Like reading certain publications for the pictures, sorry, the articles, watching programs like The Bachelor and Big Brother is part of the grim reality of writing about the media and TV. But there’s one program that makes me shudder every time it appears in the schedule and that is the Seven Network’s Beauty and The Geek. It slithered back into our consciousness last night as the series upped and went to Las Vegas. Does that mean What Happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas, as the saying goes? Nope, it was there, full screen, two episodes on Seven. It had escaped Las Vegas in all its cringeworthy glory. And to think that grown adults had conspired to make this rubbish.

The Bachelor may have a love rat or two (and a pack of impressionable, publicity mad women), Big Brother might be a breeding ground for real estate agents and confidence tricksters, but Beauty and The Geek has no redeeming value at all — anywhere. Not even as a crude, old fashioned mass dating show with a touch of Survivor. It runs neck and neck with The Bachelor for tackiness. The Geeks are of course social grubs looking for their inner butterfly to emerge. The beauties are just that — attractive cast members who are completely fungible with the harem on The Bachelor — this time they might sound different, but rocket scientists they are not supposed to be. All very, very contrived. The first episode of the new series at 8.30pm averaged 905,000 national/ 611,000 regional/ 294,000 regional viewers, the second from 9.30pm was watched by 771,000 national/ 532,000 metro/ 239,000 regional viewera. Big Brother ran from 8.30pm to just after 10.10pm and averaged 1.067 million national/ 740,000/ 327,000. so Big Brother was more (yuk) popular!

Nine won the night in the metros thanks to the last episode of The Block Glasshouse before the finale on Sunday with 2.001 million national/ 1.389 million metro/ 612,000 regional viewers. Nine won the main channels and overall. In the regions, Seven won overall because of high figures for its two digital channels. Nine won the main channels. The ABC was third and Ten was fourth in both the metros and regionals. Old habits die hard. Nine’s morning woes continued — Today could only manage 289,000 metro viewers, Seven’s Sunrise easily won with 375,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (31.0%)
  2. Seven (28.7%)
  3. ABC (18.1%)
  4. Ten (16.9%)
  5. SBS (5.2%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (22.6%)
  2. Seven (18.6%)
  3. ABC (13.5%)
  4. Ten  (11.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.0%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (5.8%)
  2. 7mate (4.4%)
  3. Gem (4.3%)
  4. GO (4.1%)
  5. Eleven (3.9%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Block Glasshouse (Nine) — 2.001 million
  2. Nine News — 1.373 million
  3. Highway Patrol Special (Seven) — 1.369 million
  4. Home and Away (Seven) – 1.349 million
  5. Seven News — 1.240 million
  6. ABC News — 1.088 million
  7. Big Brother (Nine) — 1.067 million
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 1.036 million
  9. Nine News 6.30 — 984,000
  10. A Current Affair (Nine) — 977,000

Losers: Two episodes of Beauty and The Geek. Big Brother is a program for art loving, latte sipping, sav blanc drinkers by comparison.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 6.30 —  983,000
  2. Nine News — 959,000
  3. Seven News – 938,000
  4. Seven News/ Today Tonight  – 918,000
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) — 812,000
  6. ABC News — 723,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 680,000
  8. The Project 7pm  (Ten) – 535,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News — 499,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm  (Ten) – 375,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 375,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 289,000
  3. The Morning Show (Seven) — 151,000
  4. News Breakfast (ABC  79,000 + 55,000 on News 24) — 134,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 95,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 64,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (3.2%)
  2. Fox8  (2.6%)
  3. TVHITS! (2.3%)
  4. Comedy Channel (1.7%)
  5. Sky News (1.5%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Grand Designs Australia (LifeStyle) – 96,000
  2. Coronation Street (UKTV) – 63,000
  3. George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (LifeStyle) – 60,000
  4. The 100 (Fox8) – 59,000
  5. Modern Family (Fox8) —  57,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. (All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight all people.) and network reports.

Peter Fray

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