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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: old repeats draw more viewers than new programming

Seven won Total People in metro and regional markets. Nine won the metro main channels, but Seven scored a narrow win in the regions. Nine won the demos thanks to the T20 cricket international. Ten was a distant fourth with the ABC 3rd, thanks to its best night of the week for what was in its […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Melbourne Cup sweeps competition

The Melbourne Cup dominated ratings yesterday, but the deaths of two horses took some of the gloss off.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: current affairs and Big Bangs

A typical end of ratings year Monday night. The Big Bang Theory dragged Nine across the line in the metros, the ABC did well with its usual Monday line up of news and current affairs, particularly Q&A with George Brandis in Bankstown. When will Tony Abbott have the guts to front Q&A on the same basis? Seven struggled, […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers switch off

Nine’s night in the metros and Seven’s in the regions. Despite that it was nothing to boast about. The top five programs nationally were all news and current affairs offerings which means that other programs, such as Gotham on Nine, The Big Adventure on Seven and Modern Family, Scorpion and NCIS New Orleans were not […]

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The ABC debate: the ABC must innovate

Without the freedom to innovate, the ABC will just become the commercial media’s shadow, writes Margaret Simons

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a better night for Dancing

Seven’s night as the oldies watched Dancing With The Stars in both the metros and the regions (where Seven had a crushing win). Ten was third and the ABC fourth in the metros, but the positions were reversed in the regions where Ten’s main channel share sank to just 8.1% (it was 11.9% in the metros). […]

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A mandate on the GST? Not so fast …

Crikey readers have their say on the GST, Senator Nova Peris and the ABC.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: ABC’s Wednesday night lineup leaves the commercial networks for dead

Not a program over a million viewers in metro markets — another vote of “boring, boring” from viewers last night. I can now survive for another week after watching last night’s episodesof The Roast, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell and The Chaser’s Media Circus  — all on ABC TV and nothing on our free enterprise, privately owned networks. Now why is that? All […]

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The ABC debate: ABC News Intern weighs in

No, the ABC could not cut transmission costs by putting everything online, writes mysterious Twitter personality ABC News Intern.

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Is the ABC overstaffed in Canberra? Not at all, it insists

THe ABC is the largest single contingent in the Press Gallery. But no one else does as much as it does, a spokesman says, hitting back at accusations the ABC won’t talk about its staffing levels.

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My Kitchen Rules v Media Watch

Crikey readers talk the real problem with Tasmanian wind farms, the haters at News Corp and why we need the ABC.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a slow night as viewers abandon the box

Seven won Total People in the metros and regional markets where Seven’s margin was more clear cut over Nine. Nine won the demos, even though Big Brother’s metro audience sank to just 591,000. Seven’s share in the demos from 16 to 54 fell to third last night because Dancing With The Stars (which skews old) […]

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State 7.30 shows under threat, but still more popular than Leigh Sales

The loss of the local editions of 7.30, which used to be called Stateline, have prompted a fierce reaction, and a look at the ratings helps reveal why.

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The ABC’s detractors ignore its true benefits

Crikey readers have their say on the TPP, terrorism and the ABC debate.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: commercial reality TV no match for the ABC

Nine’s Night as The Big Bang Theory routed the rest. Seven’s The Big Adventure has another night bobbing around aimlessly in the ratings lists. It’s stuck and not going anywhere. Party Tricks on Ten is likewise becalmed in the sea of viewer choosiness. End of night as Nine wins the demographics and Total People in the […]

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The ABC debate: Mark Scott on why the ABC is just fine as it is

The ABC isn’t offering anything radically new — it’s just updating its mission for the digital age, writes ABC managing director Mark Scott.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers disengage for the year

A night where the metro-regional split reappeared. Seven and Nine fought themselves in the metros, where Seven won Total People and all but finished in a draw in the main channels, with Ten a clear third and the ABC an average fourth. But in the regions Seven won by the proverbial country kilometre, with the […]

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Tips and rumours

Sensitive Packer’s feelings saved … onions at the ABC … Channel 7’s geeks not real? …

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The ABC debate: we have Mamamia and BuzzFeed, we don’t need the ABC anymore

Much of what the ABC does is already being done by others, writes James Paterson, deputy executive director of the Institute of Public Affairs.

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Was Freya Newman really justified?

Crikey readers talk Freya Newman, whistleblowers, the ABC and why there are no right-wing Emmas.

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Media briefs: ABC hits back … Musical chairs … Speculation lifts Ten …

The ABC has hit back at claims it shouldn’t be spending money through Google to boost its online traffic. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: scraping the bottom of the barrel with Beauty and the Geek

Not one program managed a million or more metro viewers. In other words a bit of a yawn-fest last night as Beauty And The Geek Australia and Big Brother fought it out in the mud at the bottom of the week’s TV ratings trough. Beauty And The Geek Australia episode one managed 919,000 national viewers, which would have […]

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Is Crikey pushing a right-wing News Corp agenda?

Crikey readers love their ABC — and they do not like Crikey asking questions about its funding.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: the ABC the only hope for thoughtful programming

A win for Seven in the metros and regions in Total People and 25 to 54s. Nine won 16 to 39s and 18 to 49s thanks to Big Brother. Despite that win Big Brother had another weak night. Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell and The Chaser’s Media Circus again stood out, making Big Brother look […]

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Why we need the ABC

The ABC pokes the powerful and holds them to account. It annoys the media and flusters politicians. And that is why we need it.

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