Australian Story’s look at sexist government culture watched by 634,000 metro viewers

An impressive 634,000 metro viewers watched former Labor minister Kate Ellis unpack years of her career spent in Canberra and the deeply sexist culture that she experienced within the government on ABC’s Australian Story.

Ellis spent 15 years as part of the Rudd and Gillard governments, and the latest episode of the ABC program called ‘Chamber of Silence’ revealed the ‘mind warfare’ at play, and during which she described Canberra as being at “crisis point”.

The program was the latest in a series of television specials that have aired since former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins alleged sexual assault by a colleague in parliament house, including a Four Corners report last week.

Kate Ellis Australian Story

Australian Story was the ninth-ranked program of Monday night, only coming in behind news programming and Nine’s Married at First Sight.

MAFS was back above the 1 million metro viewer mark, a milestone it continues to hit with impressive regularity, on this occasion bringing in 1.065 million metro viewers. Last night it was the #1 program and also won all three key advertising demos.

Under Investigation aired to 521,000 metro viewers, while Hot Seat secured 448,000 metro viewers. Those results helped Nine to win the daily network share battle with 33.8%.

Seven managed 23.6% on the night, followed by ABC with 18.8% buoyed by the strong performances of Australian Story, 7.30 (690,000 metro viewers), ABC News (775,000) and Media Watch (422,000), ahead of Ten with 15.6%.

The top rating news program was Seven News with 1.030m metro viewers, followed by Nine News with 1 million metro viewers.

10 Bold was the #1 multi-channel of the night.


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