Enchanté: We presume Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt only reserves this special alter ego for writing about risqué, arty subjects. Or is he channelling that other great Melburnian conservative, the redoubtable Henry Bolte?
Therese’s Japanese holiday snaps. The Age reports:
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Thanks to Crikey reader James Frost who noticed the slip. With that kind of buffed sheen, Therese is a serious satin watch contender. (Oh ok, it’s a lame line. We could have made a joke about what’s under the bonnet, in her boot, etc, but thought we’d show a lil respeck).
Pity the work experience kid. Web designers in the UK will have plenty of work to do with the BBC announcing its plans to create a webpage for every episode of every television show it has ever made. According to The Guardian, the huge online archive will span nearly eighty years covering shows from as far back as the 1930s. The project has already begun, with 160,000 individual webpages created in the last three months alone. Director of vision at the BBC, Jana Bennett, said, “eventually we will add our program back catalogue to produce pages for programming stretching back over nearly 80 years — featuring all the information we have on the richest TV and radio archive in the world.” — Crikey intern Lachlan Taylor
For your consideration. The Webby Awards for Online Film and Video were held in New York on Monday night to honour the best of the web, The Huffington Post reports. Entries range from viral YouTube video’s like Chocolate Rain, to Iraqi civilian’s video diaries from Baghdad. The awards were started in 1996 and are probably best known for restricting their award winners to five-word speeches. Some of the best included “Have you seen my pants?” after Alex Albrecht from Diggnation accepted his award in his boxers, “Video? Check. Webby? Check. Profit?” and “NYU full scholarship, call me”. — Lachlan Taylor
Americans like it left-handed. FOX political commentator Bill O’Reilly was shocked overnight when The O’Reilly Factor was beaten for the first time by rival MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann. It’s the first time FOX has lost the 8pm timeslot since June 2001. According to ThinkProgress, Fox News anchors have repeatedly slammed NBC and its affiliated networks in recent months. “NBC News has gone sharply to the left,” said Bill O’Reilly in January. “They hate Bush across the board.” — Lachlan Taylor
Last night’s TV ratings
The Winners: Seven News led the way with another dominant night with 1.720 million viewers. Ten’s fresh NCIS was second with 1.575 million, Australia’s Got Talent was third on Seven with 1.556 million. Today Tonight 1.549 million; and Ten’s 9.30pm repeat of NCIS, 1.342 million. Seven’s All Saints averaged 1.296 million in 6th spot. next was Nine’s repeat of Two and a Half Men at 7pm with 1.294 million, just in front of Seven’s Home and Away with 1.283 million in the same slot. The 7pm ABC News was next with 1.249 million, ahead of A Current Affair and Eddie McGuire in 10th spot with 1.217 million (and down on Monday night). Nine News was 11th with a weak 1.181 million, and Nine’s new program, 10 to One at 7.30pm was 12th with 1.158 million. The fresh of The Simpsons at 7.30pm averaged 1.150 million and Nine’s Deadly Surf at 8pm averaged 1.060 million. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares Revisited was 16th with 1.063 million with a follow up episode. These are half repeat, half new.
The Losers: Nine: from first Monday in All People to third last night as its weaknesses were exposed. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares Revisited is no longer the best thing since diced celery, according to viewers. It was a night where Million Dollar Wheel thudded back to Earth with 561,000 viewers. Leading media analysis group, Fusion Strategy said yesterday that it would no longer track the program, so it thinks Wheel is a dud after two weeks on air. It is. Big Brother: 920,000 and 20th spot on the most watched list. Even the target demos of 16 to 39 and 18 to 49 had better things to watch last night, like The Simpsons, so Ten won anyway.
News & CA: Seven News again won nationally and in every market Today Tonight won everywhere and in every market. Seven News had a huge 510,000 viewers in Sydney and beat Nine by 203,000, a record for Seven since Oztam started back in 2001. The 7pm ABC News finished second in both Sydney and Melbourne behind Seven in the news rankings and ahead of Nine. Ten News averaged 961,000 as people returned to work. The late News/Sports Tonight averaged a solid 521,000. Nine’s Nightline averaged 188,000. The 7.30 Report averaged 894,000, Lateline, 245,000; Lateline Business, 115,000. 6.30pm SBS News, 183,000, Insight 303,000 at 7.30pm and the late News, 162,000. 7am Sunrise on Seven, 360,000, 7am Today on Nine, 276,000.
The Stats: Seven won all people 6pm to midnight with 29.7% (30.0%) from ten with 26.1% (24.4%), Nine third with 24.5% (26.6%), the ABC on 14.3% (14.9%) and SBS with 5.4% (4.0%). Seven won Sydney, lost Melbourne to Ten (Seven must be a bit on the nose with viewers down there) , won Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Nine leads the week 28.3% to 27.6%. In regional areas Prime/7Qld won with 33.2% from Southern cross (Ten) with 25.0%, WIN/NBN with 23.8%, the ABC with 11.8% and SBS with 6.2%.
Glenn Dyer’s comments: After last night’s disappointment, Nine will win tonight with the Rugby League State of Origin which will dominate viewing in Sydney and Brisbane and in regional centres in both states. The first game had a record audience, so this one has a lot to live up to. It should do well. Elsewhere for the non-League types, Spicks and Specks and The Gruen Transfer on the ABC between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, Rules of Engagement, Back to You and a repeat of House on Ten, Ugly Betty on Seven at 7.30pm and Salam Cafe on SBS for a bit of after game amusement at 10pm. Solid programming won the night for Nine and saw Ten improve. Nine has had solid programming since April on most Tuesday nights but last night it disappeared and Nine paid the price.
Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports