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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

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 | CULTURE |

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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GUY RUNDLE | CULTURE |

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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HELEN RAZER | CULTURE |

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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BEN ELTHAM | CULTURE |

Heart of the Maddah: why Soundwave music festival collapsed

Numerous bad investment decisions ran Soundwave into the ground.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Merry Christmas!

Lots of colour, light and movement in the Big Bang, sorry, the Big Bash game last night between the two Sydney teams. In fact it was more thrilling than the three days of the recent Australia v West Indies test, and just as meaningless. Summer entertainment that doesn’t tax the brain and keeps the TV […]

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MYRIAM ROBIN | CULTURE |

Q&A review: not enough women on the panel, but it’s kind of govt’s fault

There is a distinct gender imbalance on Q&A, but that is probably because there is a distinct gender imbalance in the Coalition.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: snoozing through summer

The first seven programs in metro markets last night were news and current affairs broadcasts that ended by 8pm. Then the night was yours to do what you may and a shrinking group of viewers remained glued to their sets and others did a bit of slip sliding away. Nationally the top four programs were […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Kangaroos and other news

Oh, deary me. Apart from the charming second part of ABC TV’s Kangaroo Dundee, it was a night when not even a sleep could save you from being bored horizontal. It’s enough to make you look forward to the Big Bash tip and run cricket on Ten which starts tomorrow night. The first episode of series two […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tune in, switch off

The final report from Stephen McDonell in last night’s Our Man In China episode of Foreign Correspondent was a top 10 program nationally with 892,000 viewers. It deserved more. Back Roads at 8pm (and the lead into Foreign Correspondent) averaged 1.184 million nationally and was fourth nationally, and deserved that and more. Seven News won […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: is anyone up?

How to describe last night in one or two words? Summer programming and the networks don’t really care what they show, with the exception of the ABC and SBS which at least make an attempt to show something interesting. I can tell you that Insiders and Offsiders were missed yesterday, as was the West Indian […]

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MARGOT SAVILLE | CULTURE |

‘A high-risk option’: Turnbull born to rule, but for how long?

Many commentators think Malcolm Turnbull will be in residence at Kirribilli for many years to come. But Paddy Manning, the author of a new book on Turnbull, is not so sure …

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Close to a record high share of 38.1% for the various digital free-to-air channels in metro markets last night, with a peak of more than 43% in Adelaide. It’s a judgement on just how weak the offerings were on the various main channels for the five networks last night, with the exception of SBS, which […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: summer doldrums

Two days of ratings to round up and the Morse code links and pedal wireless backup with Perth has been restored by teams of diligent engineers who travelled overnight on camel express to reach the site of the breakdown. The glitch with Tuesday’s ratings in Perth deprived Ten of its morning of glory yesterday with […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: feeling hot

A quiet night. Australians On Porn rated well on ABC2, with the channel doubling its metro share to around 4.6% for prime time. Back Roads again stood out. Heather Ewert does not stand out in regional Australia (being a ‘bush gel’ anyway) unlike some of her urban contemporaries. It’s why the program is so solid. […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a triumphant Sunday

Insiders managed 376,000 metro viewers, 276,000 on ABC and 110,000 on News 24. The Bolt Report had 111,000 viewers at 10 am, but that was lower than it should have been because it was pre-empted in Perth by the V8 Supercars on Ten. Nationally Insiders had 543,000 viewers and Bolt, 177,000 (remember it was pre-empted […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: no joy for the main channels

Seven News again topped the metro markets, thanks mostly to a big win in Perth. But the 105,000 national margin was still substantial. Seven News and the 6.30pm second bit of the 6 to 7pm broadcast, should beat Nine’s News and its 6.30pm bit in the first week of summer ratings.That is a substantial turnaround […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: game shows win the night

Another soft night except for Seven’s News which continues to improve off the back of the 5.30 bit of The Chase Australia. It had 620,000 metro viewers, Nine’s Hot Seat had 498,000. Seven News beat Nine News in the metro markets by a rather large 114,000 viewers, 1.040 million and 941,000. That dominance continued at 6.30 […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: slow summer

A slow night. Summer is  rapidly closing in on us viewers. Seven won the metros, and won bigger in regional markets again. News and current affairs dominated the night with seven of the the 10 most watched metro programs last night and six of the 10 top programs nationally, meaning it was a dull, dull […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: slide into summer

First Monday of summer and the only event worth noticing last night was Seven’s 6pm news winning Sydney and Melbourne for the first time on the same night for quite a while. Seven News won Sydney by just 4,000 viewers (258,000 to 254,000 for Nine News), and Melbourne by just 3,000 (335,000 to 332,000). It […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: reinventing the cricket

The Pink Ball Third Cricket Test won Nine last week with Friday night (a national audience of 1.081 million from the start to the finish) with the third (night session) averaging a solid 1.081 million across the seven and a bit hours. On Saturday Nine won with the seven hour average 1.316 million and the […]

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

Everybody was a loser last night.

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MYRIAM ROBIN | CULTURE |

Publishers try to hold back the tide on parallel imports

Publishers, predictably, want to keep Australia’s restrictions on importing books as they are. But savvy customers and e-book sales mean it soon might not matter anyway.

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GLENN DYER | CULTURE |

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings

The Verdict limps on.

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