Wednesday January 23, 2019

Australian films contribute 4.5% to second biggest box office year

• 758 films generated 2018 movie tickets sales of $1.245 billion
• Average ticket price dropped from $14.13 in 2017 to $13.86 in 2018


Australian audiences have voted with their feet – going to the movies remains a popular pastime.

The Australian box office closed out 2018 up 3.6% at $1.245 billion. That makes it the second-best year ever after $1.259b in 2016.

Joel Pearlman, chairman of the MPDAA and CEO Roadshow Films, said: “Australian audiences confirmed their love of cinema in 2018 with the year’s diverse line up demonstrating that cinema continues to provide a great value out of home experience for a broad audience.”

Disney’s Avengers: Infinity Wars took line honours, closing 2018 at $61.8m, followed by Incredibles 2, also from Disney, at $45.7m.

Still playing into its 12th week in cinemas at the end of 2018, the 2018 cume for Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox) was $42.4m, with Black Panther (Disney) at $40.8 and Deadpool 2 (Fox) at $36m.

The other top performing films of the year were Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal $35.5m), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures $32.9m), A Star is Born (Warner Bros $32.8m) and The Greatest Showman (Fox $27.5m4). Rounding out the Top 10 films was Sony Pictures’ Australian collaboration Peter Rabbit ($26.7m).

While cinema operators continued to install comfy reclining seating, to invest in the latest in hi-tech picture and sound and to increase the range and quality of food and beverage choices, audiences also benefited from a drop in average ticket prices: from $14.13 in 2017 to $13.86 in 2018.

Several Box Office records were broken during the year, notably Anzac Day became the highest grossing single day ever at the Australian Box Office with $11.2m taken that day.

758 films were released in Australian cinemas in 2018 – more than ever before – giving audiences a choice of films from over 39 countries.

2018 has been a great year for Australian films headed by Peter Rabbit (Sony Pictures $26.7m) and Ladies In Black (Sony Pictures $12m). Australian films represented a notable 4.5% of the total box office. Simon Baker’s Breath and Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country were stand-outs, garnering both critical and audience approval.

Australian documentaries have again proven their appeal. Two insightful biographical films, Gurrumul and Working Class Boy, were the second and third highest grossing of the 67 documentaries released in cinemas in 2018.

A research survey by SARA (Screen Audience Research Australia) shows that cinema visits by frequent cinema-goers (once a month or fortnightly) have not declined. Importantly, these patrons have increased the average number of films they see each year – from 13 visits per year in 2016 to 16 visits in 2018.

The rise in cinema revenue is mirrored by the downturn in movie piracy, which is showing a decline in both the number of pirates and the frequency of activity for both teens (12-17yo) and adults (18-64yo). Creative Content Australia’s 2018 research study confirms that consumer behaviours and attitudes have changed.

Significantly, piracy is no longer perceived to be the prevailing social norm. For many years, the belief that “everyone is doing it” was one of the key excuses given for piracy activity. In 2012 66% of Australian adults agreed that “accessing pirated content is something that everybody does nowadays”. In 2018, that agreement has fallen to 32%.

Telstra rings up fourth consecutive year as most valuable brand

Telstra remains Australia’s most valuable brand despite brand value dropping 7%
• Retail brands enjoy strong growth in face of online competition with Woolworths’ brand value up 23%
Qantas soars to become Australia’s strongest brand with a score of 86.6 out of 100 and a AAA rating

Telstra remains Australia’s most valuable brand despite its brand value subsiding 7% to $14.7 billion, according to the latest report by Brand Finance.

Woolworths (brand value up 23% to $11.2 billion) and Coles (brand value up 31% to $11.0 billion) both jumped two places to 2nd and 3rd, respectively. The two Australian retail giants have grown their brand values strongly this year despite the threat of online competition from Amazon.

Telstra’s fall in brand value was primarily driven by a decrease in brand strength as the telco giant continues to face many challenger brands in its key service areas of mobile, internet and landline telecommunications. Despite this fall in brand strength, it remains Australia’s 5th strongest brand, and clearly continues as Australia’s dominant telecommunications carrier. On the other hand, Optus (brand value up 6% to $5.3 billion) increased its brand strength this year, overtaking Telstra to become the country’s strongest telecommunications brand, and Australia’s 4th strongest brand overall.

Mark Crowe, managing director of Brand Finance Australia, commented:

“Telstra remains Australia’s most valuable brand, with its key customer segments delivering high quality and reliable operations right across its entire portfolio of telecommunications services. However, the brand continues to face domestic challenges from a variety of competitors in its core services, putting downward pressure on its overall brand value. Looking ahead, management will need to ensure that they are able to leverage Telstra’s existing brand strength to ensure that the brand does not merely become a dumb pipe to carry smart services: this offers Telstra the opportunity to grow commercial revenue by extracting greater value from online supply chains.”

Qantas soars to become Australia’s strongest brand

In addition to measuring overall brand value, Brand Finance also evaluates the relative strength of brands, based on factors such as marketing investment, familiarity, loyalty, staff satisfaction, and corporate reputation. Alongside revenue forecasts, the brand strength index (BSI) is a crucial driver of brand value.

According to these criteria, Qantas (brand value up 45% to $3.8 billion) improved its BSI to 86.6, achieving a brand rating upgrade from AAA- to AAA to become Australia’s strongest brand.

Meanwhile, last year’s strongest brand, Commonwealth Bank, fell to seventh, with its brand rating shifting from AAA to AA+. This reflects the high-regard that Australians have for the Qantas brand as it continues to lead the Australian aviation industry, on both domestic and international routes.

Crowe commented:

“Qantas’ brand performance is quite exceptional given that enterprise value has decreased by 8%. This result highlights the importance of the iconic brand to the company as it deals with increasing competition on its domestic and international routes. Brands in the airline sector have been to the fore in Australian aviation with both Jetstar (28%) and Virgin Australia (16%) also recording strong increases in value.”

First I’m A Celebrity departure: Ajay Rochester farewells the jungle

The Tuesday night episode of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, gave Sally, Network 10 Classification Manager, heart palpitations, according to the network.

Contestants Shane Crawford, Dermott Brereton, Justin Lacko and Sam Dastyari put their gag reflex into overdrive in a very nauseating Tucker Trial, before Ajay Rochester farewelled her African home.

Meal Of Fortune saw Trial master Justin, besties Shane and Dermott, and a very nervous Sam play Russian Roulette with a round table full of revolting dishes.

Justin and Dermott dominated through repulsive cuisines including chicken intestine broth, fermented offal, sheep’s eye, lamb kidney and bull’s testicles, while Shane and Sam spluttered, gagged and vomited their way along. Demott couldn’t resist some obvious and “distasteful” gags about the testicles.

Later in the show, Dr. Chris Brown and Julia Morris announced that veteran reality television host Ajay Rochester was the first celebrity to be voted out of the jungle.

Unapologetically honest and open, Ajay did not hold back with sharing stories.

Within hours of arriving into camp, Ajay told her jungle family that she hadn’t had a shag in nine years. From the welfare fraud case that plagued her in the press to her very public spat with Michelle Bridges, no topic was off limits.

Ajay and Yvie Jones bonded over the pain that comes with being overweight and talked about fat shaming in the media. The women discussed using their weight as a defence mechanism and were proud that two larger women were being represented on the show.

In perhaps her most candid camp conversation, Ajay spoke of the incredible journey to find her birth mother, who turned out to be her co-worker in a Sydney restaurant.

Ajay competed in two trials, the most memorable being Flying Blind, where she had to keep her heart rate down on a tumultuous helicopter ride around Africa.

The network is now promoting a bold-Hollywood A-lister is on the next flight out of LAX and headed for South Africa. There is some speculation it could be Pamela Anderson.

96FM welcomes Shane Lowe home to Perth as new breakfast anchor

96FM has signed popular radio personality Shane Lowe to the team, as he joins Paul & Lise for Breakfast in 2019.

Returning to his home of Perth, Lowe is joining 96FM hosts Paul Hogan and Lisa Fernandez.

Lowe comes to 96FM breakfast with 20 years of radio and television experience, most recently in Adelaide where he spent almost a decade hosting Nova 919 Adelaide breakfast as part of several teams including Maz Compton and Dan Debuf (Action Battle Team) and later co-hosting with Dylan Lewis (Lewis & Lowe).

Lowe’s first radio gig was hosting the Hot 30 night show at 96FM in the early 2000’s before making a move to pursue his career in the eastern states.

96FM content director Rob McCasker said: “96FM is proud to welcome Shane Lowe to the breakfast team as Anchor. Shane brings a wealth of radio experience to his new role and, being a Perth boy, is the perfect addition to join Paul and Lise in delivering local news and fun content that’s relevant to our listeners. We’re excited by the additional energy Shane brings to the show and are looking forward to an excellent year on the Paul & Lise breakfast show.”

Shane Lowe added: “In 2019 I really am coming ‘home’ in every sense of the word – not only to Perth, but to 96FM where I started my radio career all those years ago.

“I’m loving being a part of the breakfast show with Paul and Lise each day, and look forward to delving into what is really important to our Perth listeners…and of course sharing lots of laughs along the way!”

Top Photo: Shane Lowe with Paul Hogan and Lisa Fernandez

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards coming live to FOX8

• Hosted by fifteen-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys
• Screening Monday February 11 at 12:00pm live from LA

Music’s biggest night, The 61st Annual Grammy Awards, will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Monday February 11 at 12:00pm AEDT on Foxtel’s FOX8.

Following its broadcast on FOX8, the annual event will be available to stream on Foxtel as well as encore screenings on FOX8 at 6:00pm and Channel [V] at 9:30pm AEDT. Plus, catch all the red carpet coverage from 9:30am AEDT with E!’s Live From the Red Carpet.

Hosted for the first time by fifteen-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys, the awards will feature performances by some of the biggest names in the music industry right now and nominees Camila CabelloCardi BDan + ShayPost MaloneShawn MendesJanelle Monáe and Kacey Musgraves.

Making her Grammy performance debut, Cabello received two nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance (Havana [Live]) and Best Pop Vocal Album (Camila). Cardi B is nominated for Record Of The Year (I Like It), Album Of The Year (Invasion Of Privacy), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Maroon 5 (Girls Like You), Best Rap Performance (Be Careful), and Best Rap Album (Invasion Of Privacy).

First-time Grammy nominees Dan + Shay are up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance (Tequila). Also a first-time Grammy nominee, Post Malone received four nominations, Record Of The Year (Rockstar with 21 Savage), Album Of The Year (Beerbongs & Bentleys), Best Pop Solo Performance (Better Now), and Best Rap/Sung Performance (Rockstar).

Taking the Grammy stage for the first time, Mendes is nominated for Song Of The Year (In My Blood) and Best Pop Vocal Album (Shawn Mendes). Current two-time Grammy nominee Monáe is up for Album Of The Year (Dirty Computer) and Best Music Video (PYNK).

Two-time Grammy winner and current nominee Musgraves is up for four Grammy Awards, Album Of The Year (Golden Hour), Best Country Solo Performance (Butterflies), Best Country Song (Space Cowboy), and Best Country Album (Golden Hour).

Host and master of ceremonies, Alicia Keys, is a modern-day Renaissance woman—a 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/musician/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, a film/ television and Broadway producer, an entrepreneur, and a powerful force in the world of activism. Since the release of her monumental 2001 debut album, Songs In A Minor, Keys has sold more than 30 million records and built an unparalleled repertoire of hits and accomplishments.

The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for the Recording Academy.

Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Ben Winston is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Chantal Sausedo is the talent producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers.  

The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live on FOX8 from 12.00pm with an encore primetime screening at 6:00pm that evening.

Following its broadcast on FOX8, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library on internet enabled iQ set top boxes.

There will be an additional encore screening on Channel [V] at 9:30pm and red carpet coverage from 9:30am with E!’s Live From the Red Carpet.

Oscars: Netflix is the hottest new Hollywood studio

Actor-comedian and Oscar-nominated writer Kumail Nanjiani and actress-producer-director Tracee Ellis Ross (pictured) have announced the 91st Oscars nominations from the Academy’s headquarters in Beverly Hills via a global live stream on,, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed and broadcast media.

Active members of the Academy are now eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Tuesday, February 12, through Tuesday, February 19.

The winners will be announced via the annual Academy Awards telecast which will again be shown live on Nine this year on Monday February 25.

Among the Oscar nominees, The Favourite and Roma received the most nominations with 10, including nominations in the categories of Best Picture, Actress in a Leading Role, and Actress in a Supporting Role. Other Oscars 2019 nominees with multiple nominations include A Star Is Born and Vice with eight nominations, Black Panther with seven, and Blackkklansman with six.

Netflix has become Hollywood’s hottest new Oscar studio with 15 Academy Award nominations. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma secured 10 while the Coen BrothersThe Battle of Buster Scruggs got three plus another two for short documentaries.

20th Century Fox claimed the most nominees for any one studio though – 20. Disney and Universal were close behind with 17 each. Paramount only received one nomination.

Major category Oscar nominations:

Performance by an actor in a leading role nominees:

• Christian Bale in VICE
• Bradley Cooper in A STAR IS BORN
• Willem Dafoe in AT ETERNITY’S GATE
• Viggo Mortensen in GREEN BOOK

Performance by an actor in a supporting role nominees:

• Mahershala Ali in GREEN BOOK
• Adam Driver in BLACKkKLANSMAN
• Sam Elliott in A STAR IS BORN
• Richard E. Grant in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
• Sam Rockwell in VICE

Performance by an actress in a leading role nominees:

• Yalitza Aparicio in ROMA
• Glenn Close in THE WIFE
• Olivia Colman in THE FAVOURITE
• Lady Gaga in A STAR IS BORN
• Melissa McCarthy in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

Performance by an actress in a supporting role nominees:

• Amy Adams in VICE
• Marina de Tavira in ROMA
• Emma Stone in THE FAVOURITE
• Rachel Weisz in THE FAVOURITE

Best animated feature film of the year nominees:

• INCREDIBLES 2- Brad Bird, John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle
• ISLE OF DOGS- Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson
• MIRAI- Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito
• RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET- Rich Moore, Phil Johnston and Clark Spencer
• SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE- Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

Best motion picture of the year nominees:
• BLACK PANTHER- Kevin Feige, Producer
• BLACKkKLANSMAN- Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers
• BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY- Graham King, Producer
• THE FAVOURITE- Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers
• GREEN BOOK- Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers
• ROMA- Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers
• A STAR IS BORN- Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers
• VICE- Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers

New monthly: That’s Life! brand continues to thrive 25 years after launch

Around 750,000 That’s Life! readers were very interested in a major development for the brand this week. Otherwise celebrations around what is a major publishing event seemed muted. (The magazine did thoughtfully supply lamingtons to key media though!)

That three quarter of a million readers now have another chance to engage with the brand via a monthly print edition now being published in addition to the weekly print magazine.

Those readers have been enjoying their weekly dose of amazing real life stories mixed in with recipes, puzzles and the chance to win prizes. The new monthly That’s Life! delivers on all fronts. In the first monthly edition of the magazine there are over 30 competitions with chances to win a new Mazda, $15,000 in cash in addition to many other cash and gift prizes, some for less than $100.

The magazine competes in a small category that is also home to Bauer Media’s Take 5, which has also recently launched a monthly version. That’s Life! editor for 13 years, Linda Smith, is confident her Pacific title outsells its Bauer competition.

The magazines no longer release circulation figures. The latest emma readership data (for the 12 months ending October 2018) has That’s Life! with 764,000 readers to Take 5’s 710,000.

Smith indicated That’s Life!’s share of the real life magazine sector had been stable for the past four years. “We have remained #1 in the category for 25 years,” she told Mediaweek.

Reflecting on her time editing the title, Smith calculated she has written over 600 weekly editors letters to readers. She insists she doesn’t recycle them either! “That gives me a close connection to the readers because they always generate responses. They feel like they know me because of what I write about my life and my family. It helps to personalise the magazine.”

With the new launch, Smith said she strived to make it clear it was a new title, not a replacement. “The weekly is not changing and will continue to publish weekly. The new magazine looks very different apart from the use of the same masthead. The format is noticeably bigger which helps ensure there is no confusion about our two titles.

Retailers should love this magazine because it continues to sell in both newsagents and supermarkets and it remains strong too in regional and metro areas.

The new monthly is priced at $4.95, just a small increase on the $3.60 Pacific charges for the weekly.

The magazine was originally launched by pioneering Aussie independent publishers Steve Bush and Deke Miskin back in 1995 when they teamed with publisher John Motion when Attic Press and Southdown Press became Pacific Publications.

It’s not just all puzzles and prizes that have kept the readership strong for quarter of a century. The editorial mix is key.

“And it’s not all good news they want,” said Smith.

“They do want to read crime and sad stories. If anything the monthly might have a little more editorial warmth than the weekly. We have reader tributes to people plus we have someone revealing their personal diary.

“There continues to be hunger for real life stories. The success of something like The Teacher’s Pet podcast is proof of that.”

TV ratings Analysis: January 22

• Nine serves an ace with 1.18m metro watching Ash Barty match
• 10 in second place early evening with Celebrity elimination

Week 4 2019 – Summer schedule – Tuesday

FTA early evening TV news

• Seven News 957,000 and 874,000
• Nine News 869,000 and 885,000
• ABC News 636,000
• 10 News First 422,000
• SBS World News 120,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 272,000
• Today 218,000
• ABC News Breakfast 110,000


Closer finish last night in the cricket, yet it was no match for the Australian Open.

The first innings of the game from Sydney’s Spotless Stadium saw 351,000 watching which grew to 409,000 for the second innings.


The Australian Open had its second-best night with an early evening average of 953,000.

The Late night audience was 384,000, ahead of the daytime average audience on 333,000.

The big tennis attraction on Day 9 was Ash Barty fighting to stay in the competition with a metro average of 1.18m.

See separate features at this week with a deeper dive into the Australian Open TV ratings from both weeks of the tournament.


I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! was split in two again last night for the first elimination episode. 793,000 tuned in to learn that Ajay Rochester was being sent home, while 717,000 saw the rest of the episode.

These numbers allowed 10 to claim to be #2 channel ahead of Seven under 50 last night 6pm to midnight.

The Project featured heartbreaking interviews with Aiia Masarwa’s father and cousin and rocker Joan Jett was a guest in the studio. The audience was on 421,000.

Later in the night NCIS: Los Angeles was on 357,000.


On Foreign Correspondent reporter Adam Harvey had a metro audience of 295,000 for story from Madagascar.

Part three of The Human Body did 246,000.

The second episode of Fake Or Fortune? was on 151,000. The busy co-host Fiona Bruce is creating controversy in the UK as the new host of the BBC’s Question Time, a similar show to the ABC’s Q&A.


Great American Railroad Journeys took viewers through Connecticut and New England with an audience of 187,000.

Week 4 TV: Tuesday
ABC Seven Nine 10 SBS
ABC 8.4% 7 14.7% 9 29.0% 10  13.7% SBS One 4.4%
ABC 2 2.5% 7TWO 3.1% GO! 2.8% 10 Bold 3.8% VICELAND 1.6%
ABC ME 0.9% 7mate 2.8% GEM 2.7% 10 Peach 2.5% Food Net 1.2%
ABC NEWS 1.3% 7flix 1.5% 9Life 2.2%     NITV 0.2%
    7Food 0.8%            
TOTAL 13.1%   22.9%   36.7%   20.0%   7.4%
ABC Seven Affiliates Nine Affiliates 10 Affiliates SBS
ABC 8.9% 7 14.9% 9 23.0% WIN 14.0% SBS One 4.0%
ABC 2 2.8% 7TWO 5.1% GO! 2.6% WIN Bold 3.7% VICELAND 1.5%
ABC ME 1.0% 7mate 3.5% GEM 4.8% WIN Peach 2.8% Food Net 1.1%
ABC NEWS 1.5% 7flix 1.6% 9Life 2.7% Sky News  on WIN 0.2% NITV 0.4%
TOTAL 14.2%   25.1%   33.1%   20.7%   7.0%


86.3% 13.7%


  1. Seven News Seven 957,000
  2. 2019 Australian Open Day 9 -Night Nine 953,000
  3. Nine News 6:30 Nine 885,000
  4. Seven News / Today Tonight Seven 874,000
  5. Nine News Nine 869,000
  6. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   Elimination 10 793,000
  7. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   10 717,000
  8. ABC News ABC 636,000
  9. 2019 Australian Open Day 9 -Night Pre Match Nine 554,000
  10. The Chase Australia Seven 550,000
  11. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League – Syd Thu V Melb Ren Seven 487,000
  12. 10 News First 10 422,000
  13. The Project 7pm 10 421,000
  14. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League – Syd Thu V Melb Ren S2 Seven 409,000
  15. 7.30 ABC 407,000
  16. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League – Syd Thu V Melb Ren In Seven 403,000
  17. 2019 Australian Open Day 9 -Late Nine 384,000
  18. NCIS: Los Angeles 10 357,000
  19. Seven’s Cricket: Big Bash League – Syd Thu V Melb Ren S1 Seven 351,000
  20. The Chase Australia-5pm Seven 347,000
Demo Top 5

16-39 Top Five

  1. 2019 Australian Open Day 9 -Night Nine 238,000
  2. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   Elimination 10 178,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   10 168,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 128,000
  5. 2019 Australian Open Day 9 -Night Pre Match Nine 118,000


18-49 Top Five

  1. 2019 Australian Open Day 9 -Night Nine 355,000
  2. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   Elimination 10 345,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   10 322,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 249,000
  5. Nine News Nine 233,000


25-54 Top Five

  1. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   Elimination 10 397,000
  2. 2019 Australian Open Day 9 -Night Nine 376,000
  3. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!   10 375,000
  4. Nine News 6:30 Nine 299,000
  5. Nine News Nine 287,000


TUESDAY Multichannel
  1. NCIS (R) 10 Bold 154,000
  2. Rusty Rivets ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000
  3. CSI: Miami 10 Bold 133,000
  4. Hey Duggee AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 131,000
  5. 2019 Australian Open Day 9 -Night -Gem 9Gem 129,000
  6. Dino Dana ABCKIDS/COMEDY 129,000
  7. Spicks And Specks ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  8. Peppa Pig AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000
  9. Ben And Holly’s Little Kingdom ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000
  10. Bondi Rescue Ep 2 (R) 10 Bold 122,000
  11. Peter Rabbit ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000
  12. Bluey PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 120,000
  13. Octonauts ABCKIDS/COMEDY 118,000
  14. Dot. AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 117,000
  15. Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures ABCKIDS/COMEDY 114,000
  16. CSI: Miami Ep 2 10 Bold 114,000
  17. Shaun The Sheep ABCKIDS/COMEDY 113,000
  18. The Big Bang Theory   9GO! 113,000
  19. Peppa Pig PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 110,000
  20. Luo Bao Bei AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 107,000
  1. Live: Between The Innings FOX CRICKET 193,000
  2. Live: BBL: Thunder V Renegades FOX CRICKET 173,000
  3. Live: BBL Post Game FOX CRICKET 159,000
  4. Live: BBL: Thunder V Renegades FOX CRICKET 157,000
  5. The Great British Bake Off LifeStyle FOOD 49,000
  6. Live: Asian Cup: Ro16, Aus V Uzb FOX SPORTS 505 48,000
  7. Live: B4 The Bash! FOX CRICKET 46,000
  8. Outlander FOX SHOWCASE 41,000
  9. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 40,000
  10. El Dorado FOX Classics 39,000
  11. Live: Football: Afc Asian Cup Pre Game FOX SPORTS 505 36,000
  12. Criminal Minds TVH!TS 34,000
  13. The Simpsons FOX8 32,000
  14. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 32,000
  15. Family Guy FOX8 32,000
  16. CSI: Miami TVH!TS 31,000
  17. Bones TVH!TS 31,000
  18. Paw Patrol Nick Jr. 31,000
  19. Top Wing Nick Jr. 31,000
  20. Blaze And The Monster Machines Nick Jr. 29,000

Shares all people, 6pm-midnight, Overnight (Live and AsLive), Audience numbers FTA metro, Sub TV national
Source: OzTAM and Regional TAM 2018. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM

Media News Roundup

News Brands

Peta Credlin prefers Sky job to standing for safe Liberal seat

Sky News presenter and former Liberal staffer Peta Credlin has left the door open to a future political career but will not contest the upcoming election, ending speculation she could run for the blue-ribbon Victorian seat of Higgins, reports The Australian’s Rosie Lewis.

Sources close to Credlin, Tony Abbott’s former chief of staff, said she was very reluctant to pursue a political career after just one year of hosting her own TV show and at a time when the Coalition was set to hit rock bottom.

The Australian understands Credlin may consider a tilt at a by-election in the next term of parliament if a suitable Victorian seat became available but for the moment she is enjoying having her own voice and a national platform through her program Credlin.

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Celebrity politician delivers: Dastyari lifts lid on drinking in parliament

After spilling the beans on his marriage breakdown, drug-taking and views on capital punishment, Sam Dastyari is proving once again why he’s worth every penny of his multi-thousand-dollar I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! appearance fee.

In a behind-the-scenes chat on Tuesday, Dastyari opened up about the alleged drinking habits of politicians, describing parliament as a “sad” place that saw people looking for ways to cope.

Speaking to campmates Justine Schofield and Richard Reid, a chef and entertainment reporter respectively, the former Labor senator, who resigned following the Chinese donations scandal in 2016, shared the opinion that it was deemed acceptable to be intoxicated during question time in parliament, but not to suffer from mental health issues.

“I think people would be blown away if they knew [what happens] in parliament,” he told Reid and Schofield. “They were drunk in question time.”

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Chinese reality TV show Viva La Romance filming in Rockingham

One of the biggest reality television shows in China – including its movie star actress – found its way to Perth’s Rockingham foreshore yesterday, delivering WA tourism an advertising gift potentially worth at least $500 million, report Chloe Fraser and Sarah Ison in The West Australian.

More than 1.6 billion people tuned into the first season of Viva La Romance and those eyes will be on WA after Hunan TV – one of China’s biggest broadcasters – finished a four-day shoot for an episode of season two last night.

Yesterday’s filming in Rockingham appeared to be shrouded in secrecy as minders blocked The West Australian’s photographer and tried to shield its biggest names, which include Zhang Ziyi the star of the 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha.

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MKR or MasterChef: Which has the better track record for past winners?

When it comes to comparing MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules, fans – and critics – like to argue that MasterChef is about the cooking while MKR is about the drama that occurs inside the kitchen (and at the dining table). But is this really the case? asks The Age’s Broede Carmody.

However, an analysis of past winners from both programs shows that almost the same number of MKR teams have gone on to make a living from food as contestants from MasterChef Australia. In MKR’s nine-year history, at least one person from every team has gone on run their own eatery, catering business or work in a high-end restaurant.

In contrast, every MasterChef winner has gone on to earn a living from food in some shape or form across 10 seasons. In fact, it’s understood well over half of all contestants have ended up working in the food industry. (Season one runner-up, Poh Ling Yeow, for example has published several books and even hosted her own TV show Poh’s Kitchen.)

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Cassandra Thorburn tipped to appear on 10’s Dancing With The Stars

Karl Stefanovic’s ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn is tipped to return to the spotlight with a stint on Dancing With The Stars, reports

Entertainment reporter Peter Ford told The Kyle and Jackie O Show this week that Thorburn would be among the cast for Network 10’s revamped version of the reality show hosted by Grant Denyer and Amanda Keller.

“There was a photo shoot (that) took place last week, so all the other celebrities now know who the other celebrities are, so the word is getting around,” Ford told Kyle Sandilands and Jackie Henderson.

According to Ford, joining Thorburn are former Neighbours star Olympia Valance, mummy blogger Constance Hall, former cricketer Curtly Ambrose, fitness guru Michelle Bridges, actor Samuel Johnson, The Living Room’s Miguel Maestre, Studio 10’s Denise Scott, ironman and model Jett Kenny, and children’s performer (best known as Jimmy Giggle from Giggle And Hoot) James Rees.

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After flopping on cable, what made TV series You a hit – Netflix!

[Last year] producer Greg Berlanti was trying to save his Lifetime cable drama You, reports The New York Times.

The series had premiered on Lifetime in September, but its viewership was virtually non-existent: roughly 650,000 people were tuning in to each episode of the soapy stalker thriller, starring Penn Badgley. Even Berlanti, one of the most successful and prolific producers in television thanks to shows like Riverdale, Arrow and Blindspot, conceded in an interview that “barely anybody watched” it.

He made repeated calls to Lifetime executives, asking for patience and making his case for a second season. It wasn’t enough. In early December, Lifetime announced it was finished with You.

But right after Christmas, something happened. You started lighting up social media. People were searching for it online.

What changed? It began streaming on Netflix.

Berlanti heard from family and friends about how much they were enjoying his new show, ignoring the fact that it had debuted months earlier.

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Seven covering major cycling + 3 forms of cricket this weekend

Seven has a full sports schedule this coming long weekend. In addition to three forms of cricket – Test, WBBL and BBL – it is finding room for a major cycling event on its suite of channels.

The 2019 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has assembled a crack field featuring a record 15 UCI World Tour teams.

Cycling fans can watch Saturday and Sunday on Seven, 7TWO and 7plus.

Reigning champion, Australian cyclist Jay McCarthy, will set out to defend his crown as he races with German team BORA–hansgrohe.

After a strong showing in last week’s Tour Down Under that included a final stage win, Australian Richie Porte leads Trek Segafredo.

Regarded as one of the leading one-day classic races outside of Europe, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the opening one-day race of the UCI WorldTour calendar.

The Elite Men’s Road Race 163km course starts at Geelong’s waterfront, heads southeast through Cadel’s hometown of Barwon Heads to Thirteenth Beach, then along the coast through Torquay and Bells Beach before winding back through the rolling Ceres hills to Geelong.

Sunrise sports guru Mark Beretta hosts Seven’s coverage alongside Tour de France commentator Matt Keenan and former cycling star Robbie McEwen – a triple winner of the Green sprinters jersey in the Tour De France – along with former Australian champion Kate Bates and Spanish Classic specialist Juan Antonio Flecha.

Jacqui Felgate will be reporting on all the colour and action from around the course as the teams race through some of Victoria’s most scenic but challenging roads.

The Deakin University Elite Women’s Road Race will be broadcast on 7TWO and streamed live on 7plus on Saturday January 26 and highlights will also be on Channel 7, 7TWO and 7plus on Sunday January 27.

Inside Tennis Australia’s multimillion-dollar Australian Open

Tennis Australia, which runs a number of tournaments and events across the country, the Australian Open being the biggest by far, spent $215 million on operations and events in 2017-18, reports The AFR’s Max Mason.

Other events include the Sydney International, Hobart International, Hopman Cup, Brisbane International and the Fast4 showdown.

The Australian Open is not only Tennis Australia’s biggest event of the year, but one of Victoria’s. In 2018, the Australian Open injected $293.2 million into the Victorian economy and $2.3 billion over the last decade.

Of the 743,667 people who attended the Australian Open in 2018, 49% were from outside Melbourne and 12% were international. The event is worth so much to the state that the Victorian government has committed another $271.55 million for the third stage of Melbourne Park’s redevelopment, which includes Rod Laver Arena, building on the $338 million second stage.

Tennis Australia has set up the Australian Open as a world event. Along with the players, 700 journalists from around the globe fly in to cover the tournament.

In the media centre, hundreds of screens are available for journalists to access any of the feeds across the park, four broadcast studios and a series of private interview rooms where players talk with journalists in a multitude of languages – Federer will often do countless interviews in English, French and Swiss-German on just one match.

Tennis Australia has its own broadcast set up with 163 of its own cameras, including about 70 robotic cameras controlled from its broadcast centre. Melbourne Park is then overlaid with camera and infrastructure set ups from broadcasters such as Nine – which has more than 150 of its own cameras, ESPN, Eurosport and Wowow.

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‘We felt like punching bags’: Langer opens up on barrage of criticism

Australian cricket coach Justin Langer says he and his players felt like “punching bags” after copping “relentless” criticism from the media during a summer he described as one of the toughest periods he has endured, reports The Sydney Morning Herald’s Tom Decent.

“Melbourne and Sydney for Christmas this year, those two Tests, it was one of the toughest times I’ve had professionally,” Langer said on SEN Radio. “We felt like punching bags through a lot of criticism in the media. India were a really tough opponent but I’m sure in 10 years I will look back and say, ‘Jeez, that was a tough time but I’m better for it’.”

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