Demidenko telling more porkies? As Crikey noted a month ago Helen Dale, aka Darville, aka Demidenko, has reinvented herself as a blogger called “skepticlawyer”. Charges of plagiarism are nothing new to Demidenko, but has she been telling more porkies? At Catallaxy on 20 October, she posted a picture of an enormous pig, ostensibly towering over the farmer who’d caught it. She claimed it was fair dinkum: “I can vouch for the pig in my post … as I know the people involved, and where said pig was brought down.” But readers soon started asking niggly questions about the photo’s origins. It seems that the feral catch has been claimed by many different groups (as Hoax-Slayer explains ) – but no-one’s ever proven its existence. Skepticlawyer had an explanation for this – “after appropriate photographic evidence was recorded, said pig was consumed. And it tasted bloody good, too!” — but since the questions started heating up, she’s gone to ground. — Jane Nethercote
Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: Thank God You’re Here means its Wednesday and without House , the Ten Network’s win was smaller but still a win. Thank God averaged 1.813 million. Seven News was next with 1.337 million, followed by Home and Away (1.326 million). Ten’s new series, Tripping Over did well with 1.291 million and Seven’s Police Files averaged 1.238 million. CSI Miami managed 1.235 million, ahead of Temptation (1.231 million), Nine News (1.224 million) and A Current Affair (1.224 million). That put it 7,000 ahead of Today Tonight on Seven with 1.217 million. NCIS fell to 1.176 million without a fresh House ep in front of it, while Seven’s The Force averaged 1.162 million. McLeod’s Daughters wasn’t thanking God: it averaged 1.156 million at 7.30pm. Spicks and Specks averaged 1.123 million for the ABC at 8.30pm.
The Losers: Seven’s The Unit – 636,000 at 9.30pm is not good enough. And poor old ER , snuck back into the 9.30pm timeslot by Nine (it once ruled Thursday nights at 8.30pm) and only watched by 756,000. The slot was won by NCIS on Ten.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally. It drew with Nine in Sydney, lost Melbourne and won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to win by 113,000 (with 102,000 of those in Perth). Today Tonight lost by just 7,000 overall but it won by 98,000 in Perth and lost heavily in Melbourne. Nine News beat Seven in Melbourne by just 21,000, then TT lost 22,000, ACA added 60,000. That’s a noticeable switch-off. The 7pm ABC News averaged 955,000, while The 7.30 Report had 740,000 as it was cramped by Thank God . Ten News averaged 804,000. In the morning battle Today perked up to average 286,000 from 7am to 9am but unfortunately Early Sunrise from 6am to 7am also perked up to average 295,000 and Sunrise proper averaged 450,000 from 7am.
The Stats: Ten won with a share of 28.8% (33.9% last week for was the final House of the year), Nine was second with 26.6% (22.7%), Seven was back in third with 25.6%(25.0%). The ABC finished with 15.3% (15.1%) and SBS with 3.7% (5.6%). Nine won Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and Seven won Perth. Ten won Melbourne by seven points which with close finishes elsewhere pushed it into first. Thank God You’re Here is a Melbourne-based show with Melbourne stars in it. In regional areas Nine affiliates WIN/NBN won with 30/5% from Prime/7Qld with 25.1%, Southern Cross (ten with 24.9%, the ABC with 15.4% and SBS with 4.1%. Tripping Over on Ten didn’t make the top ten in the bush.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: Despite not attracting many regional viewers, Ten scored another first up winner last night when it premiered the 20-something soap, Tripping Over , at 8.30pm. It’s a show designed to appeal to city viewers and those young adults in regional areas who don’t want to stay at home. Its a sort of rites of passage soap. It not only did well but also won the timeslot, beating CSI Miami , Spicks and Specks and Forensic Investigators . Coming after Thank God You’re Here helped, but that’s what mega hit programs are for. Tonight it’s a mixed bag: Will Getaway break the shackles for Nine? Will Big Questions show some life (apart from host Jules Lund)? Will RPA recover? Can Seven steal a win on the inside, despite Celebrity Survivor? And Jamie finally arrives at Jamie’s Kitchen Australia.