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Feb 10, 2014

Crikey says: are we finally over Schapelle?

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Somewhere in there is the woman of the moment. What a circus.

But as dozens of Australian reporters and camera operators aggressively jostled for a shot of Schapelle Corby leaving prison this morning, as Australian news websites went into overdrive to live blog every moment, is it possible we’ve all overestimated just how much Australians still care?

In television ratings overnight — as much a barometer on public taste as any poll — the response to the Nine Network’s much-hyped Schapelle telemovie was lukewarm at best. Rushed to air and pitted against Channel Seven’s INXS biopic, the Aussie pop-rockers thumped Schapelle soundly. As Glenn Dyer reports, a massive-in-the-digital-age 2.88 million Australians watched Michael Hutchence dug up while just 1.3 million witnessed the convicted drug runner locked up.

Are we finally over it?

But then again, our favourite TV drama — the ABC’s Rake — rated well behind both of them. So there really is no accounting for taste …

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