Film & TV

Jan 21, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: tennis continues to dominate

There's not much on, unless you're interested in tennis or competitive weight loss.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Seven’s tennis dominated last night’s viewing, easily beating Ten’s second night of The Biggest Loser  and A Current Affair at 7pm. Seven’s win wasn’t total — TV viewers in Brisbane once again showed their contrariness by preferring Nine and giving it the win instead of Seven. It drew 1.558 million national/ 1.066 million metro/ 492,000 regional viewers, and looking at it off and on last night it is easy to see why it isn’t holding audiences — no Australians of course, but the men’s result again looks like coming from one of the same gang of four (Federer, Murray, Nadal or Djokovic) while the women, who don’t rate as highly, have lost top seeds and the possible winners seem dull and colourless (and mostly come from central and Eastern Europe). The Biggest Loser added more than 80,000 viewers from Sunday night’s launch, which will bring a jolt of joy to Ten management. It managed 1.117 million national/852,000 metro/ 325,000 regional viewers.

News update: The hour-long evening news disease is becoming an epidemic. As Seven ponders how to match Nine change to an hour of news and A Current Affair at 7pm, Sky News (a third owned by Nine and Seven each), has moved to a six-to-seven hour long broadcast Monday to Friday called Reporting Live with Stan Grant, followed by Peter Van Olsen, the political columnist with The Oz from 7pm. So in effect, two hour-long broadcasts instead of half hour blocks, as the schedule now shows. Seeing Ten has had the hour long Eyewitness News from 5pm for years, Seven is the odd commercial network out with its 30 (or is that 40) minute bulletin. SBS has an hour long World News Australia, but the ABC has a 40 minute 7pm news, followed by 7.30, which is a powerhouse hour of news and real current affairs.

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