Nine steps up the ratings war

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With the end of the Winter Olympics, Nine is rolling out V and Survivor.

Channel Nine is about to step up the ratings war with the end of the Winter Olympics.

Nine has been holding off its big guns for three weeks due to the Vancouver Games. While Seven and TEN have been rolling out some of their new brands including Cougar Town, My Kitchen Rules and The Good Wife, Nine has strategically held back on some of its new titles.

Nine has also had to finish off its summer of cricket.

But with the Closing Ceremony set to take place on Monday (Australian time) it has the green light to delve into its programming cupboard.

The miniseries V will air from 8:30pm on Sunday, March 9. In this remake of the 1984 miniseries, 29 cities on Earth find giant spaceships hovering above them. But many are suspicious about the "Visitors" who supposedly come in peace. Starring Morena Baccarin (Stargate SG-1, Heartland) as Anna, the manipulative High Commander of the Visitors, it also features Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) and Scott Wolf (Party of Five).

Reality fans are also in for a treat with the new series of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains back up for grabs. Inviting back many popular contestants including Rupert, Jerri, Boston Rob, Coach, Parvati, Stephanie, Amanda, Sugar, JT and the villainous Russell from Samoa. The long-running franchise performed well for Nine over summer and it has been rewarded with a prime-time slot from 8:40pm Tuesday, March 9.

Nine also brings back favourite shows including Domestic Blitz and 60 Minutes this Sunday night, with stories on the dangers of the internet, Haitian adoptions and Tom Jones to kick off the current affairs year.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley returns to morning TV from 9am Tuesday, March 2nd, now simply titled as Kerri-Anne. A television survivor, this year she has renewed competition from TEN's The Circle as well as The Morning Show on Seven.

Top Gear also settles into Tuesday nights from March 2nd after a slight interruption from cricket.

Nine also has the Academy Awards to screen live at 12:30pm AEDT on Monday, March 8, to be repeated at 9:30pm.

It is yet to declare when Underbelly: The Golden Mile will launch.

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