7-Eleven controversy boosts Four Corners and ABC while Spelling Bee and Hotplate drop


Fiarfax journo Adele Ferguson’s Four Corners investigation performed well last night

The massive media coverage of the 7-Eleven working conditions scandal unveiled by Four Corners boosted the ABC’s investigative show last night by nearly 200,000 viewers.

Its audience of 965,000 was up from 678,000 last week, fuelled by extensive coverage in other media outlets over the weekend, and won the 8.30pm timeslot. The result helped lift ABC above Seven and Ten in audience share.

Ten’s Great Australian Spelling Bee at 7.30pm dipped to 639,000 viewers for the start of its finals week, while Nine’s The Hotplate also held steady at 850,000 as it too enters its finals week, according to OzTam overnight ratings.

Seven’s primetime offerings of Highway Patrol at 7.30pm and Motorway Patrol at 8pm got 945,000 and 802,000 viewers respectively.

Four Corners’ success also buoyed other ABC shows with Australian Story’s film on fashion designer Collette Dinnigan at 8pm drawing 965,000 viewers 9up from 865,000 lat week), beating its reality show rivals.

In the 8.30pm timeslot commercial competitors faded badly with Seven’s Ramsay’s Hotel Hell getting 482,000 viewers, House Husbands ion Nine (8.40pm) getting 732,000 (up from 661,000 last week – although it did add 178,000 in catch up viewers), and Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention grabbing 621,000.

In the news battle Nine News won the night with 1.183m, dropping to 1.158m at 6.30pm, while Seven had 1.037m at 6pm rising to 1.082m for its Seven News and Today Tonight offering at 6.30pm.

Nine won the night with 20 per cent audience share, ABC was second with 18.4 per cent, Seven third with 17.2 per cent and Ten fourth on 12.6 per cent.

Top 15 shows:

1 NINE NEWS Network Nine 1,183,000

2 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network Nine 1,158,000

3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network Seven 1,082,000

4 SEVEN NEWS Network Seven 1,037,000

5 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network Nine 1,029,000


7 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC 954,000

8 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC 950,000

9 HIGHWAY PATROL Network Seven 945,000

10 7.30-EV Network ABC 853,000

11 THE HOTPLATE -MON Network Nine 850,000

12 HOME AND AWAY Network Seven 844,000

13 MEDIA WATCH-EV Network ABC 834,000

14 MOTORWAY PATROL Network Seven 802,000

15 HOUSE HUSBANDS Network Nine 732,000

Daily share: 

Network 9 20.0%

Network ABC 18.4%

Network 7 17.2%

Network TEN 12.6%

Network 7TWO 5.0%

Network SBS 5.0%

Network GO! 3.9%

Network 7mate 3.7%

Network ABC2 3.2%

Network ONE 3.1%

Network Gem 3.0%

Network ELEVEN 2.2%

Network SBS 2 1.2%

Network ABC News 24 0.9%

Network ABC3 0.5%

Network NITV 0.1%

Overall network share: 

Network 9 TTL 26.9%

Network 7 TTL 25.9%

Network ABC TTL 23.1%


Network TEN TTL 17.8%



Network SBS TTL 6.3%

Data OzTAM Pty Limited 2015. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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