Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ABC dominates top watched list

ABC dominates top watched list ... Ten continues to bleed demos ... Seven sweats its with weak news ...

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Seven won narrowly from Nine, but the ABC was the star of the night with its fleet of news and current affairs programs doing very well, especially Four Corners with its world exclusive on the Lance Armstrong story. From 7pm, the ABC was in second place, ahead of Nine for most of ratings. From around 9.15 onwards, the ABC was number one until 10.30 pm. The network had an unprecedented five programs in the national top 10. Seven had three, Nine had two. Media Watch had its highest metro and national figures for years.

In fact the ABC showed last night the true strength in current affairs in this country with solid efforts from Australian Story (with the second part of the Rod Laver Story, 982,000 metro viewers and 1.421 million nationally), the tremendous story on Lance Armstrong on Four Corners ( 1.030 million in metro areas and 1.456 million nationally) that broke new ground and Media Watch ( 982,000 metro and 1.347 million nationally) which was tough on the Canberra press gallery reaction to the Julia Gillard speech and then the one-sided reporting of the Family Court case involving those Italian girls returned to Italy (especially the Courier Mail and the Nine Network). Q&A (934,000 metro on ABC1 and News 24, and 1.178 million nationally) was its usual untidy self and too pre-occupied with politics, but was interesting all the same.

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