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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a big night for debuts

So what are TV guides for? Well, last night Seven answered that by dropping broadcasts on 7TWO and 7mate at 7.30 and simulcasting House Rules across all three, like Ten is doing with Family Feud at 6 pm Monday to Friday. Nine started Reno Rumble (It was originally called Renovation Rumble, but got a name […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the end of The Beast

As expected, My Kitchen Rules’ Grand Finale won last night and won it easily for Seven, but the ratings tell us the format is now a shadow of its incredible self back in 2013. In fact such has been the loss of viewers in the past couple of years (a third or around 1.5 million nationally) […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: the Logies and the rest

Ah, the Logies, saved at the end by the golden choice of Carrie Bickmore (Ten, The Project), who then underlined the worth of that selection with the best acceptance speech for years. But she just pipped another speech earlier in the night, by Love Child’s Miranda Tapsell. She who used her first award as Most Popular […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a quiet night

A mixed result in the metros. Seven narrowly won Total people, Nine, the main channels, while Ten was a narrow third ahead of the ABC. But in the regional markets Seven was an easy winner, both overall and the main channels, while the ABC was a clear third and Ten a weak fourth. And that’s […]

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Isentia index: all quiet on the fiscal front

A busy week for the government, with plenty of fodder for foreign policy and security watchers.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: MKR reigns supreme

The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) has easily eaten the two of the three final episodes of Nine’s The Block on Monday and Tuesday night, but in an act of generosity, Seven has returned the animal to the pantry where it will rest until its final two episodes next Sunday and Monday nights. That means […]

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Farewell to dissent, welcome to self-censorship

Crikey readers have their say on Scott McIntyre and other issues of the day.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Bolt fails to bump off Insiders

The Block had its best night so far this season with the final room reveal. The room reveal was the most watched program (or part of program) in metro markets, but not nationally as The Beast (My Kitchen Rules) easily topped it. The Block’s Room Reveal had 1.977 million national viewers and My Kitchen Rules had […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a forgettable evening

Thursday night apart from Seven was a bit of a wasteland, along with another solid effort from The Checkout on ABC at 8pm — 1.047 million viewers and deserved more. Australia: The Story of Us (1.185 million national viewers) and Downton Abbey (1.073 million viewers), plus Home and Away (1.294 million viewers) stood out in commercial TV. A […]

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SBS brings out the big guns as questions raised about multicultural group’s support

Conference sponsorship has raised eyebrows about FECCA’s backing of the SBS ad averaging bill.

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Tips and rumours

SBS insider says The Oz was right … The Age says Sydney is alright … and the face of Anzac Day’s story …

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC wins on quality

Last night was the debut of The Weakly, sorry, The Weekly: an ABC cross between any of the US news/ comedy shows (John Stewart or Bill Maher), Good News Week (on Ten), Mad As Hell and The Project. A forced debut last night at 8.30pm, so let’s give a few more weeks of its 20 week […]

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No news is good news for incumbent on ABC and SBS contracts

While big savings are expected from the renegotiation of transmission contracts by the ABC and SBS, there’s been no tender process for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars, Bernard Keane and Myriam Robin write.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Sam Neill’s Anzac is a treat

Thanks ABC and Sam Neill and the producers of his Anzac special last night (from 8.30). It was a true Anzac report, encompassing his Kiwi heritage and his Australian life. It was the best piece so far in the orgy of stories and lashings of jingoistic nationalism about the heroic digger/Anzac Day moulding of Australia […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: The Beast is back

A big win for Seven in metro and especially regional markets, thanks to The Beast (AKA My Kitchen Rules) and the Russell Crowe movie, The Water Diviner (which Seven helped finance and produce), which you’d have to say under-performed last night given it was on TV only three months after premiering in Australia (and in […]

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Anzac fatigue

A close night. Nine did slightly better than Seven in metro and regional markets and Ten and the ABC also did OK (closeish). Seven’s News was tops, boosted by having various AFL games as the lead in program in some markets — it had 2.1 million national viewers. My Kitchen Rules had 1.980 million national viewers (a […]

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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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Tips and rumours

Why won’t Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell be returning? … No Land Tax, but lots of excuses … SBS wins the internet …

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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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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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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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Media briefs: twice the voice of God … Barry v Fordham … poems and sport …

Only in Melbourne would an editor try to mix poetry and sport on a front page. And other media tidbits of the day.

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Tips and rumours

Senator John Madigan’s gusty … sorry, gutsy inquiry into antisocial peacocks continues. Plus other whispers and scuttlebutt.

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