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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: no luck for Nine

The night of the Cooking Monster (AKA My Kitchen Rules) which had a huge 2.447 million national viewers — over 1.7 million metro and over 700,000 regional viewers. It completely squashed the opposition, helped by another solid night for the excellent Winter on Seven which had 1.3 million national viewers. So Seven won the metros and the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: no hope for MKR rivals

One program ruled last night, again, OK!  My Kitchen Rules  — 2.444 million viewers across the country including more than 1.7 million in the metros. As a result, Seven wins and wins easily. That meant Nine’s The Block struggled, as did Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, which also found it tough going. Almost […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: a nasty shock for Nine

A big win for Seven as it experienced the same level of shock this morning as Seven did yesterday. Seven was very surprised to see the way the audience, especially in metro markets, failed to support their expensive Australia: the Story of US. This morning Nine will be shattered to see that viewers deserted Gallipoli […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: not even Gina can knock MKR off its perch

Nine’s night in the metros, Seven’s in the regions, as House of Hancock’s audience jumped thanks to all that free publicity from Gina Rinehart’s last minute attempt to block it in in the NSW Supreme Court on Friday which ended up in a confidential agreement, a disclaimer and undisclosed changes to what went to air. The portrayal […]

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The new Abbott, much like the old one, with added aggro

Tony Abbott told his divided partyroom he wanted to fight Labor. His conception of the Prime Ministership seems to consist of nothing more.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Gogglebox a flop, MKR still a monster

Seven’s night again in metro and regional markets as the monster that is My Kitchen Rules rolled across the opposition once again. End of night. My Kitchen Rules had 2.083 million viewers nationally and 1.490 million metro viewers, and a further 594,000 in the regionals. Ten had a better night — third in the metros in total […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: no room for MKR competitors

The monster (AKA My Kitchen Rules, 2.374 million national viewers, 1.632 million metro, 742,000 regional viewers) rolled over the opposition last night, again. So it’s no wonder Seven won the night in metro and regional areas, plus the demos, and there’s more of the same tonight. The ABC beat Ten into third in metro and […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: MKR crushes the competition

The My Kitchen Rules monster roles onwards and last night rolled over The Block and its triple threaters, the Celebrities struggling to free themselves from channel 10 and the ABC and SBS programming for good measure. My Kitchen Rules had more than 2.47 million national and over 1.7 million metro viewers, and almost 750,000 in the […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR continues to dominate

Seven won the night in total people and the main channels in metro and regional markets, thanks to the utter domination of My Kitchen Rules. Ten was beaten into fourth spot again. It’s a replay of 2014. Seven also won all the major demos thanks to My Kitchen Rules, which is again proving that it […]

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Tips and rumours

Budget cuts affecting programming at the ABC? … Ruddocks don’t retire … 1984 is now …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the 2014 ratings season begins

Ratings officially started last night but in reality, the fight has been going on over the past two weeks. I bet Seven, Nine and Ten weren’t charging (lower) summer ad rates for last week’s episodes of The Block, My Kitchen Rules and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here were they? In metro markets, Nine won Total […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten and Nine reap the rewards of Seven’s programming decisions

No My Kitchen Rules on Seven last night and The Block and I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here had nice pops in audiences. Nine boasted how The Block did well — which it did — without My Kitchen Rules on Seven.  Despite the absence of My Kitchen Rules,  I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here couldn’t […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers abandon reality TV

Now for the good news: Australian TV drama is alive and well in the commercial networks (it’s always been ticking away on the ABC). Next week we see Nine’s first offerings of 2015 with the Gina Rinehart telemovie House of Hancock and the ballyhooed Gallipoli mini series (Although for me the Peter Weir movie, Gallipoli […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a triple threat for all

The Block  — down, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here  — down, My Kitchen Rules  — solid, but within sight of the 2 million national audience. Down around 230,000 from its 2015 debut audience on Monday night which was off around 5% from a year ago. The question is whether it settles around this level, or dips under 2 […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ratings season begins with a bang

First blood in the 2015 ratings struggle to Seven with My Kitchen Rules, helped by the returning Home and Away (with a small assist from 7.30 and Australian Story on ABC) inflicted severe damage on the ratings of The Block and its triple threat on Nine and Ten’s much (self) touted, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a trashy start to the ratings season

Ten’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here —  so far as I am concerned, I’m a TV viewer, get ME out of this one (click with the remote). I had to watch the first episode to see how it went — I only lasted just over half an hour (I returned several times between 7 and 8pm). According to […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: back to regular programming

Australian TV viewers loved the tennis on Seven last night, and believe it or not, they loved Andy Murray who beat Thomas Berdych in a sometimes spiteful match last night. Nine’s episode of The Block wasn’t the full triple treat (that was an ugly ice cream from yesteryear from memory) because it wasn’t screened in […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport finishes up as ratings season returns

Another big night, and what a finish to the Big Bash cricket on Ten from chilly Canberra — a win off the very last ball for Perth’s Scorchers (who looked as though they were suffering from permafrost at times), with Brett lee denied the most romantic of endings to his great career, a title for his Sydney […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: sport v The Block

A great night of top flight sports viewing. The Socceroos were great, as were Nick Kyrgios and Andy Murray. No doubt the greybeards and heads among the chattering and tapping commentariat will rattle on about K’s racquet-busting, but so what? He’s 19 and growing up. Australians voted with their remotes —  for the tennis. The Nick Kyrgios […]

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Mercy for the Bali Nine

Crikey readers discuss ABC funding and the death penalty.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine leans on old faithfuls to replace the cricket

The last week of non-ratings and like the drums in Fernando, you can hear and feel the ratings pressure mounting as Nine, Seven and Ten (and the ABC) step up their onscreen and online spruiking. But apart from the sport, there’s nothing much on the screen to hold us in front of the box in […]

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In the shadow of redundancies, ABC staff set to work for a new year

Redundancy pools are painful but necessary, says the ABC’s head of people, arguing there was no other way to fairly terminate staff as the ABC ramps up for 2015.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the sportsfest continues

Disappointment at the tennis, joy at soccer’s Asian Cup with two goals by the 2015 sportsman of the year, Tim Cahill. It will be a huge game in Newcastle next week for the semi final against either Japan or the UAE who play their quarter final tonight. The game was watched by a total of […]

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The ABC should be sticking to its charter, not chasing ratings

Crikey readers have their say on ABC programming and other issues of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tennis wins out over cricket

Tennis did the job again for Seven last night, although for a third night it was on the nose in Brisbane, where viewers seem to be very unenthused about the Open and the success of the Australian players. Still that’s Queensland and viewers up there have had to battle daylight saving, fading curtains and anxious […]

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