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Articles by Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the divide between city and country

Ten’s night really in metro markets, even though the figures for Total People give Nine a small win. The real story was the second best night for Ten this year in the metros (The best night was the finale of I’m A Celebrity …) with a main channel win and in its way for a […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a close night for reality programs

A close night in metro markets, but not in the regions where narrow results from the two previous nights were forgotten as Seven sprinted to a big, big lead. In metro markets Seven won Total People by 2 points, in the regions it was by 9 points. Nine won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven won the […]

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Business bites: PM’s capitulation … so much for deflation … ad stagnation …

Let’s have an inquiry into iron ore pricing, says Twiggy. Let’s not, say big players Rio and BHP. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: thank goodness for Masterchef

Not Seven’s night last night as the three reality programs —  Masterchef Australia, House Rules and Reno Rumble  — again went head to head in a rather fruitless battle for supremacy. Masterchef Australia won the night with more than 1.5 million national viewers over House Rules with 1.278 million and Reno Rumble with 1.146 million. That’s despite Reno Rumble having more […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: marriage as entertainment wins over audiences

Never underestimate the value of pre-publicity. It helps — last night’s TV ratings underline that simple fact. Nine debuted its semi-controversial Married At First Sight last night and the publicity ahead of the program (which I don’t especially like — I am the wrong demo, I think) did the trick and it had nearly 1.6 million national viewers. Nine […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven romps it in

Seven’s night easily in metro and regional markets as the combination of the news (2.154 million national viewers), the first episode of Catching Milat (2.174 million) and the house reveal episode of House Rules (1.881 million) did the job. Masterchef Australia on Ten (1.348 million) and Nine’s Reno Rumble (1.150 million) were left in Seven’s […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Australian TV viewers no longer like lions romping with humans, or Bill Shorten romping with the budget, or much else, except for Masterchef Australia contestants romping with pots, pans and cook tops. So it became the most watched non-news program on national TV last night. Seven’s special at 7.30pm, Martin Clunes and a Lion Called Mugie […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: not even the Budget could beat Masterchef

Does anyone want to crowdfund or take up a collection for the ABC and its still shivering staff at Parliament House in Canberra? Emma Alberici showed street cunning by remaining in the warmth of Sydney last night for Lateline and her grilling of Finance Minister turned “Economic Girly Man” Senator Mathias Cormann. Voters and viewers […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the divide between city and country

The clear division of the Australian TV audience into two markets with very different viewing habits was underlined last night. In the metros, Nine won fairly easily from Seven, Nine and the ABC. But in regional markets Seven was an even clearer winner as regional viewers went right off Masterchef Australia, unlike their metro counterparts who […]

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Sky to sack the lefties and pinkos when Rupert’s in charge

News Corp wants to take over Sky News — and it plans to make it more right-wing … er… “mainstream”.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: battle of the renos

There’s life left in House Rules, or there was last night as Seven’s reno program had its first whole house reveal and beat Nine’s spoiler Reno Rumble in metro and regional markets. House Rules couldn’t quite bridge the gas with Masterchef Australia on Ten, but with the news doing well and Sunday Night on top of […]

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Reserve Bank downgrades growth yet again

The Reserve Bank sees a slightly brighter picture on employment, but growth forecasts have been downgraded in its latest Statement of Monetary Policy.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality TV falters

Nine won the metros fairly easily. Ten did well again thanks to running two episodes of Masterchef Australia. House Rules picked up a little bit, giving Seven some hope. But in the regionals, another big win by Seven as viewers in those market grabbed House Rules, Home and Away and rejected Masterchef and Reno Rumble. Only […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a big win for Struggle Street

Struggle Street starred last night, outshining the more expensive Reno Rumble, Masterchef Australia and House Rules and showing there are more ways to get viewers than just reality TV programs. The reality in Struggle Street was far more real than the confected rubbish on any number of shiny rubbishy contributions from commercial TV. These are not […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a big night for debuts

So what are TV guides for? Well, last night Seven answered that by dropping broadcasts on 7TWO and 7mate at 7.30 and simulcasting House Rules across all three, like Ten is doing with Family Feud at 6 pm Monday to Friday. Nine started Reno Rumble (It was originally called Renovation Rumble, but got a name […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the end of The Beast

As expected, My Kitchen Rules’ Grand Finale won last night and won it easily for Seven, but the ratings tell us the format is now a shadow of its incredible self back in 2013. In fact such has been the loss of viewers in the past couple of years (a third or around 1.5 million nationally) […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the Logies and the rest

Ah, the Logies, saved at the end by the golden choice of Carrie Bickmore (Ten, The Project), who then underlined the worth of that selection with the best acceptance speech for years. But she just pipped another speech earlier in the night, by Love Child’s Miranda Tapsell. She who used her first award as Most Popular […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a quiet night

A mixed result in the metros. Seven narrowly won Total people, Nine, the main channels, while Ten was a narrow third ahead of the ABC. But in the regional markets Seven was an easy winner, both overall and the main channels, while the ABC was a clear third and Ten a weak fourth. And that’s […]

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Business bites: no win for Fin … US weak speak … mates and rates …

Fin fails to report Stevens’ slapdown, Fed gives mixed messages and central banks announce rates. Plus more business tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the end of The Block

Well, the big story from last night was the turnaround in the fortunes of the winners on The Block last night, compared to the ending of the last 2014 series. Nearly a million bucks last night, versus the smell of a very oily rag in 2014. In fact the rewards were inversely proportional to the […]

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A tale of two possibilities? Seven in Telstra talks and rights issue

Why was UBS’ chief talking takeover turkey if Seven West Media has a rights issue in the offing?

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Business bites: GDP gloom and monetary moves … prize for dollar rise … gung-ho may go slow …

There’s little movement in US economy as Australian dollar rises and Kiwis flag possible rate cuts. Plus more business tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR reigns supreme

The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) has easily eaten the two of the three final episodes of Nine’s The Block on Monday and Tuesday night, but in an act of generosity, Seven has returned the animal to the pantry where it will rest until its final two episodes next Sunday and Monday nights. That means […]

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Business bites: spoils and oil…default rattle not battle … Piech’s failed putsch

Market of moaning kangaroo set to ascend greasy pole and Greece finds some peace at eurozone meeting. Plus more business tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Bolt fails to bump off Insiders

The Block had its best night so far this season with the final room reveal. The room reveal was the most watched program (or part of program) in metro markets, but not nationally as The Beast (My Kitchen Rules) easily topped it. The Block’s Room Reveal had 1.977 million national viewers and My Kitchen Rules had […]

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