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Articles by Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Brilliant Creatures and lacklustre ratings

Brilliant Creatures on ABC was wonderful, brilliant TV. It what TV is all about  — explaining, elucidating and entertaining the audience — and there is more to come. It had 846,000 national/ 615,000 metro/ 231,000 regional viewers. It explained an important part of Australian cultural history with four of smartest, most entertaining, and at times frustrating minds this country […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven wins by a narrow margin

Just another Monday night and despite another very solid night, The Block Glasshouse wasn’t as dominant as the figures would suggest. It had 2.133 million national/ 1.507 million metro/ 625,000 regional viewers. With that sized audience, you would have thought Nine won the night by a mile — it didn’t. It certainly had a good win in […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Big Brother bombs for Ten

The figures were split again last night with Nine winning the metros and Seven winning the regions. Ten was a very weak fourth (now normal for a Sunday) in both — its metro main channel share was 8.7% and just 7% in the regions. Back to the bad old days again, for one night at least. Ten […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: we still love The Block for some reason

Australians are still obsessed with home renovation, it would seem. Everyone loses in BB’s race to the bottom. And a charming doco series wraps up.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Big Brother bombs in the regions

Nine’s night, again in metros, with The Block Glasshouse leading the way. Ten was third and the ABC fourth. But in regional markets Seven had a small overall win, Nine won the main channels, and the ABC pushed Ten back to fourth, both overall and in the main channels as The Bachelor and Wonderland bombed […]

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BHP, Rio Tinto deliberately sinking the price of iron ore

It’s not greedy unionists or meddling governments that have caused a slump in iron ore prices — the smoking gun is in the hands of Rio, BHP, Fortescue and Vale.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers switch off after premieres

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets easily, even though Big Brother’s audience slipped, falling under the one million mark in the metros. Ten was third overall in both markets and third in the main channels in the regions, but not in the metros where ABC was third. The Block Glasshouse saw its audience top […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality TV delivers a night of false promises

It was Nine’s night in metro and regional markets with another big rating number for The Block Glasshouse and the returning Big Brother. Seven’s The X Factor was its own worst enemy in promising something that really didn’t matter, but was really aimed at the returning Big Brother on Nine. Ten was fourth behind the ABC in […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: audiences fade away from reality TV

Nine’s night in metros and Seven’s in the regions as the audience again divided its preferences. Ten was fourth in both, behind the ABC. The Block Glasshouse dominated the night, topping the most watched lists in all markets. It had 2.234 million national/ 1.622 million metro/ 702,000 regional viewers. The live performance of The X […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers more interested in animal couples than The Bachelor

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets thanks to the final NRL game of the year for a Thursday night, and The Block Glasshouse in non-NRL markets. Ten was third in the metros and the ABC fourth. In the regions though, the ABC was a clear third and Ten and its offering of The Bachelor, […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a night full of junk programs

Nine’s night in metro and regional markets. Ten was third and the ABC was fourth, except in the regional main channels where viewers gave Ten the thumbs down and liked the ABC’s underwhelming offerings instead. Nine’s The Block Glasshouse again dominated the night with 1.707 million national, 1.151 million metro and 556,000 regional viewers. But is Wednesday […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine phones it in on a weak night

Nine’s night thanks to The Block Glasshouse and a solid performance of the 6-7pm news hour. That was in the metros, in the regions, the split re-appeared after popping up on Sunday night. So Seven won the regions narrowly overall, but with a larger margin in the main channels. Ten was third in both areas […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine’s night for a sleepy Monday

The usual Monday night’s viewing — a few gems, a few duds, then bed. Nine won the metros and the regions as Sunday night’s split disappeared. The ABC was third and Ten the now usual fourth. The Block Glasshouse was top with 1.965 million metro/ 1.352 million metro/ 613,000 regional viewers. The results episode of The X […]

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Kim Williams’ lucrative gift to News keeping the empire afloat

News Corp’s relentless attacks on former CEO Kim Williams belie a fundamental truth: Williams’ management of Foxtel was a financial boon for the company.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality TV fails to attract an audience

For such an average night of programming, the surprise was in the ratings reports for metro and regional markets this morning. TV viewing cleaved into two distinct groups. The metros favoured Nine as a clear winner over Seven, but in the regions, Seven won over Nine. Ten was third overall, with the ABC fourth in […]

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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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