Wife Swap Australia

 
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
I agree with Mr Lane. Since the end of analog TV I've hardly ever watched Free to Air TV due to trouble with the aerial.

I spend more time on YouTube and I love Jago Hazzard's videos and watching international news.

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  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Just take a look at Gogglebox.
Greensleeves
I'll pass on that thanks...
  Gayspie Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
I agree with Mr Lane. Since the end of analog TV I've hardly ever watched Free to Air TV due to trouble with the aerial.

I spend more time on YouTube and I love Jago Hazzard's videos and watching international news.
GeoffreyHansen
The Commercial TV Executives would hate to read this comment!
  doyle Chief Commissioner

The days of 3 million watching FTA are gone, they are lucky to get 800 000 for the prime time rubbish they dish up now

Anyway according to Star trek 2042 is the end of broadcast television
I reckon it will be way sooner than that
  Carnot Minister for Railways

The days of 3 million watching FTA are gone, they are lucky to get 800 000 for the prime time rubbish they dish up now

Anyway according to Star trek 2042 is the end of broadcast television
I reckon it will be way sooner than that
doyle
And not a proper drama or comedy in sight within the top 20:
https://oztam.com.au//documents/2021/OzTAM-20210131-EMetFTARankSumCons.pdf

Maybe in future we could have just FTA for the ABC and big sporting events?  It would free up a lot of VHF/UHF RF spectrum and save a fortune in transmission infrastructure which costs a bomb to maintain.
  doyle Chief Commissioner

Although After taste is pretty good... Hang on that's on Aunty
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Here’s a quote from me:
“I don’t watch free to air TV, but can you please ditch whatever crap this is and broadcast something decent so that I might?”
This is coming from a person who is married, earns good money, and who most likely is living in a McMansion while driving a big SUV, and who probably wants to educate his kids in private schools.

Learning life lessons from the bus mum as per the last episode of wife swap might actually do you some good.
Gayspie
You idiot. When it comes to imagination, yours might be active, but it is not accurate.

I don’t live in my McMansion, no I live in Adelaide, my McMansion is in Ostrow Poland, we stay there when we are not staying in our apartment in Warsaw.

I don’t drive an SUV, I don’t believe I have ever ridden in an SUV, aside from maybe a Ford Explorer which will never be the same after a mate of mine that manages a car yard took it on a road trip to the west coast fishing trip several years ago, it was a piece of smeg and we probably halved its value in that week.

I don’t have kids, and when I do they will NEVER attend a private school, you’ve read my posts here. Most private schools teach at least some form of religion in a ‘serious sense’ - do you really think I would inflict such a waste of time and energy on my children? My kids will attend a government school, hopefully the same government school I did, or one of the other few with decent/better science and maths programs - or whatever special interest programs they desire to study in.

I am pretty certain, nah, scratch that, I am absolutely certain that person that lives in a bus (that’s a presumption based on the term ‘bus mum’ not meaning she drives a bus for a living - that would be far too normal an occupation for an artificial tv show serving itself up as reality) probably cannot teach me too much that would be relevant to my life.

When I was in Alice Springs a member of the local aboriginal community taught me what I could (and likely more importantly could not) eat if I was lost out there. That was most certainly an interesting day, but hardly relevant to my life which is presently spent probably 40% of the time within the ‘square mile’ of Adelaide with 99% of the remaining 60% spent within much less than 100km of it.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
If you really believe that life lessons are learnt from a TV program of this nature, you are seriously deluded. The rubbish you love to watch is not "reality". It is a cooked up, low class attempt at living drama, and it fails lamentably.
Well explain to me why most reality TV shows are so popular in their ratings then?
Gayspie
That’s trivial.

Think of what average intelligence means, the 50% of the population below that line, including yourself, need something to watch and help you feel intellectual - these shows are exactly that.
  Gayspie Deputy Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, SA
I am pretty certain, nah, scratch that, I am absolutely certain that person that lives in a bus (that’s a presumption based on the term ‘bus mum’ not meaning she drives a bus for a living - that would be far too normal an occupation for an artificial tv show serving itself up as reality) probably cannot teach me too much that would be relevant to my life.
Aaron
If you watch the program, then you will find that yes the bus mum did live in a bus with her husband and kids.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
If you watch the program, then you will find that yes the bus mum did live in a bus with her husband and kids.
Gayspie
And nobody with any intelligence at all could give two hoots.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

Well explain to me why most reality TV shows are so popular in their ratings then?
That’s trivial.
Aaron
So were the ratings for Wife Swap Australia last Thursday.

Wife Swap had the crap flogged out of it by the likes of 7.30 (522k), The Chase Australia (461k), Home and Away (442k, impressive for a program I had no idea was still running) and even the Australian Open pre-match coverage (442k) despite that only being shown in the Sydney and Melbourne markets.

In the Adelaide market, Wife Swap drew 41k, just enough to beat the 38k average attendance for Port Power home matches during the 2018 AFL season. It was probably the lower chance of having cheap beer poured over the head that got it over the line.

Wife Swap is handy for Seven because it provides them with cheap filler for time slots they don't want to compete for. Once Nine is no longer dominating prime time with the Australian Open, I can see Seven shifting Wife Swap to a later time slot or a secondary channel.



On the general topic of reality TV ratings, the  last time a 'reality' program topped the annual ratings in Australia was 2013.

2010 saw the highest ever ratings result for a reality program when the Masterchef final drew 4.03 million and topped the year's ratings across all genres. Fast forward to 2019 and the top reality program (MAFS final) drew only 2.78 million. That's a 30% drop in absolute numbers and 39.3% once corrected for population growth.
  ixlr8 Station Master

Location: Melbourne
Well explain to me why most reality TV shows are so popular in their ratings then?
Gayspie
50% of the population have an IQ less than 100. And I suspect most of them sit at home and watch FTA television and form the majority of FTA users. Most others are out (or in) doing something constructive.
Apologies to Aaron, I hadn't got to your post when I posted.
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
No apology necessary; the more people that underline that point the better.
  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

I suspect the programs are just filler for broadcasters. The actual programs are the promotions for their own shows. There are so many and they go on for so long there is hardly any time left to show the actual program.
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

I suspect the programs are just filler for broadcasters. The actual programs are the promotions for their own shows. There are so many and they go on for so long there is hardly any time left to show the actual program.
Madjikthise
The general case is that all programming on commercial TV is filler, with the ads being where the revenue is generated.

There are some exceptions though, where in-programming revenue can be generated by product placement and sponsorship.

A big milestone for the TV advertising industry in Australia this summer was the first use of superimposed advertising during live sport in Australia. The Australia v India cricket series did not have advertising painted on the ground, but instead superimposed on the blank turf by Foxtel and Star Sports selling the advertising space to their own advertisers.

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