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Articles by Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: weak programming spreads to Thursday nights

It’s a pretty weak night when an NRL match is one of the viewing highlights, simply because it is live and the result unknown. Catalyst on ABC 1 was again interesting, Silk at 8.30pm is now in soapy territory and nothing after 7pm had a million or more viewers in the metros. The fact that […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC programming trumps The Bachelor

Seven won metro and regional markets overall, but again lost the important main channels where most of the advertising money is spent. Ten finished third in the metros, but fourth in the regions as the ABC’s offerings proved more popular than The Bachelor and Wonderland. The Block Glasshouse couldn’t make top spot in either metro […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: commercial networks fall into a mid-week slump

Another quiet night for TV viewers. Nine won the metros, snuck home overall in the regionals, but Seven had more main channel viewers. Ten was third overall in the metros, tied the main channels (with 11.2%). But in the regions Ten beat the ABC overall, but had more viewers in the main channels. The Block […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality shows slowly shed viewers

Yet another less-than-enthusing night for many TV viewers. Nine again won in metro and regional areas, followed by Seven, the ABC and Ten. Nine’s The Block Glasshouse was again the most watched program, though numbers were down on Sunday night’s splash. It had 1.763 million national/ 1.191 million metro/ 572,000 regional viewers. Seven’s The X […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: building, singing and time travel

Last night was again not the strongest bit of TV programming on offer if you didn’t like building, singing, or time travel. It was Nine’s night everywhere, thanks to The Block Glasshouse and then 60 Minutes and the News. The X Factor’s live performance on Seven wasn’t in the hunt. It is starting to look […]

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Are News’ Australian newspapers really doing better than last year?

News Corp executives have continually dismissed Crikey’s explosive revelation that things were not so peachy in 2012-13 with the assertion that 2013-14 was the year it all turned around. But a look through this year’s report suggests that might not be so …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: low ratings and lazy programming all round

So it was Nine’s night last night, from Seven and Ten in the metros, with the ABC fourth. In the regions Seven edged Nine overall, but Nine edged Seven in the main channels. The ABC was third and Ten a distant fourth, again. Anyone who watched TV last night in prime time — other than maybe three programs […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC’s comedy lineup fails to keep viewers

Seven’s night in metro and regional markets overall and in the main channels in the metros. It was yet another night where the offerings underwhelmed the audience. Ten was third in the metros, but sank to fourth in the regions. In fact’s Ten’s main channel share (where most viewing takes place) fell from a sort […]

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News Corp’s rivers of gold drying up

Once upon a time newspapers could almost print money off the back of classified advertising. But although classies still accounted for a large slice of News Corp’s revenue in 2012-13, the rivers of gold are much shallower than they used to be.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a surprising viewer boost for Seven

Nine’s night in the  metros and regionals. It was a less than enthusing night, except for the solid debut of The War That Changed Us on ABC at 8.30pm with 734,000 national/ 505,000 metro/ 229,000 regional viewers. It demanded more. A fine production with good storytelling, using the soldier’s words from diaries and letters. I hope […]

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A sea of red: News Corp advertising fell $320 million in 2012-13

From sex to banking, computers to communications, almost every single industry reduced its ad spend with News Corp in 2012-13, secret documents reveal.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Palmer boosts ratings for Q&A

Nine’s night overwhelmingly in the metros. The Block Glasshouse was tops in metros and nationally, and second behind The X Factor in the regions — which didn’t do well in the metros. The Block had 1.850 million national/ 1.280 million metro/ 570,000 regional viewers while The X Factor’s results episode had 1.653 million national/ 1.077 million metro/ […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: science and football the only viewing options

An easy win for Nine in metro and regional markets thanks to the Thursday night NRL game in Sydney (NSW) and Brisbane (Queensland), which gave the network big metro and regional wins. The 395,000 people who watched the game (between South Sydney and the Brisbane Broncos was easily won by Souths) in Sydney was the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a flat start for new original programming

First off, it was Seven’s night in metro and regional markets as Border Security returned with solid figures, while Home and Away and Criminal Minds also did well. The Block Glasshouse had 1.516 million national/1.024 million metro/ 492,000 regional viewers. They were OK figures, but not dominant. This series is not generating the buzz that […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Mrs Doubtfire upstages Bringing Sexy Back

The Ten Network showed far more flexibility than either Nine or Seven in whipping a Robin Williams movie to air last night in prime time. Of course it was Mrs Doubtfire and it helped the network to solid result on the night, halting the reversion to the weak ratings performances of old on Sunday and […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a lacklustre night for Seven

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets thanks to The Block Glasshouse (1.815 million national/ 1.231 million metro/ 588,000 regional viewers) and Nine’s 6pm News which had  a big win over Seven News, especially in Sydney (by 132,000), Melbourne (by 111,000) and Brisbane (by 62,000) and beat Seven News by 300,000 nationally. The ABC was […]

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ABS cuts could undermine jobs data accuracy

Budget cuts mean there’s a question mark over how accurate the new set of jobs data really is, Glenn Dyer writes.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten’s ratings slump continues

Back to the future again for Ten with the network seeing its main channel metro and regional shares back to the nasty readings of earlier in the year, before MasterChef Australia, the Commonwealth Games and Offspring provided a temporary resurgence in the network’s prime time ratings. Ten’s main channel share in the metros was just […]

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Relax, the unemployment figures are not so bad

Oh no, Australia’s unemployment is at a 12-year high! But if you look more deeply into the figures, you’ll find things aren’t so dire after all …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a ho-hum night of viewing

With The Block Glasshouse in the lineup last night, plus the strong 6 to 7pm performance of the news, Nine was always going to be the winner last night in overall, the main channels and in the demos. The Block Glasshouse had 1.521 million national/ 1.062 million metro/ 459,000 regional viewers last night, second nationally […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Offspring the outright winner

Seven’s night in metro and regional markets. The finale of Offspring on Ten stood out. The third episode of The Bachelor didn’t stand out, even though its audience snuck up on the debut a week ago — 712,000 metro viewers v 692,000.  Its national audience rose to 916,000 from 888,000 with regional audience rising to 205,000 from […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The X-Factor continues to tank

It was another of those nights in metro markets where there were winners and losers at the same time. Nine won overall from Seven, Ten and the ABC. But Seven won the main channels, (narrowly), from Nine, the ABC and Ten. In fact had it not been for solid performances from Nine’s digital channels, it […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten back to its post-Games figures

Seven and Nine tied the All People (overall) result in metro markets last night and in the regions, Seven won from Nine. But in the main channels (the real battle), Nine won both. For Ten the post Masterchef Australia/Commonwealth Games slide pushed it back to fourth spot behind the ABC, with a substantial gap between […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: no winners in the battle of the talent quests

Another of those funny nights — for Seven and Ten, at least. Nine won overall in the metros and regions. Ten was third in the metros (overall and the main channels) and third in the regions overall, but fourth in the main channels behind the ABC. As I said — a night of mixed outcomes. Post-Commonwealth Games reality returns […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten’s winning streak fades with the end of the Games

Well, it wasn’t a strong the second night for the new series of The Meat Market (aka The Bachelor) which struggled to hold Wednesday night’s return first episode figures. Last night it had 791,000 national/ 594,000 metro/ 197,000 regional viewers. On Wednesday night it had 888,000 national/ 692,000 metro/ 196,000 regional viewers. Yes, Thursday night audiences […]

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