Wednesday July 19 2017
|ABC ME||0.5%||7mate||3.1%||GEM||3.4%||ELEVEN||2.6%||Food Net||0.7%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||8.4%||7||15.8%||9||25.2%||10 NNSW||3.2%||SBS One||5.1%|
|ABC ME||1.0%||7mate||6.4%||GEM||5.4%||ONE||3.1%||Food Net||0.7%|
|TUESDAY 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
25-54 Top 5
The network delivered a timely reminder this week about how well it performed earlier in the year. This past fortnight not so much. After its lowest weekly survey share of the year last week for the primary channel, Seven is back in that territory again so far this week. A 13.3% share last night is the lowest of the year so far – in or out of survey.
Seven’s offerings last night almost felt like sacrificial lambs offered up against Ninja Warrior and MasterChef.
Yummy Mummies did 289,000 while Behave Yourself was on 343,000.
Leila McKinnon was again hosting A Current Affair with a special report on Christmas Island, from reporter Taylor Auerbach, leading the program. The Tuesday episode did 873,000 after 919,000 on Monday.
Australian Ninja Warrior has just three episodes left in the short season of nine eps running over three weeks. It was the first night of semifinals with a new tougher obstacle course with nine separate challenges for the contestants who got through to this stage. It took about an hour for a contestant to complete the course. The spectacular fails were again as much fun as the triumphs. The Tuesday audience for episode six was 1.57m which was up on last Tuesday’s 1.48m.
Nine finished the night with another Bond movie, this time 2008’s Quantum Of Solace with 457,000 watching.
Matt White was back again with Carrie Bickmore rejoining the show after time off visiting Japan. Guests on the show included former senator Larissa Waters, Insiders‘ Barrie Cassidy, eliminated MasterChef contestant Sarah Tiong and The Australian’s Cameron Stewart reporting on the police shooting of an Australian in the US. The Tuesday episode did 583,000 after Monday did 615,000.
The final Tuesday episode of MasterChef saw the final four decided. There were some interesting flavours on offer for the superstar tasting panel too – lavender ice cream was one and pork with blueberries and mushrooms was another. And both those dishes made it through. Arum Nixon‘s duck didn’t make the grade and he departed the program. The episode did 828,000 after 779,000 on Tuesday last week. MasterChef was a clear #2 25-54 again.
Shark Tank featured the wonderful Sleeping Duck mattress but after some large offers from two of the sharks, the founders walked away empty-handed after refusing to dilute their equity in the business. The episode did 546,000 after 581,000 a week ago.
Joanna Lumley’s India was the star attraction with 562,000 watching a busy first episode, which covered so much territory that viewers barely got to sample the delights at each stop.
Earlier in the night Ask The Doctor looked at colds and flu with 462,000 watching.
How good a job does reporter Eric Campbell have? This week on Foreign Correspondent he was in Jamaica with 358,000 watching.
Michael Mosley: Queen Victoria’s Slum is the most popular of his series currently screening. Episode three last night did 225,000.
An Insight repeat then did 214,000.
Stage 16 of Le Tour de France was another good result for Aussie rider Michael Matthews with 204,000 watching. Two nights in the Alps are next with a promise of some spectacular scenery.
The Australian’s Ben Butler reports on the Federal Court argument between the Australian Securities & Investments Commission and KordaMentha about whether the insolvency firm’s $975,000 in billings before becoming administrators creates the perception of a conflict of interest:
It was late summer, as Ten basked in the afterglow of ratings victory delivered the previous month by its broadcasts of the Big Bash League, the high-octane cricket competition, when the TV network’s chairman David Gordon and his board started seriously considering putting the company into administration.
Through Ten’s lawyers, Gilbert + Tobin, the company appointed one of Australia’s biggest and best-known insolvency outfits, KordaMentha, to prepare a plan should the board pull the trigger.
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The AFR’s Street Talk has an update on Ten’s creditors:
CBS International Television Australia Pty Ltd has put in a claim for a whopping $795.5 million.
CBS’s claim is more than twice as much as all of Ten’s other creditors put together, almost 15 times its equity value when the stock last traded, and represents the sum of all of Ten’s future payments to CBS over the next five years under a content agreement.
CBS’s massive claim comes despite the US company only being owed less than $5 million when Ten’s directors called in administrator KordaMentha.
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As a member of the Ideaworks leadership team, Griffiths directed the agency’s creative output across all clients, creating award-winning work for Myer as part of their retail transformation. Previously at iris Griffiths also created award-winning work for Adidas as part of their All Blacks Sponsorship and creatively led the strategic repositioning for Chang Beer globally from Australia.
Bring managing director Roddy Campbell said: “We took our time to find the right person and can already see that Griff is going to make a huge impact. It’s an exciting lane within the marketing sector to be working in as more brands look to tap into the unrivalled passion for music and try new things, creating ownable events and content platforms as opposed to the traditional sponsorship approach. I feel our team is perfectly placed with experience and capabilities to deliver a top class, end to end creative solution.”
As part of the five-year deal Newton’s Law will be available to North American audiences on TV streaming service Acorn TV in later in 2017, joining a raft of other premium international series.
“Following the critical acclaim the series enjoyed on debut in Australia, we think Acorn TV is the perfect home for Newton’s Law in North America, appearing alongside other world-class series from Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand,” said Jessica Ellis, head of ABC content sales and distribution.
Newton’s Law was produced by Every Cloud Productions, the team behind international hit Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and stars Claudia Karvan (Jack Irish), Toby Schmitz (Black Sails), Brett Tucker (Thor: The Dark World, Mistresses) and Miranda Tapsell (The Sapphires).
David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) stars as Tycho Reeves, a billionaire inventor much admired by Brains, who has some unexpected teething problems on the inaugural voyage of his superspeed Hypercar, while Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Me Before You) voices Doyle, a resilient and courageous oil rig worker who stands up for what is right and allies herself with International Rescue.
Other guests include comedian and TV host Adam Hills (The Last Leg) as Buddy Pendergast.
BBC First and Foxtel have announced the airdate of their local co-production Top of the Lake: China Girl. The next instalment of Jane Campion’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated series Top of the Lake from See-Saw Films will air on BBC First from August 20 at 8.30pm.
Prior to its television premiere, the first two episodes will be shown at a special Opera House screening on August 1. It will also air in its entirety at the Melbourne International Film Festival on August 5. Both screenings will host a Q&A with Jane Campion, creators and cast.
Top of the Lake: China Girl is co-produced by BBC First and Foxtel with BBC Two, See-Saw Films, BBC UKTV in New Zealand, SundanceTV and Hulu in the United States, ARTE in France and BBC Worldwide.
A shake-up seems imminent for the second season of The Real Housewives of Sydney, reports Sydney Confidential.
Insiders previously revealed Foxtel boss Brian Walsh was not a fan of the nasty nature of the first season of the show.
While the initial plan was to cut controversial cast members Lisa Oldfield and Athena X Levendi who were at the centre of the drama, it is understood a revolt from fans of the show has forced producers to reconsider.
Oldfield is also keen to help mix things up for a second season. The mother-of-two told Confidential she would be keen to see well-known Sydneysiders Imogen Anthony or Karl Stefanovic’s ex-wife Cassie Thorburn join the cast.
Confidential can reveal while all the women are under three-season contracts, production company Matchbox can let any castmates go at its discretion.
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Matt Preston wants the next season of MasterChef Australia to move away from unattainable culinary masterpieces in favour of home-style cooking, reports News Corp’s Amy Price.
Speaking at Brisbane’s Regional Flavours, Preston told The Courier-Mail he was already tossing around ideas with judges Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris about season 10, which he hoped would include more of what they saw during this year’s homecooking week.
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KIIS presents iHeartRadio Live with Zara Larsson, powered by Optus, is the next in the 2017 iHeartRadio Live series.
Fans have already enjoyed live performances by Noah Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson, with breakthrough blues artist Rag’n’Bone Man set to perform in Melbourne on July 25.
Zara Larsson will be performing tracks from her debut album “So Good”, which reached #2 on the Australian iTunes charts, including the hit “I Would Like” and her new song “Don’t Let Me Be Yours”.
Fans who aren’t lucky enough to catch Larsson live will be able to see the performance on ELEVEN’s The Loop hosted by Scott Tweedie and Olivia Phyland, in partnership with iHeartRadio Australia.
You can stream Zara Larsson and many other artists data free on iHeartRadio Australia with selected Optus mobile plans.
No prizes for guessing what attracted the most social traction this week – the Nine Network’s coverage of State of Origin Game 3. Screened last Wednesday, the match scored a total of 2.2m interactions as measured by Nielsen.
Making a rare appearance in the top 5 Sport is SBS Viceland with its coverage of the Arsenal v Sydney FC game last Thursday ranking #2.
AFL and Wimbledon are also on the chart, as is coverage of the Major League Baseball All Star Game on ESPN last week.
All three episodes of Australian Ninja Warrior top the Non-Sport chart, with MasterChef’s first night of finals week and The Insiders also making the chart.
Commercial Radio Australia yesterday released the separate audience data from GfK for digital radio (DAB+).
The DAB+ summary report shows the cumulative audience for digital only stations, which is the total number of different (unique) people who listen to a DAB+ only radio station in that market for at least eight minutes (one quarter-hour), in a defined period.
The DAB+ only audiences are still small compared to regular radio broadcasts. The biggest cume audience 10+ in the Sydney market for regular radio broadcasts is Nova with 974,000. However, the biggest DAB+ cume audience 10+ in Sydney is 82,000 listening to Coles Radio.
In Sydney, triple j Unearthed ranks #2 behind Coles with Edge Digital #3. There are 20 DAB+ brands measured in the Sydney survey.
In Melbourne there are 22 DAB+ brands jostling for audience with possibly the brand that spends least on marketing, Double J, ranking #1 with 67,000. The biggest commercial brand is Coles Radio with 54,000.
Smooth is the #1 brand in Perth followed by ABC Grandstand and then Double J.
Coles Radio and Grandstand are ranked the top two in Brisbane.
The Adelaide market favours 90s iHeartRadio followed closely by Buddha and Coles Radio.
Southern Cross Austereo reported its combined digital reach is 425,000 people every week. The company’s digital assets reach 26% of the DAB+ only market.
SCA’s Buddha station has added 30,000 listeners and it branded the #1 non-retail aligned commercial station.
Nova Entertainment reports Coles Radio has 192,000 listeners across four cities, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, 32,000 more listeners than its closest competitor. Coles Radio is also the most listened-to DAB+ station overall in Sydney with a cume of 82,000 and Brisbane with 38,000, and most listened-to commercial station in Melbourne with 54,000 listeners. Coles Radio was introduced onto DAB+ in Perth on 10 May this year and will be included in the GfK DAB+ Digital Radio Report from Survey 6, 2017.
• For remainder of 2017 SBS promising to explore the diversity of Australia and the world with distinctive lineup
SBS held a midyear programming event in Sydney this week and flew in media from around Australia instead of touring the mini upfront around the country as happens with its annual upfronts in November each year.
Speaking at the event were both SBS CEO and managing director Michael Ebeid and director of TV and online content Marshall Heald.
Asked why the the broadcaster felt the need to hold a midyear showcase, Heald told Mediaweek:
“As a network with a small budget, we tend to make a lot of acquisitions of shorter-run series and one-offs. There are some great shows coming up that we didn’t have footage of at our November upfront so it is good to promote them in a less cluttered environment. We have some really great shows and they are worth talking about.
“This year SBS is continuing to tell stories of contemporary multicultural Australia and tackle issues in ways that inspire, challenge and bring the nation together. Our objective is to make a positive contribution towards a healthier and more united Australian society through incredible storytelling, and over the coming months local commissions that go to the heart of our charter, including compelling documentary series Look Me In The Eye, new Australian drama Sunshine and powerful indigenous storytelling with NITV’s You Are Here collection, will be testament to that.”
Programs featured at the event included Look Me In The Eye from Endemol Shine and hosted by Ray Martin. Martin interviewed two participants in the show, which brings together estranged family members looking to reconcile. SBS will be hoping some of the magic Endemol Shine sprinkled on Australian Ninja Warrior will rub off on this new format.
The doco series You Are Here coming to NITV and SBS saw an onstage discussion with filmmakers Warwick Thornton and Trisha Morton-Thomas.
Also featured at the event was the new drama Sunshine coming in October from Essential Media. Based in Melbourne’s outer-west Sunshine and its surrounds, the story follows Jacob Garang – a young, aspiring South Sudanese-Australian basketballer played by new on-screen talent Wally Elnour.
The broadcaster also confirmed Struggle Street will screen this year, but as yet there is no date.
The spinoff from The Good Wife, The Good Fight, will launch on August 2 at 8.30pm.
Coming in October will be the 10-part Irish drama Riviera from creator and writer Neil Jordan.
Matthew Evans is returning with a new series from Essential Media – Gourmet Farmer: Fat Pig Kitchen – screening from August 3.
Photos: Sunshine [Top], Warwick Thornton in We Don’t Need A Map [Lower]
Andrew Mercado and James Manning return to talk TV. Subjects this week include Australian Ninja Warrior, return of Game of Thrones, Yummy Mummies, Joanna Lumley’s India, Common Sense, The Handmaid’s Tale, Studio 10, Taboo, Friends From College and much more including a newspaper TV column Andrew didn’t appreciate!
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Kruti Joshi are joined by news.com.au’s Melissa Hoyer in this episode of Seven Days. They talk about 2017’s fourth radio survey, Studio 10‘s extra hour, Nine’s big week of Origin and Ninja Warrior, The Block and Australian Survivor’s head-to-head premiere night and more.