Talk about upsets. If the Australian Open Tennis titles was a major racing carnival, then the stewards would be swabbing and be all over some of the shock losses by Djokovic, Murray, Angelique Kerber (the top seed and defending Open champion). But Federer and Nadal remain (yesterday’s heroes who are now very much today’s objects of fan adoration). Serena Williams is still there and sister Venus, and Dasher Gavrilova is carrying the flag for Australia tonight. 

But so long as Federer and Nadal remain in the hunt this week, Seven will be happy and will wheel out all those tired cliches about father time, past champions and rebirth. And the top seeds are forgotten until next year.

According to Donald Trump, his inauguration was very, very successful (the best inauguration, even), claiming that photos and TV shots deliberately tried to show there were fewer people at the event in Washington than there really was. He also called media reporters “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” in a now-familiar diatribe.

But he can’t explain away (except to deny them outright) that the Nielsen TV ratings showed theaudience for his inauguration was among the smallest of modern times — smaller than Ronald Reagan’s first, Barrack Obama’s first, Richard Nixon’s second and Jimmy Carter’s.

Nearly two-thirds of the Trump audience — 19.214 million (out of 30.6 million total) viewers were 55 years or older. Just 2.813 million were in the key US TV demographic, the 18-34 age group (who could have watched online or streaming). Viewers aged 35-54 years totalled 7.159 million. But the 30.6 million was more than the finale for the first series of The Apprentice back in 2004 which totalled 28.1 million. — Click here to read the rest of Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings.

Peter Fray

Get your first 12 weeks of Crikey for $12.

Without subscribers, Crikey can’t do what it does. Fortunately, our support base is growing.

Every day, Crikey aims to bring new and challenging insights into politics, business, national affairs, media and society. We lift up the rocks that other news media largely ignore. Without your support, more of those rocks – and the secrets beneath them — will remain lodged in the dirt.

Join today and get your first 12 weeks of Crikey for just $12.


Peter Fray
Editor-in-chief of Crikey