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MARGOT SAVILLE | CULTURE | 1 UNLOCK?

Kim Williams goes to the dogs (tastefully, of course)

This morning Kim Williams launched his new book, Rules of Engagement, which focuses more on family, wine, sport and good living, rather than his tumble from the News Corp roost.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine’s night for a sleepy Monday

The usual Monday night’s viewing — a few gems, a few duds, then bed. Nine won the metros and the regions as Sunday night’s split disappeared. The ABC was third and Ten the now usual fourth. The Block Glasshouse was top with 1.965 million metro/ 1.352 million metro/ 613,000 regional viewers. The results episode of The X […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality TV fails to attract an audience

For such an average night of programming, the surprise was in the ratings reports for metro and regional markets this morning. TV viewing cleaved into two distinct groups. The metros favoured Nine as a clear winner over Seven, but in the regions, Seven won over Nine. Ten was third overall, with the ABC fourth in […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: weak programming spreads to Thursday nights

It’s a pretty weak night when an NRL match is one of the viewing highlights, simply because it is live and the result unknown. Catalyst on ABC 1 was again interesting, Silk at 8.30pm is now in soapy territory and nothing after 7pm had a million or more viewers in the metros. The fact that […]

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Razer’s Class Warfare: have the Emmys presaged an end to delightful bad taste?

Bourgeois pretensions to the Good Taste of an imagined ruling class have all but erased chicken tikka spray tans and Gabi Grecko bustiers. You could argue that’s a good thing. Except it definitely isn’t.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | 1 UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC programming trumps The Bachelor

Seven won metro and regional markets overall, but again lost the important main channels where most of the advertising money is spent. Ten finished third in the metros, but fourth in the regions as the ABC’s offerings proved more popular than The Bachelor and Wonderland. The Block Glasshouse couldn’t make top spot in either metro […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: commercial networks fall into a mid-week slump

Another quiet night for TV viewers. Nine won the metros, snuck home overall in the regionals, but Seven had more main channel viewers. Ten was third overall in the metros, tied the main channels (with 11.2%). But in the regions Ten beat the ABC overall, but had more viewers in the main channels. The Block […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reality shows slowly shed viewers

Yet another less-than-enthusing night for many TV viewers. Nine again won in metro and regional areas, followed by Seven, the ABC and Ten. Nine’s The Block Glasshouse was again the most watched program, though numbers were down on Sunday night’s splash. It had 1.763 million national/ 1.191 million metro/ 572,000 regional viewers. Seven’s The X […]

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‘Shame, shame!’ Older viewers take to the streets for A Place to Call Home

Seven’s decision to cancel historical drama A Place to Call Home has angered its older viewers, who have taken to Facebook and the streets to lobby for its return.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: building, singing and time travel

Last night was again not the strongest bit of TV programming on offer if you didn’t like building, singing, or time travel. It was Nine’s night everywhere, thanks to The Block Glasshouse and then 60 Minutes and the News. The X Factor’s live performance on Seven wasn’t in the hunt. It is starting to look […]

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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 | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

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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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | UNLOCK?

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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Was Leonardo da Vinci a child pornographer?

Artist Paul Yore’s defence team needs to convince the magistrate to answer one of the modern world’s trickiest questions: what is art? Freelance writer Mark Holsworth reports.

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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: a slow slide in ratings for new reality shows

Nine’s night in the metro markets but Seven’s in the regions, where its slate of programs (especially The X Factor, the news and Sunday Night) proved a touch more popular than in the big cities. For Ten, it was back to the bad old days with its main channel share in metro markets falling to just 8.9% […]

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Alien abductions aside, chess intrigue can be a deadly game

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov’s controversial career — and his alleged alien abduction — has not stopped him from being re-elected as President of the International Chess Federation yet again, writes Ian Rogers.

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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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David Bowie is … at it again

The construction of the David Bowie narrative continues with David Bowie is, a new exhibition celebrating 50 years of one of the era’s most influential artists, writes Peter Farnan.

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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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Hollywood and death: a tug of war between nostalgia and the ephemeral

Luke Buckmaster reflects on the entertainment industry’s reluctance to let go — and a business model built on visions of the past.

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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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Welcome to the Department of Australia’s Bureau of Regret

Nothing shows you the true measure of a public figure like the things they try to cover up — and the Department of Australia would like to share them with you.

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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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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | 1

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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