TV Wrap: Four Corners QAnon investigation takes 722K metro viewers after Seven wins Origin week

A controversial episode of Four Corners which investigated Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s friend Tim Stewart’s involvement with the QAnon cult brought in 722,000 metro viewers for the ABC yesterday evening.

The program titled ‘The Awakening’, which the PM’s office accused of being filled with “baseless conspiracy theories”, was the #6 rating program for the night, and helped the ABC to a strong Monday. The episode of Media Watch that followed aired to 681,000 metro viewers.

Scott Morrison and Tim Stewart / ABC

Meanwhile, Celebrity Apprentice continues to perform for Nine as it reaches the end of its 2021 season. Overnight the program’s Boardroom brought in 679,000 metro viewers after 621,000 watched the preceding episode.

That made the Boardroom the top-performing non-news program on Monday night, after the show had been #1 in entertainment on Sunday night with 718,000 metro viewers tuning into the Boardroom and 636,000 metro viewers watching Sunday night’s full episode.

Ten’s Have You Been Paying Attention? (HYBPA) took 650,000 metro viewers on Monday, while MasterChef Australia had 579,000 metro viewers for the network.

Seven’s Big Brother brought in 568,000 metro viewers, following its public holiday AFL coverage, with 617,000 metro viewers tuning in for the clash between Melbourne and Collingwood.

In the key advertising demos on Monday, HYBPA won 16-39, while Seven News took 18-49 and 25-54. Seven News was also the top-rating television program overall, with 1.293 million metro viewers.

Seven also won the network share stakes on Monday, with a 27.2% share ahead of Nine’s 25.6%, Ten’s 21.0% and ABC’s 19.2%.

That came after Seven won Sunday with a 29.8% network share over Nine’s 27.0%.

Looking back at the ratings week ending Saturday, 12 June, Seven celebrated an unlikely network share win despite Nine’s State of Origin coverage being easily the most-watched program of the week.

State Of Origin gave Nine a primary weekly share win, but Seven took the network share title last week

The first Origin clash of 2021 brought in 1.911 million metro viewers to Nine, the most-watched program of the year-to-date, helping Nine to a 21.5% primary channel share over Seven’s 19.6%.

But with the continued strength of brands including Seven News, and multiple high-rating AFL broadcasts, Seven won its seventh week in a row with a 29.3% network share, just ahead of Nine’s 29.1%.

After a slow start to the year in which it lost nine ratings weeks, Seven has now won seven weeks in a row, as it builds momentum towards the Olympics in July.


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