Film & TV

Jan 23, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nothing but the tennis

Slim pickings for non-tennis fans last night.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Is Roger Federer an honorary Australian? Judging by the way viewers remained glued to their sets last night, Roge is the new Lleyton Hewitt with the night’s trilling battle with Andy Murray dominating viewing, as it should have. Tennis hummed after the equally gripping late afternoon battle between Rafal Nadal and Grigor Dimitrov (who could be an honorary Australian later this decade) and before that the timely win by Agnieszka Radwanska over sneaky grunter, Victoria Azarenka. All were classic encounters — Radwanska had lost repeatedly to Azarenka (the two time champion), including a controversial loss in Dubai in 2012 (shades of 2013 and Sloane Stephens at the Open. Dimitrov is considered the next big thing in men’s tennis and Murray was returning after a back operation and battled his way almost back into the match in a heroic display. If you like sport for the spectacle and the talent, it was the best day’s play so far. And you know what was great? Aussie TV viewers watched a bunch of top class foreign players and cheered and supported them. Far better than the at times jingoist stuff we see when Australians play. Today it’s the women’s semis and I hope, (for the romance of sport) that either Eugenie Bouchard win Li Na (they play each other). In the men’s semi’s it’s Tomas Berdych, against Stanislas Wawrinka. Federer and Nadal (both honorary Australians) will play Friday night (up against the ODI cricket on Nine).

So Seven was at last the big winner, and nothing else got near the coverage last night. The 7-10.30 pm coverage had 1.890 million national / 1.279 million metro/ 611,000 regional viewers. The post-10.30pm coverage had 1.081 million national/ 767,000 metro/ 314,000 regional viewers.

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