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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Seven dominates

My Kitchen Rules had its best night of this season so far last night with 2.360 million national viewers (and a season high 1.675 million in the metros), streeting the opposition and providing a solid platform for Seven’s news special on the murder of Anita Cobby 30 years ago (1.580 million nationally). With Home and […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven takes no prisoners

Seven won the night easily in both metro and regional markets, thanks to the first part of the Molly biopic, My Kitchen Rules and Seven News. But for Nine and especially Ten, it was a miserable night and no amount of spin will change that. Because of the extensive promotion of Molly during summer, it […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR clears the field

With MKR not airing last night, Seven came back to the field and Celebrity played on alone. It picked up 180,000 or so viewers for its trouble and rose to 1.241 million viewers nationally from 1.063 million on Wednesday night. That saw it do very well in the demos. Inside Story (849,000 nationally) returned to […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: get me out of here!

Well, well, the best that can be said about the performances of Nine and Ten last night was that they toiled manfully. Ten’s I’m A Celebrity gave some cheek, but MKR and Seven’s debutant, First Dates, wiped the floor in both metro and regional markets. Seven’s win was huge in the metros. In Total People […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: something for everyone

I’m sorry but turf and wooden place mat thingies on MKR last night lost me and I don’t care about the deer meat, the wild bore (the program, not the main dish) and the dessert which was a mousse with ice cream and chocolate. The table manners were again rotten and everyone was dressed as […]

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JOSH TAYLOR | CULTURE | 1 UNLOCK?

Pirates willing to pay for content: Essential

Those who illegally download content are also likely to subscribe to a paid streaming service, like Netflix.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the battle begins

It was as though we had a collection of unwanted visitors call on us on national TV last night. Shane Warne featured on Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. My Kitchen Rules on Seven returned with the usual complement of bickering couples and bad table manners, while Australia’s Got Talent popped up […]

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Razer: je suis Mark Latham

If we are free only to express ideas acceptable to me, the French government or radical Islamists, then we are not free to speak. We are free only to speak our way to broad acceptability.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: howdy, sports fans

The second T20 game between Australia and India is on tonight and the third is on Nine on Sunday night. There’s tennis on Seven night, tomorrow and Sunday night with the Men’s final. Ten starts I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and then segues to the remake of the first episode of the new series […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport drags on

Unfortunately for the Seven Network and many sports nuts, the final of the men’s Australian tennis titles will be played tonight when Novak Djokovic meets Roger Federer in one of the semi-finals. Normally that would be a high rating final on Sunday night, but such was the draw, and Federer’s small dip in the rankings, […]

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From hipsters to racists, everyone suffers the ‘idiot reflex’ of outrage

From whiny Millenials to crotchety old racists, everyone’s on their own witch hunt.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: patriotic sport

An awful effort by both Australian teams in the men’s and women’s T20 games against India in Adelaide yesterday. A touch of hubris there by the Aussies? Certainly dropsy in the field didn’t help, nor cautious batting by the men, especially opener Finch who should be flicked and replaced by someone who can bat at […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport is for winners

Sydney rules, OK? The Thunder won the Men’s and Women’s BBL yesterday and last night. Dasha lost in the women’s tennis in Melbourne, but Roger The Dodger won easily in a late match. Nothing else mattered last night. The second session (Sydney batting) had a total of 1.752 million viewers across the country on Ten […]

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The curious case of the missing $8 million: OzCo and Arts at loggerheads

The top bureaucrat in the Arts Ministry and the boss of the Australia Council are at odds over Mitch Fifields’s Catalyst program. Who’s right?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: all for Hewitt

As expected a lot of tennis and cricket last night, and not much else. Lleyton Hewitt retired from singles after his expected defeat by Davide Ferrer at the Australian Tennis Open in Melbourne on Seven. (Hewitt is playing doubles, and will be also be commentating on Seven later in the tournament). In Adelaide at the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tennis v cricket

It was a case of not knowing where to look last night if you were into tennis or cricket (when the Aussies were batting). Nine was the venue of choice. When India was batting, Seven’s tennis was the venue of choice, and then a rush back to Nine to see India’s “record run choke”. In […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | CULTURE | 13

Laughing shock: is Here Come the Habibs racist or groundbreaking? Or both?

Channel Nine has announced a new comedy without an all-white cast. But it has already enraged some members of the very community it depicts.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but sport

Lleyton Hewitt worked his magic for yet another night for Seven, and will be back to do the same on Thursday. The little Aussie battler remains a big drawcard for the Australian viewing public. But as energetic as the match up between Hewitt (ranked 308 in the world) and fellow Aussie, James Duckworth (ranked 129th), […]

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Outrage hobbyists miss the point in $2 Target shirt storm

Was the recent campaign against Target’s $2 back-to-school-special shirts effective boycotting or just “old-fashioned bogan bashing”?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: summer snooze

Overall, a night which bored the audience: Big Bash cricket on Ten, the first day and night of the Australian Open tennis on Seven and a collection of repeats on Nine (which won Total People and shared second with Ten behind Seven in the main channels) was hardly an inspiring offer for viewers. In the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the sporty summer continues

Some amongst us would argue that summer reaches its seasonal depths for two weeks, starting today. That coincides with the 2016 Australian Open Tennis titles from Melbourne on Seven. Others would argue that the seasonal has been in its usual cricket-dominated trough for a month or so. The BBL tip and run competition on Ten […]

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Razer: Bowie, ‘rape culture’, and how feminism became the Westboro Baptist Church

The new feminism, so eager to annul a woman’s memory of sexual pleasure with David Bowie, has begun to offer itself up as a ridiculous cartoon.

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Rundle: Don to a turn — how spivs and moguls killed the AFL

The Essendon saga is but one chapter in the wider destruction of the AFL.

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David Bowie is not your agile disruptor

Bowie wasn’t exceptional because he moved fast with the times; quite the opposite.

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Heart of the Maddah: why Soundwave music festival collapsed

Numerous bad investment decisions ran Soundwave into the ground.

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