ABC’s news and current affairs slate builds audience share to 14%

Despite the fierce rivalry between Nine and Seven’s reality shows, Married at First Sight and My Kitchen Rules, ABC’s news and current affairs programming nabbed the broadcaster to a 14% main channel share last night.

The most-watched program of the night was ABC News, with 778,00 metro viewers whilst Australian Story and Four Corners reported audiences of 645,00 and 602,000 respectively, according to OzTAM’s preliminary overnight metro ratings.


ABC’s Media Watch, which ran later in the evening, managed 525,000 and Q&A last night reported an average audience of 445,000.

The culmination of ABC programs in OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings contributed to a total share of 14%, ahead of Ten’s 11.4% and SBS’ 4.2%.

But it wasn’t enough to defeat Nine and Seven, with shares of 24.2% and 21.1% respectively.

Nine’s Married at First Sight attracted the largest group of viewers last night, with 1.271m tuning in – ahead of Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, which had an audience of 1.064m.

It was Nine which dominated the key advertising demographics, with Married at First Sight collecting more than 600,000 viewers across the 18-49s and 25-54s. In the 16-39 demographic, it pulled in 404,000.

Meanwhile Ten’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here plateaued at 551,000. Last week the show attracted 579,000.

ABC Kids dominated the multi channels. Its highest rating show, Go Jetters, averaged 177,000.

The 6pm news battle saw Seven defeat Nine, with its average audience of 1.037m. Seven News was most watched in Melbourne, with 281,000. Seven’s news audience was the lowest in Adelaide, at 108,000. Nine News attracted more viewers in Sydney, averaging 987,000 overall, 310,000 of which were in Sydney.


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