341,000 metro viewers tune in to Tony Jones’ final episode of Q&A

The 2019 finale of Q&A, and the last episode to be hosted by Tony Jones, saw 341,000 metro viewers tune in on Monday night. Joining Jones were former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, opposition leader Anthony Albanese, Indigenous leader Pat Turner, author Sisonke Msimang and ANU vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt.

The panel discussed climate change, particularly the lack of action  by current Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Indigenous affairs, before Jones bowed out with a promise to return as a fill-in host for new frontman Hamish Macdonald.

The night also saw the ABC’s #MeToo docuseries Silent No More wrap, with the final episode – Changing the Culture – bringing in 332,000 metro viewers at 8:30pm. The series has been plagued with mismanagement and rumours surrounding its star Tracey Spicer, with the most recent claims alleging she is considering defamation suits against some of the victims in the show. Spicer has denied the claims.

Overall, news was the winner again for the night. Seven News brought in 982,000 at 6pm and 959,000 for its second half, Nine News drew 867,000 and 864,000 for the second half, and ABC News delivered 651,000.

Better Homes and Garden’s Countdown to Christmas held 452,000 on Seven, followed by ABBA Forever with 396,000. Nine’s The Fix brought in 370,000, while RBT drew 543,000. On Ten the most-watched offering was The Project’s second half hour with 409,000.

Seven News took the top spot in two of the three key advertising demographics – the 18-49s and 25-54s – while RBT topped the 16-39s. Nine won the night in the 25-54s overall with a 19.2% share and the 16-39s with 17.8%.

Nine also edged to a total people win, holding 18.6% as a channel and 27.5% as a network. Seven slipped in just behind with 18.1% and 27.4%, ahead of ABC’s 14.3% and 19.3%. Ten held just 9.4% as a channel and 16.7% as a network. The most popular multi-channel with total people was 10 Bold with 4.5%.


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