The ABC kept viewers interested last night, with Malcolm Turnbull's appearance on Q&A (689,000 on ABC and ABC News). The end result, it was just another notch on his end-of-year publicity round where he seems to have pitched his message to what he and his handlers thought the various media outlets might want to talk about. But on Q&A he did at least meet members of the audience who had their own minds and difficult questions.

Back Roads on the ABC (1.05 million national) was more than just a summer fill-in. Like the first ep on the town of Corryong (in Victoria’s high country), last night's ep was set in an even more isolated part of Australia -- the very outback area around Maree and the Oodnadatta Track in South Australia. Back Roads was again the most watched non-news program nationally.