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Articles by Glenn Dyer

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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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: expensive reality TV bombs on all channels

There will be no rejoicing in the executive suites of Nine, Seven or Ten today at the way their flagship programs performed in prime time last night. Seven’s The X Factor did best of all, but it was well down on 2013 figures. Nine’s The Block Glasshouse is now in its boring early series part, […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the last of the big audiences for Ten

A funny night and one that really didn’t register with many viewers, judging by the morning reports. The Commonwealth Games saved Ten from a rotten night, helping it to a gentle decline from Monday night’s year high peak. In fact, the Games coverage was the network’s most watched bits of programming last night. Tonight it’s […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: another win for Ten, but will it last?

MasterChef Australia finally did it for Ten last night in metro markets, with the finale and winner topping the ratings. But in the regions it was a different story — Seven and Ten tied with a share of 28.1%. For the main channels the pecking order was very different — Seven with 18.6%, Nine with 17.5% and Ten on […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine games the system to boost ratings

The Nine Network followed Ten down the slippery route of jiggling its rating figures to boost the numbers for the latest series of The Block. Ten simulcasts Family Feud at 6pm Monday to Fridays on its main channel and its digital channels (ONE and Eleven) and aggregates the audience figures of the three channels into […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Commonwealth Games a win for Ten

Double Fantas all round for the remaining employees of the Ten network, victory at last in the ratings in metro markets (in the regionals it was Seven from Ten and Nine in a very close All People finish, while Nine won the main channels from Seven and then Ten). Ten did well, thanks to MasterChef and […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers tired of talent quests

A weak performance from both The X Factor and The Voice Kids on Nine. Seven pushed the episode of The X Factor out to Wednesday night late to try and catch Nine (which had scheduled repeats of The Big Bang Theory). Maybe that was a reason why the audiences were low, but that’s grasping at straws as both networks promoted […]

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