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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: State of Origin wins the night (all night)

State of Origin dominated TV, but viewer numbers were down on last year.

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Hansard hints at Brandis’ motives for defunding Australia Council

Arts Minister George Brandis’ new funding program smells a lot like a power grab, writes former director of the Australia Council’s music board Richard Letts.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but Masterchef

Apart from Masterchef Australia, last night was a bit of a wasteland of TV viewing. Who wants to watch Reno Rumble or House Rules during the week when you know the best episodes are the house reveals — and there was more evidence that viewers prefer House Rules to Reno Rumble with the Seven program scoring another […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: meat markets and cooking shows

Nine’s night thanks to the program that isn’t what it seems. Married At First Sight doesn’t involve “marriage at first sight” because a) a month’s notice is needed under local marriage laws, and b) problems with the Family Law Act (if they divorce, there’s the property settlement to consider). But the “marriage” situation can be […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a big win for Seven

An easy, easy win for Seven, thanks to the big audience for the second and final part of the mini-series, Catching Milat. It had 2.224 million viewers last night across the country. It added 70,000 viewers nationally from the debut (2.174 million a week ago) with slightly fewer viewers in the regions and 92,000 more […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the divide between city and country

Ten’s night really in metro markets, even though the figures for Total People give Nine a small win. The real story was the second best night for Ten this year in the metros (The best night was the finale of I’m A Celebrity …) with a main channel win and in its way for a […]

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Equality does not trickle down, no matter what Girl Power feminists say

The philosophy underpinning She Leads, a new feminist conference to “inspire” women leaders, is total pants. It ignores the basic truth about inequality and supply-side economics.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a close night for reality programs

A close night in metro markets, but not in the regions where narrow results from the two previous nights were forgotten as Seven sprinted to a big, big lead. In metro markets Seven won Total People by 2 points, in the regions it was by 9 points. Nine won Sydney and Melbourne, Seven won the […]

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Rundle: picking your own ‘winners’ is no way to fund the arts

After increasing ministerial oversight of arts funding, George Brandis now bears personal responsibility for every piece of terrible, biased and just plain dumb art that is commissioned.

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The legacy of Letterman: an unromantic misfit says farewell

Despite his many successes, Late Show host David Letterman was always an outsider, a misfit who never quite became the new Johnny Carson. He became something more.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: thank goodness for Masterchef

Not Seven’s night last night as the three reality programs —  Masterchef Australia, House Rules and Reno Rumble  — again went head to head in a rather fruitless battle for supremacy. Masterchef Australia won the night with more than 1.5 million national viewers over House Rules with 1.278 million and Reno Rumble with 1.146 million. That’s despite Reno Rumble having more […]

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Mad Max: Fury Road is not a ‘feminist masterpiece’

That so many have declared Mad Max: Fury Road to be a feminist masterpiece says less of George Miller’s intentions than of our pre-emptive defeat to the dominant gender lines of our time, explains freelance writer, musician and comedian Chris Endrey.

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Razer: the Mad Men finale and how the market killed nostalgia

More than anything, last night’s Mad Men finale was a powerfully depressing reminder that the mechanism of the market is now the mechanism of the self.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: marriage as entertainment wins over audiences

Never underestimate the value of pre-publicity. It helps — last night’s TV ratings underline that simple fact. Nine debuted its semi-controversial Married At First Sight last night and the publicity ahead of the program (which I don’t especially like — I am the wrong demo, I think) did the trick and it had nearly 1.6 million national viewers. Nine […]

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Art of the state: how govts sculpt your mind with fine propaganda

Historically, art and government propaganda have made for uncomfortable bedfellows. Nothing has changed, argues freelance writer James Rose.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven romps it in

Seven’s night easily in metro and regional markets as the combination of the news (2.154 million national viewers), the first episode of Catching Milat (2.174 million) and the house reveal episode of House Rules (1.881 million) did the job. Masterchef Australia on Ten (1.348 million) and Nine’s Reno Rumble (1.150 million) were left in Seven’s […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Australian TV viewers no longer like lions romping with humans, or Bill Shorten romping with the budget, or much else, except for Masterchef Australia contestants romping with pots, pans and cook tops. So it became the most watched non-news program on national TV last night. Seven’s special at 7.30pm, Martin Clunes and a Lion Called Mugie […]

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‘A broad, general channel’: is SBS ignoring its charter?

SBS has told an Australian filmmaker it only wants docos with “broad, general appeal”. Isn’t that what commercial stations are for?

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Paleo idiots v facts: trying to stop the bullshit bandwagon

Our only current hope for real revelation and proper address of social problems, from obesity to mental illness, lies with science and scholarship.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings

Well, Struggle Street ended with a bang last night. The audience tapered off, but not by as much as I thought. The national audience was 1.161 million (well under the record 1.3 million plus of the debut last week), but it was enough for SBS to finish in front of ABC in metro markets and […]

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Brandis’ new arts spending a vehicle for pet projects — and a big ‘screw you’ to artists

If history has taught us anything, it’s that George Brandis has a very narrow and mercurial definition of what constitutes art worth funding. Artists should be very worried about his new “excellence programme”.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: not even the Budget could beat Masterchef

Does anyone want to crowdfund or take up a collection for the ABC and its still shivering staff at Parliament House in Canberra? Emma Alberici showed street cunning by remaining in the warmth of Sydney last night for Lateline and her grilling of Finance Minister turned “Economic Girly Man” Senator Mathias Cormann. Voters and viewers […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the divide between city and country

The clear division of the Australian TV audience into two markets with very different viewing habits was underlined last night. In the metros, Nine won fairly easily from Seven, Nine and the ABC. But in regional markets Seven was an even clearer winner as regional viewers went right off Masterchef Australia, unlike their metro counterparts who […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: battle of the renos

There’s life left in House Rules, or there was last night as Seven’s reno program had its first whole house reveal and beat Nine’s spoiler Reno Rumble in metro and regional markets. House Rules couldn’t quite bridge the gas with Masterchef Australia on Ten, but with the news doing well and Sunday Night on top of […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality TV falters

Nine won the metros fairly easily. Ten did well again thanks to running two episodes of Masterchef Australia. House Rules picked up a little bit, giving Seven some hope. But in the regionals, another big win by Seven as viewers in those market grabbed House Rules, Home and Away and rejected Masterchef and Reno Rumble. Only […]

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