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832,000 metro viewers tune in to see Pauline Hanson attempt to climb Uluru on A Current Affair

Despite her failure to actually scale it, controversial senator Pauline Hanson’s attempts to climb Uluru before the ban comes into place has drawn 832,000 metro viewers to Nine’s A Current Affair on Monday night.

The stunt comes as Hanson emphatically backs her belief that the landmark should stay open for climbs, despite both the danger and the cultural significance to Indigenous Australians.

It was still a drop for A Current Affair though, from 913,000 metro viewers last week, but on the other end of the spectrum for Nine, the Karl Stefanovic vehicle, This Time Next Year, rose significantly to 664,000 from 595,000.

The combined success of Hanson, Stefanovic and The Block, which was watched by 916,000 metro viewers, helped drive Nine to a winning channel audience share of 21.5% and a network audience share of 28.0%.

The most-watched program overall was Seven News with 1.080m viewers, with Home and Away the most-watched entertainment program for Seven on 652,000 metro viewers. Ten’s best offering was Australian Survivor with 819,000 metro viewers, followed by Have You Been Paying Attention? on 780,000.

In the key advertising demographics – 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54 – it was Ten’s night, with Australian Survivor topping all three, followed by Have You Been Paying Attention?.

Ten almost managed to push close to Seven in the audience share, holding 16.1% as a channel, just behind Seven’s 16.9%. ABC held 12.6%.

Seven Network held an audience share of 26.1%, Network Ten 21.5% and ABC Network 16.8%. 7mate was the most-watched multi-channel with 3.9%.

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