The Glenn Dyer breakdown: A weak night (I sound like a broken feedback loop). Seven won, Nine was close (and had more viewers in 16 to 54), Ten did better than the ABC and a lot of viewers again opted for the digital channels or pay TV (around 41% of viewers last night). Seven again ran fresh programs, but viewers didn’t appreciate the offering and preferred the mixture of old and blue on Ten and Nine.
Compass at 8pm on ABC1 stood out with a one-off half hour special on s-xual abuse and the churches. It was a reminder of the sterling work this underrated program has done on this terrible issue for the past 20 years or more. In many ways Compass has been a ground-breaker on this story, despite what other TV programs (at ABC TV News and Current Affairs) and some print media may now claim. A rare bright light in a night of dullness. Compass had 613,000 metro viewers at 8pm and 929,000 nationally.