The pressure will surely be on Channel Nine to improve its ARIAs coverage in 2018 after a not so flash ratings performance for this year coupled with a barrage of negative viewer feedback.
Last night’s coverage of the annual music awards drew just 515,000 capital city viewers for Nine – down 11 per cent compared to Ten’s effort last year.
Furthermore, the ARIAs received a swathe of negative criticism on social media, with some criticising the quality of Nine’s broadcast, while others complained about the talent that was recognised.
Here’s a selection of the thumbs-down feedback on Twitter.
No thank you to watching the mind-numbingly boring #ARIAs … the night reads like a stint down at the local watering hole ??
— Jessica Defilippis (@JDefilippis) November 28, 2017
Ugh the cuts/edits are painful #arias
— Paula Boardman (@PaulaBoardman) November 28, 2017
Is there an applause track on this #ARIAs broadcast?
— Montaigne (@actualmontaigne) November 28, 2017
The #ARIAs is such a load of shit. You don’t hear of any of these ‘musicians’ and then all of a sudden they’re winning awards?!
— Maddy (@Its_me_MaddyO) November 28, 2017
#ARIAs: where a bunch of people you’ve never heard of, award another bunch of people you’ve never heard of a bunch of awards for a bunch of shit you’ve never heard.
— Patriot Blue (@nehadk) November 28, 2017
My one #ARIAs tweet is this: next year, let’s see a woman in the Dance category again.
— Nina Las Vegas (@ninalasvegas) November 28, 2017
Meanwhile, Aussie musician’s Kirrin J Callinan red carpet reveal of his genitals to the press also caused quite a stir on social media.
was kirin j callinan removed from the arias after what he did bc subjecting everyone to his penis is really not okay and shouldn’t be seen any other way
— aimee (@aimeeclarke) November 28, 2017
it would own if a bunch of teens saw kirin j callinan showing off his dick and he had to go on a sex offender registry
— vanilla snickers (@VxSNICKERS) November 28, 2017
I’m just gonna hang out here until Kirin J Callinan gets the flick from this line-up after his deplorable and tone deaf behaviour on the ARIA red carpet tonight. https://t.co/0imgo5PcXy
— Eliza Barr (@ElizaJBarr) November 28, 2017