"There are four sexes in Austalia: male, female, old folks and the rich. That's how the viewers are seen by the programmers and advertisers who decide the content of Australia's favourite medium.....
Before studying these charts, bear in mind that "old folks" means people over 55 and "the rich" means people earning more than $80,000 a year (in Occupational Groups 1 and 2, to use the ratings jargon):
Women enjoy: So You Think You Can Dance Australia; Grey's Anatomy; Desperate Housewives; Bondi Rescue; RPA; House; Cashmere Mafia; The Biggest Loser; Brothers And Sisters; Samantha Who; Women's Murder Club; All Saints; Medium.
Men enjoy: The cricket; Underbelly; SYTYCDA; Family Guy; Terminator; The Force; The Simpsons; House; Top Gear; Lost; Numb3rs; Good News Week.
Old folks enjoy: Doc Martin; Dalziel And Pascoe; Miss Marple; Lewis; Four Corners; RSPCA Animal Rescue; The Real Seachange; Border Security; A Year With The Royal Family; The Bill; The Zoo; It Takes Two.
The rich enjoy: SYTYCDA; Underbelly; Spicks And Specks; Grey's Anatomy; Desperate Housewives; Kitchen Nightmares USA; CSI; RPA; Cashmere Mafia; House; Dirty Sexy Money; Jekyll."
So clever are the programmers, that in the not-too-distant-future, Gladiators is re-starting on Channel 7, much to my excitement. This was always going to be must-see TV for me.
Alas though! I discover that it will be screened at the same time as the weekly Biggest Loser weigh-in! NOOoooooooo!
Damn me for being so predictable in my viewing!