Nine’s A Current Affair coverage of McLachlan allegations outrates ABC’s 7:30 investigation

More Australians watched Nine’s A Current Affair coverage of Australian theatre and television actor Craig McLachlan’s allegations than ABC’s full investigation coverage at 7:30pm.

On Nine, A Current Affair featured excerpts from the ABC and content with journalist Kate McClymont, who has been part of the joint investigation between Fairfax Media and the ABC.

McLachlan has been accused of indecent assault and sexual harassment by a number of women

The show ran at 7pm and was watched by 759,000 metro viewers. Meanwhile ABC’s 7:30 covered the full investigation into McLachlan, who allegedly indecently assaulted, sexually harassed and bullied female co-stars on the 2014 production of The Rocky Horror Show.

ABC’s program was watched by 656,000 Australians.

In November, Don Burke was accused of sexually harassing a string of female colleagues throughout his career as part of the joint investigation. ABC’s 7:30 coverage of the Don Burke investigation was watched by 1.2m nationally and 863,000 across the five metro cities.

Meanwhile, Nine’s A Current Affair, which featured an interview with host Tracy Grimshaw and Don Burke, captured 816,000 metro viewers.

On Ten, the BBL continued to deliver big audiences, with the Hobart Hurricanes and Sydney Sixers match pulling in 374,000 and 714,000 for the first and second sessions respectively.

The later clash between the Melbourne Renegades and Perth Scorchers had metro audiences of 687,000 and 452,000, according to confirmed times.

OzTAM’s overnight preliminary ratings found the second session of the Hurricanes versus Sixers and the first session of the Renegades versus Scorchers top the key advertising demographics.

Earlier on in the day, Nine’s second session of Ashes, which saw Australia win against England 4-0 pulled in 557,000.

Seven’s news offering was watched by more than Nine News. The two news programs averaged 1.009m metro viewers and 879,000 metro viewers respectively. ABC News’ audience was 724,000.

On the multi channel programs, 7mate won the night again, with the Fast4 tennis tournament – a shortened format of tennis – managing 193,000.

Ten won the night with an average share of 20.1%, ahead of Seven’s 17.7% and Nine’s 15.7%. ABC finished with a 10.2% share and SBS’ was 5.1%.


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