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GLENN DYER | CULTURE | 3 UNLOCK?

Harsh reality for networks as viewers turn off

Reality TV is cheap, but viewers are getting bored with it.

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Razer: nevermind sugar, Paleo pushers need to quit bullshit, before it kills kids

After a day of reproachful messages suggesting that Helen Razer was so mentally unwell that she needed a detox, she held forth to cleanse the toxins. This is her enema.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but the cricket

Seven rested The Beast last night, so instead of My Kitchen Rules eating its rivals last night, it was the second World Cup cricket semi final that devoured the opposition, setting up a big final on Sunday.  Nothing else mattered last night — Nine’s domination was complete. The coverage though from Star of India (part of the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: comedy v drama

First let me apologise to everyone who didn’t watch Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell at 8.30 on ABC last night, or the program that followed, Stop Laughing This is Serious, which is the video history of Australian comedy. They were rotten programs, too funny, too interesting. So don’t watch again you ungrateful … More than a million […]

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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE | 24 UNLOCK?

Paleo is a stupid cult, and it is killing people

A toxic mix of scientism and a delusional belief in pseudo-history have created a world in which we pick and choose easy “answers”, rather than search for actual knowledge.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR and the cricket mow down competitors

The Beast was let loose on a wedding last night. Will the bride and groom watch My Kitchen Rules again? It was a function to remember. All those willing food testers among the bridal party and guests! My Kitchen Rules again feasted richly with 2.221 million viewers, 980,000 more viewers nationally than The Block on […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: return of The Beast

Oh, no, it was Monday night and Seven let The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) out of its cage and it ate The Block, again. It gnawed gently on the ABC’s worthy line up and SBS’s modest supplications. Seven won big in metro markets and bigger in the regionals, and scooped up the major demos. My […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine gets a look-in

Nine had a good old gloat this morning about its win last night thanks to The Block (how many treats, sorry threats?), the 6pm news and 60 Minutes. But what Nine didn’t say (naturally), that it was allowed to win by the generosity of Seven which isn’t running The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) on […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but MKR

Oh, no, not The Beast story again? Yes, reader, I am afraid My Kitchen Rules ate the night’s viewing, again, with nary a sauce or a dressing of quality in sight. It had 2.013 million national viewers, more than 1.37 million metros and 637,000 regional viewers and that won the night for Seven. Seven’s Million Dollar […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: The Block gives in

Hit the instant replay button for Tuesday and Monday nights, but widen the winning margin buffer. Here goes … buzzzz , The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) made an absolute feast of the ratings battle last night, eating viewers left right and centre to completely dominate the night. MKR ended with more than 2.3 million […]

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Wesley Enoch: artists, get over yourselves and embrace the corporate sponsor

An artist does not need to agree with a sponsor’s politics or methods to accept money for a work.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine checks out

Another Tuesday night, another feeding time for The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules), another clean up for Seven in metro and regional markets. My Kitchen Rules managed to grab 2.344 million national and 1.567 million metro viewers. And it was no wonder Seven did it easily last night. Nine’s offering, apart from The Block which […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: back to reality for Ten

Kerthump! That’s the sound of Ten coming back to earth after the Sunday night boost from the final episode of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.  Hear that? It’s the high-pitched scream of triumph from The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) after it had eaten another Monday night’s offerings from Nine (The Block […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: how Seven helped Ten succeed with I’m A Celebrity

Channel Ten got a look-in because Channel Seven kept The Beast (My Kitchen Rules) inside for the night.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: not Marcia Brady!

My Kitchen Rules rules. Again.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: My Kitchen Rules rules

Will Seven renew its hit new series Winter?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR rules the night

Same old story: cue the beast/monster (AKA My Kitchen Rules), this time with a record setting meal from WA, and the night is all over, although the final week of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here gave some cheek for Ten. My Kitchen Rules had 2.526 million national viewers, including 1.78 million in metro […]

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Rundle: Latham’s twisted fantasy echoes Labor’s disconnect

A film about a high-flying ego brought down by delusions of omnipotence? No wonder Birdman has Latham feeling anxious.

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That’s not what I meant! Beware the deceptive pull quote

What to do when “an extraordinary disappointment” in your review becomes “Extraordinary!” on the side of the theatre.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR returns

The Monster returned and My Kitchen Rules ate the opposition again, with more than 2.2 million national viewers, even though Nine’s The Block gave a bit of cheek with (I think) 12 room reveals last night for more than 1.3 million national viewers. It was pushed over to last night because of Monday night’s ODI […]

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Russians Putin on a good show in House of Cards

The depiction of Russian President in the current season of House of Cards isn’t all that far from reality, writes freelance journalist Sasha Petrova.

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Not dead yet! Skywhale artist says she will fly again

New ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr accidentally killed off Canberra’s famous Skywhale last week, but the artist behind the creation explains she’s not going anywhere.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: cricket rules all

While the Australia-Sri Lanka world cup cricket game yesterday afternoon and last night did it for Nine, we had another illustration of how cricket is really playing second fiddle at Nine. The network went to an NRL game between Penrith and Canterbury in Sydney and NSW markets yesterday from 3.30pm to 6pm. The World Cup […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | CULTURE | 7

Idol away: why Guy Sebastian is our ticket to votes at Eurovision

A national TV talent contest turns out to be the perfect staging ground for Eurovision, so perhaps Australia is in with a chance.

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