Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Australia: A boring bunch of twats

So Australia's end of year TV ratings are in, and the list of top 15 shows for 2011 proves something I've long suspected: we're boring as fuck.

According to ratings agency OzTam, the most popular show of 2011 was Australia's Got Talent, with an average weekly audience of 1.936 million.

That's about two million people a week who willingly tuned in to watch Kyle Sandilands interact with people like this:

Yes, I know I used to do Australian Idol recaps. THAT'S DIFFERENT.

When we weren't watching twats watching other twats sing, we were watching twats renovate houses (The Block comes in at number 4 on the list) and other twats cooking stuff (Masterchef dominates the list at 5, 6, 8, 9 and 12, with My Kitchen Rules at 13).

Throw in a few instances of The X Factor (more twats singing) and Dancing with the Stars (twats spinning around awkwardly in sequinned pants) and you've got a top 15 list which is 80 per cent comprised of reality TV. And not even inventive, interesting reality TV. Just the kind of reality TV where twats cook, and sing and renovate houses.

Only three shows in the top 15 are dramas - Downton Abbey at number 2, Packed to the Rafters at 3 and Underbelly Razorat 10. No comedies made the list.

Now, I've made no secret of my love of trashy reality TV, but even I can see there's something wrong with this picture. What does this say about Australia's TV watching culture?

More importantly, what does it say about our TV producing culture?

I think it says we're going to be getting a hell of a lot more of this:


  1. The great silent majority aren't watching free to air at all, but viewing top shows like True Blood and Breaking Bad on pay TV. Or via box sets, which eliminate all those annoying ads entirely.

  2. Big surprise. Most Australians (like the majority of any country) are morons who will watch whatever is on when they plonk their asses down on the couch of an evening. If the networks didn't program so much cheaply made reality tv bullshit at prime-time, then the dramas/comedies would be in the top 15. I don't see it changing any time soon, as the networks want to spend less to make more and the majority have been conditioned into taking what they are given instead of demanding what they want.