Film & TV

Sep 12, 2013

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — The Hamster Decides says its election farewells

Ten's Wonderland mightn't be tanking badly anymore, but it's still not a patch on the ABC's youth current affairs line-up.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Thankfully the ABC and the lads at The Hamster Decides scheduled a post -election episode last night. That’s because no one else manages to provide an election wrap quite like them. As a result, we saw more of James Diaz than the voters of Greenway in Sydney did in the campaign.

The Hamster Decides had 1.184 million national/ 803,000 metro/ 381,000 regional viewers for its final program of this series and will be missed more than Gruen Nation which ended last week. And Gruen Planet, which returned last night to be the number three program across the country with 1.510 million national/ 1.023 million metro/ 487,000 regional viewers, was better than its sibling because of a smaller panel (which meant everyone got more airtime) and for the lovely way Wil Anderson herded the Ten Network’s Russel Howcroft on why that Get Up ad was banned. The discussion of the Get Up ad also saw Todd Sampson almost eat his words as well. Very nicely done Mr Anderson. Russel Howcroft couldn’t bring himself to mention the gorilla in the room, the Murdoch family’s News Corp papers (the target of the Get Up ad) and Lachlan Murdoch’s place at Ten. A top notch episode.

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