Friday, April 15, 2005


Viewers rate blank screen

`After a mystery technical snarl sent Seven off the air, viewers remained staunch. And its 48 minutes of beige, blank, soundless screen was preferred over SBS and, at times, the ABC. [..]

SBS’s Dateline program tracking a volunteer doctor through the Congo had 105,000 fewer Melbourne viewers than Seven’s non-event. And the ABC’s acclaimed new comedy Nighty Night could have gone to bed early. It drew 35,000 fewer viewers than Seven’s ad, sound and vision-free offering.

Even at its lowest point, the blank screen had 88,000 fans – more than anything SBS ran all day.’

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