Film & TV

Jan 24, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Sports boost news audiences

The marathon stretch of cricket and tennis is nearly over -- thank goodness.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Stan Wawrinka is no Roger Federer so far as Australian TV viewers are concerned. Yes, they watched last night, but not in the same numbers as they did the night before when the Fed beat Andy Murray. In metro markets the audience fell from around 1.28 million to 926,000. Nationally the audience fell to from 1.890 million to 1.362 million. That was a national drop of 528,000 (354,000 in metro markets), such as the pulling power of Roger Federer. Real star quality.

Nine’s News (at 6 and 6.30pm in metro markets) and ACA at 7pm topped the metro ratings (and Nine News the national ratings), but Nine can’t boast that ACA beat the tennis at 7pm, because the game didn’t start until around 7.40pm. Looking at Seven last night, it needs to make a decision one way or the other on Today Tonight. The ratings are really 10 minutes of news and around 20 minutes of a truncated program.

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