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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: programming gives way to cricket

The test cricket won the battle of the two forms last night - the final session of the Second Test on Nine was watched by more than 1.2 million people. Nine said that more than 1.3 million were watching when Australian captain Steve Smith reached 50 runs around 5.24 pm. Ten’s Big Bash was all […]

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The 2014 Crikeys: Sydney Biennale and Sia get our arts gongs

What are the highlights and lowlights in arts and culture this year?

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One story, told week by week: don’t expect an Australian Serial

Australia’s strong defamation laws make it very unlikely Australia could replicate Sarah Koenig’s blockbuster podcast.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: repeats and the cricket

Another of those nights last night that required stamina and a complete and utter memory loss as repeats rolled across the screen, or programs which should have never seen the light of a TV screen,  with a few exceptions. QI on ABC because it is moderately entertaining, the test cricket on Nine, which ended late. The […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: from the siege to summer

An anti-climatic night last night after the events of the previous 36 hours. And the viewing didn’t help lift spirits. It was a pretty arid night — Hugh Grant as the British PM (Tony Blair????) in Love Actually on Seven at 8.30pm. Really, I ask you. Love Actually is in that small group of go to movies […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the siege aftermath

Well, after the events of yesterday and last night in Sydney, no commentary. It all seems a bit superfluous, really. So no program rankings or figures, just network shares. The broadcasting of the siege made it hard to work out accurate figures from this morning. The Sydney siege boosted the viewer numbers on News 24 […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the summer slide

The less said about last night and the rest of the coming week, so far as TV is concerned, the better. Insiders, and even the Bolter were missed yesterday morning ahead of Joe Hockey’s now familiar pre-Christmas whinge about nasty Labor and the black hole they left me. Some decent context to The Cigar’s rantings […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but the cricket

Thankfully we had a full day of Test cricket, absorbing, skilful and good TV in the traditional summer sense (even if the weather in Sydney was autumnal, even early winterish). Last night’s programming was light on, especially Seven with its run of repeats. Nine won the night in both metro and regionals markets. Nine has helpfully […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: repeats and the cricket

The best you could say about last night’s programming that the test cricket was wonderful, even with the rain delays. The highlight of the night was on ABC with the repeat of a QI Christmas Special; on Seven it was the final episode for the year of Home and Away  — oh, the crash/accident, who will survive? […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: farewell to Margaret and David

A mixed night. Nine and Seven shared the spoils in metro and regional markets, as did Ten and the ABC  for third and fourth place. The ABC was more watched in the metros because of the very solid audience for the last episode of At The Movies with Margaret and David. It had 936,000 national/ […]

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Mike Carlton: the shoddy, anti-union fiction that won the PM’s top history award

Australia’s Secret War, which won the PM’s literary award for history, is a badly written, badly researched work of fiction, opines Mike Carlton, former ABC war correspondent and naval historian.

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Razer: take up Stella Young’s activism to pay tribute to a remarkable woman

Stella Young was not exceptional because she had a physical disability. She was exceptional because she put everything she had into the hard, important work of social change.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a quiet night for all

Seven’s night in both metro and regional markets from Nine, with Ten third in the metros and fourth in the regionals. The ABC was third in the regions and fourth in the metros. But it was just another night in summer as we could see from Home and Away being the most watched non-news program […]

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Goodbye to my friend Stella, we owe you so much

Shakira Hussein pays tribute to the biting, brilliant wit of Stella Young — and a life free from inspiration porn.

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If we ban Grand Theft Auto, should Scorsese be next?

Art is sometimes uncomfortable. But that does not mean it should not be available.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers head to the beach

Not the best of weekends to be watching TV. Seven can claim bragging rights in the metros by a solid margin, but in the regions, it won by a country kilometre or daylight. Ten was third and the ABC fourth in the metros, but in the regions that was reversed and the ABC was a […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: another dire night

Well, Nine and Seven shared the night but it was one of those nights where viewers were out enjoying themselves, or turned on the digital channels which again collectively had considerably more viewers than any of the network’s main channels or the network groups. 36.7% of the free to air audience was watching the digital […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: the nation tunes in to Phil Hughes’ funeral

The funeral of Phillip Hughes was broadcast on Nine (645,000 national viewers), Seven (408,000), Ten (123,000) and News 24, (99,000). An impressive audience of 1.275 million viewers in metro and regional markets and equal to what Nine would get on a dramatic day of an England Australia test with Australia winning, after a P. Hughes […]

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Hey, you with the iPhone, leave Krispy Kreme alone

Whether we’re gushing over the Apple Watch or shoving Krispy Kreme into our pie holes, these are experiences that allow us to see each other as social beings, not just slaves to the market.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the great summer snooze

An average night of viewing. Seven and Nine shared the spoils (if you can call them that) in metro and regional markets. But it was also a night in which the second part of ABC  three partner on the National Party — A Country Road  — shone like a lonely beacon of quality. Good, intelligent TV which reminded us that […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Clive Palmer’s appearance on Kitchen Cabinet tonight should be a ratings winner.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: easing in to summer

First night of official summer ratings — or unofficial summer ratings, however you look at it — and it was little different from late last week. Solid, interesting programs were few and far between. Cilla on ABC1 stood out with its final part which averaged 989,000 national viewers — which was more than any program on the Ten Network yesterday. Seven won […]

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Rundle: the eternal, unchanging, unyielding American sitcom

The sitcom will be with us as long as there are televisions.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the end of the ratings season

Seven won the metros in total people and the main channels, but in the regions Nine won the main channels after Seven won overall. Did anyone see the interview on Nine’s A Current Affair as Tracy Grimshaw met One Direction?  Well, thankfully for Nine, not many people did see it as ACA’s metro audience plunged […]

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