Film & TV

Mar 13, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten’s audience share continues to fall

Ten can't seem to catch a break -- which isn't so surprising when you look at its programming.

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

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Mad As Hell is the pre-eminent political commentary program in Australia, going with what we have seen so far this season. It’s far more incisive than anything else, and makes political chat programs — such as Insiders (sorry Barrie), The Bolt Report (not hard to do) and anything on Sky News or News 24 look flat and dull. The way the program took the newspaper story on the way Tony Abbott’s speech has slowed since becoming Prime Minister, and illustrated it, and then sent it up, was classic. The piece on ABC efficiency and the conga drummer in ABC Legal and Business affairs was spot on, as well as the brief interview with an economist and the way a blathering environmentalist was struck down by lightning. Mad As Hell had 907,000 national/ 611,000 metro/ 296,000 regional viewers.

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