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SBS to increase its prime-time ads — but the govt will keep the cash

Ad-averaging means SBS will air more ads in prime time, but some aren’t happy about the effect this could have on programming choices.

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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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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Gough and cooking dominate ratings

Seven’s night in the metros and regionals. Dancing With The Stars did the job for Seven, even though it failed  to crack the million viewer mark in the metros. Nine did well in the demos because Dancing (1.437 million national viewers) dominated the grey hairs. The two Whitlam doco episodes (The Power and The Passion) […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Bachelor</em, the show that just won't die

With the Grand Final of The X Factor ending last night, Seven won nationally in regional and metro markets both in Total People and in the demos. The winner announcement had 2.1 million national/ 1.428 million metro/ 672,000 regional viewers. The rest of the Grand Final was watched by 2.061 million national/ 1.378 million metro/ 683,000 regional […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: Gotham loses viewers to The X Factor

Seven’s night, easily in metro and regional markets. The first part of the grand final of The X Factor averaged 1.9 million national viewers, which is a bit light considering the last semi final got over 2 million last week. Still the final part of the Grand Final is tonight — it has to get more than […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers desert commercial networks

A solid win for Seven in the metros and the regions, and for once, in the demographics —  Beauty and The Geek did as expected for Seven — slid, Big Brother slid — and the ABC returned  Upper Middle Bogan and It’s a Date to reasonable numbers — and it was great to have classy, interesting programs back in the schedule. Established performers […]

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Media briefs: Gupta(s) to SBS … FOI zip … Leunig lives …

A public outcry has forced Fairfax to pull back from one aspect of its cost-cutting. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC reels in viewers

Thankfully the ABC saved the day last night, wiping Ten off the dance floor as the Chaser team returned with Media Circus and a whack or 30 at the media. Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell continued to serve up its own whacks as a lead in to The Chasers. And Home Delivery returned after The Chaser […]

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CPSU accuses SBS of ‘washing its hands’ of its workers

SBS says no workers will lose their jobs as a result of outsourcing its play-out facilities. But the CPSU says it can’t guarantee that.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: viewers turn off in droves

Viewers were not really interested on what went to air last night. No program had a million or more viewers in the five metro markets. Dancing With The Stars waddled its way across our screens last night, looking much like the average age of its demo at times. It was at least colourful and had […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The X Factor finally gets a win

The X Factor finally burst into life for Seven last night, giving the network a win in metro markets and a huge victory in the regional markets. The X Factor had its best figures so far this series (it had been battling The Block Glasshouse which had proven dominant) and topped the two million national mark […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Bathurst and The Block finale pull big numbers

Seven’s coverage of Bathurst ended yesterday in a blaze of prangs and last lap dramas. It was the longest Bathurst ever, topping , a minute and a bit under eight hours and topping the 1974 epic (which I actually drove from Brisbane to see — thems were the days). The final 10 minutes had 2.3 million metro […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: farewell to The Bach, hello to Beauty and the Geek

Like reading certain publications for the pictures, sorry, the articles, watching programs like The Bachelor and Big Brother is part of the grim reality of writing about the media and TV. But there’s one program that makes me shudder every time it appears in the schedule and that is the Seven Network’s Beauty and The Geek. It slithered […]

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Tips and rumours

What happens with four news bosses on a panel … the full letter The Oz didn’t publish … war memorial doco with added Brits

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Media briefs: SBS warns staff … News on Palmer … out-Chanticleering the Fin

Clive Palmer’s launched News on News, and it’s a little disappointing. And other media tidbits of the day.

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What we know about the man likely to be the next SBS chair

Not much is known about the man said to be the new SBS chair. Crikey trawled through the archives to find out what we could.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine coasts on the last days of The Block

Nine’s night in a close one, thanks again to The Block Glasshouse, which wraps up in an extravaganza on Sunday night which could mark the top of the property market, especially in Melbourne. It had 1.985 million national/ 1.390 million metro/ 595,000 regional viewers. Seven’s Dancing With The Stars lost viewers in its second outing […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Bachelor brings down the tone of the evening

An out of body experience last night watching that interview of  The Bachelor “winner” Sam Frost and bachelor himself Blake Garvey on The Project. It was grubby, slightly soiled TV and it tarnished everyone associated with it, from Ten and its programmers, the producers and the hosts of The Project, The Bachelor or whatever he […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the NRL grand final dominates the night

Only one program last night   — the Battle of Homebush (sub species the Cheekbone Sam Burgess Bravus), also known as the NRL Grand Final. A brutal game at times, but one redeemed at the end  by the flood of tears from people of all ages, on and off the field at the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ first […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the end of The Bachelor farce

Ten’s The Bachelor slithered to top spot on the most watched lists nationally and in metro last night, but not regional markets. It was a rare victory for the embattled network, and yet Ten was strangely quiet this morning about trumpeting that success and the glamour couple’s obvious attractions for each other. Wouldn’t be surprised if […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings: a trashy night of reality TV

Nine’s The Block Glasshouse had 1.691 million national/ 1.137 million metro/ 555,000 regional viewers and dominated the night, along with The Bachelor on Ten with 1.216 million national/ 895,000 metro/ 322,000 regional viewers. Big Brother had 934,000 national/ 658,000 metro/ 276,000 regional viewers. As a result Nine did better in the demos in metro markets, […]

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Tips and rumours

Public broadcasters go to Cannes … getting titles mixed up in NSW … coal seam gas connections …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: another go-round for Dancing with the Stars

Seven returned Dancing With the Stars to the screen for its 14th series last night and viewers hung round —  though not in the same numbers as in past years. The metro figure of 1.040 million for two and a half hours from 7.30 was the lowest so far for the series starter. But it was enough […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten calls the Cops on ratings

Ten failed with its two new cops programs; Seven safely downloaded, sorry, fast tracked the first of the new season episodes of The Blacklist and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The Blacklist did well, finishing third nationally, up from sixth in the metros. Nine depended on the durable episode of The Block Glasshouse, while Big Brother failed […]

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‘It’s all going to be outsourced’: tech jobs could go as SBS cuts costs

Three SBS departments face an uncertain future as the broadcaster puts them out to tender, write Crikey editor Marni Cordell and media reporter Myriam Robin

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