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The traitor

The traitor

Can you forgive Keith Urban for betraying his homeland and deserting The Voice? Or has the alleged feud between the weird Nicky Minaj and the annoying Mariah Carey distracted you from analysing the Ozboy? Share your first impressions of American Idol, upon which Channel Ten is pinning great hopes.

Are Australians true connoisseurs of the sporting arts, or simply desperate to see an Aussie win something? Watch this column's audience charts over the next few days to learn about your compatriots. It seems the only people watching the box at the moment are news buffs, tennis fans, and scholars of The Big Bang Theory.

By showing Upstairs Downstairs, the ABC is either doing Seven a favour by putting us in the mood for period dramedy, or trying to saturate us with aristocratic suds so we won't need Downton when it arrives.

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in <em>The Big Bang Theory</em>.

Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Bang Theory.

What Australia watched, week ending January 19

1       SEVEN'S TENNIS: 2013 AUST OPEN - NIGHT 6       Network 7   1,467,000  434,000     519,000     251,000         146,000     117,000

2       NINE NEWS SUNDAY   Network 9   1,336,000  448,000     430,000     206,000     143,000     110,000

<i>Upstairs Downstairs</i> is a Sunday hit for ABC.

Upstairs Downstairs is a Sunday hit for ABC.

3       SEVEN NEWS - SUN    Network 7   1,327,000  347,000     335,000     293,000     116,000     237,000

4       SEVEN'S TENNIS: 2013 AUST OPEN - NIGHT 1       Network 7   1,246,000  344,000     438,000     229,000         126,000     109,000

5       NINE NEWS         Network 9   1,178,000  328,000     411,000     240,000     113,000     86,000

6       SEVEN NEWS     Network 7   1,158,000  314,000     303,000     236,000     121,000     185,000

7       INSIDE QUEEN MARY 2        Network 7   1,120,000  300,000     307,000     251,000     101,000     160,000

8       SEVEN NEWS - SAT    Network 7   1,076,000  317,000     316,000     201,000     96,000       146,000

9       ONE DAY CRICKET -AUSTRALIA V SRI LANKA GAME 2 SESSION 2 Network 9   1,062,000  302,000     338,000         186,000     119,000     117,000

10     TODAY TONIGHT        Network 7   981,000     292,000     253,000     191,000     97,000       149,000

11     SEVEN'S TENNIS: 2013 AUST OPEN - NIGHT 4       Network 7   930,000     276,000     349,000     155,000         78,000       72,000

12     NINE NEWS SATURDAY       Network 9   924,000     279,000     334,000     174,000     85,000       52,000

13     BORDER PATROL      Network 7   920,000     248,000     275,000     182,000     95,000       120,000

14     A CURRENT AFFAIR   Network 9   917,000     256,000     315,000     192,000     80,000       74,000

15     SEVEN'S TENNIS: 2013 AUST OPEN - NIGHT 2       Network 7   917,000     250,000     316,000     188,000         82,000       80,000

16     ONE DAY CRICKET -AUSTRALIA V SRI LANKA GAME 2 SESSION 1 Network 9   911,000     246,000     282,000         182,000     106,000     95,000

17     ABC NEWS         Network ABC1     849,000     244,000     264,000     123,000     102,000     117,000

18     NEW TRICKS RPT       Network ABC1     838,000     206,000     229,000     148,000     104,000     150,000

28     UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS        Network ABC1     702,000     192,000     201,000     120,000     84,000         105,000

31     DOC MARTIN RPT       Network ABC1     673,000     186,000     210,000     111,000     60,000       107,000

37     QUEEN: DAYS OF OUR LIVES      Network ABC1     632,000     187,000     188,000     121,000     54,000         82,000

44     AMERICAN IDOL THURS      Network TEN       541,000     145,000     158,000     113,000     59,000       67,000

50     NO RESERVATIONS    Network 9   505,000     148,000     155,000     108,000     44,000       50,000

51     NIGELLISSIMA    Network ABC1     503,000     138,000     145,000     75,000       52,000       93,000

76     REV.     Network ABC1     398,000     102,000     129,000     70,000       44,000       53,000

82     DIRTY BUSINESS:HOW MINING MADE AUSTRALIA Network SBS ONE        369,000     102,000     137,000         43,000       37,000       50,000

86     THE HOUR Network ABC1     364,000     115,000     112,000     51,000       31,000       54,000

103   VENICE 24 / 7     Network SBS ONE        325,000     103,000     85,000       43,000       39,000       55,000

108   THE SIMPSONS SAT RPT    Network TEN       300,000     107,000     76,000       54,000       28,000       34,000

114   THE SIMPSONS RPT   Network TEN       281,000     87,000       83,000       44,000       34,000       32,000

117   NEXT STOP HOLLYWOOD  Network ABC1     276,000     87,000       76,000       46,000       35,000       33,000

135   NEIGHBOURS     Network ELEVEN         238,000     46,000       71,000       52,000       34,000       36,000

184   THE SIMPSONS SUN RPT    Network TEN       177,000     48,000       40,000       50,000       12,000       27,000

(OzTAM mainland capitals)

This is the daily update of The Sun-Herald's Who We Are column by David Dale, who teaches Communications at UTS, Sydney. He is the author of The Little Book of Australia - A snapshot of Who We Are (Allen and Unwin). For continuing conversation about Australian attitudes, bookmark The Tribal Mind.

15 comments so far

  • Didn't see much TV this weekend. Went to the movies on Sat night and saw "Hitchcock" which I really enjoyed. Thought Hopkins nailed Hitchcock perfectly and was also mightily impressed with Helen Mirren. I do wonder that they were both snubbed by the various awards this year.

    And yesterday I went to see "Life of Pi". I loved the magical quality of the story and thought the visual effects were quite stunning. All in all I had a lovely weekend escaping the heat, enjoying the flicks and eating way too much junk. Perfect.

    Date and time
    January 14, 2013, 2:19PM
    • Caught up on many recorded episodes of "Q.I." over the weekend. Seems they're still screening throughout the silly season, and while we may be out gallivanting all over the countryside, the PVR is still steadfastly recording them. Hurrah, because there was bugger all on.

      If I'd been home in time, I might have been seduced by "Upstairs, Downstairs" although I wasn't a great fan of the first season.

      Enjoying my re-read of "Anna Karenina", and will hopefully finish it before the movie comes out (which is bound to not have nearly enough Levin in it, and he's my favourite character, harrumph). I still cannot believe that Keira Knightly can be a credible Anna, who has curves damnit, she's not a stick figure. And Vronsky is a *cad*. A cad and a *bounder*!! I loathe him with a passion I usually reserve for shock jocks.

      Date and time
      January 14, 2013, 4:30PM
      • What did everyone think of the Golden Globe winners? Personally, i don't understand how Homeland won so many awards given season 2 was average at best.

        South melbourne
        Date and time
        January 15, 2013, 8:15AM
        • Totally agree. Homeland really "jumped the shark" in season 2. And I can't see where they are going with it for season 3. Breaking Bad was robbed, I tells ya! There are so many better shows than Homeland but I think it has more to do with America's obsession with terrorists and the war on such that makes it a winner.

          I really never take much notice of awards. The movies I like never win. And half the time the movies that do win are pretty much forgotten in the years to come. I mean, who will remember "The Hurt Locker" in the future. Crap movie that didn't deserve it's win at all.

          And don't get me started on the year that Shakespere in Love and Gwyenth Paltrow beat Cate Blanchett. Whatever was that about?

          Awards suck.

          Date and time
          January 15, 2013, 10:35AM
      • Was a bit disappointed to find out there was no FTA screening of the Golden Globes last night. (Was there a live screening during the day? I found out it was happening too late to record, if so.) I did catch Amy Poehler and Tina Fey's opening act online, which was good fun. Anything else I should trawl YouTube for?

        Watched yet more "Q.I.". One day I shall get sick of it, but that day is still in the future.

        Date and time
        January 15, 2013, 1:38PM
        • Yeah, I forgot about The Tennis. I can't work up any sense of patriotic fervour for that Tomic kid either...

          Re The Golden Globes, I would've watched about an hour of it if it was on and then gone to bed. I guess that's why no-one shows it.
          Although I would watch Tina Fey in anything. Seven couldn't have screened it; no-one who watches Seven knows who Tina Fey is.
          Just a side point: did anyone here NOT know that Jodi Foster is gay? I thought everyone knew that. Maybe I'm misremembering, or maybe some people like to "come out" like John Farnham likes to "retire". As if anyone cares.

          Re reading, currently working on 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' (and loving every werd). Not planning to read 'Anna Karenina' but will go see the fillem. I don't mind Keira Knightly although she was a bit ridiculous in 'A Dangerous Method'. I won't mention 'Love Actually'.

          Date and time
          January 15, 2013, 5:21PM
          • About Jodie Foster, Darren. Yep , I always thought she was gay. I thought that was out there already. A bit like when Ricky Martin came out. That was news, how? And as you say, who cares?

            Still nothing on TV. Though I have been watching "Who do you think you are?" on BBC Knowledge. They have been showing old ones with Aussie celebs and it has been interesting. Other than that I've been watching DVD's.

            Not interested in the Tennis. Nor the Cricket. Pretty much not interested in any sport really.

            Date and time
            January 16, 2013, 8:17AM
          • Jodie Foster has been known to be gay; the big thing is that she admitted it, after years of being incredibly tight-lipped about her private life. Good on her for keeping her private life private, I wish more stars did that.

            Been enjoying a good history of fillum on SBS2 sporadically over the past week or two. (Sporadically = when we flick over and think "oh, it's on again".) Might be over now, hopefully not. Can't even remember its name!

            Must read Hemingway; had a bad experience with him as a younger person, but I may appreciate him more now. Enjoying Anna Karenina, it's a great book. (Vronsky must die!!)

            Date and time
            January 16, 2013, 3:52PM
        • David, do you have any ratings available for The Simpsons on Ten at 6pm?

          J Bar
          Date and time
          January 16, 2013, 3:01PM
          • In the charts now.

            Tribal Mind
            Date and time
            January 17, 2013, 10:48AM

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