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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a better night for Dancing

Seven’s night as the oldies watched Dancing With The Stars in both the metros and the regions (where Seven had a crushing win). Ten was third and the ABC fourth in the metros, but the positions were reversed in the regions where Ten’s main channel share sank to just 8.1% (it was 11.9% in the metros). […]

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They built this party on rock’n'roll

Gotye’s party may not get the numbers for the Victorian election, but they say this won’t be the last we hear from them.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: ABC’s Wednesday night lineup leaves the commercial networks for dead

Not a program over a million viewers in metro markets — another vote of “boring, boring” from viewers last night. I can now survive for another week after watching last night’s episodesof The Roast, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and The Chaser’s Media Circus  — all on ABC TV and nothing on our free enterprise, privately owned networks. Now why is that? All […]

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Media briefs: journalists freed … Bauer boss bounces … heavenly …

The CEO of Bauer magazines has quit the company for Woolworths. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a slow night as viewers abandon the box

Seven won Total People in the metros and regional markets where Seven’s margin was more clear cut over Nine. Nine won the demos, even though Big Brother’s metro audience sank to just 591,000. Seven’s share in the demos from 16 to 54 fell to third last night because Dancing With The Stars (which skews old) […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: commercial reality TV no match for the ABC

Nine’s Night as The Big Bang Theory routed the rest. Seven’s The Big Adventure has another night bobbing around aimlessly in the ratings lists. It’s stuck and not going anywhere. Party Tricks on Ten is likewise becalmed in the sea of viewer choosiness. End of night as Nine wins the demographics and Total People in the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers disengage for the year

A night where the metro-regional split reappeared. Seven and Nine fought themselves in the metros, where Seven won Total People and all but finished in a draw in the main channels, with Ten a clear third and the ABC an average fourth. But in the regions Seven won by the proverbial country kilometre, with the […]

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In defence of U2 (yes, really)

U2 is one of the last giant rock bands. No wonder they don’t know how to be cool in the age of the super-niche.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: scraping the bottom of the barrel with Beauty and the Geek

Not one program managed a million or more metro viewers. In other words a bit of a yawn-fest last night as Beauty And The Geek Australia and Big Brother fought it out in the mud at the bottom of the week’s TV ratings trough. Beauty And The Geek Australia episode one managed 919,000 national viewers, which would have […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: the ABC the only hope for thoughtful programming

A win for Seven in the metros and regions in Total People and 25 to 54s. Nine won 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s thanks to Big Brother. Despite that win Big Brother had another weak night. Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell and The Chaser’s Media Circus again stood out, making Big Brother look […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Gough and cooking dominate ratings

Seven’s night in the metros and regionals. Dancing With The Stars did the job for Seven, even though it failed  to crack the million viewer mark in the metros. Nine did well in the demos because Dancing (1.437 million national viewers) dominated the grey hairs. The two Whitlam doco episodes (The Power and The Passion) […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Bachelor, the show that just won’t die

With the Grand Final of The X Factor ending last night, Seven won nationally in regional and metro markets both in Total People and in the demos. The winner announcement had 2.1 million national/ 1.428 million metro/ 672,000 regional viewers. The rest of the Grand Final was watched by 2.061 million national/ 1.378 million metro/ 683,000 regional […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Gotham loses viewers to The X Factor

Seven’s night, easily in metro and regional markets. The first part of the grand final of The X Factor averaged 1.9 million national viewers, which is a bit light considering the last semi final got over 2 million last week. Still the final part of the Grand Final is tonight — it has to get more than […]

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Breaking up with Aaron: it’s not The Newsroom, it’s us

What ever happened to our love affair with Sorkin’s writing? For starters, the world is a very different place to when Jed Bartlet ran the White House, explains Daily Review writer Peter Green.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers desert commercial networks

A solid win for Seven in the metros and the regions, and for once, in the demographics —  Beauty and The Geek did as expected for Seven — slid, Big Brother slid — and the ABC returned  Upper Middle Bogan and It’s a Date to reasonable numbers — and it was great to have classy, interesting programs back in the schedule. Established performers […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC reels in viewers

Thankfully the ABC saved the day last night, wiping Ten off the dance floor as the Chaser team returned with Media Circus and a whack or 30 at the media. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell continued to serve up its own whacks as a lead in to The Chasers. And Home Delivery returned after The Chaser […]

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Carmen rides back into the ring: sponsor must butt out

Carmen met her match in the political bullring. But in an opera-worthy plot, she’s back from the dead ..

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers turn off in droves

Viewers were not really interested on what went to air last night. No program had a million or more viewers in the five metro markets. Dancing With The Stars waddled its way across our screens last night, looking much like the average age of its demo at times. It was at least colourful and had […]

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From Hobbiton to North Melbourne: how film and TV drive tourism

New TV series The Kettering Incident might be a dark mystery about lost children, but it’s still likely to drive tourism to the Tasmanian town in which it is set.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The X Factor finally gets a win

The X Factor finally burst into life for Seven last night, giving the network a win in metro markets and a huge victory in the regional markets. The X Factor had its best figures so far this series (it had been battling The Block Glasshouse which had proven dominant) and topped the two million national mark […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Bathurst and The Block finale pull big numbers

Seven’s coverage of Bathurst ended yesterday in a blaze of prangs and last lap dramas. It was the longest Bathurst ever, topping , a minute and a bit under eight hours and topping the 1974 epic (which I actually drove from Brisbane to see — thems were the days). The final 10 minutes had 2.3 million metro […]

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Rundle: in a parking lot, the beginning of grunge, the end of rock, and above all, Cobain

Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington is trying to become grunge’s Graceland, but the Cobain historical sites are across the river.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: farewell to The Bach, hello to Beauty and the Geek

Like reading certain publications for the pictures, sorry, the articles, watching programs like The Bachelor and Big Brother is part of the grim reality of writing about the media and TV. But there’s one program that makes me shudder every time it appears in the schedule and that is the Seven Network’s Beauty and The Geek. It slithered […]

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With a sponsor picking the opera program, Carmen goes up in smoke

West Australian Opera has ditched its upcoming season of Bizet’s Carmen after a major sponsor raised objections to the depiction of cigarette smoking in the 1875 four-act opera.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine coasts on the last days of The Block

Nine’s night in a close one, thanks again to The Block Glasshouse, which wraps up in an extravaganza on Sunday night which could mark the top of the property market, especially in Melbourne. It had 1.985 million national/ 1.390 million metro/ 595,000 regional viewers. Seven’s Dancing With The Stars lost viewers in its second outing […]

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