now be freed from watching the endless commercials for funerals and life assurance that we are inflicted with on day time TV.

rhonda osborne
rhonda osborne

I also agree there will be no reason for me to ever switch onto channel 9 again ,I have watched days since day 1 and that is the ONLY day time tele i ever watch these days ,once again channel 9 has ignored the viewers and just dumped a show that is popular here

Barbara Golding
Barbara Golding

Write to Channel 9 Executive Channel 9 David Ginger and let him know of our displeasure about their programming decisions and the comments about Channel 9 being a blokey station is right, HOW MANY WOMEN ARE ON THEIR BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Marion
Marion

The only other program I watch on channel 9 is the voice. good bye channel 9

Robyn
Robyn

Refuse to watch Nine anymore as I have been watching days for 45 years and loved the show. Stick the sports programs.. come on how much cricket can one person watch and it runs all day.. sorry nine but you have lost me.

jimh
jimh

Maybe this is where Brian Frons now works? lol

Lawrence
Lawrence

Lol

Sam
Sam

I have been following days of our lives on and off since I was in high school back in the 80’s. I am disappointed its being cancelled, there’s absolutely mouthing worth watching at that time slot. I was so disappointed when young and the restless was cancelled a couple of years back, now days of our lives. Channel 9 is making lots of silly decisions, what do we housewives watch while having lunch for that half hour or so until we pick up our kids from school

Brett
Brett

We have exactly the same issue in the UK, All the US soaps were treated like crap in England and then just cancelled with no consideration for the fans at all.

Julie
Julie

I understand that they want the timeslot, no doubt for age old repeats. Why not show it at another time, even if it was on at 2 in the morning. What is the problem, you have three stations to put it on. Very poor decision channel 9, not everyone has paid TV. Looks like less and less viewing of CHANNEL NINE. You should be ashamed…

Carolyn
Carolyn

Yer bloody idiots

paula healey
paula healey

Couldn’t agree more , wih all the new usless channels , they could put it on one of them and that way we wouldn’t have to miss it through the summer.
Just because the story has been a bit off lately doesn’t mean we stop watching, we all know it has to improve as the story changes from time to time.Disgusting decision.

Julie Gray
Julie Gray

Put it on another time, you have three stations to use. Very poor decision

Mary SF
Mary SF

Thanks to all you folks Down Under giving your opinion on the matter. You guys know the situation better than we do here. But networks there sound a lot like networks here. The suits don’t put on shows people want to watch, but try to get us to watch the shows they think we should want to watch. I guess they will all have to get new jobs when network television becomes extinct, which should be in the next ten years or less.

Joshua
Joshua

Australia gave us the beautiful “Prisoner: Cell Block H.”

We gave them the crappalicious “Days of Our Lives.”

Just doesn’t seem fair. The Aussies are better off without “Days.”

suzanne williams
suzanne williams

You speak for yourself ,we don’t all think like you .!1

Dmitri
Dmitri

It will probably come on another channel like Y&R did. Days is terrible anyways now.

Vicsze
Vicsze

Channel dumped Y&R a few years ago & Foxtel picked it up, so maybe Foxtel will pick up DOOL too?
Unfortunately in Australia episodes of Y&R are about 9 months behind & I think that DOOL are about 6 months behind, so what happens here is that we have to scour the Internet to try to source up to date episodes that are posted by wonderful people who are dedicated to bring fans who live outside of Nth America episodes of our favourite shows.

Patrick
Patrick

My “DAYS” soapbox is drained….

sapped of all energy… to champion much more…..

near bereft – idleless –

then Rafe came to mind….

other channel
other channel

The cricket certainly robs time for DOOL. But with digital TV each channel has more than one to transmit on. So why can’t the show be on one while cricket is on the other? It doesn’t make sense to have excess transmisssion ability but not use it wisely.

Barbara Turner
Barbara Turner

I just hope foxtel picks it up it,s been good lately shame on channel 9:-(

danny
danny

I am really pissed off with channel 9.i have been watching dool for 26 years.how am I going to watch it now.what show are they going to replace it with? I hope channel 9 loses more money.please channel 7 or 10 take on dool.

OzDaysFan
OzDaysFan

Channel Nine failed Days of our Lives fans year after year by preempting it to telecast cricket. Days of our Lives became ridiculously outdated at one point being over 4 years behind US episodes.

They did a catch-up where a summary of the those 4 years was telecast and episodes fast forwarded so that we were only 3 -6 months behind US episodes. Then despite having access to multiple channels to broadcast on, Channel 9 continued on the same path. Each summer we fell another 3 months behind. I believe we are currently 15 months behind US episodes.

During this same time period, technology has offered television viewers other alternatives. If our television broadcasters couldn’t provide up to date content then tech savvy consumers would find it elsewhere.

Meet YouTube, TV.com, Hulu , iTunes and the US network sites. My computer or iPad and smartphone have access to better content than the TV that sits in my Australian living room.

Sad. Very sad.

Lydia
Lydia

I have been a Days watcher for over 20 years (now aged 45), and am a third generation fan in my family. Channel nine has always shown disrespect to the DOOL watchers every cricket season. It always seemed lame to me to replace DOOL with cricket in what is obviously a traditionally female viewing timeslot …and now they decide to take it off air permanently, without consulting their viewers.
(Interestingly they have replaced it with House Husbands, which is in my opinion a male oriented soap too.) They could just have easily shifted it to another time or better yet channel so that cricket didn’t interfere with it again. Needless to say that I only watch channel nine for The Voice and Big Bang Theory now (so once this season of The Voice is over one show one slot per week). Hardly worth it as I have Big Bang on DVD now.

Patrick
Patrick

#1. I HOPE Australia – finds another home. Days of our lives…. i’ve lived with for so long… I can’t give up.

2nd…. HOT PIC… of John & Marlena…. above.

cute! Handsome! Classic…. she reels chic and kept up! Drake…. What a Handsome Man! kinda reminds me of Michael Mulhaney…. ie: Adam, Y&R.

John
John

Blame the Channel 9 programming director. Michael Healy. He’s an idiot, and hopefully
jobless shortly.

mary
mary

Now if they would drop it on US that would be great tired of people trying to cram things at me as if all people want to see guys kissing. And people who have treated a person horribly gets that person to fall in love with them…get real. And please do have Jennifer trot off to London. That character is a bore…and Daniel and she have no chemistry.

jane constant
jane constant

If you hate it so much…. Why are you watching it? Hypocrite!

suzanne williams
suzanne williams

I think all the characters had their own part,and all did well,bring it backChannel 9 you have made the biggest mistake ever.!!

Coral
Coral

How about thinking of all the oldies who live their lives through these characters. I suppose it will be replaced by some short lived reality rubbish. If people have watched a show for 45 years wether it’s behind 18 months or not they want to watch it. Come on 9 keep it!!!!!!!!!

Coral
Coral

Most oldies & those on pensions can’t afford Foxtel!!

Lyn Robeson
Lyn Robeson

I am a pensioner Coral, and I also have Foxtel, but I cannot afford to pay the extra it will take to watch DOOL if Foxtel picks it up….

Lorraine Martret
Lorraine Martret

I have been watching it for 44 years. I hope it gets picked up soon so we don’t have to miss any more when it finishes on Friday 26th.

Jo
Jo

Although I am not a constant viewer of DAYS I do know a lot of people who are, because they spend most of thier days at home. As has been stated online DAYS have been part of many people’s lives for years and years. To callously just stop showing the program with out a thought for the thousands of viewers who have watched DAYS for so many years shows quite clearly why your ratings are not up where they used to be and I have absolutely no doubt that channel nines ratings are about to go down quite considerably. The fact that the show is still being shown, and is continuing to be made after all these years makes your decision to drop DAYS totally ridiculous ..

Lydia
Lydia

Hear hear!!! Especially when the Australian dollar is doing so well…it is cheaper to buy the show now than it has ever been, so no excuses on the ‘financial decision’ front.

franz chong
franz chong

Nine is a disgrace.I wonder what the Ghost of Kerry Packer would have to say about this decision.

Lyn Robeson
Lyn Robeson

Well that’s it..The only show I watch during the day and have done since the onset…How could channel 9 stop this show and again in the middle of a storyline..Grrrr….I only hope someone picks it up as there are thousands of viewers feeling the same as me…No wonder Channel nine goes down in ratings.,..I missed out on Young and the Restless by this happening and at the time could not afford to pay extra on Foxtel to watch it..CHANNEL 9, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES….WHY CAN’T GEM OR GO HAVE IT ON THEIR CHANNEL INSTEAD OF THOSE OLD CRAP SHOWS DURING THE DAY…

Lyn Robeson
Lyn Robeson

Channel 9 takes off DOOL that we all love to watch and they keep Sam Newman….Get your priorities right for once…We all want to keep watching DOOL and I know of many people all over Australia including me who will not watch the Footy Show because of Sam Newman…

Tess
Tess

I’m disgusted with channel 9, my mum has been watching this show since it started on Aussie tv. We know dozens of devoted fans even though the storylines can be a bit ridiculous at times, it is still an escape for a lot of people and with the good ratings that it still gets, I can’t understand this decision. Haven’t channel 9 learnt anything from the outrage they caused when they cancelled Y&R? We have been watching channel 7 more and more and we will definitely be giving channel 9 and whatever show they replace DOOL with, the big flick. Whoever made this decision should be sacked just like they got rid of Eddie McGuire when he got rid of Y&R!

Dawn
Dawn

So WIN tv (our equivalent of Nine) are putting on the first series of House Husbands in DOOL’s spot – ridiculous, I thought they were going for a new lineup – must be a new line up of RERUNS!

I hope Foxtel pick it up too, run some marathons, and we’ll soon catch up to the US.

Marion
Marion

I would be tempted to get foxtel if they pick up days

Rosaria Russo
Rosaria Russo

I am disgusted with Channel 9 – I have been watching the show since 1987 – and my mum longer than me. Channel 9 didn’t do the show any justice as it always ran the cricket instead (in the cricket season) – but to axe it completely ! – They should be ashamed of themselves. If goes to Foxtel will have to go to the expense of connecting it.

janice woodward
janice woodward

As an ardent viewer of days of our lives since 1968,I want to know why it cant be shown (same time if possible) on gem or go….why cancel !!!! theres a lot of unhappy people out there…..

D Harvey
D Harvey

Discusting channel 9… Alot of people do watch the show. You will lose more ratings now.

D Harvey
D Harvey

Every one will be watching Dr Oz on channel 7 now.

Aaron Harvey
Aaron Harvey

Viewer for over 28 years why take days of air thats a fact!!! we should all write to channel nine cmon guys and gals!!

Lydia
Lydia

And you do have to write (snail mail)…so antiquated…probably because they know they would be absolutely inundated by emails of complaint about this decision. To me this smacks of disrespect to the viewers, both from the decision to take a show off air without adequate reason and when it was still rating well and then to make it so difficult to voice a complaint. Clearly they do not want feedback. But clearly they need it!

Aaron Harvey
Aaron Harvey

could it also be a publicity mmmm

jane constant
jane constant

I left a message on Channel 9’s Facebook page, telling them if they didn’t move DOOL to GEM, I would boycott 9 and suggest to every DOOL fan I can find, to do the same. We can’t all afford pay tv. What about the old folk who’ve watched it for 45 years. They LIVE for it! Maybe some will die without it!

Marion
Marion

I know people who have watch days from the very first episode = how can channel 9 do this to their valued viewers?

Nelson
Nelson

days of our lives is the best show and it better come on again or I’m calling the stupid channel of the TV!!

Singing mouse
Singing mouse

I agree with you Nelson!!

Andrea
Andrea

I agree with all other fan comments. This was the only show on 9 that I watched. We can only watch a repeat so many times and that is what 9 is now, on all their channels. REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT! Why just cancel it??? At least if they’d moved to another nine channel it wouldn’t have been interupted by sport or whatever else!!
It’s no wonder ch. 7 is on top, they’re the only one with lots of different shows & nine is losing patrons. WAKE UP!!!! & give us back DOOL

Rach
Rach

so where can we watch it now all streaming videos are broadcast only in America its hardly fair. it was the highlight of my day to watch that, you could escape into another world for an hour before the kids came home from school.

ursula
ursula

Congratultions to channel nine, you get people hooked on programmes and then to cancel them after so many years. Being a pensioner I can not afford Foxtel.

Diana
Diana

I have watched Days of Our lives from the start, before I was married and all those years, since. It was always the bright spot to look forward to in my day. I knew the characters in the ‘spring’ of my life to the ‘winter’ of my life. They are all like family to me. Now, out of the blue; no more.
After 45 years, they are gone- just like that! No apologies. No closure. To-day I am bereft, lost without them, and knowing what will become of them all. I miss them so, on this first day without them.
To-day is bleak . I am devastated! Please HELP!
Please tell me how I can view where we were up to, in Australia, in Days of Our Lives. This goes for my sister in law and so many other loyal Australian fans who are still “in shock” !
Diana
Moruya
NSW Australia

Shayne
Shayne

Diana, like you I was devastated after45 years of watching to find it gone! I’ve had enough of Channel 9 and of free to air tv all round. You’ll be happy to know you can watch DOOL on you tube!!!!

phoebe
phoebe

I have been watching this show since I was in high school in the 70’s and have recorded it when at work to watch later. My kids have grown up with it on as a daily show and now we have the timeslot filled with re-runs of evening shows that we have already watched the week before. What the!!!! I’m fed up with not being able to watch my fav shows as they get axed and there is no respect shown to viewers by 9 as there wasn’t even any announcement or warning! SHAME

Lucie
Lucie

I agree with you Phoebe, shame on Channel nine. Days of our lives is popular with the young and old. I refuse to watch Channel nine between 12 and 2pm and especially House Husbands, no thanks!!!

D Harvey
D Harvey

me too!!!!

Lou Stevens
Lou Stevens

Shame on you Channel Nine, it’s a popular show with the young and old. I don’t watch Channel Nine between 12 and 2pm anymore. I will not be duped in to watching House Husbands, with all their old weathered faces yuk. Honestly your’re stupid

Mim
Mim

Let common sense prevail. We deserve better. Put DOOL on GEM. what have you got to lose …only more viewers if you don’t reschedule this on digital!

karen
karen

what a joke with all these new channel on free to air ,why can’t days of our lives go on one of those it disgusting i have been watching this show for ages since i was a kid . put days back on tv win

stephanie merazzi
stephanie merazzi

I have followed Days since 1986 was my favourite soap nine have no respect for fans we always miss out on seeing it in summer because of sports they cut 4 years of episodes in 2004 and right in middle of storyline the writing was on wall when they axed Young and Restless they could put in on Gem or Go what do they replace it with old episodes of House Husbands sad Bo and Hope fan shame on you nine i hope your ratings go down now

Pepi Pearce
Pepi Pearce

Absolutely disgusted, Iove my Dool fix & tape it every day. Have been watching it for close to 40 yrs. Love all the characters & especially loved watching Alison Sweeney grow up on the show. Like prior comments, don’t know why you can’t show it on Gem or Go. I unlike many other people, don’t have pay tv & was just as infuriated when YTR was axed. Hope you will LISTEN TO THE FANS channel 9 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenifer
Jenifer

Shame on NINE-
they’re dumping iDOOL because of the gay characters no doubt-
SHAME!

sue
sue

Cannot believe win television has dumped Days….not be watching the crap that is on there now instead, very dissappointed I have been a fan for over 30 years.

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