Wednesday May 10 2017
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||2.8%||GEM||3.3%||ELEVEN||3.8%||Food Net||1.0%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||10.1%||7||21.3%||9||13.8%||10 NNSW||4.3%||SBS One||4.4%|
|ABC ME||0.9%||7mate||4.1%||GEM||5.1%||ONE||3.5%||Food Net||0.8%|
|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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Seven’s House Rules and Seven Year Switch haven’t been without their challenges so far in their 2017 seasons. But both programs were part of Seven’s winning lineup last night.
Seven’s primary share of 19.1% was its lowest Tuesday survey share, but it pushed the network past Nine and TEN into first place.
Seven was the leader in all markets except Melbourne and Seven ranked #1 in combined channel share across the network.
TEN took second spot in both primary and combined channel share and ranked #1 in both in Melbourne. MasterChef was key to its success with the audience pushing back close to 1m with its second-best audience this year.
Nine was stuck in third place with its lowest Sunday to Thursday survey share of the year – 15.7%. The main culprit was the premiere episode of The Last Resort, which has started with just over 400,000 with the show ranking #4 in the timeslot.
Home and Away continued just over 700,000.
House Rules was just short of 800,000 with a slight improvement on its numbers a week ago. On last night’s episode divorced father-of-one Troy and partner Bec split up with Troy continuing renovations alone. It has been reported Bec will continue on the series though.
Seven Year Switch lifted too, sneaking back above 500,000.
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares then did 241,000 and the The Amazing Race did 73,000.
Welfare wars and new mobile phone plans were featured on A Current Affair with 799,000 watching. Nothing else on the channel came even close to those numbers later in the evening.
The debut of The Last Resort, which attracted mixed reviews at best, managed just 414,000 and missed a spot in the OzTAM top 20. That ranked the show fourth in the slot and it was not too far ahead of SBS’s repeat episode of Great Continental Rail Journeys.
This could qualify The Last Resort as the lowest-ever reality TV premiere. Nine has noted though that 40,000 watched an encore at 10.30pm on 9Life, 33,000 viewed episode one on 9Now and another 41,000 watched that episode on the KIIS FM Facebook page.
The Nine reality series proved to be a terrible lead-in for Love Child, which did 521,000, down 100,000 on its debut of 621,000 last week.
Operation Thailand followed with 300,000.
Sarah, Karlie and Eliza competed for a spot in the immunity challenge last night with Sarah winning the chance to go up against Victorian Young Chef of the Year Jarrod Di Blasi. The episode proved to be a winner for TEN with the second-best audience for MasterChef this season – 979,000. The only bigger audience was on launch night when 1.06m were watching on Monday of last week.
The Project 7pm was just short of 700,000 with Carrie Bickmore visiting Samuel Johnson‘s sister Connie.
MasterChef was good news again for NCIS with an audience of 563,000, up on last week’s 550,000.
NCIS: Los Angeles then did 283,000.
The Budget Speech took over the slot of 7.30 with 639,000 watching with the Treasurer outrating both House Rules and The Last Resort.
The Budget News Special at 8pm then did 525,000, which was up on what the slot has been doing for a few weeks.
A special episode of Foreign Correspondent at 9pm featured a report from Hamish Macdonald on global housing affordability. The episode did 329,000, up 20,000 on last week.
Great Continental Railway Journeys was just outside the top 20 on 360,000. With Eurovision in primetime looming, Michael Portillo won’t be the channel’s biggest attraction this week.
Insight followed on 241,000 with Dateline on 143,000.
Fairfax Media shareholders are understood to be pushing for a new cash bid worth as much as $3.1 billion from TPG Capital and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for the entirety of the publisher, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
It’s believed Fairfax’s board is leaning towards rejecting the initial $2.2 billion TPG bid, dubbed Project Faulkner.
Fairfax shareholders believe a new bid between $1.20 and $1.40 per share for the entire company, valuing the company between $2.7 billion and $3.1 billion, would be more acceptable.
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Longtime Network Ten shareholder Lazard is continuing its sell-down of the struggling free-to-air network despite the government slashing broadcast licence fees, a crucial aspect of the company’s turnaround plan, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.
A change in substantial shareholding notice lodged with the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday showed Lazard’s stake has fallen to 5.03%, which is roughly half the 10% it amassed after it first became a substantial shareholder in Ten in 2012.
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A man who allegedly attacked a woman with a hammer and a knife in Brisbane’s east Monday night was arrested Tuesday afternoon after TV crews stumbled upon him at the scene of the crime, report Chris Clarke, Tracey Ferrier and David Sigston in The Courier-Mail.
Seven and Nine were filming at the Norman Park AirBnb about 2pm when they found the man sitting on a bed in a bloodstained room.
Police, who had been searching for the Singaporean man, were alerted and officers stormed the scene soon after.
Police confirmed the man was arrested just after 2pm.
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NewsLifeMedia has announced Neale Whitaker will step down as editor-in-chief of Vogue Living in June to concentrate on his varied media commitments including two television series currently in production.
He will remain with the Vogue Living team as editor-at-large and continue to write his weekly Living column for the Sunday mastheads’ Stellar magazine.
Whitaker joined News in 2014 in the dual role of editor-in-chief of prestige design and lifestyle brand, Vogue Living, and design columnist for News Corp Australia’s network of Sunday newspapers.
Whitaker said: “It was a very big decision to step down but I feel privileged to have edited Vogue Living, particularly through such a significant milestone as the brand’s 50th anniversary. I also feel confident that it is absolutely the right time to leave the day-to-day operations with the very talented team here, while being pleased to continue as Vogue Living’s editor-at-large.”
Logies host Dave Hughes says he was dropped from the lineup of Channel Seven’s new comedy panel show because of jokes he made on stage about CEO Tim Worner, reports News Corp’s Alison Stephenson.
The show, ironically named Behave Yourself!, is a “comedy panel program featuring Australia’s best-loved comedians and celebrities competing in fun physical games” – but Hughesy will no longer be one of them.
“I was meant to be on a Channel Seven show on the weekend and I got cancelled,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“It’s a new panel comedy show. They took me off. They decided they wouldn’t have me on. They obviously can’t take a joke,” he added. “I think Channel Seven should get a sense of humour basically.”
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Isaiah Firebrace has survived a vocal hiccup during his performance of “Don’t Come Easy” in the first Eurovision semifinal to advance to the grand final, reports News Corp’s Kathy McCabe.
The 17-year-old sounded strong until he stumbled on a high note midway through the song.
It didn’t help that the moment was repeated during the performance recaps during the voting period for fans.
Isaiah endured an anxious 90-minute wait after his performance at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv to find out if he would join his predecessors, Guy Sebastian and Dami Im, as a Eurovision grand finalist.
Ten artists are selected from the 18 countries competing in the two semifinals.
Those who made it through the first semi are Moldova, Azerbaijan, Greece, Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Armenia, Australia, Cyprus and Belgium.
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SBS will broadcast live the second semifinal on Friday morning and the final live on Sunday morning. Repeats of the the semifinals and the final will be screened in primetime on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Sitting amongst the Australian delegation at the Wednesday morning first semifinal were SBS TV coverage producer Paul Clarke, SBS chief content officer Helen Kellie, SBS head of publicity Jo’an Papadopoulos and for part of the broadcast, Fairfax Media’s Michael Idato.
Ahead of the primetime Eurovision action, SBS is tonight screening the special Eurovision Top 40 Songs hosted by Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasy.
The series that raised the bar for television thrillers is returning, with TEN announcing a new season of Prison Break will premiere on Monday May 15 at 9.40pm. The US series will get the benefit of a lead-in from Have You Been Paying Attention?, which launched this week with over 800,000 watching.
The original stars are reunited for the adventure that spans the globe, featuring the signature thrills and cliffhangers that were hallmarks of the original series.
The cast includes Golden Globe award-nominee Wentworth Miller (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Australian-raised Dominic Purcell (Home and Away, The Flash), Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead) and Robert Knepper (Heroes).
The previous Prison Break series centred on Michael (Wentworth Miller), a young man determined to save his convicted brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) from death row by hatching an elaborate plan to escape from prison.
The new series, filmed on location in Morocco, begins seven years since Michael went missing, presumed dead. When clues suggest that he might still be alive, Lincoln reunites with Michael’s former wife Sara and three of Fox River State Penitentiary’s most notorious escapees.
To celebrate the return of David Lynch’s ground-breaking TV phenomenon Twin Peaks – premiering in Australia the same day as the US exclusively on Stan – Stan is partnering with Gelato Messina to transform, for the first time in the gelato giant’s history, two of their flagship stores to bring the “damn fine” world of Twin Peaks to Sydney and Melbourne.
For one day only in each city, the Messina Newtown (NSW) and Richmond (Vic) stores will become the place “where pies go when they die”, the iconic Double R Diner from the original Twin Peaks series. As part of the celebration, Gelato Messina will create a limited custom-made gelato cherry pie (50 slices per venue) and three Twin Peaks-inspired gelato flavours.
The Double R Diner will open its doors on Monday May 22 at Gelato Messina, Newtown in Sydney and Thursday May 25 at Gelato Messina Richmond in Melbourne.
Twin Peaks will debut only on Stan with a two-part premiere on Monday May 22, at 2pm, followed immediately by parts 3 and 4.
Directed entirely by David Lynch, the new Showtime 18-part limited event series picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. Twin Peaks is written and executive produced by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, and is executive produced by Sabrina S. Sutherland.
The celebration will be hosted by Bruce McAvaney and reflect on Lou’s legacy that stretched far beyond the playing field.
The special tribute will reminisce on Richards’ stellar playing career and central role as football’s first media personality. The special will highlight his best and funniest moments on iconic programs such as World of Sport and League Teams that saw him bring football to the fans as entertainment.
The program will air at 9.50pm Wednesday on Seven in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
The league announced yesterday that it would add an unspecified number of teams to the AFLW in 2019.
A final decision on what clubs are involved in the 2019 expansion, and how many, will be made by the commission later this year.
Geelong, St Kilda, North Melbourne, Richmond and West Coast, who were granted provisional AFLW licences, will receive priority weighting when submissions are reviewed.
The AFLW averaged crowds of 6,840 during its inaugural season, while the combined television audience for the 29 matches was 5.64 million. Adelaide defeated Brisbane in the first AFLW grand final. Carlton, Collingwood, Fremantle, Greater Western Sydney, Melbourne and Western Bulldogs were the other clubs involved.
Chris Taylor, managing director, International Television Australia and New Zealand for NBC Universal, has announced the appointment of Caroline Cleland (pictured) as the new director of programming for NBCUniversal International Australia and New Zealand.
Cleland started her career at Optus Television in 1998 programming a variety of channels before settling at Optus’ flagship entertainment channel Oh!
After five years with Optus she moved to the Hallmark Channel owned by Crown Media.
In 2008 NBCUniversal acquired Crown Media and with that came the launch of NBCUniversal’s Australian flagship, Universal Channel. Cleland has been with NBCUniversal since, working across the channel launches of 13th Street in 2009 and Syfy in 2014. The launch of FTA channel Bravo in July 2016 allowed her love for unscripted television to be unleashed on the New Zealand market. Cleland will lead the programming department across all six channels in their Australian and New Zealand portfolio continuing to deliver on strong content across the market.
Cleland has worked alongside top female leaders in the industry, in particular Selena Crowley and Ros Jones, and strives to lead and develop the next generation of women leaders in the industry.
Chris Taylor commented: “It is with great pleasure and sadness that we make the following announcement. But firstly I would like to thank Selena Crowley for her outstanding contribution to NBCUniversal, and the APAC leadership team for the last four years, I wholeheartedly wish her all the best for her very well earned break, and her next adventure.
“Caroline Cleland has been promoted from senior programming manager to programming director after being with the business since 2008. Caroline has been the custodian of a number of our key channels including Universal Channel, our flagship in the portfolio, and more recently she has held the programming reins for Bravo in New Zealand, which has established itself as a real contender in the New Zealand FTA landscape. I am delighted to announce Caroline’s promotion and to have her depth of expertise in the organisation.”
• Revenues of $1.98 billion, a 5% increase compared to $1.89 billion in the prior year
• Income (loss) from continuing operations was break-even, compared to ($128) million in the prior year
• Digital Real Estate Services segment contributed to strong growth in Total Segment EBITDA
(Unless indicated otherwise, all figures in US dollars)
News Corporation has reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2017.
Commenting on the results, chief executive Robert Thomson said:
“In the third quarter, we saw particular progress in our quest to be more digital and global, while there was tangible improvement in operating efficiencies. We posted solid revenue growth and substantial earnings growth, highlighted by momentum in digital real estate services, where realtor.com continued to expand traffic, revenue and profitability.
At news and information services, while print advertising remains volatile, we saw some moderation this quarter. Overall, the segment was a source of growth this quarter – in both revenues and profitability – driven by, in particular, the robust performance of in-store product at News America Marketing, digital subscriber gains of more than 300,000 at the Wall Street Journal and the benefits of ongoing cost control.
Revenues in the quarter increased $32 million, or 3%, compared to the prior year. Adjusted revenues increased 1% compared to the prior year.
Advertising revenues increased 4% due to higher in-store product revenues at News America Marketing, primarily driven by an increase in client spending and, to a lesser extent, timing-related benefits. Advertising revenues also benefited by $21m from the acquisition of Wireless Group and $20m from the acquisition of Australian Regional Media (ARM).
These factors were partially offset by weakness in the print advertising market.
Circulation and subscription revenues decreased 1%, but increased 3% excluding an $18m impact from negative foreign currency fluctuations, due to higher subscription pricing and selected cover price increases, partially offset by lower print volume.
Digital revenues represented 24% of segment revenues in the quarter, compared to 23% in the prior year; for the quarter, digital revenues for Dow Jones and the newspaper mastheads represented 29% of their revenues. Digital subscribers and users across key properties within the News and Information Services segment are summarised below:
• The Wall Street Journal average daily digital subscribers in the three months ended March 31, 2017 were 1,198,000, compared to 893,000 in the prior year (Source: Internal data)
• Closing digital subscribers at News Corp Australia’s mastheads as of March 31, 2017 were 333,400 (including ARM), compared to 261,500 in the prior year (Source: Internal data; adjusted for divested mastheads)
Revenues in the quarter increased $15m, or 14%, compared to the prior year primarily due to the acquisition of Sky News and favourable foreign currency fluctuations.
Foxtel revenues for the third quarter increased $13m, or 2%, to $591m from $578m in the prior year period.
In local currency, Foxtel revenues decreased 3%. Foxtel’s total closing subscribers were 2.8 million as of March 31, 2017, with closing cable and satellite subscribers 1% lower compared to the prior year period. In the third quarter, cable and satellite churn was 16.1% compared to 14.3% in the prior year. Churn was at a more normalised level of 13.5% in March.
Foxtel’s net income was nil, compared to $32m in the prior year period, primarily due to $21m in losses related to Foxtel management’s decision to cease Presto operations in January 2017 and a $14m loss resulting from the change in the fair value of Foxtel’s investment in Ten Network Holdings.
Foxtel EBITDA decreased $13m, or 9%, to $131m from $144m in the prior year. In local currency, Foxtel EBITDA decreased 13%, primarily due to lower revenues and planned increases in programming costs, specifically investments in sports.
Foxtel operating income for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 was $79m and $85m, respectively, after depreciation and amortisation of $52m and $59m, respectively. Operating income decreased primarily as a result of the lower revenues and increased programming spend noted above, partially offset by lower depreciation cost and the positive impact of foreign currency fluctuations.
The world’s most popular soap opera, The Bold And The Beautiful, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a series of special episodes filmed in Australia.
The special episodes kick off this Friday May 12 at 4.30pm on TEN and WIN Network.
Earlier this year, the stars of The Bold And The Beautiful including Katherine Kelly Lang, John McCook, Scott Clifton, Rena Sofer, Don Diamont, Thorsten Kaye, Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, Pierson Fode and Australia’s Ashleigh Brewer filmed at some of Australia’s most iconic locations, including the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour and beautiful Manly Beach.
The Australian episodes see Steffy and Liam’s wedding party embark on a luxurious journey to the unforgettable nuptials.
Before walking down the aisle, Steffy participates in a sensational Forrester Creations photo shoot with Ivy in front of the Sydney Opera House. The wedding takes place at Bennelong Lawn on Sydney’s picturesque harbour foreshore. Manly Beach is the iconic location for the wedding reception, where guests are treated to a stunning performance by Aboriginal dancers.
The Australian episodes feature local celebrity cameos including MasterChef Australia judge Matt Preston, Studio 10’s Ita Buttrose, The Living Room’s Amanda Keller, TEN Eyewitness News First At Five entertainment reporter Angela Bishop and WSFM breakfast radio host and officially Australian radio’s hottest hunk Brendan Jones.
Mediaweek’s James Manning and Andrew Mercado are joined by the one of the stars of Love Child – Mandy McElhinney. On the day of recording, Nine launched season four of the Playmaker Media drama.
James Manning and Andrew Mercado talk TV, including the 59th TV Week Logie Awards and the winners, the losers and the plain unlucky. They also talk TV ratings, programming moves, Ellen, Roseanne, Mercado living without Foxtel, Netflix and our regular update on Mercado’s new business venture – the NSW regional cinema South West Roxy.