486,000 metro viewers watch Scott Morrison on ACA but Seven takes the night

486,000 metro viewers tuned in to Nine’s A Current Affair on Thursday night as Prime Minister Scott Morrison sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview with Tracy Grimshaw.

The interview, which followed weeks of ongoing sexual assault allegations clouding Parliament House, saw Grimshaw grill the PM over the way women are treated both inside and outside of politics in Australia.

Seven took line honours on the night, with its AFL broadcast of Collingwood’s defeat of bitter rivals Carlton airing to 522,000 metro viewers, of which the vast majority (345,000) were based in Melbourne.

The post-match also cracked the Top 20 for metro viewers, with 327,000 tuning in.

It outperformed Nine’s broadcast of the NRL, with 410,000 metro viewers watching the rematch of last year’s grand final between the Penrith Panthers and the Melbourne Storm.

The result was a night-winning 31.1% network share for Seven, ahead of Nine’s 25.8%. After outperforming Ten for the last few evenings, ABC dropped to a 16.2% share as Ten rose to a 19.4% share.

Ten’s better performance was largely fuelled by the strong performance of Gogglebox, the most significant non-sporting entertainment program among the three major commercial networks on the night. It took in 509,000 metro viewers, rising from last week’s effort of 483,000.

Gogglebox also won two of the three key advertising demographics, only losing out to Seven’s AFL: Thursday Night Football in the 16-39 demo.

Seven News was the #1 news program of the evening with 869,000 metro viewers. It was also the most-watched program of the night overall.

The top rating multi-channel for the night was 7TWO with a 3.9% share, just ahead of 7mate on 3.8%.

*OzTam’s figures below do not take into account viewing on multi-share viewers for Nine’s NRL coverage, which aired on 9GEM outside of Sydney and Brisbane, or A Current Affair which aired on 9GEM in Brisbane.


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