Matthew Johns delivers big TV ratings for Nine’s ACA as Gruen fans head online

Matthew Johns provided one last service for Nine last night, helping A Current Affair to a 1.4m TV audience with his confessional interview.  

The disgraced former Footy Show regular’s interview with Tracy Grimshaw – in which he discussed his group sex episode – was the fourth most watched TV show of the night, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

According to The Australian, the hard-hitting interview was a triumph for Grimshaw.

Despite the show, Nine failed to win the night in what has been a dismal ratings week for the network which has been dragged down by the poor performance of its big hope Home Made.

Meanwhile, last night’s controversial Gruen Transfer episode aired to an audience of just over 1.2m. Afterwards, fans flocked to a website to discuss the anti fat discrimination ad that the ABC would not air. By this morning, the site had already received more than 500 comments, with a majority arguing in favour of the ad.

Meanwhile, Ten’s only show in the top 15 most watched was MasterChef Australia, which saw the contestants divided into two teams for an Apprentice-style episode. It rated nearly 1.2m.

Seven – driven by Thank God You’re Here – won the night with a 28.3% share, followed by Nine with 27.1% and Ten a long way back on 20.9%. The ABC was on 18.1% and SBS on 5.1%

Wednesday’s top 10 TV shows:

  1. Thank God You’re Here – Seven 1.6m
  2. Seven News – Seven 1.5m
  3. Spicks and Specks – ABC 1.4m
  4. A Current Affair – Nine 1.4m
  5. Today Tonight – Seven 1.4m
  6. Nine News – Nine 1.3m
  7. The Gruen Transfer – ABC 1.2m
  8. Criminal Minds – Seven 1.2m
  9. Two and a Half Men – Nine 1.2m
  10. MasterChef – Ten 1.2m

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