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Articles by Glenn Dyer

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: snoozing through summer

The first seven programs in metro markets last night were news and current affairs broadcasts that ended by 8pm. Then the night was yours to do what you may and a shrinking group of viewers remained glued to their sets and others did a bit of slip sliding away. Nationally the top four programs were […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Kangaroos and other news

Oh, deary me. Apart from the charming second part of ABC TV’s Kangaroo Dundee, it was a night when not even a sleep could save you from being bored horizontal. It’s enough to make you look forward to the Big Bash tip and run cricket on Ten which starts tomorrow night. The first episode of series two […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tune in, switch off

The final report from Stephen McDonell in last night’s Our Man In China episode of Foreign Correspondent was a top 10 program nationally with 892,000 viewers. It deserved more. Back Roads at 8pm (and the lead into Foreign Correspondent) averaged 1.184 million nationally and was fourth nationally, and deserved that and more. Seven News won […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: is anyone up?

How to describe last night in one or two words? Summer programming and the networks don’t really care what they show, with the exception of the ABC and SBS which at least make an attempt to show something interesting. I can tell you that Insiders and Offsiders were missed yesterday, as was the West Indian […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Close to a record high share of 38.1% for the various digital free-to-air channels in metro markets last night, with a peak of more than 43% in Adelaide. It’s a judgement on just how weak the offerings were on the various main channels for the five networks last night, with the exception of SBS, which […]

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Will Tracy Grimshaw retire to make way for Karl and his handcart of gold?

What next for Karl Stefanovic?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: summer doldrums

Two days of ratings to round up and the Morse code links and pedal wireless backup with Perth has been restored by teams of diligent engineers who travelled overnight on camel express to reach the site of the breakdown. The glitch with Tuesday’s ratings in Perth deprived Ten of its morning of glory yesterday with […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: feeling hot

A quiet night. Australians On Porn rated well on ABC2, with the channel doubling its metro share to around 4.6% for prime time. Back Roads again stood out. Heather Ewert does not stand out in regional Australia (being a ‘bush gel’ anyway) unlike some of her urban contemporaries. It’s why the program is so solid. […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a triumphant Sunday

Insiders managed 376,000 metro viewers, 276,000 on ABC and 110,000 on News 24. The Bolt Report had 111,000 viewers at 10 am, but that was lower than it should have been because it was pre-empted in Perth by the V8 Supercars on Ten. Nationally Insiders had 543,000 viewers and Bolt, 177,000 (remember it was pre-empted […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: no joy for the main channels

Seven News again topped the metro markets, thanks mostly to a big win in Perth. But the 105,000 national margin was still substantial. Seven News and the 6.30pm second bit of the 6 to 7pm broadcast, should beat Nine’s News and its 6.30pm bit in the first week of summer ratings.That is a substantial turnaround […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: game shows win the night

Another soft night except for Seven’s News which continues to improve off the back of the 5.30 bit of The Chase Australia. It had 620,000 metro viewers, Nine’s Hot Seat had 498,000. Seven News beat Nine News in the metro markets by a rather large 114,000 viewers, 1.040 million and 941,000. That dominance continued at 6.30 […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: slow summer

A slow night. Summer is  rapidly closing in on us viewers. Seven won the metros, and won bigger in regional markets again. News and current affairs dominated the night with seven of the the 10 most watched metro programs last night and six of the 10 top programs nationally, meaning it was a dull, dull […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: slide into summer

First Monday of summer and the only event worth noticing last night was Seven’s 6pm news winning Sydney and Melbourne for the first time on the same night for quite a while. Seven News won Sydney by just 4,000 viewers (258,000 to 254,000 for Nine News), and Melbourne by just 3,000 (335,000 to 332,000). It […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reinventing the cricket

The Pink Ball Third Cricket Test won Nine last week with Friday night (a national audience of 1.081 million from the start to the finish) with the third (night session) averaging a solid 1.081 million across the seven and a bit hours. On Saturday Nine won with the seven hour average 1.316 million and the […]

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Foxtel scoffs humble (meat) pie to save its bacon

Whoopsies, turns out Foxtel does want the NRL after all

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Everybody was a loser last night.

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Media Briefs: Irony of ironies

A government actually increases funding to a public service broadcaster.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

The Verdict limps on.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: X Factor cleans up

The ABC’s documentary on domestic violence was not the top-rating show, but it was excellent viewing and rated well.

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Business bites: Corbett returns … drug pusher never learns … UK austerity burns …

Roger Corbett is back at Woolies. Plus other business tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: battle for reality

Nine claimed the night in the metros. Seven did well, but Nine was easily beaten in the regions as The X Factor blitzed The Block and pushed Seven to the top. On the face of it The Block did very well, as it did in Melbourne and Brisbane, which saw Nine win both markets. But […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the slow march to summer

Last week of official ratings for 2015. Seven will claim it has won (Total People). Nine will claim it has won the major demos and Ten will claim it has had the biggest gains in audience numbers and ratings this year (but don’t mention 2014 or 2013, otherwise Ten won’t talk to you). All three […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: summer stupor

Summer is upon us. The first six programs in the metro most watched list night were news and current affairs broadcasts on Nine, Seven and the ABC from 6-7.30pm. The first non-news program was Nine’s RBT at nummber 7 — that tells us it was a boring night of TV, no matter where viewers went for solace. […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: slow reality

An easy win for Nine in metro areas last night thanks to The Block (1.282 million nationally), but Seven won the regionals just as comfortably. And that was the night. Nothing stunning or shocking — a FAQ night in late ratings. But (isn’t there always a “but”?) what would you get if you crossed BBQ Heroes (1.007 million […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: limping towards non-ratings

A boring Tuesday night in late ratings with Nine, Seven and Ten slowly winding up their final ’tent poles’ of the year in the shape of The Block (1.217 million nationally last night), The X Factor (1.392 million) and TBL Families (1.153 million). And that was the night. The final session of the second cricket […]

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