Tuesday May 9 2017
|ABC ME||0.4%||7mate||3.0%||GEM||2.2%||ELEVEN||2.5%||Food Net||0.8%|
|ABC||Seven Affiliates||Nine Affiliates||Ten Affiliates||SBS|
|ABC||13.5%||7||21.4%||9||18.1%||10 NNSW||3.8%||SBS One||3.5%|
|ABC ME||0.8%||7mate||4.1%||GEM||2.5%||ONE||3.2%||Food Net||0.7%|
|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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Some memorable vocal workouts on the second of the two episodes of The Voice to screen this week helped secure Nine another Monday victory. Nine has now won the three successive Mondays since survey returned after the Easter break.
Seven’s Monday share was up 2.1 points after a poor Monday a week ago. The biggest contributor was House Rules with the audience up just under 300,000 after only 606,000 watched the first Monday episode last week. Not contributing so much was Seven Year Switch.
TEN’s best Monday survey share this year saw MasterChef eliminate its second contestant with an audience close to 100,000 better than the Sunday crowd. A key element of the Monday turnaround too was the return of Have You Been Paying Attention?, which managed to rank #1 for the night (not just its timeslot) in the key demos.
Seven’s The Morning Show is broadcasting from Disneyland in California this week with the first episode screening Monday. The trip was made possible via deals with Qantas, helloworld and Disneyland.
Guests on day one included Woody and Buzz Lightyear plus Nicky Whelan (pictured with hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies) while Emdur visited Paul Hogan at his new home in Venice Beach.
Monday morning TV ratings:
The Morning Show (Seven) 147,000
Today Extra (Nine) 122,000
Studio 10 (TEN) 96,000
Home and Away launched into week 19 with 709,000, which was a smaller audience than the show managed to average last week – 724,000.
House Rules lifted strongly after last Monday’s numbers with 874,000 last night. Kate and Harry returned to their renovated South Australian home as Tasmanian renovators Sean and Ella topped the leader board with 28 for their work on the South Australian property. Seven is promising one of the couples break up on the Tuesday episode.
Seven Year Switch has been unable to crack 500,000 for a while with 465,000 on Monday last week and then 484,000 last night.
A double shot of Gordon Ramsey followed with Ramsay’s Hotel Hell on 323,000 and then Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA on 218,000.
A Current Affair started its week on 955,000 with lead stories on George Calombaris poking a football fan and then a lengthy piece on the Anthony Bell/Kelly Landry bust-up attracting the big crowd. Last week ACA averaged a very strong 841,000.
The Voice edged back above 1.1m ranking #1 for the night all people. Vocal standouts included James Banks and Jessica D’Souza…plus the performer who forget the words to a Delta Goodrem song, in front of Delta Goodrem.
Nine then managed to attract a reasonable audience for a talk show hosted by Piers Morgan, mainly because his guest was Boy George. The interview special did 755,000.
In AFL markets Footy Classified then did 176,000 with 119,000 in Melbourne.
A pressure test on MasterChef last night saw the second contestant eliminated after he served up raw chook. The episode did 861,000, which was up on the Sunday number but down on the Monday episode a week ago when the new series launched. Tonight the program shows off some of the early favourites in an immunity challenge.
The channel’s biggest hit of the night, and for some time, was the return of Have You Been Paying Attention?, which assembled the A-team for its first outing in 2017. Regulars Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang were joined by host Tom Gleisner and guests Jane Kennedy, Celia Pacquola and a clean shaven Marty Sheargold. There were some great news story from the last week for the contestants to play with and Tina Arena was a worthy celebrity guest. The launch audience was 839,000 with the show ranking #1 in its timeslot and also #1 on Monday in the key demos. It was the program’s biggest-ever launch episode.
Elsewhere on the channel The Project 7pm did 752,000 with guests including John Safran plugging his new book.
Later in the night TEN launched Working Dog’s animated series Pacific Heat, which screened on Foxtel last year. The first FTA appearance did 248,000.
Australian Story was just over 700,000 for a return to a WA farming property previously profiled. The farmer has been trying to take the land back to nature and the episode featured some great camerawork, which was also memorable from the first time the property was featured.
7.30 was on 636,000 with Ridley Scott one of the guests and reporter James Glenday wasn’t going to let him go without answering a question about a new Gladiator movie and the chance it would-be star Russell Crowe.
Four Corners looked at Australia’s energy crisis with 643,000 watching, up from 608,000 last week.
Media Watch did 556,000, which was down 100,000 week-on-week.
Hughesy then starred on Q&A with his straight shooting and gags entertaining the audience of 431,000, down on last week’s 516,000.
Two episodes of 24 Hours In Emergency screened on the first night of Eurovision week. The two episodes averaged 185,000 with no number for the separate eps. The unappealingly titled Over The Counter Addicts managed only 115,000 at 7.30pm.
Earlier SBS World News did 150,000.
US private equity investor TPG has sweetened its partial $2.2 billion buyout battle for Fairfax Media with a promise to invest in journalism, but hopes of a deal were fading last night, report The Australian’s Darren Davidson and Damon Kitney.
Although Fairfax will not make a formal recommendation until investment bank Macquarie hands in a review, sources inside the company said the board of directors was unlikely to accept the deal.
A seven-page letter sent to Fairfax by TPG late on Friday afternoon argues that the future of the publisher’s three main metropolitan mastheads is integral to the success of the deal.
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The Australian’s Andrew White:
The encouraging news from the TPG takeover bid for investors in Fairfax Media is that someone sees a whole lot of unrealised value in the newspaper company. Less certain is how much of that the current owners will see, given the US private equity group wants to cherry-pick the company’s assets and keep them out of the sight of financial markets for a few years.
Founded by Texas billionaire David Bonderman, TPG has a record of delivering supersized returns for investors.
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The AFR’s Max Mason, Sarah Thompson and Anthony Macdonald:
Fairfax Media’s second largest shareholder believes TPG Capital and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan need to return with a new bid for the entire company rather than cherry-picking its best assets.
Patrick Potts, research analyst at fund manager Legg Mason Martin Currie, which owns 6.1% of Fairfax Media, said the $2.2 billion bid for Domain, the publisher’s major metropolitan titles, events and digital ventures undervalues those businesses and leaves Fairfax shareholders with structurally challenged assets, including Fairfax’s New Zealand and regional publishing arms.
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Street Talk in The AFR:
It’ll be the end of the week – at the earliest – before Fairfax Media responds to TPG Capital’s break-up play.
In the next few days, TPG Capital is expected to spend some time canvassing Fairfax shareholders.
While the outcome hangs in the air, it is already hard to see Fairfax’s board recommending the bid.
When was the last time a board said yes to the first edition of a private equity proposal?
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Fairfax Media’s James Chessell:
The board of Fairfax Media is widely expected to reject private equity group suitor TPG amid a lack of shareholder support for the $2.2 billion demerger of its online property classifieds business and metropolitan mastheads.
Two senior media executives contacted by Fairfax Media claim TPG’s investment bank adviser, Credit Suisse, has sounded out potential buyers of Fairfax’s radio network – which includes 3AW in Melbourne and 2GB in Sydney – in the event a bid for the entire company is lodged.
Nine Entertainment Co is considered a potential buyer of Fairfax’s stake in the listed radio assets, while Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corporation may also run the ruler over the AM stations given the close editorial alignment with its tabloid newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney.
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Australian media stocks soared after Senate powerbrokers opened the door to sweeping overhauls of media ownership laws that could trigger a flurry of deals as traditional media outlets vie to compete with Facebook and Google, reports The Australian’s Darren Davidson.
A planned overhaul of the laws – originally designed to guarantee competition in a pre-internet era – sent shares in Ten Network up as much as 20.45%, or 4.5c, to 26.5c.
Among the other commercial television networks, a sector under siege from digital entertainment offerings, shares in Seven West Media gained 3.38%, or 2.5c, to 76.5c. Shares in Nine Entertainment were up 5.34%, or 7c, at $1.38.
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Pandora Media is shaking up its board to help consider options, including a sale, the world’s largest digital radio service said as it reported that its losses had widened from a year ago, reports The Financial Times.
Pandora said it has raised US$150m from KKR, the private equity group, and two board members have resigned. The investment will help the company “evaluate any potential strategic alternatives, including a sale”, said James Feuille, one of the departing board members.
The radio service has been under pressure from activist shareholders, dissatisfied with the company’s losses, to explore a sale, with rumours of Liberty Media’s SiriusXM as a potential buyer. The company earlier this year said it would cut about 7% of its workforce.
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Broadcaster Ray Hadley has emerged victorious in a protracted 20-month court battle with two disgraced former Parramatta Eels officials – former chairman Steve Sharp and ex-deputy chairman Tom Issa – after the 2GB host attacked them on air for “lies” and “mismanagement of the club”, reports The Australian’s Nick Tabakoff.
The defamation case, initiated after comments Hadley made on his top-rating 2GB morning show, has been abandoned Sharp and Issa in the NSW Supreme Court.
Judge Lucy McCallum ordered Sharp pay Hadley’s employer, Harbour Radio, $60,000 in costs. However, Issa’s final costs are yet to be determined, with a hearing set down for later this year.
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Havercroft is a digital communications leader who has built her 16-year career at top media agencies in the UK and Australia, including eight years with MediaCom across both markets.
She has worked in digital strategy, social media activation and content integration at Carlton United Breweries, Procter & Gamble and Universal Pictures.
An active member of the startup community, Havercroft also ran a corporate accelerator program focused on HR technology, for Slingshot Ventures.
Havercroft will report directly to Paul Sigaloff, chief revenue officer, who said the calibre of the appointment reflects the strengthening of Yahoo7’s commercial position.
Yahoo7 has also made a key new hire in the agency sales team, naming Mary Evans as group sales manager. Evans will lead a team responsible for a group of key agency partners for the business in NSW. She joins Yahoo7 following a five-year stint at travel deal provider Travelzoo, both in her native UK and Australia, where she was mostly recently head of sales. Evans, who will be based in the Sydney office, started on Monday.
Channel Nine is leading the money race for “Cocaine Cassie” Sainsbury’s tell-all jail story, with 60 Minutes believed to have secured an exclusive deal with the mother and sister of the accused drug smuggler, report News Corp’s Penelope Debelle and Holly Byrnes.
The first photo of the 22-year-old Adelaide woman smiling from inside her Bogota jail cell was aired by the network last night.
A Nine spokeswoman told News Corp Australia the prison snap was sourced separate to any other deal being negotiated between Sainsbury’s mother Lisa Evans, her sister Khala and 60 Minutes.
Seven’s Sunday Night confirmed it had pulled out of bidding for the TV tell-all.
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Facebook has deleted thousands of UK accounts and overhauled its news feed in an attempt to battle fake news, following vocal criticism of the internet giant’s role in the phenomenon, reports The London Telegraph.
The social network has been under pressure to address “false news” in recent months, following concerns about its impact on elections in the US and Europe and fears that it could undermine advertisers’ confidence in Facebook.
On Monday, Facebook announced a new drive to tackle fake news in the UK, just a month before Brits go to the polls. It says it has introduced technology to better identify accounts that spread spam or fake news, such as detecting patterns of those that repeatedly post the same things, and deleted “tens of thousands” in response.
The company has also announced partnerships with Full Fact and First Draft, non-profit fact-checking organisations, to tackle fake news in the run-up to the election.
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BBC News reports:
Facebook has broadened its campaign to raise awareness about fake news, by publishing adverts in the UK press.
The ads, in papers including The Times, The Guardian and Daily Telegraph, carry a list of 10 things to look out for when deciding if a story is genuine.
They include checking the article date and website address, as well as making sure it isn’t intended as satire.
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Much of the media yesterday and overnight has been full of tributes to former AFL footballer and broadcaster Lou Richards who has passed away.
The Herald Sun has more than a dozen separate items online and in print and started its coverage:
Lou Richards has died aged 94.
Richards passed away peacefully at a nursing home where he had lived for many years.
Tributes are pouring in from the footy world at the news of Richards’ passing.
An emotional Eddie McGuire said statues should be put up all over the city.
“We’ve got a statue for him at Collingwood, Channel Seven and Channel Nine should have one, the Herald Sun should have one and the AFL should put one right out the front of AFL House and the players association should bow to it every day,’’ McGuire said.
People from the Premier to TV broadcasters have also shared tributes.
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These tributes to Richards from the two TV networks he worked for.
Channel Seven mourns the passing of football and TV icon Lou Richards.
Richards was a Collingwood premiership captain and champion footballer, but his legacy stretches far beyond the playing field.
As part of the Channel Seven team in Melbourne, Richards was a pioneer of sports broadcasting, commentary and particularly the magazine show format.
Combining with longtime HSV-7 general manager Ron Casey, who would host World of Sport and call football, Richards brought football to the fans as entertainment.
He started with Seven in 1959 before generations of Australians loved him on programs including World of Sport and League Teams.
Alongside fellow football legends Bob Davis and Jack Dyer he also became known as one of the so-called Three Wise Monkeys on League Teams every Thursday night, their largely unscripted banter winning legions of fans everywhere.
His loss is felt by all at Seven, including longtime colleague and producer Gordon Bennett, who worked with Richards on League Teams and World of Sport and commented:
“It was Lou and Ron Casey that pushed Seven’s football to the forefront and made it so popular. The fans all loved Lou. He was their hero. Even though he was a Collingwood player, people from all teams loved chatting to him.”
Channel Seven Melbourne managing director Lewis Martin said:
“Lou Richards was not only a great football personality on Channel Seven, he was a television pioneer and his legacy can be seen today in sports entertainment television.
“He was and always will be a beloved member of the Seven family from whom we learned a great deal. Lou will be missed, but always remembered fondly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
It is with profound sadness that all of us at Nine mourn the passing of Lewis Thomas Charles Richards, better known as simply Lou.
A legend of Australian Rules Football, Lou was a huge personality on and off the field.
He clocked up an impressive 250 games with the Collingwood Football Club, including captaining the team to its 1953 Premiership win.
“Louie the Lip”, as he was affectionately known, then went on to carve a hugely successful media career. He was a pioneer in combining sports journalism and entertainment. In doing so, he paved the way for the legion of footballers who chose to make journalism their calling post-football.
Lou was a favourite face on The Sunday Footy Show in its early years with his hugely popular segment, Lou’s Handball. He also made regular appearances on Wide World of Sports, The Footy Show, Nine News and Today.
Lou Richards was, and always will be, a much loved member of the Nine family.
He may no longer be with us in the flesh, but his memory will be cherished. His legacy will be honoured and respected for generations to come.
Our deepest sympathies are extended to his daughters Nicole and Kim and their extended family.
Sunday afternoon’s A-League Grand Final between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory has topped the sports social content ratings as measured by Nielsen for the week ending May 7. The A-League match, which ended in a penalty shootout, ranked above four separate AFL matches broadcast on Fox Footy and Seven.
House Rules ranked #1 in the non-sport rankings, managing to outperform the launch episode of MasterChef, Q&A and two episodes of The Voice.
• New releases can’t catch Guardians Of The Galaxy which passes $23m
The weekend box office of $12.44m was the smallest weekend gross for seven weeks. The drop week-on-week for the top 20 movies was 42%. Two new releases made it into the top five but there was just one movie over $2m.
The box office champ for the past two weekends shed 71 screens to 634 as its screen average dropped from $12,222 to $7,875. After just short of two weeks in cinemas since its Anzac Day release, the movie has racked up $23.06m. The Walt Disney release needs to find just under another $4m to pass the earnings of the first Guardians.
This low budget US horror film featuring an interracial couple premiered at Sundance earlier this year. It has proven to be a good investment for distributor Universal with box office over $200m after a budget reportedly just over $4m. The film has taken a total of $2.83m here with $1.89m of that across the weekend and the extra from earlier previews. It opened on 345 screens with a screen average of $5,494.
The American drama-comedy is directed by ABBA music video maker turned Swedish cinema director Lasse Hallström and has taken a while to open here after a January release in the US. The film opened on 271 screens with a screen average of $4,445.
Just under $1m for weekend four, which means the earnings slowed 46% as the movie total sits on $27.35m. The release disappeared off 134 screens to 292 last week leading to the screen average dropping to $3,181.
The Zach Braff-directed US heist comedy makes what will probably be its last top five appearance with earnings down 30% on the weekend and a screen average of $2,399 from 242 screens. The movie should pass $4m some time this week.
Just outside of the top five were the two different language versions of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. Between them the two versions took $787,000 which would have pushed the film into the top five. The two movies have different distributors. Eros Australia’s Hindi version did $534,000 while the Southern Star Tamil/Telegu/Malayalam version did $253,000. The Hindi version had a cracking screen average of $10,482 from its 51 screens.
Beauty And The Beast tumbled out of the top five this week, but it still finds a home in the top 10 with a total earn of $47.03m.
Foxtel and FremantleMedia Australia have announced production of the sixth season of the AACTA and TV Week Logie Award-winning drama Wentworth will commence this month.
Wentworth’s fifth season launched last month on Foxtel’s showcase channel and the next 12-episode season will shoot on location through winter in Melbourne to be scheduled on Foxtel in 2018.
Wentworth premiered in 2013 and is Foxtel’s longest-running original drama. The series is distributed by FremantleMedia International and is now seen in more than 140 territories and there are productions in Dutch, German and Flemish.
The drama has been lauded by critics at home and abroad and acknowledged with award wins and nominations. Most recently, Wentworth won the 6th AACTA Award for Most Outstanding Drama Series in December and was nominated in the 59th TV Week Logie Awards in the popular-voted Best Drama Series category and the industry-voted categories of Most Outstanding Drama Series, Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for Nicole da Silva as Franky Doyle, and Most Outstanding Actress for Danielle Cormack in her final season as Bea Smith.
Foxtel head of drama Penny Win said: “As Foxtel’s longest-running original drama, Wentworth continues to set a high bar for our local production slate.
“There is so much yet to unfold with season five premiering now in Australia on Foxtel before any details should be revealed about the sixth season. My lips are sealed other than to say Marcia Gardner and the writers continue to excel in setting up intriguing story arcs and finely crafted scripts for the wonderfully talented Wentworth cast to bring to life.”
FremantleMedia director of drama Jo Porter said: “Getting to a sixth season is something none of us take for granted. Key to this is the unwavering dedication to the show by the incredible Wentworth audience both in Australia and around the world. Like us they are drawn to our exceptional cast who embody the diverse, complex and intriguing characters who populate the intense world of Wentworth and its high stakes and compelling stories.
“None of this would be possible without our wonderful partners Foxtel. Together with series producer Pino Amenta, the wonderful team of writers, directors, crew, and cast, we all look forward to opening the gates of Wentworth for the next chapter. Knowing what they have in store, fans won’t be disappointed and we can’t wait to get started.”
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.