1m+ audiences tune in to hear from prank call presenters

michael christian mel greig acaAudiences of more than a million tuned in to both A Current Affair and Today Tonight on Monday evening as both shows aired tearful interviews with prank call presenters Mel Greig and Michael ‘MC’ Christian.

According to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTAM, Nine’s A Current Affair, which featured Tracy Grimshaw interviewing the pair rated 1.094m.

Today Tonight’s, on Seven, rated 1.023m.

The duo discussed for the first time their reaction to hearing that a nurse involved in their call to a hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge had apparently taken her life. They also revealed that they did not know the approvals process within Southern Cross Austereo before broadcasting a prank call.

In the official non-ratings period, it is unusual for these shows to get more than 1m.

Ten’s The Project featured Southern Cross Austereo boss Rhys Holleran. The show rated 575,000.

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  1. Kylie's Mum
    11 Dec 12
    11:02 am

  2. Poor buggers. They don’t deserve all the vitriol they are receiving. We should be supporting them

  3. Me
    11 Dec 12
    11:56 am

  4. Someone was ultimately going to be destroyed by 2DAY FM’s entrenched culture of humour by humiliation.
    A woman is dead, two kids are without a mum and 2 DJs will be hung out to dry while management gets off scott free.

  5. ashton
    11 Dec 12
    12:25 pm

  6. The bookies odd on what turned out were soooo terribly long.
    It is a shame they’re being tossed under the bus so publicly.
    They’re just a visable part of the machine.
    A sad and unlucky state of affairs all round really.

  7. GC
    11 Dec 12
    1:41 pm

  8. Yeah they don’t deserve the flack for doing something that their employer is aware of and supporting.

    Think the rules should change it seems like a bit of a grey area, and I would never listen to 2DayFm or any commercial radio in Aus, but yeah, they don’t deserve it at all.

  9. blc1981
    11 Dec 12
    1:56 pm

  10. I bet the companies advertising during ACA/TT last night were rubbing their hands with glee.

  11. Kylie's Mum
    11 Dec 12
    3:17 pm

  12. I don’t think anyone could have foreseen this outcome and in all honesty don’t think any person within the radio station is to blame or did anything wrong. Prank calls have been going on for years and are generally funny. Instead of blaming the DJs and radio station it’s not clear how the hospital dealt with it – did her bosses come down on her like a ton of bricks? And if she was so devastated why didnt they have support in place? I think the media and everyone should leave them be now and let the concerned parties deal with it all privately. Poor Kate Middleton isnt even out of her first trimester yet and we can only hope she will make it.

  13. Annabelle Drumm
    11 Dec 12
    4:12 pm

  14. A million viewers will keep Nine smiling. Media making the most of media news.

  15. Anonymous
    11 Dec 12
    7:15 pm

  16. I don’t thunk the deserve any of the crap there getting it’s nit there fault