Four Corners’ Brittany Higgins report reaches 708,000 metro viewers

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The ABC’s Four Corners’ report on former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins’ allegation of sexual assault by a colleague in parliament house drew 708,000 metro viewers on Monday night, pushing the public broadcaster to a 14.5% primary channel share.

The episode, titled ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’, examined the path of information following the alleged assault, and uncovered who knew what about the incident, and when, and how a cover-up was undertaken.

Four Corners aired at 8:30pm, after ABC News (728,000 metro viewers), 7:30 (682,000), and Australian Story (642,000). Broadcast after Four Corners was Media Watch which drew 645,000 metro viewers.

The high-rating night for the ABC propelled it in front of Ten both in primary channel and network share. The ABC’s network share for the evening was 18.9% compared to Ten’s 16.4%. Ten’s primary channel share was 9.8%.

Coming out on top on Monday night was Nine with a 25.4% primary channel share and 32% network share.

After reaching a series high of 1.116 million metro viewers on Sunday night, Married at First Sight drew 1.068 million viewers on Monday night and topped the three key advertising demographics of the 16-39s, 18-49s and 25-54s.

Nine News and its 6:30pm offering delivered 1.071 and 1.024 million metro viewers to the network, respectively.

In the same time slot as MAFS on Seven, 2012 documentary Inside Chernobyl drew 567,000 metro viewers, a higher rating than Ten’s Amazing Race with 532,000.

Seven News was the highest rated program for the evening with 1.094 million metro viewers.

Earlier in the day, Natalie Barr entered her second week as co-anchor of Sunrise to an audience of 289,000.


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