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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: competitions thoroughly beaten down by MKR

Seven again rested the monster (My Kitchen Rules) and Nine, Ten and the ABC made hay, or rather their underfire programs tried to. So The Block did OK, but should have really done better with clear air! Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Shank Blank (sorry, Shark Tank) did OK, as they all […]

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Rundle: a tale of civilisation, repression and the joy of S&M

Crikey’s correspondent-at-large traces the history of Western sexual liberation.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a one-show night

My Kitchen Rules again monstered the rest of the line ups on other nights (with 2.127 million national viewers and almost 1.5 million metro), leaving Seven with another big win. Ten had another solid night (especially compared to its abject slide a year ago). The ABC’s much trumpeted drama, Hiding, managed 327,000 metro viewers  (520,000 […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC news outrates Seven news

Another night dominated by My Kitchen Rules — end of story. Boring, I know, but Seven’s juggernaut continues to devour its opposition with 2.1 million national viewers last night. But Seven’s highly promoted How To Get Away With Murder continues to sink as Australian TV viewers give another solid US import the big thumbs down. How To […]

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Academy Awards: they gotta make the money first

The Academy Awards, much like everything else to do with Hollywood, is really a branding exercise.

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Razer: why you, yes YOU, should care about data retention

You’ve done nothing wrong, you say? Bollocks, says Helen Razer. George Brandis wants to throw you in jail.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven wins again

It was baaaackkk … My Kitchen Rules, that is, was back in the Seven line up last night. As a result ratings for Nine’s The Block (1.153 million national viewers) and Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (824,000 national viewers) returned to their disappointingly low levels after their holiday boosts on Sunday […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven cuts Nine and Ten a break

Seven rested My Kitchen Rules last night (and again next Sunday night, according to the early guides) and the mice played, with The Block and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, plus Shark Tank all doing better than on previous Sunday nights. The Block had 1.582 million national viewers without MKR presence; Celebrity’s eviction part of […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a weak night for everything but MKR

Monster Kitchen Rules won it for Seven with more than 2 million national viewers and over 1.3 million metro viewers. And that was the night. Fans of Katherine Heigl (not me!) didn’t show up to support the debut episode of State of Affairs on Seven last night. It had 932,000 national viewers, which is just […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: no luck for Nine

The night of the Cooking Monster (AKA My Kitchen Rules) which had a huge 2.447 million national viewers — over 1.7 million metro and over 700,000 regional viewers. It completely squashed the opposition, helped by another solid night for the excellent Winter on Seven which had 1.3 million national viewers. So Seven won the metros and the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: no hope for MKR rivals

One program ruled last night, again, OK!  My Kitchen Rules  — 2.444 million viewers across the country including more than 1.7 million in the metros. As a result, Seven wins and wins easily. That meant Nine’s The Block struggled, as did Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, which also found it tough going. Almost […]

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Rinehart’s lawyers blow up House of Hancock‘s Hollywood ending

Channel Nine reached a last-minute settlement with Gina Rinehart’s lawyers over a telemovie based on her life. So what was cut?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: not even Gina can knock MKR off its perch

Nine’s night in the metros, Seven’s in the regions, as House of Hancock’s audience jumped thanks to all that free publicity from Gina Rinehart’s last minute attempt to block it in in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday which ended up in a confidential agreement, a disclaimer and undisclosed changes to what went to air. The portrayal […]

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Razer: Fifty Shades of Grey is the Quarter Pounder of erotica

Disappointingly, the new film is not as terrible as everyone had hoped.

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Laura Poitras on Snowden, the US government and why you should get Tor already

The documentary filmmaker tells Crikey what Edward Snowden is like in person, and how much the NSA can learn from listening to you type.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Gogglebox a flop, MKR still a monster

Seven’s night again in metro and regional markets as the monster that is My Kitchen Rules rolled across the opposition once again. End of night. My Kitchen Rules had 2.083 million viewers nationally and 1.490 million metro viewers, and a further 594,000 in the regionals. Ten had a better night — third in the metros in total […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: no room for MKR competitors

The monster (AKA My Kitchen Rules, 2.374 million national viewers, 1.632 million metro, 742,000 regional viewers) rolled over the opposition last night, again. So it’s no wonder Seven won the night in metro and regional areas, plus the demos, and there’s more of the same tonight. The ABC beat Ten into third in metro and […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: MKR crushes the competition

The My Kitchen Rules monster roles onwards and last night rolled over The Block and its triple threaters, the Celebrities struggling to free themselves from channel 10 and the ABC and SBS programming for good measure. My Kitchen Rules had more than 2.47 million national and over 1.7 million metro viewers, and almost 750,000 in the […]

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Is foie gras really so bad?

Australians are opposed to force-feeding ducks and geese for foie gras, but we happily chow down on chickens and cows raised equally inhumanely. Is it time to rethink the controversial dish? Mat Drogemuller explains.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR continues to dominate

Seven won the night in total people and the main channels in metro and regional markets, thanks to the utter domination of My Kitchen Rules. Ten was beaten into fourth spot again. It’s a replay of 2014. Seven also won all the major demos thanks to My Kitchen Rules, which is again proving that it […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the 2014 ratings season begins

Ratings officially started last night but in reality, the fight has been going on over the past two weeks. I bet Seven, Nine and Ten weren’t charging (lower) summer ad rates for last week’s episodes of The Block, My Kitchen Rules and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here were they? In metro markets, Nine won Total […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten and Nine reap the rewards of Seven’s programming decisions

No My Kitchen Rules on Seven last night and The Block and I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here had nice pops in audiences. Nine boasted how The Block did well — which it did — without My Kitchen Rules on Seven.  Despite the absence of My Kitchen Rules,  I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here couldn’t […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers abandon reality TV

Now for the good news: Australian TV drama is alive and well in the commercial networks (it’s always been ticking away on the ABC). Next week we see Nine’s first offerings of 2015 with the Gina Rinehart telemovie House of Hancock and the ballyhooed Gallipoli mini series (Although for me the Peter Weir movie, Gallipoli […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a triple threat for all

The Block  — down, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here  — down, My Kitchen Rules  — solid, but within sight of the 2 million national audience. Down around 230,000 from its 2015 debut audience on Monday night which was off around 5% from a year ago. The question is whether it settles around this level, or dips under 2 […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ratings season begins with a bang

First blood in the 2015 ratings struggle to Seven with My Kitchen Rules, helped by the returning Home and Away (with a small assist from 7.30 and Australian Story on ABC) inflicted severe damage on the ratings of The Block and its triple threat on Nine and Ten’s much (self) touted, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of […]

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