ABC’s Hard Quiz pulls largest entertainment audience of Wednesday Night

ABC’s Hard Quiz, hosted by Tom Gleeson, was the most popular entertainment show of Wednesday night.

The program, which runs from 8pm, achieved a metro audience of 623,000 – well ahead of all programs in the same time slot. Outside of Hard Quiz, the most popular entertainment was from Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, which also runs on the ABC. Nationally, the two programs climbed to audiences of 913,000 and 884,000.

Gleeson’s Hard Quiz pulled the largest audience among the non-news show

Among the commercial free to air broadcasters – Seven, Nine and Ten – Home and Away attracted the largest audience – at 570,000 across its one and a half hour episode. The show’s finale airs tonight.

Home and Away’s national audience was 913,000 – the same as Hard Quiz.

Nine’s Young Sheldon, which ran from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, averaged audiences of 515,000 and 492,000 respectively across the metro cities, while Ten’s Jamie and the Nonnas averaged just 330,000.

However Seven had the lead in news on Wednesday, with a metro audience of 898,000 from its 6pm bulletin, ahead of Nine News’ 843,000.

It was Nine News, however, which topped the key advertising demographics – the 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

But the performance of ABC’s Hard Quiz and Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell wasn’t enough to beat Seven and Nine, which finished the evening with main channel shares of 18.1% and 21.3% respectively. However ABC’s share – 14% – was ahead of Ten’s 8.9% and SBS’ 5.4%.

ABC Network’s share grew to 19% when adding in the multi-channels, third place to Nine Network’s 30.1% and Seven Network’s 27.4%. Network Ten grew to a 15.2% share, helped by NCIS, which ran on Ten Bold. SBS Network’s share was 8.2%.


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