Four Corners Investigation and 7:30 boost ABC’s TV ratings share

A Four Corners investigation into enhanced ‘beauty’, Australian Story and ABC 7:30 all achieved more than 600,000 metro viewers last night, pushing ABC’s main channel share ahead of Seven, Ten and SBS.

ABC’s most watched program of the night was its news offering, with 785,000 metro viewers. Outside of news, the Four Corners investigation achieved a metro audience of 680,000. Australian Story, 7:30 – which featured an interview with former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott – and Media Watch reported metro audiences of 664,000, 653,000 and 623,000 respectively.

Nationally, ABC News averaged 1.135m viewers while Four Corners had an audience of 982,000. ABC’s 7:30 pulled an audience of 963,000 and Australian Story’s audience was 952,000.

The offering from ABC boosted the channel’s share to 15.2%, beating Seven’s 15.1%, Ten’s 13.5% and SBS’ 4.9%. Nine won the night with a 21.1% main channel share. But from a network perspective, ABC fell short to Seven and Ten, with a 19.4% share.

From a network perspective, Nine Network won the evening with a 28.7% share while Seven Network had a 24.8% share. Network Ten’s share was 20% and SBS’ was 7.1%. The most popular multi-channel was One, with a 4.3% share.

According to OzTAM’s overnight preliminary figures, Monday night was led by Seven News, with 1.096m tuning in. Nine News finished just short of 1m viewers – at 977,000.

Nine’s entertainment offering, The Block, was most popular among the key advertising demographics, attracting 520,000 in the 25-54 demographic alone. Overall it was the most watched non-news program with 961,000 metro viewers and 1.384m nationally.  It outperformed shows in the same time slot – Ten’s Australian Survivor and Seven’s Dance Boss – which had metro audiences of 651,000 and 479,000. Nationally, the shows attracted 870,000 and 709,000.

However one of the strongest performance came from Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention, which runs in the later time slot. The show pulled in 759,000 metro viewers across the five metro cities, leading its time slot. Nationally it had 1.001m viewers.

On Nine from 8:45pm was Doctor Doctor, which had a metro audience 671,000 and an audience of 1.040m, when including national figures. Seven rolled out Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back, which had 314,000 metro viewers and 428,000 viewers in total.

Seven’s The Single Wives, which was moved to a later time slot, had a metro audience of 132,000. Ten’s Street Smart, which was also shafted to a later time slot, finished with a metro audience of 244,000.


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