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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the beginning of the end for reality shows?

Nine won the night thanks to the final of The Voice, but the ratings were not very good. In fact, they contained the death cross for reality programs — that’s when the lead up to the winner’s announcement is watched by more people than actual naming of the winner. That happened with The Voice last night, and […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers indulge in Baden-Clay voyeurism

A night when Australia split into two camps about the Allison Baden-Clay murder in Brisbane. Those in the metros preferred Nine’s 60 Minutes and its uneasy interview with the mistress of Allison’s husband (and convicted murderer) Gerard Baden-Clay. It did far better than Seven’s Sunday Night (in the metros) which had letters from Allison Baden-Clay and spoke to […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: could Ten be staging a comeback?

Nine’s night nationally and in the metros, and a very good night for Ten in the metros (break out the Fanta gang, the good times are back!), thanks to MasterChef Australia. In fact in the metros, Ten’s main channel nipped in front of Seven to finish second on the night behind Nine. But that wasn’t […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a mid-tier response for a mid-tier lineup

It’s been another fun Fanta-soaked morning of celebration at Ten — MasterChef Australia and Offspring helped the network beat Nine into second (and a distant second) behind Seven last night in the metros in its strongest result for yonks. But in the regions it was more of the same  old - third behind Seven and Nine.  But for […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: is Ten fudging the figures on Family Feud?

Seven’s night as The X Factor regained its ratings mojo after Monday night’s big dip, managing 1.929 million national/ 1.244 million metro/ 685,000 regional viewers (where it was also number one). Ten’s Family Feud jumped to 929,000 national/ 719,000 metro/ 210,000 regional viewers. But how do we know? Ten is pulling a swiftie — it’s simulcasting the program at […]

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Out with radio, in with digital? ABC tries to remain a global broadcaster

Without a television network, are you still an international broadcaster? The ABC has a plan, but after absorbing 80 redundancies, some insiders are sceptical.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: a nasty shock for Seven as The X Factor flops

Seven got a shock this morning after looking at the overnight ratings which showed a sharp and worrying fall by The X Factor on its second night out in the current series. It averaged 1.607 million national/ 969,000 metro/ 638,000 regional viewers. It’s worth noting the high proportion of regional viewers which boosted the program’s […]

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UPDATED: Around 80 jobs to go as ABC rejigs foreign coverage

The Asia Pacific News Centre and the ABC’s International Division are likely to contribute most of the 80 redundancies announced to staff this morning, as the ABC grapples with the budget cuts.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven wins, despite Ten’s star interview

Ten’s interview with Ian Thorpe wasn’t enough to topple Seven from the top spot.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: World Cup finals steal viewers from Sunrise, Today

A strange day of TV, with MasterChef coming up trumps and Clive Palmer storming off 730.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Origin dominates the night

Nine was always going to win last night in metro and regional markets because of the third NRL State of Origin game. It dominated viewing last night, though not to the same level as we saw with the record numbers for Game 1, and then even higher viewing figures for Game 2. The dead third […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: nothing but MasterChef

Well, what can top 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup semi-final belting of Brazil this morning? NSW beating Queensland 50 -7 in tonight’s third and final State of Origin on Nine. Not on, but it’s not often sport makes history in a conventional sense.  Given the importance of soccer to Brazil’s national psyche and […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Seven slumps into second place

No House Rules and Seven was beaten by The Voice  (1.860 million national/ 1.323 million metro/ 537,000 regional viewers), meaning Nine won easily in the metros. In the regionals it was closer. Seven had the tiniest of margins in All People, but Nine won the main channel battle. And Nine clearly did better in the […]

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A new era in ABC board appointments

Crikey readers have their say on the new members of the ABC appointments panel, the running of the bulls and the Socialist Alternative.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the House Rules ratings juggernaut comes to an end

With the Grand final of House Rules, Seven was always going to win the night, which it did in the metros and in the regions. The ABC beat Ten in the regions again, reversing the pecking order of the metros. The rest of the week looks a bit bleak for Seven with Nine having the […]

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Brown Studies: meet the appointee who wants to sell the ABC

If you thought Albrechtsen was the only ideological appointment to the ABC appointments panel, think again. Co-appointee Neil Brown, a QC and former Liberal Party deputy leader, reckons the ABC should be sold, or, failing that, hobbled so it doesn’t compete with the commercial media sector.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: technical difficulties sink Seven’s chances

Seven had no chance of coming in first last night, with technical difficulties during the evening news, and no House Rules.

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Albrechtsen the appointment we needed

Crikey readers talk Janet Albrechtsen and the problem with filing your taxes early.

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Tips and rumours

ABC appointments history repeating … pollies love Les Mis … tax return problems return …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine gives up as Seven surges ahead

Nine’s reliance on sitcome repeats shows it’s out of ideas when it comes to new programming.

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Planet Janet’s greatest hits: the woman who’ll help pick the next ABC head

Janet Albrechtsen hasn’t been quiet about her views on what’s wrong with the ABC. Here are some of her most strident views on the national broadcaster — and if you want a seat on the board, you’d better pay attention.

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Update: Albrechtsen scores powerful gig at ABC/SBS

Culture warrior Janet Albrechtsen is to play a key role in appointments at the ABC and SBS

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Media briefs: Cater too shonky? … Paul Kelly’s escalator of decline … Majak Daw …

Cater rides again. Following the Australian’s anti-plain-packaging propaganda extravaganza, readers might wonder if there is any piece of right-wing pseudo-science that News Ltd won’t run. Nick Cater has the answer. The former executive editor, now being put out to grass at the Menzies Research Centre, has a piece in Spiked, attacking the calumny heaped on […]

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Tips and rumours

Janet Albrechtsen appointed to role at ABC, SBS … Team Credlin scotches journo Rohan Wenn … truth about financial planners …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine wins the night in spite of House Rules

House Rules might’ve been the most popular show on TV last night, but it wasn’t enough to put Seven on top.

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