161,000 viewers tune in to watch Andrew Bolt interview Cardinal George Pell

Cardinal George Pell’s first TV interview since his release from jail brought 161,000 viewers to Sky News on Tuesday night, making it the most-watched subscription TV program.

Pell was interviewed by longtime supporter Andrew Bolt on the Bolt Report and described corruption in the Vatican and a witchhunt to have him convicted of child sex abuse.

Elsewhere in TV ratings, it was a historical night for Ten as Masterchef managed to stay above 1m metro viewers for its second night, driving Ten to an audience share of 18.6% for its primary channel and making it the most-watched channel of the night. 1.094m metro viewers tuned in for the program and 1.405m nationally – Masterchef’s biggest audience for a second episode since 2011.

Masterchef also topped all three of the key advertising demographics – 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s), followed by The Project in all three.

Up against Masterchef, Nine’s A Current Affair delivered 794,000 metro viewers at 7pm followed by David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds, One Planet at 8pm with 397,000 metro viewers. Seven’s House Rules: High Stakes delivered 499,000 metro viewers.

Seven News brought in 1.329m metro viewers and 2.052m nationally making it the most-watched program of the night.

Nine News delivered 1.140m metro viewers and 1.497m nationally. ABC News brought in 977,000 metro viewers and 1.413m nationally. The Project also got a boost, jumping to 720,000 metro viewers at 7pm –  its biggest audience since June 2017.

Behind Ten in the channel share, Seven held 17.9% and Nine 15.4%. ABC secured 12.0% and SBS 5.8%.

Seven slipped ahead with the addition of multi-channels, however, with Seven claiming 25.5% of the share. Ten held second place behind Seven with 24.3%, followed by Nine on 23.0%. ABC held 16.8% and SBS Network 10.4%. 10 Bold was the most-watched multi-channel with 3.7%.


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