Tuesday August 22 2017
|ABC ME||0.6%||7mate||3.4%||GEM||2.0%||ELEVEN||2.3%||Food Net||0.8%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||14.1%||7||19.4%||9||20.2%||10 NNSW||2.6%||SBS One||4.3%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||4.6%||GEM||3.3%||ONE||3.6%||Food Net||0.9%|
|MONDAY METRO ALL TV|
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Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2017. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM
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18-49 Top 5
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Over the past few weeks Seven News has taken on more heavy lifting duties than it normally has. The one-hour bulletin is critical to keeping the primary channel competitive in the early evening with the 7.30pm audience now sometimes half the size of the 6-7pm hour crowd.
Seven News started its new week on 1.07m and then dropped slightly to 1.0m after 6.30pm.
Home and Away started its new week on 725,000 after a week 33 average of 695,000, which was the first week under 700,000 since week 28.
Hell’s Kitchen Australia then saw the audience drop to 529,000 after 607,000 on Monday last week.
The second part of the special The Story Of Diana was on 463,000 after part one pulled 486,000 a week ago.
As A Current Affair claimed its third successive year as the 7pm metro ratings champ, host Tracy Grimshaw revealed her assignment last week was to speak with former Beaconsfield miner Todd Russell and his wife Carolyn about the breakup of their marriage. The special report led last night’s episode as the program started a new week on 867,000. ACA averaged 828,000 in week 33, close to where the average has been for the past few weeks.
The Block saw work under way on Anything But A Bedroom Week as one team went way over budget. The Monday episode did 1.13m after 1.07m on Monday last week.
This Time Next Year was down considerably with the week 33 audience of 930,000 dropping to 800,000 last night.
Footy Classified then screened in some markets with 227,000 watching, 167,000 of them in Melbourne. The big issues included umpires wearing grey while Caroline Wilson aimed an arrow at Craig Hutchison who she claimed had set himself up as a media watchdog. Hutchison said her criticism promised much, but delivered little. “You have made it about you when it wasn’t about you,” responded Hutchison.
Have You Been Paying Attention? was narrowly the channel’s best with 641,000, which is close to 200,000 below this season’s best. The show’s audience was steady however week-on-week.
The Project 7pm was on 631,000 ahead of the format reverting to six-days-a-week from next Sunday. The average for 7pm last week was 542,000.
On Australian Survivor it was back to tribal council after the twist on Sunday night where no one was sent home. Samatau won immunity and Asaga returned to the campfire. The nine members subsequently voted by a majority that Jacqui would be the one to leave. The episode did 611,000 after 625,000 a week ago.
The channel recorded its best Monday night share in eight weeks with four shows lodged in the top 10 (if you are looking at our chart don’t count Seven and Nine News as four programs).
ABC News and Four Corners were both close to 750,000 with the latter featuring a report from Michael Brissenden on Australia’s real estate obsession.
Australian Story was up marginally from 653,000 to 671,000 with a story about Australian Federal Police commander Grant Edwards.
Media Watch was just below 600,000 followed by Q&A on 433,000, which was up from 400,000 a week ago.
Medical Monday saw the biggest audience gather for 24 Hours In Emergency with an average audience of 189,000.
Staying Healthy: A Doctor’s Guide did 165,000.
In delivering his final profit report, soon-to-depart CEO Richard Herring (pictured) said: “The first half of this year saw the company continue to grow revenue through the combination of additional digital screens and overall market growth. Underlying EBITDA grew slightly less than revenue, as the business invested further in staff to underpin longer-term growth.”
Company revenue was up 8% to $162.3m, with digital revenue climbing 27%.
Net profit was down 19% to $15.8m after a $4.1m cost was incurred with the unsuccessful APN Outdoor/oOh!media merger.
The company indicated trading highlights included the addition of 16 new digital screens in the first half of the year, and contract renewals for Tullamarine Freeway, Sydney buses, Adelaide metro and Perth rail and billboards.
Herring, who departs the business on September 30, added:
“With 16 new screens added to APN Outdoor’s portfolio over the first half, the company now has 103 Elite Screens across Australia and New Zealand. This high-quality portfolio of large format digital screens is the most comprehensive in the market.
“Digital screen revenues continue to represent over one-third of group revenues, and will continue to grow in line with demand and the company’s focused growth strategy. Over the longer-term, we see digital sites continuing to deliver greater yields. Notwithstanding the increase in digital screens and associated revenue, classic billboard revenue was resilient and performed better than expected in the first half.”
Regarding the outlook, Herring said: “Based on the first half results, the performance of the business over the first seven weeks of the second half, and assuming current market conditions continue, we expect 2017 underlying EBITDA to be in the range of $90m to $95m and plan to invest between $30m and $35m of capex in 2017.”
Network Ten’s chief content officer Beverley McGarvey has explained one of TV’s biggest mysteries – why the network’s primary channel has not been starting its reality franchises at 7pm Sundays.
Network Ten has been holding the 6.30pm for the return of The Project to Sunday nights. Beginning this weekend The Project will now broadcast six nights a week, with the introduction of a hour-long Sunday night edition at 6.30pm from August 27.
Hosting the Sunday edition of The Project, broadcasting from Network Ten’s Sydney studio this weekend, are panellists Peter Helliar, Dr Chris Brown, Natarsha Belling and Rachel Corbett.
Network Ten Chief Content Officer, Beverley McGarvey (pictured), said: “Since it first went to air in 2009, The Project has become an integral part of TEN’s program schedule and the TEN brand.
“Influential, popular and always engaging, The Project is unique on Australian television and offers a different take on news and current affairs. We’re proud of what it has achieved and continues to achieve, and look forward to bringing more of The Project to viewers.
“The new Sunday show will offer an entertaining and engaging look at the news, current affairs and sport of the week that was and the week ahead,” she said.
A 30-minute Sunday night edition of The Project was broadcast at 6pm during 2012 but was discontinued at the end of that year.
Sticky Pictures’ 2D-animated comedy series Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong has won the Gold Award for TV Series Children at this year’s Australian Effects & Animation Festival Awards held in Sydney last week.
The AEAF Awards are an international competition and screening, now in its 18th year with entries from around the world. The awards are given for creative and technical excellence in the use of visual effects and animation in the creation of screened work. 2017 marked the first year of the TV Series Children category.
Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong was developed and produced by co-production partners, Sticky Pictures & Entertainment One (eOne) along with commissioning broadcasters, TELETOON Canada and ABC ME in Australia.
Other TV winners included Game Of Thrones, Taboo, Ripper Street, The Leftovers, Black Mirror, Wolfblood, Hunters and Black Sails.
Photo: Sticky Pictures’ Stu Connolly and Michael Drake picked up their Gold Award for Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong in Children’s TV Series
Produced for SBS by breakout independent production company Subtext Pictures, and with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Create NSW, Dead Lucky follows two feuding detectives as they hunt down a killer who is leaving a trail of broken lives across Sydney… including their own.
The cast includes: Rachel Griffiths (Muriel’s Wedding, Six Feet Under, Hilary and Jackie) Yoson An (HBO Asia series Grace), the 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship recipient Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull), Xana Tang (The Letdown), Aldo Mignone (A Place To Call Home), Anna Samson (Wake In Fright – The Television Series), Ian Meadows (The Wrong Girl, The Moodys), Rhys Muldoon (Fighting Season, House Husbands), Annie Maynard (Upper Middle Bogan, Paper Giants) and many more.
Dead Lucky is a fast paced crime thriller told from multiple perspectives. Created and written by Subtext Pictures’ Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt, who are producing with Diane Haddon, Dead Lucky will be directed by award-winning filmmaker David Caesar. Executive producers are Sue Masters for SBS and Ellie Beaumont, Drew Proffitt, Nina Stevenson and Greg Sitch.
Adam Elliott, Seven’s network director of sales, has appointed Natalie Harvey (pictured) as Seven’s Sydney sales director. Harvey is currently Brisbane sales director, Seven West Media.
Elliott said: “We are delighted that Natalie is joining us in Sydney. She has played a key role in Seven’s dominance in the Queensland market. She is well-regarded and respected and will lead a great team in the Sydney market as a key member of our network’s team.”
Harvey joined in 2015 from Universal McCann. She began her career in marketing and advertising with MediaCom in Sydney before joining Universal McCann in 2005. Harvey takes on her new role in October from Nikki Rooke who has joined Southern Cross Austereo.
Is Australia about to lose its spot on the Eurovision stage and be moved to Eurovision Asia?
It seems the dream of a song contest across Asia is coming to life with the launch of Eurovision Asia.
At the weekend a promo video was launched to promote the new venture which featured a brief appearance from former Australian Eurovision contestant Dami Im.
“The Greatest Song Contest on Earth…is coming to Asia!” says the promotional material accompanying the video.
“With its brilliant pop stars, its glamorous fashion, and a huge passion for pop music, Asia and Eurovision are made for each other.
“We are in development to make this exciting international song contest happen, and we need your help!”
The organiser of the new contest is the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and it is asking people to go online via the hashtag #EurovisionAsia to share thoughts about who they would like to see perform onstage during the new contest.
Details are scarce about the new event so far, although the EBU is promising:
We are taking the biggest live televised music show – Eurovision – to the biggest music audience in the world. Countries from the Asia-Pacific region will be able to compete in their own version of the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time.
Each country will showcase their songwriting and performing talent to Asia and the world and compete to be crowned the winner of the first ever Eurovision Asia Song Contest.
Roadshow Films is involved in the new concept after acquiring 50% of Paul Clarke‘s Blink TV earlier this year. SBS Australia is expected to be the broadcaster of Eurovision Asia in Australia with Sydney a possible candidate for the first year which could be as soon as 2018. There has also been speculation the first event could be held in Singapore in July 2018.
SBS has confirmed it has signed an exclusive option with the European Broadcasting Union alongside production partner Blink TV to look at how the format could work for Asia.
SBS added organisers say they are in the development phase and examining ways to bring the competition to Asia.
In a statement, SBS said: “SBS and Blink TV are continuing to explore and develop the exciting opportunity to bring a world class event like Eurovision closer to our shores.
“As discussions continue with potential partners across the Asia region, we are now engaging with both the passionate Eurovision and Asian pop fan communities for their input in shaping this event.”
C2 is a conference dubbed the “Davos of creativity” and provides a forum for business leaders from over 20 countries and more than 24 industries to connect and create.
This year’s theme is Ecosystems with programming touching on technology, art and design, marketing and media, impact and leadership.
Founded by Cirque du Soleil and Sid Lee in 2011, C2 brings together creativity and commerce to explore trends, opportunities, disruptions and major shifts on the horizon.
Optus Business and Tabcorp have signed a two-year deal to broadcast the English Premier League and the 2018 FIFA World Cup to Sky Racing venues across Australia.
The deal allows Sky Racing venues to screen the full range of live Premier League fixtures in SD in any public viewing area of their venue where their existing Sky Racing channels can be broadcast.
Within the first few rounds of the EPL season, hotels, clubs and TAB agencies that are part of the initial roll out can broadcast Bournemouth v Manchester City (Saturday August 26, 9.30pm AEST) and Manchester City v Liverpool (Saturday September 9, 9.30pm AEST).
The new agreement means venues can feature Optus Sport 1, the 24/7 Premier League channel, via their Sky Racing boxes, with an option to show a second live game when multiple games are played at the same time. Sky Racing 1, 2 and Trackside will remain unchanged and will continue to be shown in all venues with Optus Sport an addition to the Sky broadcast in pubs, clubs and TAB agencies.
• Dark Tower arrives at #2, unable to unseat Annabelle: Creation
The second last weekend of winter has seen three new releases make it into the top five, but just one of them passed $1m on its opening weekend. Just one of those new releases managed to push its screen average above $5,000. The weekend take of $8.85m was down 15% on the previous weekend, which of course means it is another new weekend low for 2017.
Last week’s #1 held top spot with the lack of a spectacular new opening. The horror movie shed 22 screens to 212 yet still managed to easily post the weekend’s best screen average – $7,198. Takings were down 33% from the previous weekend. Since opening the film has amassed $4.58m.
The best performing new release over the weekend is a sci-fi western based from the books of Stephen King. The lead roles are filled by Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba. Aussie model-turned-actor Abbey Lee turns up in the cast as Tirana. The movie opened on 274 screens with a screen average just under $5,000.
Weekend takings were down 36% on the previous weekend as it earned $3,697 from its 300 screens. After five weeks on the box office chart the total gross to-date is $20.69m.
Director Steven Soderbergh‘s heist comedy didn’t quite crack $1m on its opening weekend with a screen average of $3,018 from its 303 screens. The ensemble cast ranges from Adam Driver and Channing Tatum to Katie Holmes, Hillary Swank and Daniel Craig.
This British drama resembles a chic flick for the older cinemagoer. Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson star, but the appearance of James Norton should lure some younger viewers. The film didn’t prove too much of a magnet on opening though with a screen average of $3,131 from 236 screens.
Universal Music Group (UMG) and Grace/Beyond (GB), the entertainment production company led by principal partners Josh Wakely (pictured), Mikael Borglund and Trevor Roy, have announced development on three new television series with the working titles of 27, Melody Island and Mixtape.
The partners have also collaborated on Netflix/Seven’s Beat Bugs and are collaborating on an Untitled Motown Project at Netflix that will feature newly recorded versions of Motown classics.
As part of a new agreement between the companies, GB will develop future projects based on UMG’s recorded music and publishing catalogs.
The newly commenced projects include:
27 (current title)
A startling array of legendary musicians, artists and entertainers died tragically young at the age of 27. This series explores the life circumstances behind a fictionalised variety of characters coming to a crossroads at the pivotal age of 27. The live-action, scripted program features songs from artists spanning the UMG publishing catalogs.
Melody Island (current title)
Each episode of this animated series for children features a story inspired by a classic UMG master or composition with an uplifting message and tropical island feeling.
Mixtape is an episodic drama that mirrors the way a mixtape works – fast forwarding, pausing and rewinding on the pivotal moments that define the relationships, love and heartbreak of the stories’ characters. Each episode is based on and connected to an iconic song to form the 12-track season.
In their 10th year of partnership, UFC and Fox Sports Australia have announced an extension to their broadcast agreement.
Fox Sports Australia will continue to deliver live UFC events to Foxtel subscribers in addition to magazine programming and archived events. Fans can also get instant access with Foxtel Now, and be signed up and streaming all the action live within minutes.
In addition, Foxtel’s Main Event channel will continue to deliver fans live and encore UFC pay-per-view events and live UFC content for subscribing Foxtel and Fox Sports venues.
The announcement comes as UFC reveals further details of its Australian return, with fan-favourite and heavyweight journeyman Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt (13-11-1 1NC, fighting out of Sydney, Australia) headlining the fight card against Polish powerhouse Marcin “Tybur” Tybura (16-2, fighting out of Warsaw, Poland). UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Tybura takes place on Sunday November 19 at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena with the main card airing live on Fox Sports, available on Foxtel.
“UFC is delighted to extend its long-term partnership with Fox Sports,” UFC senior vice president of international and content Joe Carr said. “Continuing to work with the leading producer of sports coverage in Australia was an easy decision. Our strong relationship has been instrumental to the success we’ve seen in Australia over the past decade and no doubt this renewal will help us both achieve more positive results.”
Fox Sports Australia director of acquisitions Rebecca McCloy said: “Fox Sports has been the UFC’s Australian broadcast partner for 10 years with more fans watching UFC on Foxtel channels than anywhere else. It’s great to extend this valuable partnership that will see Foxtel continue to deliver one of the world’s most exciting and popular sports to subscribers across the country.”
Under the deal, Fox Sports Australia will continue to air live UFC action including UFC Fight Night events and preliminary bouts to numbered pay-per-view events.
This is supported by UFC magazine programming and Fox Sports Australia’s weekly MMA panel show Fight Week hosted by Robb Tasker and former Australian UFC fighters Elvis Sinosic and Richie Vaculik.
The last six months have been hectic for the global internet company Yahoo with it finding a new owner in the American telecommunications company Verizon.
The ramifications of this deal on the Yahoo-Seven West Media joint venture in Australia, Yahoo7, have not been fully realised just yet.
However, Yahoo7 has been going through some significant changes in its own right. The first one came when Seven West Media’s publishing arm Pacific Magazines took back the digital rights in-house for its magazines in the first quarter of 2016. As an answer to the content void left by this move, Yahoo7 launched its lifestyle website, Be.
“It gave us the opportunity to publish the stories that we wanted to and when we wanted to,” Yahoo7’s director of content Simon Wheeler told Mediaweek. “It has proved successful. The page views are up 20%, video views are up 400% year-on-year, and users are up 55%.
“Both sides of the joint venture agreed it was the right thing to do. Once it was clear that that was going to be the decision, my priority was to prepare us for what came next. It was challenging in that there was a lot of work to do, but Yahoo had decided quite early on to launch our own brand where we could really promote and grow the brand.”
Wheeler joined Yahoo7 in 2015 as the head of editorial. Speaking about the difference between his previous role and the one he holds now, Wheeler said: “In the previous role, I was mainly in charge of our local publishing media brands such as Seven News, Seven Sport and Be. That has now widened to TV. So I am not only looking after the digital side for the TV properties, but also Plus7 [Seven’s catch-up platform]. Being a part of the executive team here, I am more involved in making sure that we are prepared for all the inevitable changes that this industry throws at you.”
The regular Mediaweek television podcast this week features Andrew Mercado and James Manning discussing Hell’s Kitchen Australia, The Block, Top Of The Lake: China Girl and Doctor, Doctor. There was debate about the merits of ABC TV’s medical drama Pulse and Stan’s comedy The Other Guy.
Inside Out editor-in-chief Claire Bradley visited the Mediaweek HQ recently to talk about the magazine’s 150th issue, multiplatform success, the latest trends in design, and renovation reality TV.
A special guest in the Mediaweek portable podcast studio this week was Seven West Media chief executive and managing director Tim Worner. It was a different Tim Worner we spoke to this week from the one many people heard on the financial results teleconference in February. Back then Worner was joined on the call by Seven executive chairman Kerry Stokes who fielded many of the questions about the controversy swirling around his CEO.
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi pay a visit to Nine News’ Chris O’Keefe at NSW Parliament House for Seven Days. The group discusses the 2017 Kennedy Awards (in which O’Keefe was named Journalist of the Year), media reform, the latest media financial results, John Lyons‘ move to the ABC, and more.