269,000 metro viewers tune in for the 2019 AACTA Awards on Seven

The 2019 Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) Awards were held on Wednesday night at Sydney’s The Star, and telecast on Seven to 269,000 metro viewers. The event was then replayed on Foxtel.

It was a good night for the ABC – the broadcaster took out eight of the television awards and two in the documentary category, and for Lingo Pictures and Foxtel’s Lambs of God which also won eight awards in the category.

Total Control performed well for ABC at the 2019 AACTA Awards

ABC’s Total Control took out Best Drama Series and its stars Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths won Best Lead Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. Lambs of God won Best Telefeature or Mini Series, Best Direction and Best Sound and Original Score.

Michael Carrington, ABC’s director of entertainment and specialist, said: “Total Control has proven that people want to see Indigenous-led talent, craft and creativity in prime time, showcasing the depth and diversity of Australian stories and landscapes, from the Top End to the political centre in Canberra.

“Congratulations to all the AACTA Award-winning ABC programs and partners. Making audiences laugh, cry and think about the world around them is what we do, bringing the best of Australia to Australians every day.”

Best Comedy Program went to ABC’s The Letdown, Best Entertainment Program was Nine’s Lego Masters, Best Factual went to ABC’s You Can’t Ask That and Best Lifestyle was Love It or List It Australia on Foxtel.

Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders took our Best Reality Program for Ten, ABC’s Bluey won Best Children’s Program, Scott Ryan won Best Lead Actor for Foxtel’s Mr Inbetween, and Supporting Actor went to The Hunting’s Richard Roxburgh for SBS.

The most-watched program overall on Wednesday night was the second half hour of Seven News, with 842,000 metro viewers tuning in. Traditionally in some states this has been the Today Tonight broadcast, however Seven recently announced the program would be completely axed.

Nine News’ second half-hour was watched by 725,000 and 571,000 tuned in for ABC News.

David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds, One Planet brought in 581,000 metro viewers for its penultimate episode on North America. Better Homes and Gardens’ Countdown to Christmas brought in 425,000 metro viewers, while 401,000 tuned in for Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery. Ten’s most-watched was The Project’s 7pm slot with 359,000 metro viewers.

Attenborough topped two of the three key advertising demographics – 16-39s and 18-49s – while Seven News held the top spot with audiences 25-54.

The night was won by Nine overall, holding a primary channel audience share of 18.6% and a network share of 29.3%. Seven held 16.4% and 25.4%, ABC 12.5% and 18.4%. Ten held a channel audience share of 8.1% and a network share of 17.0%. The most popular multi-channel was 10 Bold with 6.0%.


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