Long term readers will remember 2011 stories about Peter Everett being dumped from Ready Steady Cook as attracting an avalanche of comments.
That saga, in which he was replaced by comedian Colin Lane, remains the #1 and #2 most-commented topic on TV Tonight. Lane later told the site, “I remember at the time saying to myself, ‘Don’t be reading this, Colin!’
“Ready Steady Cook has an incredibly loyal audience and I don’t know if it’s the same all around the world but people in this country, if they don’t like something on the TV or they don’t like a change they will speak up. They will vehemently put forward their opinion about things they like or don’t like.”
Topics that have attracted the most comments include programming changes (Supernatural and How I Met Your Mother fans were particularly vocal), multichannel launches, and certain April Fool’s Day gags.
Also prominent was Dead Gorgeous (never underestimate the appeal of ABC kid’s shows to international audiences), Big Brother, MasterChef, The Project and a speculative post in which readers tried to guess the “big surprise” Nine was teasing. It later turned out to be a name change from PBL Media to Nine Entertainment Co.
From 2012 the site required users to register an ID account for comments which unsurprisingly resulted in a drop in visible comments, but not in traffic.
488 Colin Lane new host of Ready Steady Cook 2011
285 Ready, Steady, Cook fans already miss Peter Everett 2011
255 7PM Project: the verdict? 2009
236 Gone: Stargate Universe, Supernatural 2009
231 Airdate: Dead Gorgeous 2010
210 Facebook hijack: Daryl, Livinia, Plucka nominated for Gold Logie 2011
209 ELEVEN to launch in early 2011 2010
199 7TWO to launch November 1st 2009
194 New channel coming: 7mate 2010
184 ONE HD bumps TEN HD into limbo 2008
182 Nine promising “big surprise” 2010
175 TEN board sacks new CEO, Gina Rinehart takes charge 2013
171 14yo Jack Vigden wows Australia’s Got Talent judges 2011
169 Australia gets to GO! 2009
161 Gone: Cougar Town, How I Met Your Mother 2010
154: MasterChef: Chris eliminated! It’s Poh vs Julie 2009
143 Big Brother: Secrets to air on Nine in 2012 2011
139 TV4ME now testing 2011