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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a disappointment all round

Nine’s night in the metros, but not in the regionals where Seven was a very easy winner. That’s yet another example of the clear split between metro and regional viewers that many in TV ignore. Seven’s new line up didn’t really grab metro viewers. Home and Away did OK nationally with 1.233 million viewers , […]

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Media briefs: Middleton bows out … CBA exec sues … Capote on the small screen …

The Monthly has a new online editor. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: Benaud’s generosity … Fairfax NZ wants free content … ads on your ABC …

Richie Benaud’s kind letter to an aspiring cricketer. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC wins out

Thankfully The Checkout returned to ABC last night. Home and Away ticked over for Seven last night. If they hadn’t been in the schedule, it would have been a night more dull than it was. The telemovie of Redfern Now on ABC was also more than OK.  The Checkout’s return was appreciated by viewers: 1.077 million watched nationally […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC chooses quality over quantity

Only three programs of note last night. The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) won the night for Seven with 2.180 million national viewers,  assisted by a solid effort from Criminal Minds with more than 1.36 million national viewers. The other two (confused? Well, Criminal Minds was only an assist, not a standout performer) were the penultimate […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten fights back

A one program night again. The Beast was on the prowl and My Kitchen Rules ruled. Ten did a bit better, in fact a lot better than it did over Easter with mildly interesting programs and solid figures for the  5pm News. My Kitchen Rules had 2.116 million national viewers. The Block on Nine had 1.380 […]

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Why the national broadcaster needs grammar police

Crikey readers talk tax reform and other issues of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: footy and Easter

The good taste of TV viewers was underlined last night with the two most popular non-news programs on TV being Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell (in which Malcolm Turnbull was skewered like he has never been skewered) and the second part of the ABC’s great doco on the history of Australian comedy, Stop Laughing This Is Serious. Mad […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a quiet night in non-ratings

A night really no different to summer viewing (it’s a an off week for official ratings). The final part of the ABC’s examination of recent Australian economic history was fine  (it had 964,000 national viewers, which was respectable). But I am uncomfortable about boasting how the economy dodged a bullet, especially when there’s one loaded […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR goes on holidays

Nine’s night because Seven went to sleep, resting The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules). The Block in all its glory did OK for Nine, but without any competition at all except the ABC’s news and current affairs line up (which appeals to grey headed, balding people like myself) failed to have any real impact on the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: nothing stands in the way of cricket

Well, there was only one thing on TV last night and we all know what that was, don’t we? The World Cup cricket final and as expected, it dominated the night. The final had 3.155 million national viewers watching the final session (the Australian innings). 2.223 million in the metros and 932,000 in the regionals […]

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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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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: 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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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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The kind of media reform we really need

Crikey readers have their say on various media-related matters.

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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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Beware the rise of tax ‘avoision’

Crikey readers discuss tax reform and other issues of the day.

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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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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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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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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: NRL creeps up on MKR

The Monster that is My Kitchen Rules ate the night again with nearly 2.1 million viewers (including 1.433 million metro viewers), but there was a bit of cheek from the first NRL game of the year between defending premiers Souths and Brisbane. Souths flogged Brisbane 36-6 and Nine and its regional affiliate WIN can be happy […]

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