TV Tonight Australia's leading TV blog Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bumper weekend of Sport on Seven Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:45:00 +0000 2014-10-24_1642Seven has a bumper weekend of sport this weekend with the Cox Plate, Gold Coast V8 Supercars and Perth International golf (already underway) across Channel 7, 7mate and 7TWO.

Live NFL from Wembley Stadium and the US.also airs on Monday.

Saturday Arvo Racing features the $3m weight-for-age Cox Plate on Channel 7 and 7TWO with Lloyd William’s favourite Fawkner drawn ideally in gate four, with Irish horse Adelaide wide in barrier 13, and tough battler The Cleaner out wide also.

V8 Supercars comes from the Gold Coast on Channel 7 and 7mate after arguably the greatest Bathurst race of all time. Holden’s Jamie Whincup takes a 297-point lead into this weekend’s round over Ford’s Mark Winterbottom, withCraig Lowndes nipping at their heels.

Seven’s Summer Of Golf swings into action this Thursday with the Perth International live from Lake Karrinyup Country Club on 7TWO and 7mate, where major champions Geoff Ogilvy, Jason Dufner and Charl Schwartzel headline a top field of 144 players.

Then just as the working week is about to start, NFL action begins on 7mate with three live games coming in from the US plus the Detroit Lions taking on the Atlanta Falcons live from Wembley stadium in London. The Baltimore Ravens also face off against the Cincinatti Bengals in a top-of the-standings clash in the AFC North, the Indianapolis Colts battle the Pittsburgh Steelers and then the Green Bay Packers head to New Orleans to play the Saints.

Broadcast details:

Saturday October 25
V8 Supercars – Gold Coast 600
Sydney 12pm Live on Channel 7
Melbourne 12pm Live on 7mate
Brisbane 11am Live on Channel 7
Adelaide 11.30am Live on Channel 7
Perth 9am Live on Channel 7

Saturday Arvo Racing – Cox Plate, Moonee Valley
Sydney 12.30pm Live on 7TWO
Melbourne 12.30pm Live on Channel 7
Brisbane 11.30am Live on 7TWO
Adelaide 12pm Live on 7TWO
Perth 9.30am Live on 7TWO

Perth International Golf Day 3 – Lake Karrinyup Country Club
Sydney 1pm Live on 7mate
Melbourne 1pm Live on 7TWO
Brisbane 12pm Live on 7mate
Adelaide 12.30pm Live on 7mate
Perth 10am Live on 7mate

Sunday October 26
V8 Supercars – Gold Coast 600
Sydney 12.30pm Live on Channel 7
Melbourne 12.30pm Live on 7mate
Brisbane 11.30am Live on Channel 7
Adelaide 12pm Live on Channel 7
Perth 9.30am Live on 7mate

Perth International Golf Day 4 – Lake Karrinyup Country Club
Sydney 1pm Live on 7TWO
Melbourne 1pm Live on 7TWO
Brisbane 12pm Live on 7TWO
Adelaide 12.30pm Live on 7TWO
Perth 10am Live on 7TWO

Monday October 27
NFL – Lions @ Falcons from Wembley Stadium, UK
Syd 12.30am Live 7mate
Melb 12.30am Live 7mate
Bris 11.30pm Live 7mate (Sun Oct 26)
Adel 12am Live 7mate
Perth 9.30pm Live 7mate (Sun Oct 26)

NFL – Ravens @ Bengals
Syd 4am Live 7mate
Melb 4am Live 7mate
Bris 3am Live 7mate
Adel 3.30am Live 7mate
Perth 1am Live 7mate

NFL – Colts @ Steelers
Syd 7.30am Live 7mate
Melb 7.30am Live 7mate
Bris 6.30am Live 7mate
Adel 7am Live 7mate
Perth 4.30am Live 7mate

NFL – Packers @ Saints
Syd 11.30am Live
Melb 11.30am Live 7mate
Bris 10.30am Live 7mate
Adel 11am Live 7mate
Perth 8.30am Live 7mate

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Club MTV to hit Australia Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:02:52 +0000 2014-10-24_1612MTV Australia will hit various night clubs around the country with DJ talent, MTV hosts and giveaways for Club MTV.

The concept, which is already underway in the UK, will kick off in January, with filming from events to feature in a new weekly Club MTV programming block.

“Australia has some of the most talented DJs and producers in the world right now and an exciting and dynamic clubbing scene. We couldn’t be more excited about Club MTV”, said Mike Connor, Music and Talent Manager at MTV Australia. “MTV is famous for throwing great parties and events and we know music fans, and the MTV audience, is going to love Club MTV.”

It will air on MTV Dance for two hours every Friday night from 7pm.

Tour dates, talent and venues are yet to be announced.

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60 Minutes: Oct 26 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:15:47 +0000 2014-10-24_1544This Sunday on 60 Minutes there are stories on spiritual healers, drowning children, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and U2.

John of God
John of God claims he can cure any disease. He’s a Brazilian spiritual leader who’s been courted and praised by everyone from Presidents to Oprah Winfrey. Tens of thousands of sick and elderly people flock to his casa every year in the hope they’ll be cured of their diseases. He operates on some of them, and claims to deliver divine healing onto others. It’s big business, too: from therapeutic crystal beds, to blessed bottled water and costly magic pills, John of God’s devotees must dig deep into their pockets for the healing and enlightenment. Now he’s bringing his religious show to Australia next month, so Michael Usher went to investigate John of God’s medical and spiritual credentials.
Reporter: Michael Usher
Producers: Phil Goyen, Grace Tobin

Shallow Water Blackout
One moment 12-year-old Jack MacMillan was happily splashing about in the family pool. Within minutes, he was dead. There was no cry for help, no desperate fight for his final breath. Jack was the victim of a deadly but little-known condition called Shallow Water Blackout. It’s brought on by the simple act of holding your breath underwater and its thought to be the number one cause of drowning among competent swimmers. Kids are at risk in backyard pools right across the country and, believe it or not, they’re even more at risk in swim squads at the local public pool. Swimming Australia is scrambling to re-issue it’s guidelines around hypoxic training but, as Allison Langdon discovered, even our top swimming coaches can’t agree on what’s safe for our kids.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Lincoln Howes

Over the last 40 years, U2 has risen from the rough streets of Dublin to become global superstars. Just last month they caused a sensation when their latest album was released to Apple’s half a billion iTunes account holders, for free. Some critics said it smacked of desperation, while others argued it was an innovative way for U2 to reach a younger audience. Regardless, Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton are unapologetic. And, as Georgie Gardner discovered when she caught up with the band in London, criticism only serves to strengthen their commitment to the music, and each other.
Reporter: Georgie Gardner
Producer: Stephen Burling

Bruce and Denise
It’s been a tumultuous 2014 for Bruce and Denise Morcombe. In March, they finally learned the truth about what happened to their beautiful son Daniel, when predator Brett Peter Cowan was convicted of his abduction and murder. It was the end of an 11-year search for answers, which began when Daniel disappeared in December 2003. Along the way, Bruce and Denise founded the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to help keep kids safe. This Friday marks one of the foundation’s major events, the tenth ‘Day for Daniel’, and Bruce and Denise need your help to take their message to Australia.
Reporter: Tara Brown
Producer: Stephen Taylor

Sunday, October 26 at 7.30pm on Nine.

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Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff joins TEN Big Bash commentators Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:30:48 +0000 2014-10-24_1359Former English Cricket Captain Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff will join TEN’s commentary team for the Big Bash League, for a number of the season’s major matches.

He joins Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Damien Fleming and Mark Waugh.

Flintoff, who retired from Test cricket in 2009, will also play in the 2014-15 BBL with the Brisbane Heat, wearing a microphone on the field during play and a helmet camera while batting.

“The Big Bash League is a great game for players and fans alike and Network Ten has pulled together an impressive commentary line-up of Aussie cricket legends. I think we will have some good fun on and off the field,” he said.

“I am looking forward to heading down under to play with the Brisbane Heat, soaking up some Queensland sun and having some fun in the commentary box with Ponting, Gilchrist, Fleming and Waugh.”

Former team-mate Kevin Pietersen will play with the Melbourne Stars and also join TEN’s commentary team for a number of matches.

TEN Head of Sport, David Barham, said: “The addition of Flintoff and Pietersen to TEN’s commentary team ensures that our coverage of the KFC T20 Big Bash League continues to be a first-class television experience for viewers.

“Network TEN has the most exciting and contemporary cricket commentary team seen in the past 30 years. The world-class duo of Flintoff and Pietersen will add some more star power to the League, creating excitement and rivalry that will further enhance the game for fans.”

Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist have also re-signed with the Network until the completion of the 2016-17 season.

The 2014-15 season will be broadcast live and exclusive on TEN from December 18th.

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Airdate: Once My Mother Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:45:32 +0000 2014-10-14_1454After a little nudging from unhappy producers (see that story here), ABC has sent some info for the award-winning documentary Once My Mother, airing this Sunday night.

“An epic story of survival told against a backdrop of war and its aftermath. With consummate skill, Sophia Turkiewicz weaves the personal with the historical, giving depth and meaning to both.” Peter Weir

“It is inspiring to see something made with passion directly from the heart. Sophia’s mother’s story is amazing almost beyond belief and the interweaving of her saga with Sophia’s own story very deft, revealing and fascinating. It’s a rare human story told with compassion and insight. You will touch people all over the world with this film.” Bruce Beresford

Abandoned in an Adelaide orphanage at the age of seven, Sophia feels betrayed by her mother, Helen. In early adulthood, Sophia still feels angry and resentful. Her mother is now married with two more children. Sophia rejects her new family and refuses contact with her mother.

In her twenties, Sophia is now a filmmaker living in far away Sydney, embracing her independence, but deep down, blaming her mother when things go wrong in her life. Yet Sophia finds herself drawn back to her mother’s life, using Helen’s stories as inspiration for her films but disguising them as fiction.

Thirty years on, Helen has dementia. Sophia starts to question their deeply troubled relationship. She digs out an unfinished documentary film about Helen that she’d started as a film student years before and finds herself compelled to finish it.

Returning to her mother’s former homeland of Eastern Poland in what is now Ukraine, Sophia begins to trace her mother’s traumatic childhood. Orphaned as a young girl, Helen grows up in a rural Polish village. As an adolescent, she’s illiterate and homeless, somehow surviving on the streets.

As Sophia re-examines her mother’s life, she discovers the historical truth behind Helen’s deportation to a Siberian gulag. Helen was one of almost two million Poles who were incarcerated in Russian gulags during World War Two. The truth behind this little known episode of history reveals a dark story of betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies.

Miraculously given their freedom, Helen is part of a vast exodus of Poles who travel from Russia with no food or organised transport. Over months, they trek thousands of miles to Uzbekistan and eventually, freedom in Persia.

Most of the Poles perish on this treacherous journey. Helen is one of the few survivors and she’s sent to a Polish refugee camp in Lusaka, Africa. Here she meets Valdiero, the love of her life, an Italian prisoner-of-war who becomes Sophia’s father.

Finally, a decade after leaving Poland, Helen and her baby daughter arrive in Australia as refugees. Not long afterwards, she abandons Sophia in an orphanage.

With growing insight, Sophia starts to re-assess the troubled relationship with her mother. But as Helen slips out of reach, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

10:15pm Sunday October 26

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Bloodline: teaser Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:10:25 +0000 A week ago I teased that an undisclosed show from Damages creators was on the way.

Now it’s been announced: Bloodline and it is headed to Netflix.

Created by Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler & Daniel Zelman it centres on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.

The cast includes our own Ben Mendelsohn plus Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Jacinda Barrett, Jamie McShane, Enrique Murciano, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek.

It will premiere in the US in March, but no word yet if it will air in Australia on Foxtel or elsewhere.

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Future in doubt on Honey Boo Boo series Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:37:00 +0000 2014-10-24_1254US cable network TLC is reconsidering the future of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo following news reports alleging that June Shannon has been romantically connected to a man convicted of child molestation.

“TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series,” a statement advised.

TMZ has reported Shannon, known as Mama June on the show, is alleged to be currently seeing Mark McDaniel, who spent ten years in prison on a child molestation conviction and is registered as a sex offender in Georgia,

The fourth season premiered in Australia in August on Discovery Home & Health.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Rugby League Four Nations 2014: guide Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:50:43 +0000 2014-10-24_1241Nine will broadcast the fourth annual Rugby League Four Nations tournament Live, beginning tomorrow night 7.30pm AEDT.

It will be anchored by Cameron Williams and include commentatory by Ray Warren, Andrew Johns, Peter Sterling, Wally Lewis, Brad Fittler and Darren Lockyer.

It screens on both Nine and GEM, despite the NRL Grand Final recently unable to screen on GEM due to “technical difficulties.”

Australia V New Zealand Sat Oct 25
6.30pm QLD
7.30pm AEDT Nine – NSW/QLD
GEM – VIC/SA/WA Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

England V Samoa Sat Oct 25
3.55pm QLD
4.55pm AEDT GEM – 5 City metro Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

New Zealand V Samoa Sat Nov 1
12.55pm QLD
1.55pm AEDT GEM – 5 City metro Toll Stadium, Whangarei

Australia V England Sun Nov 2
2.30pm QLD
3.30pm AEDT Nine – NSW/QLD
GEM – VIC/SA/WA AAMI Park, Melbourne

New Zealand V England Sat Nov 8
4.55pm QLD
5.55pm AEDT GEM – 5 City metro Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Australia V Samoa Sun Nov 9
2.30pm QLD
3.30pm AEDT Nine – NSW/QLD
GEM – VIC/SA/WA WIN Stadium, Wollongong

Final Sat Nov 15
5.30pm QLD
6.30pm AEDT Nine – NSW/QLD
GEM – VIC/SA/WA Westpac Stadium, Wellington

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Logies restores Comedy category after industry, viewer feedback. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:44:55 +0000 SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESBrilliant news today from TV Week that it has restored Most Outstanding Comedy to its 2015 Logie Awards.

The jury-voted category has been absent since 2009.

TV Week says the change has come about after consulting with the industry, as well as listening to feedback from readers, viewers and voters.

“The standard of Australian comedies has been outstanding in 2014 –and we felt that shows in that genre deserved to be judged up against each other in their own category,” TV Week’s editor Emma Nolan says.

In recent years performers, writers, networks (and even blogs) have lamented Comedy entries having to compete with those in Light Entertainment (AACTA Awards also merge the categories).

The 57th Annual TV Week Logie Awards will take place on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Crown Entertainment Complex’s Palladium Room, Melbourne.

Voting will open on Monday, January 12, 2015 and will continue until Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Now if only we can get more women into the Hall of Fame…..?

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Q & A: Oct 27 Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:35:42 +0000 2014-08-09_2132This Monday on Q & A, host Tony Jones will be joined by a strong-minded panel debating Australia’s place in the world.

Lockdowns around western parliaments, Australian troops in action on our borders and Iraq (but not Africa), while the leader who pushed Australia onto the world stage dies.

International human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson;
Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert;
Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King;
Gough Whitlam’s biographer Jenny Hocking; and
Editor of The Spectator Australia Rowan Dean.

9:35pm Monday ABC and Live AEDT on ABC News 24.

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Linda Evangelista is next guest judge Australia’s Next Top Model Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:52:42 +0000 2014-10-24_1049Australia’s Next Top Model continues to lure the big names for its next season with Supermodel Linda Evangelista arriving next week to mentor and judge.

She follows a list of big names including Jean Paul Gaultier, Kelly Osborne and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Along with filming her guest role Evangalista will appear at Foxtel’s annual Upfront media event next Thursday in Sydney.

Host Jennifer Hawkins said: “The judges that Top Model have secured so far this season have been of such a high calibre and now we can claim Linda Evangelista as our next guest! She’s an icon in the modelling industry and a personal favourite of mine – I’m so excited to have her on the show, our girls are going to learn so much from her.”

After shooting for the late Gianni Versace in 1987 who referred to her as his only muse, Linda starred in fashion campaigns for Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Giorgio Armani, Thierry Mugler, Donna Karan and Jean Paul Gaultier to name just a few.

She also appeared on the covers of every international fashion magazine including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Elle, Time, Interview, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and many more.

Following on from her unprecedented popularity in the late eighties/early nineties she became one of five models that the US media referred to as Supermodels and shot to such massive fame that they were known simply by their first names.

At the height of her success Linda cut her hair into a short bob causing a massive worldwide hair trend known as The Linda. The new style then became her most iconic look when she was photographed by Peter Lindbergh wearing a white shirt. This is the basis and theme of the photo shoot that she will help mentor the girls through on Australia’s Next Top Model before joining Jennifer Hawkins and Alex Perry on the judging panel.

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Bogan comedy beats reality Geeks and Housemates Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:02:21 +0000 2014-10-24_0948A little faith is restored in scripted comedy with ABC’s Upper Middle Bogan outranking the lure of reality equivalents in both Beauty and the Geek and Big Brother -for the second week in a row.

Recently we’ve been seeing single shows cracking the magic million. Last night we had one show crack the magic 900,000. Doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Also worth noting is the gap has narrowed between Million Dollar Minute and Hot Seat this week. Will be interesting to watch how this impacts on 6pm bulletins.

Seven network won the night, just, with 28.4% share ahead of Nine’s 28.0%, ABC 19.0%, TEN 18.4% and SBS 6.2%.

Seven News (915,000 / 826,000) was best for Seven then Home and Away (777,000), Beauty and the Geek (593,000 / 578,000) and Million Dollar Minute (598,000).

Nine was under 900,000 the entire night with Nine News (894,000 / 889,000), A Current Affair (852,000), King’s Cross ER (683,000), Big Brother (543,000), Hot Seat (457,000). Movie: Contagion was 281,000.

ABC News (751,000) topped ABC then 7:30 (684,000), Catalyst (682,000), Upper Middle Bogan (645,000), It’s a Date (506,000) and QI (366,000).

TEN was under 600,000 for the night with TEN Eyewitness News (540,000), Madam Secretary (543,000), The Project (503,000 / 397,000) and Save with Jamie (457,000). SVU was 133,000.

The premiere of The Fall led the night for SBS ONE at 209,000 (it would have been higher had it been coded as 2 eps), The Little Paris Kitchen (193,000), The Incredible Spice Men (147,000) and SBS World News (119,000). Thai Street Food was 66,000.

A Touch of Frost was again best on multichannels at 289,000. ABC2’s Soul Mates premiered at 116,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Thursday 23 October 2014

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Thursday 23 October 2014 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:16:59 +0000 Thursday: 1 SEVEN NEWS 915,000 2 NINE NEWS 894,000 3 NINE NEWS 6:30 889,000 4 A CURRENT AFFAIR 852,000 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT 826,000]]> Report:   Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Thursday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 23/10/2014 16/10/2014 Network ABC1 13.1% 13.6% Network ABC2 3.0% 2.9% Network ABC3 1.0% 0.8% Network ABC News 24 1.9% 1.2% Network ABC TTL 19.0% 18.5% Network 7 17.7% 18.7% Network 7TWO 6.0% 6.5% Network 7mate 4.8% 5.0% Network 7 TTL 28.4% 30.1% Network 9 18.3% 16.8% Network GO! 5.2% 5.2% Network Gem 4.5% 4.8% Network 9 TTL 28.0% 26.8% Network TEN 12.0% 13.3% Network ONE 2.5% 2.6% Network ELEVEN 3.9% 3.0% Network TEN TTL 18.4% 18.9% Network SBS ONE 4.8% 4.3% Network SBS 2 1.1% 1.1% Network NITV 0.3% 0.3% Network SBS TTL 6.2% 5.7%


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 23/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 915,000 250,000 237,000 174,000 118,000 136,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 894,000 248,000 318,000 191,000 56,000 81,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 889,000 240,000 313,000 200,000 53,000 83,000
4 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 852,000 260,000 277,000 164,000 62,000 88,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 826,000 226,000 249,000 154,000 87,000 111,000
6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 777,000 206,000 220,000 161,000 87,000 103,000
7 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 751,000 242,000 251,000 108,000 75,000 74,000
8 7.30-EV Network ABC1 684,000 226,000 238,000 80,000 65,000 75,000
9 KINGS CROSS ER Network 9 683,000 210,000 216,000 134,000 62,000 61,000
10 CATALYST-EV Network ABC1 682,000 188,000 236,000 107,000 69,000 82,000
11 UPPER MIDDLE BOGAN-EV Network ABC1 645,000 196,000 223,000 114,000 58,000 54,000
12 BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA Network 7 593,000 148,000 196,000 124,000 52,000 72,000
13 BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA-EP.2 Network 7 578,000 155,000 195,000 115,000 54,000 59,000
14 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 568,000 173,000 184,000 93,000 59,000 59,000
15 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 556,000 170,000 139,000 123,000 52,000 72,000
16 BIG BROTHER -THU Network 9 543,000 150,000 193,000 102,000 47,000 52,000
17 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 540,000 152,000 146,000 83,000 66,000 93,000
18 MADAM SECRETARY Network TEN 533,000 151,000 175,000 94,000 39,000 75,000
19 IT’S A DATE-EV Network ABC1 506,000 148,000 185,000 74,000 52,000 46,000
20 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 503,000 129,000 140,000 108,000 51,000 76,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 23/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 A TOUCH OF FROST-THU Network 7TWO 289,000 85,000 89,000 38,000 46,000 31,000
2 NEW TRICKS -EV Network Gem 257,000 58,000 85,000 44,000 30,000 40,000
3 AUCTION HUNTERS -EV TX1 Network GO! 255,000 53,000 64,000 79,000 24,000 36,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 253,000 68,000 81,000 36,000 32,000 35,000
5 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 247,000 48,000 85,000 56,000 37,000 21,000
6 SMALL POTATOES!-EV Network ABC2 245,000 46,000 54,000 88,000 24,000 32,000
7 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 239,000 69,000 69,000 43,000 26,000 32,000
8 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 235,000 47,000 55,000 83,000 18,000 32,000
9 INK MASTER Network 7mate 233,000 38,000 88,000 49,000 33,000 24,000
10 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 226,000 41,000 54,000 82,000 23,000 26,000
11 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 221,000 46,000 62,000 62,000 26,000 25,000
12 GIGGLE AND HOOT-EV Network ABC2 220,000 42,000 54,000 82,000 19,000 24,000
13 AUCTION HUNTERS -EV Network GO! 216,000 45,000 61,000 65,000 16,000 29,000
14 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 213,000 42,000 61,000 55,000 35,000 21,000
15 LITTLE TED’S BIG ADVENTURE-PM Network ABC2 208,000 37,000 66,000 45,000 37,000 22,000
16 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 206,000 34,000 58,000 73,000 23,000 19,000
17 BING-PM Network ABC2 206,000 29,000 68,000 53,000 35,000 21,000
18 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 204,000 37,000 61,000 65,000 20,000 21,000
19 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 202,000 29,000 61,000 54,000 37,000 21,000
20 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 200,000 54,000 48,000 45,000 24,000 30,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 340,000 98,000 104,000 55,000 39,000 45,000
2 BIG BROTHER -THU Network 9 337,000 86,000 124,000 61,000 28,000 38,000
3 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 331,000 86,000 124,000 64,000 23,000 34,000
4 BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA-EP.2 Network 7 322,000 95,000 97,000 69,000 26,000 35,000
5 BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA Network 7 318,000 90,000 107,000 62,000 25,000 35,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA-EP.2 Network 7 326,000 103,000 94,000 74,000 23,000 32,000
2 BIG BROTHER -THU Network 9 323,000 82,000 118,000 67,000 25,000 32,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 316,000 92,000 93,000 58,000 35,000 39,000
4 BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA Network 7 308,000 87,000 99,000 69,000 20,000 34,000
5 KINGS CROSS ER Network 9 268,000 90,000 83,000 52,000 22,000 21,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BIG BROTHER -THU Network 9 228,000 51,000 92,000 52,000 15,000 20,000
2 BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA-EP.2 Network 7 226,000 59,000 76,000 53,000 15,000 22,000
3 BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA Network 7 209,000 46,000 72,000 53,000 16,000 22,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 208,000 51,000 64,000 45,000 24,000 24,000
5 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 172,000 40,000 47,000 52,000 16,000 17,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 23/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
2 GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 122,000
5 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 78,000
6 FAMILY GUY FOX8 73,000
8 THE 100 FOX8 67,000
11 FAMILY GUY FOX8 61,000
16 FAMILY GUY FOX8+2 42,000
17 FUTURAMA FOX8 42,000
18 TOM AND JERRY Boomerang 40,000
19 AUSTIN & ALLY Disney Channel 40,000



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Jason’s big reality adventure (don’t mention the ‘S’ word) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:58:41 +0000 2014-10-23_2330It’s got a tropical setting, challenges, big money and teams who work together before turning on one another, but whatever you do don’t say the Survivor word.

Jason Dundas, host of The Big Adventure for Seven, did his level best to avoid mentioning ‘that’ show by name during the course of our interview, especially when I asked about preparing for the role.

“I watched a lot of similar shows in the same genre,” he acknowledged.

“But I didn’t want to copy. I didn’t want to be influenced. I just wanted to keep it honest.”

Asked about how much time the contestants spent in front of cameras, it was also nearly as much as that nameless show.

“They have camera crews on them the entire time they are in base camp -bar when they go to sleep. There’s none of that other reality show that’s 24 hours. But there are people on standby ready to shoot if things happen.”

By now Survivor had became the elephant in the room, as if to avoid direct comparisons.

Yet in a crowded genre where there are similarities in many reality shows, The Big Adventure has its own points of difference. The prize, for instance, is a rarity in Australian television. The last time a reality show gave away a million dollars was a decade ago.

But will TBA actually part ways with the full amount for real?

“Definitively one of the 12 will win a million bucks. 100%,” Dundas insists.

“One person will unlock an ancient chest with a million.”

With 12 golden keys on offer, the 12:1 odds are also high -including better than that other nameless show which is 18:1.

Devised internally by Seven, the 10 part series makes the most of its air of mystery, both to contestants and audience. With the game never having been played before, Seven has been banking on the element of surprise.

“Everybody is friendly at the start because nobody knows what’s happening, because we’ve done the show. On The Amazing Race they know what happens next so they know how to interact, but on this show everyone is walking on egg shells at the start until it unfolds.,” he says.

“The show has escapist qualities that other shows don’t have. There’s nothing that looks like this show that’s on Australian television at the moment.

“They carved out an area in the real jungle and at night when you walk in it’s lit by balloon lights. You walk through the jungle on a path lit by tilleys until you come out into this ancient setting that looks like it’s been cleared by an archeologist. It’s spectacular.”

As host, Dundas was also required to switch from his usually-friendly demeanour to something fitting a competitive reality game. To do this, he limited his contact with the cast whilst filming in Fiji.

“We wanted to keep the contestants as isolated in this environment as much as we could. So I wouldn’t say a single word to anyone. Nothing. I wouldn’t even come on set until they were all in place and I would only say the words that were in the script.

“Every other show I’ve worked on my strength has been charismatic and engaging, because that’s what I do.”

But he also found himself hooked on the group dynamic in the pressure-cooker environment.

“There was nothing else to do on the island so we became obsessed with what was going on. I would wrap shooting (on the sky rig) and as contestants would travel back I would run about 1.5km back to the control room and sit there and watch everything unfold.”

Dundas is best known for his years as a travel presenter on Getaway.  He left Nine 4-5 years ago and ended up as a VJ with MTV, co-hosting Big Morning Buzz Live  for 3 years on VH1.

“I moved to the US 5 years ago looking for a huge new show to anchor. I was on ensemble casts, pop culture shows for a long time,” he says.

“Channel Seven presented 2 or 3 lines of this and the rest they kept secret. All they said to me is ‘Someone will dig for a million bucks. It’s similar to the psychology of The Hunger Games and there is one host.’ So I said ‘Let’s go!’”

His next project will also be on MTV, fronting another Reality series, filmed back to back with The Big Adventure.

“It’s a primetime Dance Reality competition called Beyond Dance. It comes off the back of America’s Best Dance Crew. They’ve rejigged the format and thrown everything at it,” he explains.

“It’s huge. Very young, very hip, big pop stars.”

Right now the boy from Penrith is happy to be home, working with a new network, Seven.

“They welcome you with big open arms. They’re very warm. I just feel like it’s a family channel. I hosted The Morning Show with Kylie Gillies, I was on Sunrise, Dancing with the Stars, The Daily Edition.”

But the air of mystery surrounding the show means producer Rikki Proost (My Kitchen Rules, House Rules) still has a few tricks up his sleeve for viewers.  The show’s launch established some of the game play but more will unfold and contestants will become more strategic.

“Every other episode begins with a captain’s pick, a team battle, the sky rig, and then an arena (challenge). But yes Rikki puts in a few twists. You have to,” Dundas smiles.

“It’s entertainment!”

The Big Adventure airs 6:30pm Sunday (8:30pm WA) and 7:30pm Monday on Seven.

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Walkley Awards 2014: nominees Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:55:04 +0000 Screen Shot 2014-05-11 at 12.49.31 am.jpgABC has dominated the television nominees in the the 2014 Walkley Awards.

Four Corners, ABC News, Foreign Correspondent, 7:30 and Australian Story are all nominated.

Four Corners scored six nominations while ABC News‘ joint story with Guardian Australia “Australia’s spy agencies targeted Indonesian president’s mobile phone” is up for Scoop of the Year.

ABC News is the only network nominated in the TV News section, while 7:30 is the only nominee in TV Daily Current Affairs.

Nine, SBS and SKY News are also nominated in television categories.

Ellen Fanning, Sarah Ferguson and David Speers will all compete in the Interview category.

Nine’s Peter Stefanovic is nominated in the International Journalism for his reports from Gaza.

TV and related categories:

Miles Bence, The Feed, SBS2, “The Last Man in Acland”, “Caught Inside”, “The Bee Keeper’s Son”
Ben Fogarty, 60 Minutes, Nine Network, “Father’s Day massacre”
Wayne McAllister, ABC News and Foreign Correspondent, ABC TV, “Loksi violent protest”, “Spratley Islands: reef madness”

Matthew Brown and Mark Solomons, ABC News, “Syria death”, “Jihad middleman”, “Bomber video”
Samantha Hawley, ABC News, ABC TV, “Baby Gammy”
Daniel Oakes and Sam Clark, ABC News, ABC TV, “Children in care”

Caitlyn Gribbin, 7:30, ABC TV, “Who is Doctor Nitschke advising?”
Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker and Sam Clark, 7:30, ABC TV, “State of the union”, “Jobs for the boys”
George Roberts, Mark Solomons, Lesley Robinson, Pru Kingsmill and Sally Neighbour, 7:30, ABC TV, “Operation Sovereign Borders”

Adele Ferguson, Deb Masters and Mario Christodoulou, Four Corners, ABC TV and Fairfax Media, “Banking bad”
Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Deb Masters and Connie Agius, Four Corners, ABC TV, “The Boy with the Henna Tattoo”
Michael Usher, Grace Tobin and Stephen Rice, 60 Minutes, Nine Network, “Murder at Murphy’s Creek”

Adele Ferguson, Deb Masters and Mario Christodoulou, Four Corners, ABC TV and Fairfax Media, “Banking bad”, “Rollo Sherriff and Meridien Wealth: how a rock-solid institution backed impenitent maverick”, “Misconduct claims widen in CBA’s planning scandal”
John Lyons, Janine Cohen, Sylvie Le Clezio and Mary Fallon, Four Corners, ABC TV, and The Australian, “Stone cold justice”
Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, Fairfax Media, “Terror touches down”, “Visa scam couple flee with $1.2million”, “Rogue operator”

Ellen Fanning and David Hardaker, The Observer Effect, SBS, “Neutralising the noise – how Coles does business”
Sarah Ferguson, 7:30, ABC TV, “Joe Hockey”
David Speers, Sky News, “What is metadata?”

Pat Fiske, Amin Palangi and Sanaz Fotouhi, Bower Bird Films, Love Marriage in Kabul
Dan Goldberg and Danny Ben-Moshe, Mint Pictures & Identity Films/ABC TV, Code of Silence
Sue Clothier and Jaya Balendra, Northern Pictures/SBS Online, Cronulla Riots: The Day that Shocked the Nation

Michael Brissenden, Ewen MacAskill and Lenore Taylor, ABC News and Guardian Australia, “Australia’s spy agencies targeted Indonesian president’s mobile phone”
Paul Garvey, Hedley Thomas and Sarah Elks, The Australian, “Palmer used our cash for campaign” “Palmer signed contract restricting use of Citic funds to port operations” “Citic: Palmer plays politics card”
Paul Maley and Greg Bearup, The Australian, “That’s my boy: kids witness war’s horror”

Caitlyn Gribbin, 7.30, ABC TV, “Who is Doctor Nitschke advising?”
Belinda Hawkins, Australian Story, ABC TV, “Searching for C11 Part One”, Searching for C11 Part Two” “Breaking the Code”
Oliver Laughland and David Marr, Guardian Australia, “Doctors reveal ‘harmful’ standards of medical care for asylum seekers”, “Nauru detention: serious health risks to children revealed in confidential report”, “Australia’s detention regime sets out to make asylum seekers suffer, says chief immigration psychiatrist”

Paul Daley, Guardian Australia, “Why does the Australian War Memorial ignore frontier war?”, “The bone collectors: a brutal chapter in Australia’s past”, “Indigenous Australians in wartime: it’s time to tell the whole story”
NITV and Frontyard Films Team, NITV, “Innocence betrayed”, “Justice just us: Bowraville special”
Geoff Thompson, Karen Michelmore and Patricia Drum, Four Corners, ABC TV, “Little boy lost”

ABC News Team, ABC News Digital, ABC News, News 24 and ABC Radio News, “The downing of Flight MH17”
Matt Brown, Hayden Cooper, Aaron Hollett, Stewart Watt, Michael Carey and ABC News Team, ABC News Digital, ABC TV News and ABC Radio “Gaza Conflict”
Herald Sun Team, Herald Sun, “295 Dead”, “Murder in the sky”, “Our lost kids”, “Train of tears”, “Three hours later, it was gone…”

Samantha Hawley, 7:30 ABC TV, “Baby Gammy – surrogate mother disputes parents claims, focuses attention on Thai baby-making industry”
Lindsay Murdoch, The Age, “Baby Gammy was left behind”
Peter Stefanovic, Nine News, Nine Network, “War in Gaza”

Winners will be announced Thursday, December 4 and streamed live on ABC iview from 7pm.

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Should 7TWO screen Love Thy Neighbour? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:53:25 +0000 2014-10-24_0209In an interview with News Corp. Ray Martin has questioned whether 7TWO should be screening 1970s UK sitcom Love Thy Neighbour.

The series, which airs at 10.30am and 4am from Thursday, revolves around a working class couple struggling with their black neighbours. It ran for 4 years from 1972 – 1976 before an Australian sequel, but its writers have claimed that each episode included both anti-white and anti-black sentiment.

Ray Martin, currently working on an indigenous series for SBS called First Contact, told the newspaper he was surprised racist legislation doesn’t block it from airing.

“The idea that this can be something that we can joke about — it’s not up there for ridicule at all. It’s insensitive, and it’s very hurtful, and it comes at a time when Australians are trying to deal with this kind of scourge of mental illness among Aboriginal people,” he said.

“It can’t pretend to be funny anymore. It’s just hurtful and cruel. It’s not meant to encourage of course, but it really shouldn’t be there for people to laugh at.”

Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Soutphommansane said, “I can understand why some people may find the contents of this program upsetting.

“At the same time, people should appreciate that Love Thy Neighbour is a program that was made in the 1970s, in part to critique racist attitudes.”

A spokesman for Seven said “Love Thy Neighbour is one of those English comedies of its time and Eddie [the white character] who is quite rightly portrayed as a fool and a bigot.”

It’s a tricky dilemma. Two nights ago Seven played Homicide in which women weren’t treated with much consideration. Should we also ban Kingswood Country, Benny Hill?  What about Are You Being Served? for the way both gay men and women were stereotyped? Frankly I would watch All in the Family in a heartbeat. Same for ‘Allo ‘Allo.

Personally I would be more uncomfortable with bans than with screening historic shows (Hey Dad! is an exception for other reasons).

Watching someone being racist does not mean I will become such. The idea of history is that we learn from it, surely.

Thinking adults should be able to choose to watch social history and learn from it, or have the choice not to participate. I choose not to participate in the comedic musings of Mrs. Brown’s Boys.

The fact this is being made in 2014 is far more offensive than Love Thy Neighbour.

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Aussie series up for kid’s BAFTA Award Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:49:12 +0000 DG420aint_sc010aNine animated series Dennis the Menace and Gnasher has been nominated for a BAFTA Children’s Award.

The series, produced by Sticky Pictures, will be vying for the Animation Award but will have to knock off Shaun the Sheep, The Amazing World of Gumball and Strange Hill High.

Donna Andrews, Sticky Pictures CEO and Executive Producer said; “Sticky Pictures is thrilled to see our production receive this recognition. We share this nomination with our talented team and our fantastic partners including the Nine Network, Red Kite Animation and CBBC.”

Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, co-heads of Drama, Nine Network Australia said: “Our audience loves the larrikin energy of Dennis, Gnasher and their crew. This nomination is a tribute to the passion and creativity of our production partners and we are thrilled to see them receive this recognition.”

The awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on November 23rd.

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Seven set for Telethon 2014 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:45:56 +0000 2014-10-23_2223Channel Seven Perth is gearing up for their biggest weekend of the year for the annual Telethon.

Since 1968 it has raised a staggering $154 million, as the the world’s highest fundraising telethon, per capita.

Network stars will be in attendance across the 24 hour event, screening from Saturday to Sunday nights.

“A team of more than 300 are working on Telethon over the coming weekend,” said Telethon CEO, Steve Mummery .

“Bringing this production together is a bit like putting 26 one -hour episodes of a series together – however we run them live, back- to-back,” he said.

Personalities giving up their weekend to fly from one side of the country to the other to help raise money include Rob Palmer from Better Homes and Gardens; Jason Dundas from The Big Adventure; Sally Obermeder and Tom Williams from The Daily Edition; Charlie Clausen, Kassandra Clementi, Jackson Gallagher, Isabella Giovinazzo, Cassie Howarth, Matt Little, Philippa Northeast, Johnny Ruffo and Nic Westaway from Home and Away; Joe Snell from House Rules; Simon Reeve from Million Dollar Minute; Candice Dixon, Nathan Morgan and Teigan Nash from Saturday Disney; Dr Andrew Rochford from National Seven News; Samantha Armytage, Natalie Barr, Edwina Bartholomew, David Koch and Molly Meldrum from Sunrise; Melissa Bergland, Nathin Butler, Sarah Grace, Paul Moore, Katherine Hicks and Nick Russell from Winners and Losers and Telethon Adventurers Ambassador, George Houvardas.

Local West Australians who appeared on our screens throughout the year, Carole and Russell from House Rules; Chloe and Kelly from My Kitchen Rules; Sally and Tyson and Inga and Tiharna from The Amazing Race – Australia v New Zealand will also appear on Telethon.

They will be joined by 7’s Perth stars – Rick Ardon, Susannah Carr, Basil Zempilas, Geof Parry, Geof Parry, Adrian Barich, Alexis Donkin, Ryan Daniels, Jessica Vanderende, Kate Smithers, Blake Johnson, Chantelle Toohey, Amelia Broun, Samantha Jolly, Rebecca O’Donovan, Rebecca Picton-King, Jordan Cutts, Rob Scott, Grant Wynne and Angela Tsun from Seven News Perth and Today Tonight’s Monika Kos, Mark Gibson, Graeme Butler, Alison Fan, Cassie Silver, Mark Readings, Syan Dougherty, Andrea Burns and Tina Altieri.

Plus many of Perth’s radio personalities from Mix 94.5, 92.9, Nova 93.7, 6PR, ABC720, 96FM and 6iX

Also making their way to Perth to perform are Justice Crew, The Collective, The Kin, Taylor Henderson, Bonnie Anderson, The McClymonts, Samantha Jade, Nathaniel, Damien Bodie, Brad Blaze and three of the Top 12 in this year’s The X Factor, Jason Heerah and Perth’s own Sydnee Carter and Reigan Derry.

Photo: L to R: Professor Jonathan Carapetis, director of The Telethon Kids Institute, Rick Ardon, Susannah Carr and Basil Zempilas from Seven News Perth; Managing Director of Channel Seven Perth, Mario D’Orazio and Executive Chairman of Seven West Media, Mr Kerry Stokes.

6:30pm Saturday – 8:30pm Sunday.

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Four Corners: Oct 27 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:44:00 +0000 2014-10-23_2232Next Monday on Four Corners Quentin McDermott investigates the ‘green on blue’ killing of three Australian soldiers in Afghanistan: Lance Corporal ‘Rick’ Milosevic, Sapper James Martin and Private Robert Poate.

On the 29th August 2012, three Australian soldiers were gunned down inside their patrol base in Afghanistan. The killer was an Afghan soldier they had been helping to train. They believed he was a comrade in arms. They were wrong.

The soldiers, Lance Corporal ‘Rick’ Milosevic, Sapper James Martin and Private Robert Poate, had been sent to a remote patrol base they knew very little about, amid a surge of ‘green on blue’ attacks by Afghan soldiers on Coalition troops.

Defence maintains there was no failure of intelligence prior to the mission, and that the platoon commanders were responsible for security arrangements on the night in question.

“There was no intelligence available to Australia or the Coalition to suggest there was a specific insider threat.” – Air Marshal Binskin

For two years, Robert Poate’s father, Hugh, has pushed for an independent inquiry to examine the circumstances that led to the death of his son and the other soldiers.

“You see there’s no transparency… it follows that there’s no accountability. Defence have never had to submit to a civilian court before.”

For the past two weeks, a Queensland Coroner has conducted an inquiry which has shed new light on the deadly insider attack.

This week on Four Corners, reporter Quentin McDermott examines the chain of events that led to the killings. He talks to eye witnesses, piecing together what happened on the night. Four Corners also seeks answers from the killer, now held in an Afghan jail.

Four Corners examines allegations that failures in planning and confusion higher up the chain of command may have led to insufficient force protection measures at the time of the attack.

Ultimately the question remains; could the deaths of the three Australians have been prevented?

Monday 27th October at 8:30pm on ABC.

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Airdate: Nik Wallenda: Skyscraper Live Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:40:11 +0000 2014-10-24_0139His last TV stunt had to be abandoned after tragedy at Mt. Everest but daredevil tightrope walker Nik Wallenda is set to return with another feat live on television.

On 3rd November he will tightrope walk across the Chicago skyline, untethered, on an incline …blindfolded.

As Chicagoist tells us: First, Wallenda will trek from Marina City to Leo Burnett, a walk with the rope set at a 15 degree uphill climb. When Wallenda completes that, he’ll walk back to Marina City and walk a tightrope from Marina City’s west tower to its east tower.

“This is going to be the most incredible tightrope walk of my career,” Wallenda said in a written statement. “I can’t think of a better city to do it. I have fond memories of spending time performing in Chicago and the Midwest with my family. Besides, it’s the ‘Windy City’ and there’s nothing like doing this during winter in Chicago. That’s a challenge for me and I love to push myself to do things that most people think are impossible.”

This will air Live at 11am AEDT on Discovery.

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Neighbours Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:00:27 +0000 2014-10-23_2122Ramsay Street reaches episode #7000! 6:30pm Friday on ELEVEN.

  • Happy Valley
  • Movie: The Bourne Legacy
  • The Living Room
  • The Amazing Race
  • Gracepoint
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Would somebody please direct George Negus to camera front? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:35:46 +0000 2014-10-23_1600Next week’s episode of Media Circus could well make a few gags at George Negus’ expense after his appearance last night in which he spent nearly a whole segment staring blankly at a video screen.

The ‘Pundemonium’ segment required team members to guess the bad puns in oddball TV news reports (you know the kind).

It wasn’t so much that George wasn’t able to offer any ideas, but that the poor bloke spent most of the segment staring at the words on the screen behind him.

Perhaps he was looking for inspiration, but it reminded me of people who stare blankly at a TV test pattern as if expecting something magical to happen.

It was pretty clear he hadn’t been rehearsed in the segment (not his fault). Was there a monitor in front of him? Probably.

YouTube has the full episode but pick up from 34:50 to take a gander at “Cows on the Loose in Launceston.”

It’s not gonna change by staring at it, George!

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Sunday Night: Oct 26 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:03:27 +0000 2014-10-23_1451Get ready for a lot of coverage on Molly Meldrum in coming weeks, as he releases an autobiography (at last) and celebrates 50 years in the music industry.

Sunday Night has an interview with Melissa Doyle plus a story from Steve Pennells on an Australian woman whose relationship crosses cultural lines and religious law.

Exclusive: Trapped in Love
An Aussie mum, a dedicated schoolteacher… hunted and trapped in a dangerous and foreign land. Facing years in jail – for the crime of falling in love. This week on Sunday Night the astonishing exclusive story of a woman who loses everything for following her heart. Trapped in a broken marriage, disowned by her own family and taunted by her cruel husband, Mahassen secretly leaves Australia to meet the one person who doesn’t judge her. Within days she’s wearing a white dress and pledging her love and commitment to him. It is the biggest mistake of her life. For the next two months Mahassen is a fugitive from Lebanese authorities. An arrest warrant is issued, she is accused of bigamy and adultery, and she faces punishment under strict Islamic law. In this special undercover Sunday Night investigation, Walkley Award-winning journalist Steve Pennells is with Mahassen during her time on the run, he’s with this desperate mother when she is refused contact with her children back in Australia, and he’s there when she finally finds freedom and returns home. But back in Australia comes the biggest, most unexpected, twist of all. It’s raw, dramatic and nail-biting television.

Molly Meldrum
The extraordinary never-before-told full story of Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum. He’s a legend of Australian television, an icon of our music industry, and a damn good friend to many of the world’s biggest names in showbiz. A remarkable career all the more remarkable because of the tough early life Molly had – his mother suffered with mental illness and his father, a soldier, never recovered from his experiences of war. Reporter Melissa Doyle, a close personal friend, takes Molly on a gripping and emotional journey through his amazing life. From The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen, John Paul Young to Madonna, Elton John and Michael Jackson – there are stories galore. Then there’s the moment that reduces both Mel and Molly to tears. From Countdown to ‘that’ infamous interview with Prince Charles, it’s a side of Molly Meldrum you’ve never seen before.

Sunday at 8pm on Seven (WA: 6.30pm on 7TWO due to Telethon)

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Walking Dead producer to speak at Screen Producers conference Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:15:08 +0000 2014-10-23_1510Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer of The Walking Dead has been announced as the keynote speaker for Screen Forever, the annual conference of Screen Producers Australia.

Hurd, who also produced the films The Terminator, Aliens, The Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Abyss, will speak on Tuesday, 18th November in Melbourne.

Film Victoria’s CEO Jenni Tosi said “We are thrilled to have been able to secure Ms Hurd’s attendance at this year’s Screen Forever conference. She is an inspiration to writers and producers around the world, and particularly to women in our industry. We look forward to welcoming Ms Hurd to Melbourne and introducing her to our talented practitioners”.

“We appreciate the enormous support Film Victoria provides the Screen Forever conference in helping us deliver an event that contributes to the state of Victoria and our screen industry nationally,” said Matthew Deaner, Executive Director, Screen Producers Australia.

“We are honoured that Ms Hurd will be able to meet our community of highly respected and award winning producers at Screen Forever and joins the great lineage of global talent that our conference attracts each year.”

Gale Anne Hurd, known as the “First Lady of Sci-Fi”, is a producer of Academy Award-winning films and Emmy-winning programs that shatter box office and ratings records.After commencing as executive assistant at Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, Hurd’s career as a producer was launched when she produced and co-wrote The Terminator. The film received critical and commercial acclaim, including TIME Magazine’s “10 Best List”. This success was followed by Aliens, which received seven nominations and two Academy Awards, and the Academy Award winning films The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Ghost and the Darkness. Hurd’s additional feature credits include the Academy Award nominated Armageddon, The Incredible Hulk, Tremors, Dante’s Peak, Æon Flux, The Punisher, Dick and The Waterdance, which won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, and both the Audience and Screenplay Awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

Hurd’s television career commenced as Executive Producer of The Walking Dead. The series has garnered two Emmy wins and was nominated by the Television Critics Association for “Program of the Year” in 2012. Hurd is also a Consulting Producer on AMC’s top-rated spinoff talk show, Talking Dead, which recently logged 5.9 million viewers, a new series high.

Screen Forever
16 to 19 November 2014. Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne Australia.

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Breaking Bad “Ozymandias” on ABC2 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:27:30 +0000 2014-10-23_1434Even if you’re not a regular watcher of Breaking Bad, the “Ozymandias” is rivetting stuff.

This was easily one of the best hours of drama on television last year, when it screened on Showcase.

At last it has its Free to Air premiere on ABC2 this Saturday night.

Sit back in awe and watch Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston at work, people.

This was the episode that won them an Emmy each and another for writing.

Breaking Bad airs 10:30pm / 11:15pm Saturday on ABC2 with “Ozymandias” as the second episode.

The last ever episodes will air from 10:35pm on November 1st.

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Argentina seeks apology over Top Gear incident Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:50:55 +0000 2014-10-23_1423The score of Evita may have had the song Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina, but the song Oh What a Circus! is probably a better fit for the rift that has emerged thanks to Top Gear‘s visit to Argentina last month.

It all centred around the registration plate ‘H982FKL’ -thought to refer to the Falklands War.

A statement from the Argentinian embassy has since said: “Argentine ambassador to the UK Alicia Castro made a formal complaint to the BBC regarding Jeremy Clarkson’s provocative behaviour and offensive remarks towards the government and the Argentine people, following Top Gear‘s recent filming in Argentina, calling for the BBC to make a public apology.

“Furthermore, the Argentine ambassador deeply regretted Jeremy Clarkson’s entirely false accusations of alleged resentment against British citizens in Argentina.”

The incident led to local protests, rocks being hurled and the team being ejected as a result.

Last week, producer Andy Wilman claimed the number plates were not selected deliberately and the incident was “definitely not the sort of stunt we’d pull”.

On their official website, the team also detail how the car and it’s offending number plate came about:

The truth is, however, this is most definitely not the sort of stunt we’d pull. For starters we would not base a joke around soldiers in conflict. Anybody who knows Top Gear knows how much work the presenters and the show does for Help For Heroes, and in our eyes soldiers are soldiers whatever the uniform.

Secondly, we set out on that trip to shoot a two-hour Christmas Special. It’s the most important film we make all year, and we would not plan such a crucial undertaking based on a number plate joke. Because, if you think about it for a moment, that’s precisely what we would have had to do.

We would have had to gather the whole team and say: “Sod what the cars are for this trip, just find one that’s registered with a number plate containing 982 and FKL.” The plate was a genuine plate, remember, not one we made up.

You can read more here.

Jeremy Clarkson has also written in The Times that the team had to hide under a bed in a crew member’s room:

“When we arrived in Tierra del Fuego the car had no plate at all on the front and a meaningless jumble of letters and numbers on the back. And no, it wasn’t W3WON. Which it would have been if I’d been trying to ruffle feathers.

“Some protesters had arrived and were keen to let everyone know they were unhappy with our visit,” Clarkson wrote of the initial problems. “They were angry. They said that they were not violent but that a group of men from the local truckers’ trade union were on their way. And that when they arrived things would definitely turn nasty. Our local fixers advised that we stop filming immediately, leave the cars on the gradients and go to a nearby hotel.”

Source: Digital Spy,

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Could we swap The Millers for new Simpsons, pretty please? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:59:15 +0000 2014-10-23_1155Dear TEN,

The Millers isn’t exactly firing on Wednesday nights.

Meanwhile death of a Simpsons character, and their upcoming Halloween episode, are nowhere to be seen.

So how about a switcheroo next week?

I’d wager a quick swap would help Wonderland to enjoy a better lead-in.

Love, TV Tonight.

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ABC gets Grubby with new dirtgirlworld special Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:11:23 +0000 2014-10-23_1254ABC has commissioned a new 30-minute live action special featuring characters from dirtgirlworld.

Get Grubby TV sees gum-boot wearing dirtgirl (Maree Lowes) and her rakish recycling friend scrapboy (Michael Balk) with  a cast of 3-11 year old ‘greenthumbs’, most of whom were selected from more than 100 video auditions submitted by fans.

dirtgirlworld, which ran for 52 episodes from 2009-11, used 3D CGI animation combined with photomontage for its eco-friendly storytelling.

“It’s great to have the gang back together again” says co-creator and producer Cate McQuillen “just in time for the summer, when kids need to explore everything the big world outside has to offer.”

A mystery guest will take the story to new places in a celebration of all things outside from growing from veggies in a community garden to making ‘pies’ in a specially-designed ‘mud kitchen’ at a child care centre.

“It’s true, we do want kids to have heaps of fun in the great outdoors” adds McQuillen, a former primary school teacher, “but there’s a really serious message too. Research shows that playing outside is good for children’s physical development, reduces the symptoms of ADHD and improves self-confidence and academic performance. We think washing a pile of dirty clothes is a small price to pay for healthy, smart and happy kids!”

Get Grubby TV is being filmed on location in Northern New South Wales this week.

Producers mememe are supported by Mick Jones and Linda Ung from Sydney’s LitUp Digital and a production team of local artists, set builders, playscape experts and community groups who have generously stepped forward to support the production. Composer Hewey Eustace will provide new music.

It is set to broadcast later this year on ABC4Kids.

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Airdate: Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:22:02 +0000 2014-10-23_1212Next month LifeStyle FOOD premieres 2013 UK series with chef Valentine Warner celebrating the culinary delights of Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

No, really.

In Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia, adventurous cook Valentine Warner (Perfect and Great British Food Revival) sets off on a culinary journey across the North Sea to Scandinavia, to explore the region that’s currently the hottest trend in food. Working his way through the seasons, and getting outside foraging to find his supper, Warner tries his hand at cooking local specialities across Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Each of the 10 episodes will give a unique insight into the Scandinavian culture and how the seasons play a vital role in what is delivered to the plate. Warner will meet botanist and chef, Magnus Nilsson, at the remote Faviken restaurant. Here, the menu is developed around the ethos of hunting in the surrounding environment: moss, blood and breath are all important ingredients at this experimental restaurant. He’ll also learn the art of ice-fishing, equipped with only a drill, bait and coffee.

Valentine Warner Eats Scandinavia Sunday, November 4 at 8.30pm on LifeStyle FOOD.

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Upper Middle Bogan: Oct 23 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:45:51 +0000 2014-10-23_1121Tonight on Upper Middle Bogan it’s all about sex education and lingerie parties.

Robyn Nevin gets a dose of physical comedy and there’s an appearance too by Sue Jones from The Time of our Lives.

Paired with It’s a Date (and Soul Mates on ABC2) there is plenty of local comedy tonight on ABC.

After Oscar and Edwina’s sex education night at school, Oscar leaves enthralled and keen to learn all he can about sex. It leads Bess and Danny to argue about their own sex life, which, Danny feels has been interrupted ever since the Wheelers came along. Bess is concerned that they might be in a rut.

When Oscar passes this on to the Wheelers, Wayne and Julie think it’s important to offer some sex advice, which they do, freely and often. They encourage Bess and Danny to undertake the Seven Days of Sex Challenge, and to help spice things up for them, gift Bess some ‘underwow’ underwear from Brianna’s latest business venture.

8:30pm tonight on ABC.

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Bert Newton given LSD during 1960s psychiatric treatment Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:14:13 +0000 2014-10-23_1111Bert Newton was injected with LSD as part of a radical treatment for a mental breakdown in the 1960s, according to a new unauthorised book.

Bert by writer / performer Graeme Blundell, details Newton being admitted to a Melbourne psychiatric ward in 1964, resulting in a ‘bad trip’ for the Nine star.

“His recovery was set back when a doctor in whose hands he had entrusted his return to health injected him with … LSD,” Blundell reveals.

“Bert had no idea that a drug of that nature was going to be given to him. ‘It was like being thrown into the middle of the Indian Ocean with a lifejacket,’ he said later.

“‘You know that for a moment you could float, but you kept wondering for how long you’d be safe.’

“’My vision was distorting … things took on a grotesque form, the room was misshapen — I don’t know how long it lasted.’”

Newton wrote about the incident in his own biography, noting he eventually recovered and returned to TV.

The book published by Hachette Australia also details how Sir Frank Packer hated homosexuals, and refused to refer to Graham Kennedy by name.

But the pair eventually formed a sort of “working relationship” because he made millions for the network.

Bert is on sale from Tuesday.



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Multichannels drive Seven to Wednesday win Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:45 +0000 2014-10-23_0958Viewers are still sending networks messages that they are uninspired by much of what’s on offer.

How do we know? Just one show scored above a million viewers, but there were sizeable audiences moving to multichannels.

7TWO pulled out a 7.6% share thanks to A Touch of Frost at 362,000 and Rosemary and Thyme on 284,000. GO! also scored 5.9% with a Big Bang episode (331,000) outranking one on Nine.

SBS also has ongoing concerns with its News, now just 88,000.

Seven network won the night with a 34.0% share, well clear of Nine 26.7%, ABC 18.7%, TEN 16.7% and SBS 3.9%.

The Force (1.13m) was the only show above one million viewers. Next for Seven were Border Security (961,000), Seven News (956,000 / 930,000), Home and Away (907,000), Criminal Minds (787,000 / 580,000), Million Dollar Minute (477,000). Grimm was 132,000 in 4 cities and 50 Years of Homicide was 81,000 in Melbourne.

Nine News was 937,000 / 919,000. Next for Nine were A Current Affair (785,000), David Attenborough’s Life (617,000), Hot Seat (476,000), and a Big Bang Theory repeat (320,000).

The Chaser’s Media Circus (759,000) spent a second week as ABC’s best on Wednesday, dropping slightly from 817,000. ABC News (751,000), 7:30 (679,000) and Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell (649,000) followed then a truly heartwarming episode of Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery (501,000) with Wendy Harmer.  QI was 426,00 and At the Movies was 358,000.

The Project was 551,000 / 399,000 for TEN then TEN Eyewitness News (538,000) and Wonderland (447,000). The Millers struggled on 317,000 / 316,000 and The Good Wife was 258,000.

It was tough too on SBS ONE with Wildest Islands (166,000), I Bought My Own Rainforest (146,000), SBS World News (88,000) and Salamander (53,000).

Sunrise: 356,000
Today: 310,000
ABC News Breakfast: 71,000 / 38,000

OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 22 October 2014

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Wednesday 22 October 2014 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:17:48 +0000 Wednesday: 1 THE FORCE 1,125,000 2 BORDER SECURITY 961,000 3 SEVEN NEWS 956,000 4 NINE NEWS 937,000 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT 930,000]]> Report:   Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Wednesday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 22/10/2014 15/10/2014 Network ABC1 13.5% 14.2% Network ABC2 3.2% 2.8% Network ABC3 0.7% 0.8% Network ABC News 24 1.2% 1.0% Network ABC TTL 18.7% 18.8% Network 7 22.1% 21.4% Network 7TWO 7.6% 7.1% Network 7mate 4.4% 4.0% Network 7 TTL 34.0% 32.5% Network 9 17.7% 19.4% Network GO! 5.9% 5.2% Network Gem 3.1% 1.9% Network 9 TTL 26.7% 26.5% Network TEN 10.3% 11.2% Network ONE 3.2% 2.8% Network ELEVEN 3.2% 3.3% Network TEN TTL 16.7% 17.3% Network SBS ONE 2.8% 3.6% Network SBS 2 1.0% 1.2% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 3.9% 4.9%


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 22/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Network 7 1,125,000 321,000 308,000 224,000 105,000 166,000
2 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE Network 7 961,000 265,000 264,000 199,000 96,000 137,000
3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 956,000 186,000 262,000 197,000 122,000 189,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 937,000 265,000 331,000 186,000 64,000 91,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 930,000 219,000 284,000 177,000 95,000 156,000
6 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 919,000 269,000 321,000 167,000 60,000 102,000
7 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 907,000 252,000 238,000 201,000 103,000 113,000
8 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 787,000 239,000 224,000 140,000 83,000 101,000
9 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 785,000 232,000 238,000 161,000 54,000 99,000
10 THE CHASER’S MEDIA CIRCUS-EV Network ABC1 759,000 246,000 279,000 87,000 81,000 66,000
11 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 751,000 237,000 238,000 98,000 88,000 90,000
12 7.30-EV Network ABC1 679,000 216,000 228,000 90,000 69,000 76,000
13 SHAUN MICALLEF’S MAD AS HELL S4-EV Network ABC1 649,000 192,000 254,000 74,000 64,000 65,000
14 DAVID ATTENBOROUGH’S LIFE Network 9 617,000 185,000 172,000 141,000 44,000 75,000
15 BIG BROTHER -WED Network 9 606,000 175,000 175,000 127,000 65,000 64,000
16 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 583,000 200,000 134,000 108,000 69,000 72,000
17 CRIMINAL MINDS (R) Network 7 580,000 176,000 176,000 91,000 69,000 68,000
18 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 551,000 171,000 156,000 96,000 54,000 74,000
19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 538,000 146,000 170,000 73,000 59,000 90,000
20 JULIA ZEMIRO’S HOME DELIVERY-EV Network ABC1 501,000 153,000 196,000 51,000 49,000 52,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 22/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 A TOUCH OF FROST Network 7TWO 362,000 82,000 120,000 45,000 63,000 51,000
2 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX2 Network GO! 331,000 69,000 115,000 47,000 30,000 70,000
3 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 304,000 85,000 88,000 67,000 32,000 32,000
4 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 291,000 78,000 70,000 79,000 38,000 26,000
5 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 291,000 96,000 84,000 53,000 29,000 29,000
6 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 288,000 58,000 87,000 44,000 31,000 67,000
7 ROSEMARY & THYME (R) Network 7TWO 284,000 80,000 94,000 30,000 41,000 39,000
8 LITTLE TED’S BIG ADVENTURE-PM Network ABC2 266,000 70,000 73,000 64,000 33,000 25,000
9 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 251,000 61,000 70,000 73,000 28,000 20,000
10 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 245,000 59,000 61,000 76,000 29,000 20,000
11 BING-PM Network ABC2 245,000 59,000 74,000 53,000 30,000 29,000
12 HARDCORE PAWN Network 7mate 243,000 54,000 91,000 45,000 21,000 31,000
13 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 223,000 37,000 66,000 68,000 30,000 21,000
14 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 223,000 66,000 60,000 41,000 28,000 27,000
15 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 217,000 57,000 42,000 72,000 28,000 18,000
16 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 215,000 53,000 50,000 63,000 33,000 16,000
17 GIGGLE AND HOOT-EV Network ABC2 208,000 44,000 61,000 59,000 24,000 21,000
18 SHERLOCK HOLMES -EV Network GO! 205,000 47,000 75,000 33,000 13,000 38,000
19 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV Network ABC2 200,000 36,000 76,000 48,000 24,000 15,000
20 SMALL POTATOES!-EV Network ABC2 196,000 50,000 51,000 54,000 27,000 13,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Network 7 511,000 149,000 140,000 105,000 48,000 70,000
2 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE Network 7 415,000 121,000 116,000 90,000 37,000 52,000
3 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 396,000 118,000 101,000 83,000 50,000 44,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 376,000 115,000 114,000 69,000 47,000 32,000
5 BIG BROTHER -WED Network 9 353,000 103,000 91,000 74,000 35,000 49,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Network 7 458,000 132,000 129,000 98,000 36,000 62,000
2 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE Network 7 372,000 105,000 109,000 89,000 27,000 42,000
3 BIG BROTHER -WED Network 9 352,000 86,000 105,000 80,000 37,000 44,000
4 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 337,000 101,000 105,000 67,000 36,000 28,000
5 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 334,000 108,000 84,000 72,000 35,000 36,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Network 7 283,000 90,000 85,000 55,000 22,000 31,000
2 BIG BROTHER -WED Network 9 248,000 45,000 83,000 63,000 26,000 32,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 231,000 65,000 79,000 50,000 23,000 14,000
4 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE Network 7 222,000 67,000 67,000 51,000 14,000 23,000
5 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 202,000 61,000 56,000 40,000 24,000 20,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 22/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
5 PADDOCK TO PLATE LifeStyle Channel 68,000
7 SONS OF ANARCHY showcase 63,000
8 DEADLIEST CATCH Discovery Channel 57,000
9 FUTURAMA FOX8 52,000
10 FAMILY GUY FOX8 52,000
11 FAMILY GUY FOX8 51,000
13 M*A*S*H FOX Classics 51,000
17 DANCE MOMS LifeStyle YOU 48,000
20 GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 45,000



© OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Spotlight on Big Brother evictees Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:58:18 +0000 2014-10-21_2224


It’s time to go…

TV Tonight put 7 questions to 4 recent Big Brother evictees: Dion, Lisa, Jake and Katie.

Here’s a modified version of how they responded.

What was the best part of living in the Big Brother House?
DION: The challenges and tasks that challenged you as a person. There were things you would normally walk away from that you have to do. Obviously there were the people that you go to know (too) but it was the stuff that BB throws at you. That’s what you want to be in there for.

LISA: The relationships you have with people, you form such strong bonds. The experience was amazing but it’s also the people you take with you on the journey. It’s something most people don’t understand, it’s almost like a family.

JAKE: Not knowing what was next. It’s like if you knew the answer it wouldn’t be fun. So for me not having the control, I loved. Things are not always going to go your way but how you deal with them is what makes you.

KATIE: The unexpected twists and turns. We were on our toes the whole time, but winning the $10,000 was not too shabby.


What was the biggest surprise during your time?
Dion: How quickly people break and how quickly their minds turn into BB-mode, rather than losing touch with how they really are on the outside. People are cracking under small things that they wouldn’t normally crack under and it happened within the first week.

LISA: There were things about myself I didn’t realise were in me. There were personality traits people brought out in me: negative and positive. So I learned about myself. I’m probably more harsh and direct and confrontational than I knew I was.

JAKE: It was after I was evicted (learning about) the Lawson, Cat thing. I didn’t see them hooking up. I knew they had gone into sanctuary but I didn’t know anything happened and I spoke to both of them after they came out.

KATIE: The heightened emotions. It’s completely and utterly as you see. I watched the show for the first time last year and I thought ‘You’re crying about that?’ But I couldn’t believe how emotional things got in there.

What have been the questions media have been asking you?
DION: Who do you think will win? There was a lot of talk about my dancing, because we don’t know what gets shown or how we are portrayed.

LISA: Questions about Leo, my relationship with Jake and Skye.

JAKE: The love triangle. My relationship with Tim and winner predictions.

KATIE: The ‘Queen Bee’ label I have been given and whether I am really a mean girl. To which I have answered ‘Absolutely not.’ And why am I walking on my tippy toes the whole time. I do it when I have no shoes on and my because of my dancing background!


How did you feel about the way Gemma’s eviction was staged?
DION: We didn’t know it was a big thing until we came out. It was definitely not how we would have liked it. It was quite brutal to do it that way. But Gemma out of everyone was someone who knew the game the most. For her it was emotional because she didn’t want to leave. She was fine with it, she knew they would amplify things for ratings. Obviously BB wanted to make a spectacle of the first eviction. But it was very difficult to make it a schoolyard pick and for her maybe it was reminiscent of her past.

LISA: It was full on. To put 2 people that we have to choose to their face was quite confronting. We knew, and they knew, as soon as Jake and Gemma were up, exactly how it was going to play out. I guess you sign up for the bad and the good. But to go straight from there to the stage…

JAKE: For me it was mixed emotions. I knew Gemma was playing the game and part of the Big Brother game is something like that. I didn’t forsee that the housemates would have to stand behind us like a schoolyard. I thought it would be more like Survivor where you go up to the Diary Room and choose. I knew Gemma had struggled with that so I was really concerned for her.

KATIE: It felt awful, as soon as we were told how it was going to go down. Regardless of who was going to go, it was cruel and really hard for all of us. It was almost a pack mentality.

Would you ever do another Reality show?
DION: For me it as a positive experience but it can be spun either way. I wasn’t really spun in a negative way so as long as I can stay who I am I would definitely do another one. Something like The Block, where you get to do more things. BB was a lot of sitting around and making your own entertainment.

LISA: Definitely. It was an experience I can never replicate with feelings and bonds I could never replicate. Would I have done it differently? I probably would have.

JAKE: 100%. I loved it. Anything that takes me away from the boring-ness of 9-5 student life is a massive win for me. I felt like Peter Pan in Neverland. A lost boy.

KATIE: 100%. It was amazing. Everything I had expected and more. It definitely shows a lot of our flaws but a journey of self-discovery.


Are you looking for a media career?
DION: I wasn’t but I’ve had a couple of offers. If it’s in my area of expertise, sure, but I didn’t come into this for a whole new career.

LISA: I wouldn’t want to be in front of the camera but if I could do something behind the scenes, or even something fashion-based that would be ideal.

JAKE: Possibly. But the media I would pursue is new media, social media. I don’t see television or radio as a platform I would gravitate towards. There’s not many jobs in those industries but there are loads in online video.

KATIE: I wouldn’t say I’m looking for it, but I have a background in Acting. I’d love to get into Presenting or Hosting. But the chances are quite slim unless I work really hard for it. I’m not expecting it to fall into my lap, that’s for sure.

What’s the one thing going on in the House we don’t know about?
DION: The amount of conversations that aren’t family-orientated. We’ll talk adult for about 20 hours of the day. Most of the time we say ‘This will never get shown because it’s too rude.’ There’s a lot of flatulence. And battery-changes.

LISA: Everyone sees Skye’s bubbly nature but that’s not who she is the majority of the time. You guys are not seeing the real Skye. She has terrible manners and she’s really hard to live with. Excuses are made for her because she’s 20 and she still lives at home, but that’s gotten old now.

JAKE: That Ryan is a housemate. He’s quite a big character in the House and he’s one of those people who is in every conversation.

KATIE: The cliques. There’s the older and younger and a split down the middle. While I was in there there were definitely 2 groups and I don’t think that’s shown very much.

Big Brother airs Monday-Thursday on Nine.

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I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! to air Live from Africa Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:54:42 +0000 2014-10-22_2235TEN is gambling on upcoming Reality series I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! to underpin its 2015 launch.

The show will replace The Biggest Loser in the calendar, tipped to air from late January to March against My Kitchen Rules and The Block.

Boldly, it will air 5 nights a week Live from Africa -that puts it one foot in front of Big Brother which airs Live predominantly on Eviction nights.

Casting is currently underway for its participants, with celebs appearing for a minimum of 2 weeks. The show will have two hosts similar to the UK version hosted by Ant and Dec. The massive production will have up to 280 crew to keep it ticking over.

Members of the Australian production crew recently went to Murwillumbah, local base for the UK production. In attendance were executive producer Stephen Tate from TEN, ITV EPs Peter Abbott and Lara Hopkins, as well as ITV’s Head of Entertainment Hilary Innes, Head of Production Donna Foster and series producer Phil Cullen.

ITV will need to keep a close eye on the growing Ebola Virus in west African countries Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and hope it doesn’t impact interest of potential cast.

Thankfully the production will be based in South Africa, at an isolated site 30km from locals.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs advises South Africa has, for some time, blocked its borders to travellers from Ebola-affected countries while South African residents returning are given strict health checks.

A spokesperson from ITV Australia told TV Tonight,I’m A Celebrity is still filming in Africa…’s being shot in South Africa and is proceeding as planned.”

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UK developing ISIS drama Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:50:42 +0000 2014-10-23_0101U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 is developing a TV drama about the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The drama will “seek to cast light on why a small number of British-born muslims might be tempted” to live in and fight for the self-declared Islamic State.

A spokeswoman for Channel 4 confirmed that the untitled drama was in its very early stages of development, but talks have been around a two- or three-part show with fictional characters.

Peter Kosminsky, currently directing mini-series Wolf Hall for the BBC and PBS, will write the Channel 4 series. Production is expected to start in 2015, with the show to air in 2016.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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Ex-Endemol exec joins Zodiak Media Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:49:50 +0000 2014-10-22_2355Former Endemol Australia head of development Nathan Gibbs has been poached by UK-based Zodiak Media to take on the newly-created role of group head of format acquisitions.

At Endemol Australia, Gibbs worked on the local versions of shows including Big Brother and Undercover Boss and acquired third-party titles including Survivor and Don’t Tell the Bride.

He will report to another, Grant Ross, who became executive VP, global creative development and format acquisitions earlier this year.

“As our production companies continue to grow in their local markets, broadcasters are looking to them to provide more and more content,” Ross said. “We’re accelerating our internal creativity to respond to this, and Nathan will help us do the same with regards to third party format acquisitions.”

Gibbs left Endemol in August after 7 years.

Source: TBI

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Returning: Bad Education Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:45:06 +0000 2014-10-22_2213UK comedy series Bad Education returns for its second season next week on ABC2.

This premiered in the UK in September 2013 followed by a Christmas special.

A third and final season premiered last month.

Abbey Grove’s new term kicks off with the annual swimming gala and Headmaster Mr Fraser (Mathew Horne) decides to pay homage to the fact that the UK recently hosted the greatest show on earth (Splash) by ending this year’s gala with their very own synchronised diving competition.

Alfie (Jack Whitehall) and his class never normally take part in the gala, but lured by a cash bet with Deputy Headmistress Miss Pickwell (Michelle Gomez) he decides to bribe his class with group trip to Nandos and enter the event.

The first day back is also a chance for Alfie to catch up with his girlfriend, Miss Gulliver (Sarah Solemani), but he’s very shocked to find out that he isn’t in a relationship with her at all. And even more shocked to find out who it is that she is, in fact, dating.

10pm Tuesday, 28 October ABC2.

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Documentary: Project Nim Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:44:44 +0000 2014-10-22_2108On Sunday night SBS screens the documentary Project Nim, the story of a radical 1970s experiment to break down the barrier between man and a chimp.

In the 1970s a baby chimpanzee called Nim became the focus of a landmark experiment. The chimp would be raised like a child and taught sign language in the hope he would acquire the words to express what he was thinking and feeling; to communicate as a human.

Adopted by a succession of young female Columbia University students, Nim was an exceptionally fast learner and in a few months could communicate his desires through sign language.

However as he grew older and larger, Nim’s animal nature began to emerge and he became a danger and a threat to his human family. At the age of 5, Nim’s existence in human society was stopped, the experiment abandoned. Nim was reintroduced to life as a chimp living amongst his own kind, yet was heartbreakingly caught somewhere between the human world and the animal kingdom.

Project Nim is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of the journey of the animal we tried to make human. The complex lessons about Nim’s true nature, and indeed the nature of humankind, are comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

Sunday, 26 October at 9.30pm on SBS ONE.

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The Fall Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:13 +0000 2014-10-22_2039Gillian Anderson stars as a detective on the hunt for a serial killer in Belfast in the double-episode Free to Air premiere. 8:30pm Thursday SBS ONE.

  • It’s a Date
  • Soul Mates
  • Grand Designs Australia
  • Upper Middle Bogan
  • Madam Secretary
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Timeshifted: Tuesday 14 October 2014 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:55:31 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Tuesday Date: 14/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 987,000 928,000 59,000 2 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network 7 986,000 940,000 46,000 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 984,000 983,000 1,000 4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 973,000 970,000 3,000 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 973,000 967,000 6,000 6 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 952,000 952,000 0 7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 834,000 820,000 14,000 8 NCIS Network TEN 824,000 688,000 136,000 9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 751,000 750,000 1,000 10 7.30-EV Network ABC1 740,000 739,000 1,000 11 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT-EV Network ABC1 725,000 714,000 11,000 12 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 703,000 631,000 72,000 13 FLYING MINERS-EV Network ABC1 675,000 635,000 40,000 14 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 629,000 609,000 19,000 15 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 622,000 621,000 1,000 16 JAMIE’S COMFORT FOOD Network TEN 609,000 594,000 15,000 17 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 597,000 587,000 10,000 18 NCIS: LOS ANGELES Network TEN 590,000 486,000 104,000 19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 586,000 586,000 0 20 HOT SEAT Network 9 548,000 546,000 2,000


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Jamie Oliver & Taylor Swift: “Bake It Off” Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:50:43 +0000 A hyperactive Jamie Oliver tries his hand at singing a version of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” to benefit the Stand Up to Cancer charity.

Terrible lyrics. Good cause.

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Airdate: Penny Dreadful Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:09:44 +0000 2014-10-22_1708Penny Dreadful makes its premiere on Showcase at last, beginning early next month.

The gothic horror series is a John Logan / Sam Mendes production set in Victorian London and features characters such as Frankenstein and Dracula. It stars Josh Hartnett, Eva Green and Timothy Dalton.

This premiered in the US in May.

“Night Work”
London 1891. As the police investigate a series of gruesome murders, renowned explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) and the strangely beautiful Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) know there’s something darker at play. In search of someone close to them who has been lost, they recruit American sharp-shooter Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) to help them on their journey.

Thursdays from November 6 at 7.30pm on Showcase

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iview adds state-based ABC News bulletins Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:43:56 +0000 2014-10-22_1403If you live in Queensland, you can now catch-up with all the news in South Australia.

If you’re in the Northern Territory, you can now hear what’s making news in Tassie.

ABC’s iview is now adding state-based ABC News bulletins to its platform, which is good news for travellers or those who are curious to see what else is making news around the rest of the country.

Commercial networks tend to offer Live streaming of News, but in catch-up they appear to offer individual stories as video, rather than the full bulletin.

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It’s time for The Dismissal Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:55:32 +0000 2014-10-22_1139I’m hearing whispers that TEN is looking at the possibility of replaying the outstanding 1983 miniseries The Dismissal.

This starred Max Phipps as Gough Whitlam, John Stanton as Malcolm Fraser and John Meillon as Governor-General Sir John Kerr.

But the cast also included John Hargreaves, Bill Hunter, Ruth Cracknell, Robyn Nevin, Tom Oliver and an appearance by Stuart Littlemore. Peter Carroll’s mellifluous narration made all the difference.

Produced by Kennedy Miller it was directed by Phillip Noyce and George Miller, written by Terry Hayes, with cinematography by Dean Semler.

Here’s a rather quaint promo that ran at the time, voiced by Bruce Mansfield.

In fact the full 4.5 hour miniseries is on YouTube. Don’t be put off by the 8 minutes of news-footage as set-up. If you have a Smart TV or the ability to stream to your television set, this is highly recommended.

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The Flash, Jane the Virgin win full seasons. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 03:10:06 +0000 2014-10-22_1349Good news for Foxtel today with both The Flash and Jane the Virgin picked up for full seasons in the USA.

The Flash premiered two weeks ago and drew 6.1 million US viewers as The CW’s highest-rated series premiere among adults 18-49 since the 2009.

HitFix notes while Jane the Virgin wasn’t nearly as successful, the expectations weren’t nearly as high for the telenovela adaptation, especially airing on a Monday. It drew 1.605 million viewers and did a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49.

“We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with The Flash launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and Jane the Virgin recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country,” said CW President Mark Pedowitz.

“Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, and The Flash and Jane have both exceeded our expectations on all counts. I’m thrilled to announce full season orders for both of these terrific new series.”

Both shows will premiere on FOX8 in December.

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Update: Big Brother Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:20:13 +0000 lawsonBig Brother appears to be an on-again / off-again prospect for Friday nights.

It was out last week, but still in the schedule for this week -until now.

Nine has opted not to proceed again this week, now scheduling two episodes of -you guessed it- The Big Bang Theory. Getting the Big Bang repeat card is usually Nine-speak for the chopping block.

At this rate the prospects for 2015 do not look encouraging despite the network’s line that it has been performing in its younger demos. The show has always been good value for money but with at least two hours out of the schedule, including Sundays, that increases the costs per hour.

Tonight the show will potentially evict both Aisha and Travis who will pocket $50,000 if they decide to go.

I’d still like to see an older cat thrown amongst these younger pigeons to create some conflict and challenge their Gen Y ways.

While the view may be that older contestants don’t actually win the show (not true of 2008), they would still stay a minimum of 2 weeks under present conditions. The show has gained nothing from throwing in Intruder Marina.

Time to shake things up. What have they got to lose?

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Mark Holden questions “age-appropriate” partners on Dancing with the Stars Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:24:48 +0000 2014-10-22_1212He’s not going without the final word….

Mark Holden has told Sunrise that Dancing with the Stars should have age-appropriate dancers for its celebrity talent.

“For a 60 year old to do the Pasodoble with a 25 year old is a bit wrong,” he said.

“Anybody who saw Eamon and Ash’s Pasodoble, that’s what a Pasodoble is supposed to be. It’s supposed to be full sex, hormones, young people. But for a 60 year old to be doing it with a 25 year old, I felt, was unseemly.

“Why shouldn’t there be a 59 year old professional woman pro-dancer?”

He said producers were annoyed at him because they thought he was disrespecting the brand but he maintained he embraced the concept because he is a non-dancer.

“On swingers week – why shouldn’t there be a man and a man? It’s actually discriminatory,” he continued.

Holden, who appeared to have some problems with his earpiece, ended up taking it out which led Sam Armytage saying, “I think that’s the first time a guest has ever taken their earpiece out when we’re interviewing them.”

For the record, ABC’s Strictly Dancing had same-sex dancers back in 2005.

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It’s A Date: Oct 23 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:30:23 +0000 2014-10-22_1108Is it OK to date a friend’s ex?

That’s the question tackled by tomorrow night’s episode of It’s a Date, featuring Shaun Micallef as an eccentric theatre restaurant performer giving grief to Rove McManus.

The episode, which also features Dan Wyllie, Adrienne Pickering and Jess Harris, is written by Peter Helliar and Lawrence Mooney and filmed at both Witches in Britches and the National Theatre, in Melbourne.

Declan (Rove McManus) receives the go ahead from Hungarian Dracula performer Roland (Shaun Micallef) to date his ex-lover Tess (Adrienne Pickering). But Declan is faced with the prospect that it might not be over between them when Roland’s true intentions are publicly revealed.

Elsewhere, Sue (Veronica Milsom) pretends to have Gin’s (Jess Harris) blessing when she asks out Kane (Dan Wyllie), but is left questioning his sexuality and her own sense of loyalty when a date to the cinema proves all too revealing.

9pm Thursday ABC.

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Axed: The Bridge (US) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:50:04 +0000 FX The BridgeThe US adaptation of The Bridge is ending with two seasons, the same as its Scandinavian original, after FX decides not to pursue a third season.

The series, starring Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir, was based on the Danish/Swedish series with two countries working together to catch a serial killer. The FX series was fittingly set on the Texan-Mexican border.

It returned for its second US season in July with 1.5 million viewers but consistently fell under the 1 million mark in the back half of its season.

“We thank our partners at FX for their tireless efforts in developing and launching The Bridge with us. From its fresh, unique voice to its deep and diverse ensemble cast, this is a series that we are all very proud of,” said Shine America in a statement.

Variety notes Producers say they’re looking for other options for the series.

It also aired in Australia on FX while the original was on SBS.

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Dancing beats Big Brother, Recipe to Riches. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:04:21 +0000 2014-10-22_1001Dancing with the Stars may regret losing Mark Holden from its cast last night after it helped Seven to snatch victory last night -unlike a week ago when Nine won network share.

The show pulled 954,000 viewers and won its timeslot.

Recipe to Riches returned to 561,000, down slightly on its 2014 debut 616,000 (which was also in an 8:30 timeslot). But TEN fared well with The Project while ABC’s political night provided a good alternative.

Seven network share was 28.4% then Nine 26.5%, TEN 21.1%, ABC 19.4% and SBS 4.7%.

Dancing with the Stars won its timeslot with 945,000 for Seven. Next for Seven were Seven News (940,000 / 862,000), Home and Away (865,000), Million Dollar Minute (451,000) and a Seven News Special on Ebola (446,000).

Nine News was the only show to top a million viewers at 1.01m / 880,000 followed by A Current Affair (731,000), Big Brother (621,000), Hot Seat (526,000) and Movie: 21 Jump Street (341,000).

The Project (783,000 / 501,000) again scored for TEN with its Bachelor interview including topping the 18-49 and 25-54 demos. NCIS was 656,000, Recipe to Riches returned to 561,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 549,000 and NCIS: LA was 549,000.

ABC News (768,000) was best for ABC but there were good numbers for Kitchen Cabinet (728,000) and 7:30 (718,000). ABC’s scheduling of Whitlam: The Power and the Passion drew 603,000 / 570,000.

On SBS ONE it was The Sixties (193,000), Insight (175,000), Dateline (134,000) and SBS World News (93,000).

Multichannels drew good crowds last night with 7TWO’s Crash Investigation Unit best on 266,000.

The Morning Show: 152,000 / 101,000
Mornings: 91,000
Studio 10: 60,000 / 38,000

OzTAM Overnights: Tuesday 21 October 2014

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Tuesday 21 October 2014 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:14:26 +0000 Tuesday: 1 NINE NEWS 1,011,000 2 DANCING WITH THE STARS 954,000 3 SEVEN NEWS 940,000 4 NINE NEWS 6:30 880,000 5 HOME AND AWAY 865,000]]> Report:   Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Tuesday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 21/10/2014 14/10/2014 Network ABC1 15.1% 12.3% Network ABC2 2.6% 2.7% Network ABC3 0.6% 0.6% Network ABC News 24 1.1% 0.9% Network ABC TTL 19.4% 16.6% Network 7 20.3% 20.2% Network 7TWO 4.8% 4.4% Network 7mate 3.3% 3.5% Network 7 TTL 28.4% 28.1% Network 9 17.2% 19.1% Network GO! 4.3% 4.8% Network Gem 4.9% 5.1% Network 9 TTL 26.5% 29.0% Network TEN 15.6% 15.5% Network ONE 2.4% 3.0% Network ELEVEN 3.1% 2.8% Network TEN TTL 21.1% 21.3% Network SBS ONE 3.7% 4.3% Network SBS 2 0.9% 0.6% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 4.7% 5.0%


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 21/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,011,000 316,000 315,000 240,000 65,000 75,000
2 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network 7 954,000 284,000 265,000 165,000 107,000 133,000
3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 940,000 225,000 216,000 214,000 127,000 158,000
4 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 880,000 292,000 271,000 196,000 49,000 72,000
5 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 865,000 237,000 209,000 205,000 104,000 110,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 862,000 231,000 229,000 177,000 107,000 117,000
7 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 783,000 185,000 264,000 168,000 69,000 98,000
8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 768,000 239,000 233,000 121,000 89,000 85,000
9 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 731,000 265,000 206,000 135,000 51,000 75,000
10 KITCHEN CABINET-EV Network ABC1 728,000 230,000 230,000 111,000 79,000 78,000
11 7.30-EV Network ABC1 718,000 226,000 250,000 102,000 70,000 69,000
12 NCIS Network TEN 656,000 224,000 179,000 132,000 56,000 66,000
13 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 621,000 158,000 201,000 142,000 59,000 60,000
14 WHITLAM: THE POWER AND THE PASSION EP1 RPT Network ABC1 603,000 170,000 228,000 84,000 60,000 61,000
15 WHITLAM: THE POWER AND THE PASSION EP2 RPT Network ABC1 570,000 167,000 220,000 74,000 65,000 44,000
16 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 570,000 163,000 170,000 83,000 79,000 74,000
17 RECIPE TO RICHES Network TEN 561,000 165,000 185,000 105,000 43,000 63,000
18 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 549,000 166,000 147,000 75,000 73,000 87,000
19 NCIS: LOS ANGELES Network TEN 545,000 174,000 168,000 94,000 49,000 60,000
20 HOT SEAT Network 9 526,000 153,000 159,000 147,000 34,000 33,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 21/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 CRASH INVESTIGATION UNIT (R) Network 7TWO 266,000 77,000 90,000 46,000 31,000 22,000
2 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 258,000 55,000 74,000 60,000 44,000 24,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 247,000 48,000 53,000 60,000 28,000 58,000
4 HIGHWAY PATROL Network 7TWO 242,000 62,000 70,000 53,000 26,000 32,000
5 MIDSOMER MURDERS -EV Network Gem 217,000 52,000 60,000 34,000 42,000 30,000
6 POIROT -EV Network Gem 216,000 54,000 55,000 38,000 27,000 42,000
7 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 209,000 64,000 58,000 53,000 18,000 16,000
8 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 206,000 62,000 60,000 48,000 19,000 16,000
9 AIR CRASH INVESTIGATIONS Network 7TWO 206,000 62,000 51,000 41,000 19,000 32,000
10 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 203,000 60,000 49,000 58,000 17,000 19,000
11 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 199,000 52,000 70,000 42,000 20,000 16,000
12 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 196,000 40,000 46,000 67,000 18,000 25,000
13 TOP GEAR -EV Network GO! 194,000 32,000 56,000 53,000 23,000 30,000
14 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 194,000 52,000 49,000 62,000 11,000 20,000
15 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 192,000 43,000 52,000 69,000 9,000 19,000
16 SMALL POTATOES!-EV Network ABC2 190,000 46,000 45,000 71,000 7,000 20,000
17 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 186,000 51,000 49,000 52,000 15,000 19,000
18 GIGGLE AND HOOT-EV Network ABC2 185,000 48,000 48,000 60,000 12,000 17,000
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV Network GO! 180,000 33,000 38,000 46,000 24,000 39,000
20 LITTLE TED’S BIG ADVENTURE-PM Network ABC2 176,000 45,000 49,000 47,000 17,000 18,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 431,000 114,000 145,000 88,000 38,000 46,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 387,000 136,000 106,000 96,000 26,000 23,000
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network 7 372,000 111,000 100,000 68,000 38,000 55,000
4 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 366,000 97,000 116,000 85,000 33,000 35,000
5 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 361,000 113,000 89,000 71,000 39,000 49,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 414,000 105,000 145,000 88,000 36,000 40,000
2 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 381,000 90,000 131,000 92,000 37,000 30,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 317,000 101,000 78,000 69,000 32,000 36,000
4 RECIPE TO RICHES Network TEN 304,000 96,000 98,000 58,000 23,000 29,000
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network 7 300,000 91,000 82,000 57,000 30,000 40,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 BIG BROTHER -TUE Network 9 295,000 53,000 119,000 69,000 29,000 23,000
2 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 287,000 76,000 101,000 61,000 25,000 24,000
3 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 232,000 78,000 55,000 53,000 24,000 23,000
4 RECIPE TO RICHES Network TEN 204,000 64,000 66,000 45,000 15,000 14,000
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS Network 7 188,000 58,000 50,000 37,000 20,000 23,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 21/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
1 FAMILY GUY FOX8 66,000
2 FAMILY GUY FOX8 62,000
5 FUTURAMA FOX8 54,000
7 LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION LifeStyle Channel 50,000
12 QI UKTV 45,000
15 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 44,000
17 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 43,000
18 HENRY HUGGLEMONSTER Disney Junior 43,000
19 STELLA AND SAM Disney Junior 41,000



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Seven, Nine shun 15 minute “Winner Announcement” minimums Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:58:16 +0000 2014-10-21_2357EXCLUSIVE: Seven and Nine are disregarding an agreement with OzTAM to run Winner Announcement segments for a minimum of 15 minutes, in a bid to land higher ratings.

TEN is the only network sticking to the agreement in data revealed by TV Tonight.

Aside from sport, the year’s highest audiences have been for “Winner Announced” segments of reality shows including The Block and My Kitchen Rules.

One Programmer previously called the practice for shorter duration segments “a complete scam.”

In January OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer told TV Tonight, “Hopefully we have agreement this year that they will continue to hold to fifteen minute averages across those programmes.

“In principle everyone said they would adhere to it, but as you know at OzTAM we take the logs from the networks and that’s what we run the service off. So hopefully everyone will follow suit.

“We’ll see when we get to the first Reality programme.”

Ten months later the results are not encouraging.

29/04/2014 My Kitchen Rules-Winner Announced 11:39
6/07/2014 House Rules-Winner Announced 10:00
21/07/2014 The Voice Grand Final -Winner Announced 9:59
28/07/2014 Masterchef Australia – The Winner Announced 22:34
2/10/2014 The Bachelor Australia – The Final Decision 17:37
12/10/2014 The Block Glasshouse -Winner Announced 10:00
20/10/2014 The X Factor -Winner Announced 10:10

An OzTAM spokesperson last week said the 15 minute minimum was not a “rule” and indicated timing was up to individual networks. It provides minute by minute data to clients.

“OzTAM is sympathetic to the issues some media buyers have raised and has repeatedly tried to bring people together on what is a sensible time coding framework for big event programs,” they said.

“15 minutes would seem appropriate, but again it is up to the networks how they code.”

“Top program rankings are only one measure of performance, and the television buying ecosystem in fact works on the basis of quarter hour average audience files.

“Currently OzTAM takes network program logs as supplied. If OzTAM didn’t they would have to pay a third-party data collection service to do so. That would be costly, and that additional cost would need to be met by clients.

“So it’s up to the networks whether or not they change their practices.”

A Seven source said 10 minutes was the minimum with the exception of the Melbourne Cup.

Victor Corones from MagnaGlobal recently told TV Tonight, “OzTAM is beholden to their stakeholders but it would be nice if they could forge ahead and say ‘Right, these are the rules.’

“It’s self-regulation. It doesn’t stop them from releasing a programme format that’s 5 minutes.”

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Mark Holden has left the building Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:54:48 +0000 2014-10-21_2332Dancing with the Stars lost its resident clown -literally- when Mark Holden was voted out of the show last night -but not before taunting the judges one last time.

The 60 year old former Reality TV judge was as relieved as hosts Daniel MacPherson and Edwina Bartholomew with the news his time was finally up.

Dressed as a shirtless Vladimir Putin (as previously threatened) he again finished at the bottom of the leader board with 12 points -a threefold improvement on last week. After last week’s derailed performance, this time his mouth was gaffer taped closed.

He thanked his partner Jessica Prince and acknowledged his chosen charity, Ice Factor.

“Thankyou everyone for voting and supporting Ice Factor. It’s a really worthwhile cause and they deserve the support. I’d also like to thank Jess as she’s put up with so much.”

But his departure also means the show has lost its most talked-about contestant this year. Last night he was one of the final acts to perform, strategically placed to keep viewers watching.

Holden is now tipped to join TEN’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

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Bachelor saga done ….don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:52:09 +0000 2014-10-22_0022Jilted Bachelor winner Sam Frost gets the final word in the unending saga that was The Bachelor, last night calling baloney on comments made by Blake Garvey.

Watching his earlier claims that she had requested him not to mention anything about Louise she succinctly said, “That is the biggest load of s*** I have ever heard in my lif … You are such a liar dude.”

“So you didn’t say to him when you do the interview with The Project don’t tell them about Louise?” Carrie Bickmore asked.

Frost answered: “I never, ever, ever said that. I would have certainly preferred him to say that because I don’t think it would look bad on me at all.

Runner-up Lisa Hyde even claimed that after filming Garvey had contacted her.

“He asked me if I still had feelings for him and if I could see a future with him,” she said.

“I told him to get lost. ‘How dare you say that to me and how dare you ruin the friendship between Sam and I. If you wanted to choose me then choose me as your number one, not your number two. I would never be second to anyone’.”

In the end a bemused ‘Bachelor correspondent’ Bickmore told viewers, “I have no idea who’s telling the truth!”

Roll credits.

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But Redfoo, where was the singing? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:49:10 +0000 2014-10-21_2300If you’re judging a singing talent show is it really too much to ask that one sings Live when performing on TV?

There wasn’t much of that last night when X Factor‘s Redfoo stepped onto the floor of Dancing with the Stars.

Yes it’s a big ask to sing and dance at the same time (music theatre performers do it 8 shows a week), and yes strictly speaking he was doubling his own vocals.

But the end result was that it looked like he mimed a lot more than he sang. With his Motown heritage it’s all the more disappointing. Maybe a ballad next time? That would be a new thang.

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Better Homes and Gardens: Oct 24 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:45:25 +0000 2014-10-22_0046This Friday on Better Homes and Gardens, Sunrise’s sport presenter Mark Beretta and wife Rachel have put a call-out to Dr Harry for help with a dog dilemma.

It’s a house attack! Jason and Tara tackle three easy jobs that you can do in three hours each this weekend.

Graham discovers a rare white Waratah and shows you how to grow these gorgeous natives at your place.

Get set for Halloween with spooky lights and Fast Ed’s monster biscuits.

Want to grow mountains of strawberries no matter the size of your backyard? Try a strawberry tower.

Karen gets into spring cooking with an amazing apple, witlof and bacon salad.

Get the kids outside and exercising with a fun station for the backyard.

7pm Friday on Seven.

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Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery: Oct 22 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:44:41 +0000 2014-10-21_2134Wendy Harmer is guest on tonight’s episode of Home Delivery as she takes Julia Zemiro on a drive through the Dandenongs.

This week Wendy Harmer takes the drive back down memory lane with Julia Zemiro meeting her right outside the place where her comedy career was born – the site of the Last Laugh café in Melbourne. Wendy then takes Julia on a tour of the old building and describes the glory days of the iconic venue. Wendy reminisces about her first gigs there and what a joy it was to get to hold a mic and say what she thought.

They then hop into an old EH Holden and drive to the Dandenongs where Wendy spent part of her childhood. At the very moment they drive under the Puffing Billy trestle bridge towards Selby Primary School, the vintage steam train comes into view and Wendy is as delighted by the sight now as she was as a little girl.

The daughter of a school principal, she and her tight-knit clan moved around a great deal but Selby holds a special place in her heart. In the school library, she talks about her father’s love of literature and how he passed his passion for words on to his children. Sitting amongst the bush under the old trestle bridge, Wendy talks candidly with Julia about growing up with a double cleft palate and opens up about her mother’s decision to leave her young family and move interstate.

In this extended Home Delivery episode Wendy gives a highly moving and personal account of her childhood, career and role as a devoted wife and mother.

9pm Wednesday ABC.

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Top Gear in the top end Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:41:04 +0000 2014-10-22_0041Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are in the Northern Territory in what appears to be filming for the BBC’s Top Gear.

News Corp reports they were spotted driving a bright yellow Bentley Continental, a Nissan GTR and a BMW M3.

There is speculation that filming will take place along the 276km open speed section of the Stuart Highway north of Alice Springs.

The BBC show has filmed in numerous territories including Europe, Africa, South America, North America, Asia, Middle East and Magnetic North Pole.

A spokesperson for BBC Worldwide said: “I will not be giving out any details of Top Gear’s forthcoming trip.”

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Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 2014-10-21_2116Single, 42-year-old male writer of electronic program guide, non-smoker, GSOH, uni-educated, seeks attractive female to write electronic program guide for Good Times. 8pm Wednesday ABC.

  • Sons of Anarchy
  • The Good Wife
  • At the Movies
  • 50 Years of Homicide (Melb)
  • Salamander
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Timeshifted: Monday 13 October 2014 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:27:32 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Monday Date: 13/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 1,457,000 1,348,000 109,000 2 THE X FACTOR LIVE RESULTS Network 7 1,342,000 1,314,000 28,000 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 1,270,000 1,187,000 83,000 4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,124,000 1,122,000 2,000 5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 1,121,000 1,100,000 21,000 6 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,091,000 1,091,000 1,000 7 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,087,000 1,087,000 0 8 THE BLACKLIST Network 7 1,082,000 860,000 222,000 9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 1,026,000 969,000 57,000 10 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,021,000 1,019,000 2,000 11 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC1 974,000 915,000 59,000 12 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC1 839,000 828,000 11,000 13 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 824,000 823,000 1,000 14 7.30-EV Network ABC1 782,000 780,000 2,000 15 BIG BROTHER -MON Network 9 711,000 631,000 80,000 16 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC1 708,000 682,000 25,000 17 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 701,000 695,000 5,000 18 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 656,000 648,000 8,000 19 GOLD COAST COPS Network TEN 647,000 618,000 29,000 20 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 632,000 631,000 0


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Norman Gunston at Gough’s dismissal Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:23:16 +0000 As we remember Gough Whitlam, a moment too to recall the day Norman Gunston was there on the steps of his dismissal.

Only in Australia….

Hoping to hear soon if TEN will replay the brilliant miniseries The Dismissal too.

Vale Mr. Whitlam.

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Soul Mates: Oct 23 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:00:39 +0000 2014-10-21_1530Bondi Hipster’s new 6 part comedy series Soul Mates begins on Thursday with Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshieras two kindred spirits trapped in a cycle of death and rebirth across four different lifetimes.

It’s an offbeat half hour as they appear as Cavemen 50,000 years ago, 1981 Kiwi Assassins, present day Bondi Hipsters and a Travel Time office in 2093.

In each lifetime the characters are different, but parts of each relationship remain, and with no knowledge of their past lives they are forever drawn together as best mates.

In episode one, Death and Rebirth, the Cavemen, Rocky (Christiaan) and Sticks (Nick), explore sex and death in a time of true discovery. The Bondi Hipsters, Adrian Archer (Nick) and Dom Nadier (Christiaan), experiment with Ayahuasca – unaware of its purpose. New Zealand trains a pair of Assassins, Roger Blade (Christiaan) and Terry Thinge (Nick), to protect its people and inventions from Australia; and two Travel Time employees, Dave (Christiaan) and Rob (Nick), have their relationship tested when one is promoted.

Thursday October 23 at 9.30pm ABC2.

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(Another) Wonder Years reunion Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:08:02 +0000 Former stars of The Wonder Years Fred Savage, Danica McKellar and Josh Saviano reunited on Good Morning America this week.

The occasion was to plug the release of the series on DVD.

Host Robin Roberts introduced it as their first ever reunion but of course they were back together as recently as May.

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Update: 50 Years of Homicide Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:15:47 +0000 2014-10-21_1458Some further info has arrived for Seven’s special 50 Years of Homicide tomorrow night.

I’m pleased to report this has been produced in-house by Seven under veteran producer Gordon Bennett and is hosted by Daniel MacPherson, -City Homicide was inspired by the original series.

It includes interviews with Ian Crawford from Crawford Productions, the late Leonard Teale and Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell.

One of the most famous episodes in its history, “The Assassin”, will also be shown in its entirety.

The episode was the final appearance by Leonard Teale and Alwyn Kurts and to help preserve the secrecy two versions of the script were written. TV Times even magazine ran a competition inviting readers to suggest a suitable exit for both.

At a running time of 75 mins. it probably means the history proportion is a bit modest, but it’s great that the show is being honoured.

Unfortunately this will only air in Melbourne as part of Seven’s local TV heritage rather than nation-wide.

Homicide aired from October 1964 until January 1977 on Channel 7 and is understood to be the longest running weekly primetime drama in the history of Australian TV.

Set around the homicide squad of the Victorian Police Force, and with many of the episodes based on real murder cases, the Melbourne-made series featured some of Australia’s most celebrated actors including Jack Thompson, Bill Hunter, Jacki Weaver, Sigrid Thornton and Garry McDonald.

50 YEARS OF HOMICIDE airs on Channel 7 on Wednesday October 22 at 10.30pm (Melbourne metro areas only).

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Short memories in TV land? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:09:59 +0000 altiyanwinsSome folk sure seem to have short memories when it comes to referencing their TV history.

Last night after Marlisa won The X Factor, Ronan Keating mumbled, “It’s only taken me 5 years.”

Has he forgotten he was also mentor to Altiyan Childs in 2010?

Or do we just not mention the A word anymore?

Meanwhile tonight Big Brother is pumping an “Australian first” in which “one Housemate will be offered a huge cash incentive to self-evict.”


Back in 2007 four “Wild Card” housemates were put into the White Room with a big Red Button where they would remain until they pushed the button to evict themselves, with the last remaining survivor entering the house itself.

After days of nobody pushing the button eventually $750 was offered and Cruz evicted himself.

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Seven tipped for VFL, WAFL next year. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:08:08 +0000 2014-10-21_1249Speculation that VFL and WAFL will air on Seven next year is yet to be confirmed, but the outlook for grass-roots footy fans looks promising. is now reporting on the rumours, despite oddly noting “Channel 7 and the AFL declined to comment” on its own website.

The move to commercial TV would bring an end to ABC local coverage after 25 years.

An ABC spokesman told “The ABC has always indicated that it was unable to commit to new seasons until the current budget situation was resolved and indicated it would not stand in the way of those respective leagues looking elsewhere.”

Earlier this year Seven began broadcasting South Australia’s SANFL produced by McGuire Media, featuring veteran commentator John Casey and former SANFL stars Mark Soderstrom and Tim Ginever, almost doubling audience numbers from ABC.

In August there were reports Nine was also looking closely at WAFL. reports no contracts have yet been signed.

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ABC News coverage: Gough Whitlam Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:22:52 +0000 2014-10-21_1218ABC and ABC News 24 have now announced further scheduling changes to their schedules today following the death of Gough Whitlam, in order to broadcast condolence motions live from the House of Representatives.

ABC screens Whitlam: The Power and The Passion tonight.

ABC News 24 will continue with rolling coverage throughout the day including the condolence motions live from 12 noon AEDT. This could affect the previously scheduled broadcast of Capital Hill and Afternoons, depending on the duration of the condolence motions. ABC News with Ros Childs and Grandstand will not air today.

ABC will simulcast ABC News 24’s rolling coverage until 11am AEDT on the east coast (NSW, ACT, VIC, TAS), and until 11.30am AEDT in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Western Australia will simulcast ABC News 24 until 1pm AEDT, including the condolence motions from Parliament.

The condolence motions will air on ABC at 12-2pm local time in all states except WA (WA will broadcast them live from 9 – 11am AWST).

At 5.30pm AEDT, ABC and ABC News 24 will simulcast The Drum, hosted by Steve Cannane and featuring a panel of insiders to discuss the legacy of Gough Whitlam.

ABC News will present special coverage during the 7pm News presented by Chris Uhlmann in Canberra.

7.30 will feature a live interview with former Prime Minister Paul Keating and host Leigh Sales.

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Sharknado headed for “Feast Coast” Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:07:39 +0000 NUP_162844_3155_mrSharknado is returning for a third instalment, set across the US East Coast.

Syfy has announced that its third telemovie will be known as “Feast Coast” to take place “From DC to Orlando.”

While the first was set in LA the second was based in NYC.

The third film, which does not yet have a confirmed cast or formal premiere date, is expected to air in the US summer 2015.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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ABC screens Whitlam: The Power and the Passion tonight Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:27:18 +0000 6whitFollowing the death today of Gough Whitlam today, ABC TV will screen the excellent two-part documentary Whitlam: The Power and the Passion tonight at 8:30pm.

The former PM died this morning, aged 98.

Written and directed by Paul Clarke, it coincidentally follows the Kitchen Cabinet episode featuring Bob Hawke, who was the next Labor PM after Whitlam’s famed reign.

The documentary examines the Whitlam era. It was a time of power, and of passion, which divided us as a nation in a way that hadn’t been seen before – nor since.

As a great orator, with a brilliant mind and bulletproof self belief, Gough Whitlam spent more than over 20 years fighting civil wars inside the Labor party before eventually leading them to power. He was hailed as a Labor messiah – with a greater downfall than any politician in Australian history.

Narrated by Judy Davis, it features interviews with people who worked with, knew, or were touched by this iconic Prime Minister; the most enlightening archival footage that could be found; and dramatic reconstructions to add insight and entertainment.

Flying Miners will now continue next week, and At The Movies will screen tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 9.30PM.

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Lowest X Factor finale yet for Seven Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:19:34 +0000 marlxfMarlisa Punzalan’s win on The X Factor was a triumph for the sweet teenager and her mentor Ronan Keating, but in terms of television ratings it was nearly a million viewers less than Dami Im’s win a year ago.

The show topped the night with 1.43m for The Winner Announced and 1.38m for the bulk of its Grand Final.

It was the lowest grand final for the show on Seven across its 5 seasons (a 2005 finale on TEN was 881,000).

Nevertheless it ensured Seven easily won the night with a 34.5% share then Nine 24.4%, ABC 20.0%, TEN 17.7% and SBS just 3.3%.

Aside from X Factor, Seven News was 1.05m / 1.03m, Home and Away was 902,000, The Blacklist was 604,000 and Million Dollar Minute was 535,000. A repeat of The Big Adventure was 141,000.

The Big Bang Theory (1.13m / 1.01m) was best for Nine then Nine News (1.07m / 943,000), A Current Affair (907,000), Big Brother (653,000), Hot Seat (532,000) and Embarrassing Bodies (301,000).

Australian Story (901,000) continues to power for ABC then Four Corners (840,000), ABC News (776,000), 7:30 (744,000), Media Watch (666,000) and Q & A (595,000 / 70,000).

The Project managed to stop TEN from a disappointing night with 1.00m / 659,000 although it strategically ran overtime with its Bachelor interview, as a deliberate ploy against the competition. Gold Coast Cops was 684,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 597,000, Territory Cops was 590,000, Party Tricks is struggling at just 407,000 and Homeland was only 225,000.

Even by their own standards it was a tough night for SBS: The Island with Bear Grylls (153,000), What’s Wrong with our Weather? (128,000), Housos (122,000), SBS World News (99,000) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (92,000).

7TWO’s Judge John Deed topped multichannels at 308,000.

Sunrise: 359,000
Today: 284,000
ABC News Breakfast: 93,000 / 48,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 20 October 2014

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Monday 20 October 2014 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:39:06 +0000 Monday: 1 THE X FACTOR WINNER ANNOUNCED 1,428,000 2 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL 1,378,000 3 THE BIG BANG THEORY 1,127,000 4 NINE NEWS 1,064,000 5 SEVEN NEWS 1,045,000]]> Report:   Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Monday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 20/10/2014 13/10/2014 Network ABC1 15.4% 15.0% Network ABC2 2.9% 3.3% Network ABC3 0.7% 0.9% Network ABC News 24 1.1% 1.0% Network ABC TTL 20.0% 20.2% Network 7 26.0% 23.5% Network 7TWO 5.4% 5.7% Network 7mate 3.1% 3.1% Network 7 TTL 34.5% 32.4% Network 9 18.6% 20.0% Network GO! 3.0% 3.3% Network Gem 2.8% 3.1% Network 9 TTL 24.4% 26.3% Network TEN 12.5% 11.3% Network ONE 2.2% 2.3% Network ELEVEN 3.0% 3.4% Network TEN TTL 17.7% 17.1% Network SBS ONE 2.6% 3.3% Network SBS 2 0.6% 0.6% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 3.3% 4.0%


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 20/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL-WINNER ANNOUNCED Network 7 1,428,000 456,000 349,000 256,000 174,000 192,000
2 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL Network 7 1,378,000 420,000 339,000 246,000 170,000 204,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 1,127,000 313,000 312,000 235,000 112,000 155,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,064,000 324,000 377,000 213,000 70,000 80,000
5 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,045,000 255,000 226,000 242,000 142,000 180,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,029,000 275,000 257,000 227,000 132,000 138,000
7 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 1,012,000 280,000 285,000 207,000 101,000 138,000
8 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 1,002,000 265,000 287,000 202,000 103,000 145,000
9 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 943,000 298,000 313,000 185,000 67,000 80,000
10 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 907,000 319,000 232,000 179,000 70,000 108,000
11 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 902,000 229,000 225,000 218,000 110,000 120,000
12 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC1 901,000 288,000 283,000 136,000 79,000 116,000
13 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC1 840,000 235,000 292,000 128,000 70,000 115,000
14 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 776,000 240,000 254,000 111,000 86,000 85,000
15 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 772,000 226,000 251,000 117,000 73,000 105,000
16 7.30-EV Network ABC1 744,000 227,000 244,000 124,000 75,000 73,000
17 GOLD COAST COPS Network TEN 684,000 174,000 196,000 175,000 58,000 82,000
18 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC1 666,000 225,000 230,000 77,000 58,000 77,000
19 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network TEN 659,000 165,000 193,000 120,000 86,000 95,000
20 BIG BROTHER -MON Network 9 653,000 177,000 226,000 148,000 48,000 54,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 20/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 JUDGE JOHN DEED Network 7TWO 308,000 72,000 115,000 53,000 39,000 29,000
2 MAYA THE BEE-EV Network ABC2 288,000 79,000 77,000 83,000 22,000 27,000
3 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 282,000 78,000 91,000 64,000 25,000 23,000
4 OCTONAUTS-PM Network ABC2 273,000 75,000 74,000 77,000 26,000 22,000
5 LITTLE TED’S BIG ADVENTURE-PM Network ABC2 265,000 79,000 83,000 62,000 24,000 18,000
6 NEIGHBOURS Network ELEVEN 260,000 59,000 87,000 54,000 32,000 29,000
7 BING-PM Network ABC2 258,000 74,000 76,000 63,000 28,000 17,000
8 RASTAMOUSE-EV Network ABC2 234,000 68,000 66,000 64,000 17,000 19,000
9 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-PM Network ABC2 225,000 81,000 49,000 59,000 21,000 15,000
10 PETER RABBIT-EV Network ABC2 212,000 57,000 61,000 57,000 22,000 16,000
11 MOUK-EV Network ABC2 211,000 63,000 57,000 56,000 21,000 15,000
12 GIGGLE AND HOOT-EV Network ABC2 206,000 63,000 46,000 62,000 15,000 20,000
13 LILY’S DRIFTWOOD BAY-AM Network ABC2 200,000 54,000 32,000 60,000 19,000 35,000
14 SHAUN THE SHEEP-EV Network ABC2 198,000 56,000 39,000 59,000 15,000 29,000
15 CITIES OF THE UNDERWORLD Network 7TWO 193,000 48,000 75,000 29,000 21,000 20,000
16 SARAH AND DUCK-PM Network ABC2 191,000 69,000 45,000 52,000 16,000 8,000
17 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 188,000 50,000 22,000 63,000 22,000 32,000
18 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 186,000 44,000 36,000 44,000 23,000 40,000
19 SMALL POTATOES!-EV Network ABC2 186,000 44,000 49,000 56,000 18,000 20,000
20 LET’S GO POCOYO-PM Network ABC2 180,000 53,000 54,000 40,000 23,000 10,000


Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL-WINNER ANNOUNCED Network 7 689,000 236,000 171,000 108,000 80,000 93,000
2 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL Network 7 637,000 213,000 162,000 95,000 76,000 92,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 613,000 159,000 154,000 147,000 69,000 85,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 561,000 142,000 154,000 128,000 62,000 75,000
5 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 549,000 152,000 145,000 122,000 54,000 76,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL-WINNER ANNOUNCED Network 7 629,000 224,000 150,000 107,000 68,000 80,000
2 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL Network 7 569,000 195,000 141,000 91,000 63,000 80,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 543,000 135,000 140,000 137,000 52,000 78,000
4 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 530,000 145,000 137,000 113,000 56,000 79,000
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 515,000 122,000 149,000 121,000 47,000 77,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL-WINNER ANNOUNCED Network 7 387,000 135,000 92,000 78,000 33,000 49,000
2 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 382,000 95,000 93,000 87,000 42,000 64,000
3 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL Network 7 358,000 123,000 92,000 67,000 30,000 47,000
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 349,000 79,000 106,000 76,000 28,000 60,000
5 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 338,000 84,000 96,000 79,000 30,000 48,000



Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 20/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
2 FAMILY GUY FOX8 81,000
4 TOP 20 FUNNIEST FOX8 73,000
6 FAMILY GUY FOX8 62,000
9 FUTURAMA FOX8 47,000
10 FAMILY GUY FOX8+2 44,000
12 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 43,000
13 QI UKTV 43,000
14 ESCAPE TO THE CONTINENT LifeStyle Channel 42,000
15 LONG LOST FAMILY LifeStyle Channel 42,000
16 ADVENTURE TIME Cartoon Network 42,000
19 CLARENCE Cartoon Network 40,000



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Cheaters, jilters and love-crossed Reality TV. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:50:27 +0000 2014-10-20_2343You have to feel for Big Brother.

While The Bachelor‘s messy love fallout has attracted media headlines, Big Brother’s own lovebirds have admitted their own cheating in front of the cameras, but with none of the same buzz.

Cat and Lawson exchanged plenty of bodily fluids last night in a heavy pashing session, with Lawson now owning up to the fact he is cheating on his long-term girlfriend.

It’s the kind of storyline that usually incites opinion amongst the show’s young audience.

2014-10-20_2346By contrast TEN’s Bachelor saga keeps twisting and turning with revelations and interviews that intrigue its invested viewers.

Last night Blake Garvey confirmed his relationship with second runner-up Louise Pillidge.

“I’d been requested by Sam not to mention anything about Louise and being respectful to Sam’s wishes I was doing just that,” he told Bickmore. “She knew I had feelings for Louise absolutely and didn’t want that to be the focus. (She told me) not to mention it. And I was doing just that,” he said.

Garvey also criticised The Project for supposedly adding a laugh-track to his previous interview.

“That’s not a laugh track, that’s people’s natural reaction,” Carrie Bickmore replied.

The show milks the saga more with Sam Frost and former contestant Lisa Hyde disputing his latest version of events.

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‘Fake EPA’ rep seeks belated Block apology Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:49:19 +0000 2014-10-21_0025Environmental consultant Chris Hutton is seeking an apology from Nine following his being incorrectly labelled as an Environment Protection Authority representative on The Block.

He has told News Corp the incident was “a beat up.”

“They identified a potential concern, dealt with it, but it was built up for ratings.

“They even referred to it as a bomb they were sitting on.

“When I was giving them the results, I was trying to keep a straight face thinking ‘this is just ridiculous’.”

He claims his clients are telling him he is now “famous for all the wrong reasons.”

Nine this week indicated the mistake was a case of “misidentification” and an ­“editing error.”

However Hutton’s objections have emerged weeks after the scene was filmed (estimated to be August) and aired (mid September).

Why has it taken so long to object? And why hasn’t the EPA asked for an apology?

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Shout-out to Neighbours as it reaches 7000 episodes Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:46:21 +0000 2014-10-20_2228On Friday night Neighbours reaches its #7000th episode.

But on ELEVEN the milestone has barely raised a hurrah from TEN, which is focussed on more ‘profile’ local ventures Party Tricks, Wonderland, Recipe to Riches and Gold Coast Cops -all of which would be lucky to reach triple figures with their combined output.

Is there any money in Publicity to spend on this show any more?

Susan decides to investigate a therapist for herself as she continues to struggle with the emotional weight of counselling Nate. Karl finds himself preoccupied with an unscratched scratchy, which reveals he has won $7,000. His fortune is short-lived when he realises he has lost the ticket. Sheila learns of the missing ticket and the pair race one another around Erinsborough to find it.

Sonya and Toadie find themselves locked into a nudist lunch. Despite Sonya getting the giggles, the meeting goes well and Toadie secures the business contract. The successful afternoon is dampened when Toadie receives an anonymous letter warning him that Sonya is not who he thinks she is.

6:30pm Friday on ELEVEN.

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Media Circus: Oct 22 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:45:39 +0000 2014-10-20_2050It will be interesting to see if Media Circus can step up tomorrow night after a mixed debut last week -although its ratings were excellent.

Joining the Media Circus this week are comedian Tom Gleeson, Andrew Hansen (The Chaser), Julian Morrow (The Chaser), Zoë Norton Lodge (The Checkout), Jacqueline Maley (Fairfax Media) and George Negus.

The Chaser’s Media Circus: the news game where everyone loses.

Wednesdays at 8.30pm on ABC.

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Airdate: Perth International 2014 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:43:38 +0000 2014-10-20_2253Seven’s coverage of the Perth International begins live from Lake Karrinyup Country Club on 7TWO and 7mate this Thursday.

Major champions Geoff Ogilvy, Jason Dufner and Charl Schwartzel headline a field of 144 players.

Seven’s coverage will be hosted by Peter Donegan with commentary from the European Tour’s Warren Humphreys, along with Lyndsay Stephen, Wayne Smith, and Ossie Moore.

With Ryder Cup Europe team member Victor Dubuisson, five-time European Tour winner Brett Rumford, defending champion Jin Jeong, and 2014 Texas Open winner Steven Bowditch, the 2014 Perth International field is the strongest yet.

The Perth International is the only event in Australia to be co-sanctioned with the European Tour and critical for players needing to retain their cards for the following season or qualify for the Race to Dubai Final Series.

Seven’s summer of golf also includes:

• the Australian Masters at Metropolitan Golf Club from November 20-23
• the Australian Open at The Australian Golf Club from November 27-30
• the Australian PGA at Royal Pines Resort from December 11-14

Perth International broadcast times:

Day 1 – Thursday Oct 23
Syd 1pm Live 7TWO
Melb 1pm Live 7TWO
Bris 12pm Live 7TWO
Adel 12.30pm Live 7TWO
Perth 10am Live 7TWO

Day 2 – Friday Oct 24
Syd 1pm Live 7TWO
Melb 1pm Live 7TWO
Bris 12pm Live 7TWO
Adel 12.30pm Live 7two
Perth 10am Live 7two

Day 3 – Saturday Oct 25
Syd 1pm Live 7mate
Melb 1pm Live 7TWO
Bris 12pm Live 7mate
Adel 12.30pm Live 7mate
Perth 10am Live 7mate

Day 4 – Sunday Oct 26
Syd 1pm Live 7TWO
Melb 1pm Live 7TWO
Bris 12pm Live 7TWO
Adel 12.30pm Live 7TWO
Perth 10am Live 7TWO

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Airdate: Dora and Friends: Into the City! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:41:51 +0000 2014-10-21_0104Next month Nick Jr. premieres a new animated pre-school series, Dora and Friends: Into the City!, with its ever-popular character, Dora the Explorer.

The half hour series centres around Dora and her new group of friends living in a city, attending school and setting out on new adventures that ‘service the community.’

Her new friends include:
· Kate – an avid reader who is dramatic and artistic
· Naiya – an intellectual who excels at maths and science
· Emma – an accomplished musician with a drive to be the best
· Alana – an athletic, confident soccer player and animal lover
· Pablo – a smart, playful, energetic athlete and explorer

Dora and Friends: Into the City! expands on Dora’s legacy of being a compassionate leader, friend and role model, in a setting where she can have dynamic peer relationships and experience the world around her in new and exciting ways,” said Teri Weiss, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Pre-school.

“Pre-schoolers will explore with their favourite pal Dora and her friends while developing interpersonal skills and a sense of community that will help them navigate new social situations like starting school and making friends. And, of course, learning Spanish along the way.”

Set in the fictional city of Playa Verde, Dora and her friends set off on magical and real-life adventures. During each expedition, Dora uses Map App on her smartphone and her magical charm bracelet to navigate the city and overcome obstacles. Dora continues to be a good friend, leader, and problem-solver with a group of new friends – Kate, Naiya, Emma, Alana and Pablo – who share her passion for learning and exploring.

Developed with the support of educational experts, the show is based on a new, interactive curriculum that focuses on community service, problem solving, emotional skills, Spanish language and Latino culture. Created by original Dora the Explorer creators Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes (Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!), Dora and Friends: Into the City! will air weekdays at 9.30am on Nick Jr. The Dora the Explorer series, which after 14 years remains one of the most-watched shows on Nick Jr., will also continue to air on the channel.

Premiering Monday, 3 November at 9.30am on Nick Jr.

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Kitchen Cabinet Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:15:48 +0000 2014-10-20_2314Annabel Crabb visits the home of a frail former PM, who still has forthright opinions. 8pm Tuesday ABC.

  • Recipe to Riches
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Nurse Jackie
  • The Sixties
  • The Crimson Field
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Marlisa wins The X Factor 2014 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:49:16 +0000 marlissa15 year old schoolgirl Marlisa Punzalan has won The X Factor for 2014.

She defeated runner-up Dean Ray and lands a recording contract with Sony Music.

“I just can’t believe it. I feel like I’m floating on a cloud. Thank you so much Australia, I coudn’t have done it without you,” she said.

In third place was sibling trio Brothers 3 who were eliminated mid-show.

Host Luke Jacobz said public voting was just a 0.01 difference in the vote.

The marathon finale included all Top 13 acts plus international guests Taylor Swift, Guy Sebastian, Olly Murs and Jessica Mauboy. But it was a spectacular show by FremantleMedia with dancers, pyrotechnics and elaborate lighting.

This season hasn’t matched its predecessors in terms of TV ratings, but the show has a strong track record in elevating its participants to showbiz careers including Reece Mastin, Samantha Jade, Dami Im, Nathaniel, Taylor Henderson and The Collective.

Seven has already announced its audition tour for 2015.

This post updates.

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Dateline: Oct 21 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:35:00 +0000 2014-10-20_1512Dateline visits a New Zealand school where “free range” kids are allowed to enjoy playtime without rules.

It sounds like a child’s dream and a parent’s nightmare… a school with no rules.

But at Swanson School in Auckland, New Zealand, a blind eye is turned at break time while the kids run amok outside.

On Tuesday’s Dateline, reporter Dani Isdale joins the children as they climb trees and fences, skid around on bikes, wrestle with each other and fire makeshift weapons around a playground littered with potential hazards.

It’s all allowed … and even encouraged. The teachers don’t intervene, and the kids are left to sort out any issues themselves.

“The need to wrap up our kids in cotton wool and not give them an opportunity to hurt themselves… you are actually taking away a lot of learning opportunities,” says principal Bruce McLachlan on the thinking behind it.

When playtime ends, serious learning begins and he says the children are much more receptive, confident and cooperative after their ‘free range’ play.

The kids love it, but do parents think he’s gone too far?

Tuesday at 9.30pm on SBS ONE.

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Russell Brand takes it up to FOX News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:57:26 +0000 UK comedian Russell Brand was told he could be arrested when filming outside FOX News headquarters in New York City for his webcast “The Trews.”

Brand was challenging the channel’s reportage on Islam-related stories, especially by Bill O’Reilly when a security guard instructed him to leave.

Brand was also unhappy about being cancelled by FOX show Hannity after slamming how Sean Hannity spoke about the Israel-Gaza conflict.

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Grand Designs has designs on USA and NZ versions Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:21:20 +0000 pmadThe success of Grand Designs Australia, now 5 seasons long, has sparked interest in further local adaptations says LifeStyle host Peter Maddison.

“I heard a whisper they are trying to start it up elsewhere. I think America and New Zealand. I think they’re advancing but they haven’t produced anything yet,” he told TV Tonight.

“They haven’t found the right talent!”

UK host Kevin McCloud, in Australia for Grand Designs Live, is a big supporter of the FremantleMedia Australia production. But Maddison also appreciates the arms-length approach.

“What’s great is he gives me my space. There’s no interaction during the year much, other than social calls or we have a bit of a jab at each other. I give him the footy scores from Australia on the spot, but he really leaves us alone,” he said.

“He watches one or two a year as an interest, but he doesn’t report to me.”

The success of the series contrasts with commercial TV property shows which frequently focus on eliminations. Maddison says there is plenty of drama just by following the natural story.

“There’s nothing pumped or primed, it’s actually what’s going on.

The episode (last week) we didn’t need to build it up in any way whatsoever. We simply followed the story. It’s high drama and it’s terrific.

“I really like a house we’ve done in Graceville in Queensland.

“It’s a young couple, a farmer ‘bush cocky’ who wears the whole hat and everything. The house is extraordinary. It sits on a ridge and it launches itself out of the ridge. So it really takes advantage of the landscape, it’s very dramatic.

“The female partner owned the land and then she met a bloke who has building skills- he is a plumber and earth-mover. So they combined their skills to build this great house.

“They’re a lovely couple and it’s a beautiful landscape.”

Grand Designs Australia airs 8:30pm Thursdays on LifeStyle.

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New industry course coming to USQ Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:21:30 +0000 2014-10-19_2221It can be much harder to get a break outside the industry’s Sydney & Melbourne focus.

Next year University of Southern Queensland will offer a new post-graduate course, specialising in acting, writing or television production.

Program Coordinator Associate Professor Janet McDonald said the one year part-time degree was developed in consultation with industry.

“The production industry has changed: they need talent and technical staff who can work in lean environments and who understand the way digital channels and mobile technology are changing audience viewing habits. Our program delivers that experience. Students can specialise in acting, writing or production in that environment,” she said.

USQ also partners with the Nine Network.

Kylie Blucher, Nine Queensland Managing Director, added, “Working with USQ provides us with links into communities which will create opportunity for everyone involved. We’re thrilled with the partnership and the enthusiasm shown by the students.”

Breaking into the film and television production industries has never been easy but, despite the shrinking cost of technology making production more accessible, it is arguably never been harder to break into the industry in Australia than it is right now. Cuts to funding for the Arts, which has seen the closure of organisations like Queensland’s QPix that supported emerging talent, means there are fewer opportunities for newcomers to develop their skills.

A new post-graduate program being offered by the University of Southern Queensland aims to help fill the gap, providing production creatives with facilities, an eco-system of talent and industry networking opportunities.

A brand new multi-camera studio at the university’s campus in Springfield will provide students with access to the latest technology and agreements to provide outside broadcast coverage of live events, news gathering and web-TV shows ensure students at undergraduate and postgraduate level all get hands on experience doing the work the industry requires.

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Production and Performance will be available from March 2015.

Applications are now open.

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Update: The Big Adventure Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:48:31 +0000 2014-10-20_1342As expected, Seven’s new Reality series The Big Adventure will replace timeslots owned by The X Factor, meaning it will air twice a week from next week.

It screens at 6:30pm Sunday and 7:30pm Monday, both at a very chunky 90 minutes.

There is also a replay of the first episode tonight at 10:45pm following The Blacklist.

Seven sent out a Press Release today talking up its premiere figures as a timeslot win, but neglected to note it aired on two channels, Seven and 7mate (by comparison, TEN’s releases indicate Family Feud is on 3 x channels).

Simulcasts could become the new norm for launching shows given all three commercial networks have now done so this year, though it appears to have been just for the premiere in the case of The Big Adventure.

What is yet to be determined is whether Seven’s strategy of creating an air of mystery about the new show has driven curiosity or whether it would have been better to reveal more of the content in its marketing.

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Living Black: Oct 20 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:59:50 +0000 2014-10-20_1134Cathy Freeman talks to Living Black’s Karla Grant today about how her 400 metre win at the 2000 Sydney Olympics changed her life, on SBS ONE.

She also discusses insights about how she felt growing up, her family, motherhood and her current goal to close the education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children through the Cathy Freeman Foundation.

Cathy on racism:
“But I remember even before Sydney 2000 receiving a racist letter from a certain part of the country of Australia. I remember having a conversation to a girlfriend at the time and I was really hurt you know. She laughed, she’s blonde with green eyes – we’re very different in the way we look, and she just laughed because she couldn’t believe that there were such attitudes out there still in existence. It kind of helped me gain a bit more perspective you know. You only have to read the newspapers and watch TV, the latest news, to know that there’s a lot of discrimination that still occurs. It’s just the way the world is unfortunately.”

Cathy on trying to escape from life in the spotlight on her retirement from running:
“I tried! I seriously wanted to go overseas and waitress in Central America or South America, and or join the circus. I had experience playing a big fat red kangaroo in Circus Oz and I wanted to join the circus because I wanted to just have fun.”

Cathy on her road to Olympic glory:
“I have a God-given raw talent for running that it kind of just took on a life of its own. I remember my very first foot race as a five year old, I won it and, and I loved it, I loved running I mean, and I found real joy in this running thing and I felt so happy, it propelled me into environments where I found support whether it was in the form of not …Um You know of once since I left home, it started with my parents, it started with my coaches, and teachers, and it was almost like a wave that carried me all the way through to Sydney 2000 and because I was 10 years old and I kind of self-affirmed myself as one of the “world’s greatest athletes.”

How she coped with the pressure and expectations to that 400m race at the Sydney 2000 Olympics:
“I don’t think people realize that it’s actually the effort themselves; they put themselves under incredible pressure, compared to pressure from anyone else including my mother, its incomparable because there was no other option but to win, so the pressure coming from the media or the country was kind of absolutely piled into insignificance compared to what I was expecting myself. So ten years lead up to this one moment, not much could have happened to set me off my course of destiny … one way to put it.”

Cathy on winning the 400m Sydney Olympic final:
“The Sydney Olympic final was no different except it was the Sydney Olympic Games 2000, so as soon as I started running, I was at home, it was my place of serenity, it always has been and I think that’s how I coped with the pressure Karla, and I remember when I crossed the finished line, I remember distinctly a thought coming into my mind, of ‘this is what it feels like to be an Olympic Champion’.”

Cathy on retirement from running:
“It came as a shock, which is without question because I never ever thought to consider life after running. I just assumed I would keep running, and running, and running. I guess after experiencing my childhood dream and not only that, there was also the wonderful experience of lighting the cauldron and the home advantage through the home Olympics. I think subconsciously I didn’t think there was going to be another experience that could ever possibly equal that, and part of me was always going to be looking for the next moment that would surpass that moment of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.”

Cathy on motherhood:
“I think I’m more interested in the world than ever. I remember having a conversation with one of the world’s greatest athletes, Michael Johnson who has a boy, Sebastian and he must be 10 years of age. He said becoming a father . . . was like putting reality under a microscope where I react to world news, half way around the world and what happens in our own backyard. I’m more aware. It’s almost like I’ve become a little bit alert to some of the ongoing issues of the world today. Ultimately the future of my child has become a bigger concern for me more than ever.

Cathy talking about her mother and why she set up her Foundation:
“Well I guess it started a long time ago, my mother always told me never forget where you came from, never forget it is who you belong to and I guess that’s always stuck with me. I love my mother, I respect her, she’s one of my greatest teachers in my life, she’s my mentor, she’s almost my everything, she helps me shape me as a woman as a mother, as a friend as a daughter as a partner and I guess she always made me realise that I will always be a part of Palm Island, where she was born, I’ll always be a part of Woorabinda where my father was born, the Kuku Yalanji people in far north Queensland that where I belong to. My father was of the Birri-Guba people of central Queensland, you are a proud indigenous woman, bottom line. So when I realised I wasn’t going anywhere I was staying in Australia you know being in love with this Melbourne, it just made sense to me to make good use of my story, of my name and of my profile and I wanted to always, in fact I’ve always wanted to be close and connected to my people and this is a tangible way in which I can do so. And for the things I’ve learned for my own human potential I want other people (especially Indigenous people of Australia) to experience their own potential and their own greatness in their own years.”

Monday 20 October at 5pm on SBS ONE
Tuesday 21 October at 8pm on NITV

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Blake and Louise …is there anything left to tell? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:25:37 +0000 2014-10-20_1157Has The Bachelor‘s Blake Garvey left anything to tell The Project? Maybe it will all just be lots of squirming shots as he and Louise Pillidge answer questions to Carrie Bickmore.

Garvey confirms to Woman’s Day he broke up with Sam Frost two weeks before The Bachelor finale aired.

The interviews form part of a deal organised by celebrity agent Max Markson, which on top of the jilting of Frost is unlikely to win him many fans.

“What … didn’t end (after the taping) was the love I felt for Lou and as much as I tried to file it away, it kept growing,” he said.

“It wasn’t fair to carry on with everything. It wasn’t fair to Sam, and while she didn’t know it, it wasn’t fair to Lou, or myself.

“We had interviews booked, it was about to be announced on television that Sam and I were engaged and I just didn’t feel the romantic love I was supposed to.”

Questioned why he had eliminated Louise from the show he said, “It sounds crazy but I was so unsure at that stage, and she was the one I wanted to hurt the least, so I thought it would be easier.”

Yes Blake. It sounds crazy.

He wrote a 5 page letter to her declaring his affections, which she describes as “one of the most overwhelming things: she had ever experienced.

“My one wish is that I don’t want to just be your first love, I want to be your first, last and only,” he wrote.

On the weekend Sam Frost slammed the pair saying, “I was secretly hoping the rumours weren’t true”.

“It was really disappointing they didn’t come to me first and say: ‘By the way, this has happened’. I think I deserved that,” she said.

Perhaps Garvey can answer questions about whether he was coerced into proposing on the show by producers and clarifying at what point TEN knew the romance was off.

Next up Dating Naked.

Via News Corp

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A-League rise on FOX Sports Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:45:36 +0000 2014-10-20_1103FOX Sports is buoyed by numbers for its A-League coverage after declaring Saturday night’s match between Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers setting a 10 year season-record average audience of 188,000 viewers.

Friday night’s game on SBS ONE also scored 175,000.

FOX Sports CEO, Patrick Delany, said yesterday: “Last night was another shining example of the Hyundai A-League’s remarkable rise. It was incredible theatre, one of the most exciting sporting contests of the year and deserving of the record match attendance and television audience.

“The Sydney derby is becoming a must-watch event and I believe we are witnessing the birth of a great modern-day sporting rivalry,” he said.

“We’ve got record numbers watching the A-League, and with Foxtel’s new low pricing we are bound to see record numbers of football fans jumping on board to not only watch their A-League team but English Premier League, La Liga, and the Asian Cup as well as we move towards 2015.”

The first instalment of the Sydney derby for season 2014/15 will go down as one of the most memorable football matches ever played in Sydney, after the home side Sydney FC rallied with three unanswered goals, after conceding two goals in the opening 25 minutes to the Western Sydney Wanderers, to claim a gripping 3-2 victory in front of a record Allianz Stadium crowd of 41,213.

The Round 2 match, which was sealed on a 79th minute strike by Sydney FC star Alex Brosque, was watched by a new regular season-record average audience of 188,000 fans on FOX Sports 1HD & FOX Sports 1.

The match succeeds the Round 2 clash between Sydney FC and Newcastle in the 2012/13 season, which featured Alessandro Del Piero’s stunning free-kick against Emile Heskey’s Jets, which had an average audience of 164,000 viewers.

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Timeshifted: Sunday 12 October 2014 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:26:22 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Sunday Date: 12/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE -WINNER ANNOUNCED Network 9 2,687,000 2,618,000 69,000 2 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE -AUCTION Network 9 2,379,000 2,330,000 49,000 3 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE -GRAND FINAL Network 9 1,833,000 1,780,000 52,000 4 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 1,497,000 1,491,000 7,000 5 GOTHAM Network 9 1,425,000 1,235,000 190,000 6 SEVEN’S V8 SUPERCARS ROUND 11: BATHURST D3 THE RACE Network 7 1,357,000 1,352,000 5,000 7 THE X FACTOR LIVE PERFORMANCE Network 7 1,176,000 1,135,000 42,000 8 GOTHAM -EP2 Network 9 1,032,000 886,000 146,000 9 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,029,000 1,029,000 0 10 SUNDAY NIGHT Network 7 1,002,000 961,000 41,000 11 SEVEN’S V8 SUPERCARS ROUND 11: BATHURST D3 THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Network 7 785,000 785,000 0 12 ABC NEWS-SU Network ABC1 777,000 775,000 2,000 13 THE CODE-EV Network ABC1 770,000 578,000 193,000 14 CASTLE Network 7 697,000 566,000 132,000 15 DOCTOR WHO-EV Network ABC1 673,000 526,000 147,000 16 CASTLE-EP.2 Network 7 619,000 475,000 144,000 17 SEVEN’S V8 SUPERCARS ROUND 11: BATHURST D3 THE PODIUM Network 7 586,000 585,000 2,000 18 SEVEN’S V8 SUPERCARS ROUND 11: BATHURST D3 PRE RACE ENTERTAINMNT Network 7 573,000 572,000 1,000 19 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 564,000 459,000 105,000 20 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 541,000 476,000 65,000


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Timeshifted: Saturday 11 October 2014 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:25:02 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Saturday Date: 11/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 SEVEN NEWS – SAT Network 7 1,047,000 1,044,000 3,000 2 NEW TRICKS RPT Network ABC1 890,000 826,000 65,000 3 SCOTT & BAILEY-EV Network ABC1 882,000 764,000 118,000 4 SEVEN’S V8 SUPERCARS ROUND 11: BATHURST D2 TOP 10 SHOOTOUT Network 7 853,000 848,000 5,000 5 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 830,000 785,000 45,000 6 ABC NEWS-SA Network ABC1 714,000 710,000 4,000 7 NINE NEWS SATURDAY Network 9 699,000 699,000 0 8 M-THE MUPPETS Network 7 526,000 508,000 18,000 9 M-SHOOTER Network 7 525,000 475,000 50,000 10 THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES RPT Network ABC1 524,000 473,000 51,000 11 SEVEN’S V8 SUPERCARS ROUND 11: BATHURST D2 SUPPORTS Network 7 465,000 464,000 1,000 12 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SAT Network TEN 407,000 407,000 0 13 GARDENING AUSTRALIA-EV Network ABC1 391,000 383,000 7,000 14 FOR YOUR EYES ONLY Network 9 357,000 354,000 3,000 15 BONDI VET Network TEN 336,000 318,000 18,000 16 WEEKEND SUNRISE – SAT Network 7 318,000 318,000 0 17 MONSTERS VS ALIENS RPT Network TEN 291,000 258,000 33,000 18 SHREK FOREVER AFTER -EV Network GO! 280,000 275,000 5,000 19 GETAWAY Network 9 257,000 252,000 5,000 20 X-MEN RPT Network TEN 247,000 233,000 14,000

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Timeshifted: Friday 10 October 2014 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:23:40 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Friday Date: 10/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS Network 7 891,000 852,000 39,000 2 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 867,000 864,000 2,000 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 842,000 840,000 2,000 4 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 795,000 792,000 3,000 5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 792,000 791,000 1,000 6 M-THE BOURNE SUPREMACY Network 7 762,000 733,000 29,000 7 FRIDAY NIGHT CRACK UP-LE Network ABC1 671,000 628,000 42,000 8 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE UNLOCKED Network 9 663,000 628,000 35,000 9 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 650,000 648,000 2,000 10 FRIDAY NIGHT CRACK UP-EV Network ABC1 636,000 583,000 53,000 11 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 616,000 605,000 11,000 12 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 576,000 568,000 7,000 13 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 555,000 550,000 5,000 14 BIG BROTHER -FRI Network 9 553,000 481,000 71,000 15 THE LIVING ROOM Network TEN 545,000 524,000 21,000 16 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 495,000 495,000 1,000 17 HOT SEAT Network 9 464,000 464,000 0 18 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 464,000 464,000 0 19 THE PROJECT 6.30PM Network TEN 450,000 446,000 4,000 20 WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING Network 9 390,000 368,000 22,000


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Timeshifted: Thursday 9 October 2014 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:21:36 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Thursday Date: 09/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE -THU Network 9 1,453,000 1,392,000 61,000 2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 984,000 984,000 0 3 NINE NEWS Network 9 959,000 959,000 0 4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 951,000 938,000 13,000 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 926,000 918,000 8,000 6 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 887,000 815,000 72,000 7 HIGHWAY PATROL SPECIAL Network 7 860,000 828,000 32,000 8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 818,000 804,000 14,000 9 MADAM SECRETARY Network TEN 766,000 604,000 162,000 10 BIG BROTHER -THU Network 9 757,000 666,000 92,000 11 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 724,000 723,000 1,000 12 7.30-EV Network ABC1 681,000 680,000 1,000 13 BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA Network 7 670,000 605,000 65,000 14 CHANGING MINDS – THE INSIDE STORY-EV Network ABC1 628,000 582,000 45,000 15 CATALYST-EV Network ABC1 606,000 572,000 34,000 16 BEAUTY AND THE GEEK AUSTRALIA-EP.2 Network 7 595,000 527,000 68,000 17 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 538,000 536,000 2,000 18 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 536,000 535,000 1,000 19 THE AGONY OF THE MIND-LE Network ABC1 508,000 465,000 42,000 20 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 501,000 499,000 2,000


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Timeshifted: Wednesday 8 October 2014 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:20:11 +0000 Report:   Top 20 Consolidated Programs Channels: All Free-to-Air Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00 Day: Wednesday Date: 08/10/2014 Deliverable: Consolidated v Overnight Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE -WED Network 9 1,386,000 1,317,000 70,000 2 THE FORCE – BEHIND THE LINE Network 7 1,022,000 988,000 34,000 3 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 990,000 984,000 6,000 4 BORDER SECURITY – AUSTRALIA’S FRONT LINE Network 7 958,000 923,000 35,000 5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 954,000 949,000 5,000 6 NINE NEWS Network 9 948,000 948,000 0 7 CRIMINAL MINDS Network 7 938,000 779,000 159,000 8 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 926,000 925,000 0 9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 902,000 841,000 61,000 10 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 819,000 807,000 12,000 11 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 763,000 762,000 1,000 12 BIG BROTHER -WED Network 9 731,000 644,000 87,000 13 SHAUN MICALLEF’S MAD AS HELL S4-EV Network ABC1 676,000 618,000 58,000 14 CRIMINAL MINDS (R) Network 7 674,000 578,000 96,000 15 7.30-EV Network ABC1 671,000 669,000 2,000 16 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 625,000 617,000 8,000 17 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 593,000 591,000 2,000 18 WONDERLAND Network TEN 578,000 444,000 133,000 19 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 561,000 560,000 1,000 20 CHANGING MINDS – THE INSIDE STORY-EV Network ABC1 558,000 502,000 56,000

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At the Movies: Oct 21 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:50:35 +0000 2014-10-20_1038This week on At the Movies Margaret and David will review new films for Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Brad Pitt, Ben McKenzie, Helena Bonham Carter and Judy Davis.

This is Where I Leave You- When their father passes away, four grown siblings are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Stars Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Rose Byrne.

Fury- April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany. Stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Scott Eastwood, Logan Lerman, Jason Isaacs.

Decoding Annie Parker- Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy, the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer. Stars Ben McKenzie, Maggie Grace, Aaron Paul, Alice Eve, Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt.

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet – A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute. Stars Helena Bonham Carter Judy Davis and Kyle Catlett.

Whiplash- A promising young drummer enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. Website only interview with writer/director Damien Chazelle.

David’s Classic: Spartacus

9:30pm Tuesday ABC.

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X Factor grand final outranks Seven simulcast Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:57:03 +0000 cfgrfSeven’s Grand Final of The X Factor pulled the best numbers for Sunday at 1.32m with its later starting and finishing time due to the launch of The Big Adventure.

But The Big Adventure was simulcast across two channels, Family Feud-style, and separate numbers for Seven’s primary channel have not been supplied.

With X Factor wrapping at 10pm Seven network easily won the night with a 35.1% share then Nine 25.9%, TEN 17.5%, ABC 14.9% and SBS 6.7%.

Elsewhere for Seven were Seven News (1.03m) and  Castle (658,000).

60 Minutes (1.09m) was best for Nine followed by Nine News (1.03m), The Embassy debut (849,000) and a drop for Gotham (698,000). Movie: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was 317,000, arguably lower than the numbers Nine could have managed with a Big Brother episode it abandoned.

Modern Family (660,000 / 521,000) was best for TEN then Scorpion (659,000), TEN Eyewitness News (526,000) which all lifted on the preceding week, NCIS: New Orleans (417,000), MotoGP (389,000 / 383,000), Bondi Rescue (335,000) and The Graham Norton Show (227,000).

ABC News (893,000) topped ABC’s night. Doctor Who was 637,000 / 81,000 which also lifted, The Code was 555,000, Malala: Life After the Taliban was 482,000 but Mad Dogs was just 187,000.

Greeks Roman Vikings: The Founders of Europe was best on SBS ONE at 323,000 followed by Battle of Kings (251,000), SBS World News (229,000) and Movie: Being Elmo (104,000).

The Simpsons Movie on ELEVEN topped multichannels at 262,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 19 October 2014

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Sunday 19 October 2014 Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:19:26 +0000 Sunday: 1 THE X FACTOR 1,316,000 2 60 MINUTES 1,086,000 3 SEVEN NEWS 1,033,000 4 NINE NEWS 1,029,000 5 THE BIG ADVENTURE 945,000]]> Report:   Daily Free-to-Air Share Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure) Demographics: Total People (incl. guests) Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00 Day: Sunday Deliverable:
Overnight and Consolidated
Channel Overnight Consolidated 19/10/2014 12/10/2014 Network ABC1 11.2% 9.9% Network ABC2 1.8% 1.5% Network ABC3 0.9% 0.8% Network ABC News 24 0.9% 0.8% Network ABC TTL 14.9% 13.0% Network 7 27.4% 24.3% Network 7TWO 4.8% 3.9% Network 7mate 2.8% 3.0% Network 7 TTL 35.1% 31.2% Network 9 20.1% 31.3% Network GO! 4.1% 2.9% Network Gem 1.8% 1.9% Network 9 TTL 25.9% 36.1% Network TEN 10.4% 9.3% Network ONE 2.4% 2.9% Network ELEVEN 4.6% 2.1% Network TEN TTL 17.5% 14.3% Network SBS ONE 5.6% 4.7% Network SBS 2 0.9% 0.7% Network NITV 0.1% 0.1% Network SBS TTL 6.7% 5.5%


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 19/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL PERFORMANCE Network 7 1,316,000 401,000 344,000 208,000 164,000 200,000
2 60 MINUTES Network 9 1,086,000 333,000 313,000 203,000 104,000 133,000
3 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 1,033,000 216,000 265,000 225,000 114,000 213,000
4 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 1,029,000 296,000 362,000 214,000 61,000 96,000
5 THE BIG ADVENTURE Network 7 945,000 249,000 309,000 150,000 84,000 153,000
6 ABC NEWS-SU Network ABC1 893,000 248,000 263,000 152,000 107,000 122,000
7 THE EMBASSY Network 9 874,000 257,000 268,000 176,000 68,000 106,000
8 GOTHAM Network 9 698,000 202,000 253,000 108,000 69,000 66,000
9 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 660,000 192,000 200,000 117,000 49,000 102,000
10 SCORPION Network TEN 659,000 152,000 206,000 145,000 49,000 107,000
11 CASTLE Network 7 658,000 211,000 181,000 89,000 92,000 86,000
12 DOCTOR WHO-EV Network ABC1 637,000 179,000 181,000 117,000 76,000 84,000
13 THE CODE-EV Network ABC1 555,000 155,000 180,000 88,000 72,000 59,000
14 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SUN Network TEN 526,000 156,000 156,000 103,000 31,000 80,000
15 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN 521,000 153,000 157,000 81,000 41,000 88,000
16 MALALA: LIFE AFTER THE TALIBAN-EV Network ABC1 482,000 114,000 145,000 87,000 55,000 81,000
17 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Network TEN 417,000 134,000 91,000 85,000 41,000 66,000
18 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 407,000 118,000 119,000 63,000 51,000 55,000
19 MOTORSPORT: 2014 MOTOGP PHILLIP ISLAND LIVE Network TEN 389,000 78,000 170,000 72,000 34,000 34,000
20 MOTORSPORT: 2014 MOTOGP PHILLIP ISLAND POST-RACE LIVE Network TEN 353,000 79,000 165,000 62,000 23,000 23,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 19/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE SIMPSONS MOVIE RPT Network ELEVEN 262,000 78,000 102,000 41,000 18,000 23,000
2 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY-SUN Network 7TWO 252,000 68,000 79,000 44,000 22,000 39,000
3 DINOSAUR TRAIN-AM Network ABC2 218,000 59,000 67,000 47,000 10,000 35,000
4 LILY’S DRIFTWOOD BAY-AM Network ABC2 215,000 60,000 56,000 54,000 14,000 32,000
5 MIGHTY SHIPS Network 7TWO 215,000 44,000 79,000 41,000 22,000 29,000
6 PEPPA PIG-AM Network ABC2 211,000 46,000 75,000 41,000 15,000 33,000
7 THE SIMPSONS EP 2 RPT Network ELEVEN 210,000 76,000 69,000 31,000 15,000 19,000
8 ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY-EP.2 Network 7TWO 204,000 56,000 71,000 31,000 18,000 28,000
9 CHUGGINGTON BADGE QUEST-AM Network ABC2 193,000 50,000 48,000 41,000 24,000 30,000
10 TREE FU TOM-AM Network ABC2 193,000 48,000 57,000 39,000 15,000 34,000
11 GIGGLE AND HOOT-AM Network ABC2 192,000 44,000 61,000 43,000 13,000 31,000
12 THOMAS AND FRIENDS: HERO OF THE RAILS-PM Network ABC2 189,000 25,000 74,000 51,000 28,000 12,000
13 THE SIMPSONS RPT Network ELEVEN 181,000 48,000 68,000 22,000 20,000 23,000
14 SESAME STREET-AM Network ABC2 176,000 45,000 32,000 46,000 27,000 25,000
15 PINGU-EV Network ABC2 171,000 36,000 54,000 45,000 24,000 12,000
16 OCTONAUTS-EV Network ABC2 171,000 29,000 61,000 44,000 25,000 11,000
17 THE BIG BANG THEORY -EV TX1 Network GO! 169,000 42,000 55,000 29,000 26,000 18,000
18 FUTURAMA RPT Network ELEVEN 168,000 58,000 45,000 30,000 14,000 21,000
19 M-LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER Network 7mate 165,000 40,000 43,000 34,000 20,000 29,000
20 INVENTIONS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD Network 7TWO 164,000 42,000 68,000 24,000 14,000 16,000



Free to Air: 25-54 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL PERFORMANCE Network 7 625,000 205,000 168,000 87,000 75,000 90,000
2 60 MINUTES Network 9 485,000 137,000 154,000 90,000 46,000 59,000
3 THE BIG ADVENTURE Network 7 463,000 134,000 149,000 73,000 34,000 73,000
4 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9 428,000 116,000 148,000 111,000 21,000 31,000
5 GOTHAM Network 9 405,000 123,000 143,000 66,000 40,000 33,000


Free to Air: 18-49 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL PERFORMANCE Network 7 560,000 180,000 158,000 80,000 61,000 81,000
2 60 MINUTES Network 9 411,000 117,000 128,000 83,000 36,000 48,000
3 THE BIG ADVENTURE Network 7 410,000 113,000 136,000 64,000 34,000 64,000
4 GOTHAM Network 9 382,000 111,000 149,000 56,000 33,000 33,000
5 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 357,000 93,000 106,000 77,000 24,000 57,000


Free to Air: 16-39 demographics (Overnight)

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL PERFORMANCE Network 7 339,000 109,000 90,000 55,000 34,000 51,000
2 MODERN FAMILY Network TEN 263,000 78,000 66,000 55,000 17,000 47,000
3 GOTHAM Network 9 258,000 75,000 108,000 35,000 22,000 17,000
4 60 MINUTES Network 9 241,000 75,000 80,000 43,000 23,000 21,000
5 THE BIG ADVENTURE Network 7 240,000 57,000 79,000 42,000 22,000 39,000


Report:   Top 20 Programs
Channels: National STV
Market: National STV
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date: 19/10/2014
Deliverable: Overnight
Rank Description Channel\Market (r) National STV
6 LIVE: MOTOGP 2014 SPEED 52,000
8 GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 51,000
9 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 46,000
10 TOP 20 FUNNIEST FOX8 46,000
11 FANTASTIC 4: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER Foxtel Movies Family 44,000
12 SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA LifeStyle Channel 44,000
17 SOFIA THE FIRST Disney Junior 42,000
20 LIVE: MOTO2 2014 SPEED 41,000


© OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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Secret Recipe to TEN series Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:58:38 +0000 2014-10-19_2342They may have switched up the judges for Recipe to Riches, but the subtle change in TEN’s second season is in giving a greater focus to the contestants.

This year there is less time spent on ‘auditions’ in order to profile the people who have big dreams for their home recipes -one of which will win a business partnership with Woolworths.

“We decided to spend less time on the Golden Ticket. When the show starts it’s straight into the action so you get to know a lot more about the characters themselves and the stories behind their recipes,” says chef Darren Robertson.

“Last time we probably spent a bit too much time on the Golden Ticket.

“It’s better this year because you get more backstory and some connection to the characters themselves. But the rest of it is pretty much the same.”

Robertson returns as a judge along with Carman’s Fine Foods founder Carolyn Creswell, TEN’s own Russel Howcroft and Jess Gill from Woolworths.

The Canadian format again sees home cooks put through the hoops in a Kitchen batch up, Marketing and Product launch challenges, with $10,000 on offer each week and winning products available in stores across the country the next day.

“There’s party food, breakfast ideas, BBQ, and the first week is Baking. I’m not allowed to give away any of the products themselves,” says Robertson.

“There are many interesting characters, some of whom can’t ‘cook’ to save their lives. But it doesn’t really matter.

“Coming into a commercial kitchen for probably the first time in their lives it’s interesting to see how they react to equipment, ingredients and delegating.

“To me that’s one of the most exciting parts. We’re not after Australia’s best cook, we’re just trying to find the best recipe. So you get all sorts of colourful characters. As long as they know their recipe inside out and what goes into it.

“I have nothing to do with the marketing or the product launch, only the batch-up and the final deliberation. The two most important stages!”

The grand finalist is determined purely by a week of product sales, winning $100,000 and a business partnership with Woolies. FremantleMedia license the product while Woolworths own the subsequent commercialised product recipe, shared in an undisclosed commercial arrangement with the winner.

Last year’s winner, Victorian Garth Midgeley won $100,000 for his Choccorn creation, which is still on supermarket shelves, albeit at $3.99 down from its original $7.99 price tag.

“The public basically determines who will win the grand final by the amount of units sold.

“Some things are more expensive to produce but I’m sure they adjust for something that costs $10 as opposed to a biscuit that costs $3.

“I’m not sure of how much, who owns. But I’m not sure how much TEN owns. Certainly I won’t own any of it!”

With 8 episodes and a yet to be filmed grand final, the finale won’t get to air until after the end of the 2014 ratings season.

“There’s a lot of infrastructure to get those products ready, and then it goes to air and the public buy the product –or not- and that’s how the winner is determined,” Robertson explains.

“It will be around December when we shoot the finale, but we have no idea who will win ourselves.”

Recipe to Riches airs 7:30pm Tuesday on TEN.

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Guessing game on TEN ownership resumes Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:52:51 +0000 tenpyIt’s a tale of two stories, but either way two newspapers are speculating once again as to who might buy Network TEN if it were to be sold.

While Fairfax Media notes News Corp could buy up if Lachlan Murdoch did not own radio company Nova, News Corp says the network is in secret talks with Fairfax.

Hedge fund Anchorage Capital Group has reportedly approached US private equity firm Providence Equity Partners about a joint bid.

Foxtel reportedly considered a joint takeover with Providence Equity Partners, but decided against it “for a number of reasons.”

“In my career in media, those companies that get scale tend to perform better,” said CEO Hamish McLennan.

“In what form that manifests itself, I don’t know. But I believe TEN needs to bulk up.”

He said he had a “completely open mind” on how.

Last week during the network’s announcement of Full Year Financial Results he again advocated for media reform.

“The two-out-of-three, 75% audience reach and other platform-specific ownership rules were formulated before the internet became a mainstream medium and certainly before smartphones and tablets. The rules are outdated, anachronistic and ineffective,” he said.

News Corp claims Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood recently met McLennan at the Sydney offices of TEN’s advisers Citigroup for merger talks.

Meanwhile The Australian tips Gina Rinehart will appoint someone else to represent her on the board but retain her 10%. James Packer similarly stepped down from the board but retains his 17.88% shares with Lachlan Murdoch.

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Seven wins odd week of ratings Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:50:20 +0000 odrIt was a week of extremes last week.

While a realty finale scored one of the biggest audiences of the year, there were only two nights in which titles managed to top a million viewers.

Seven won the week over Nine, whilst ABC again edged ahead of TEN.

Seven: 31.2
Nine: 28.6
ABC: 18.1
TEN: 17.1
SBS: 5.0

Seven News (Sun: 1.49m) was the top show for Seven with other brands V8 Supercars: Bathurst (1.35m), The X Factor (Mon: 1.31m), Sunday Night (961,000) and Dancing with the Stars (940,000).

The Block: The Winner Announced was the week’s top title at 2.62m viewers. The Big Bang Theory was 1.35m and Gotham was 1.24m.

Australian Story  (915,000), Four Corners (828,000) and The Chaser’s Media Circus (813,000) were best for ABC.

NCIS (688,000), Gold Coast Cops (618,000) and The Living Room (614,000) topped TEN’s week.

On SBS ONE it was Stonehenge Empire (288,000), Twilight of Civilisations (283,000) and The Little Paris Kitchen (249,000).

Primary channel:
Seven: 21.6
Nine: 20.3
ABC: 13.5
TEN: 11.5
SBS ONE: 3.9

7TWO: 5.5
GO!: 4.8
7mate: 4.1
GEM: 3.5
ABC2: 2.7
ONE: 2.7
ABC News 24: 1.1
SBS 2: 0.9
ABC3: 0.8
NITV: 0.1

Nine won the demos 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

Seven won Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Nine took Sunday and Tuesday. ABC bettered TEN on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

It has been many weeks since Seven snared Sydney, but last week it topped all cities except Melbourne, which fell to Nine.

There are just 6 more weeks in the ratings year.

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The Block fakes EPA expert Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:49:56 +0000 2014-10-20_0033The Block has been caught out with a “fake” Environment Protection Authority representative checking up on its fuel tank found underneath the Glasshouse site.

About 15,000 litres of fuel was discovered in the tank in one of the show’s most dramatic storylines.

While ‘EPA representative Chris’ was depicted on the show, Nine confirmed his was a case of “misidentification” and an ­“editing error”.

EPA senior media adviser Terry Sefton told Stonnington Leader the agency had not inspected the site for at least the past 10 years.

In the episode host Scott Cam said: “Back on The Block, the rep from the EPA has arrived and the news is not good”.

A Nine spokesperson confirmed, “He was, in fact, an environmental scientist hired by The Block Glasshouse to help us ­liaise with the EPA.”

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