Malcolm Turnbull Q&A special

A surprise on TV last night was the way Craig Kelly tore himself away from Sky News After Dark’s talking clones (Craig’s natural home) and appeared on Matter of Fact on the ABC, hosted by Stan Grant. Their topic was the hour long appearance that had just ended on the ABC main channel — Malcolm Turnbull, in a special edition of Q&A. Kelly has made so many appearances on Sky that he is now down to replace Ross Cameron as a host of Outsiders.

The Q&A special grabbed 956,000 viewers — 50% more than the best it does on Monday nights. Q&A was sixth nationally (666,000 in the metros and 290,000 in the regions). Those figures confirm that Turnbull’s rejection by the Liberal Party still interests viewers — especially older viewers who are the party’s natural base. Matter of Fact was watched by 79,000 people last night on ABC News, much more than any program on Sky News or Foxtel got last night.

Mal’s competition last night was The Bachelorette, which did well — 806,000 watched Ali whittle down four clones to just two. But it is staggering towards a conclusion next week that will thankfully end the 2018 version. It’s a pity that Gogglebox finished last week and wasn’t around so we could see what the TV audience thought of Mal and Ali’s efforts. Seven started its new comedy series, Orange is the New Brown — 667,000. OK first up figures, let’s wait until next week. 

In regional markets it was Seven’s 6pm News with 477,000, then Seven News/Today Tonight with 443,000, with Home and Away on 340,000, the 7pm ABC News with 299,000 and 7.30 with 296,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (27.6%)
  2. Nine (27.2%)
  3. ABC (19.8.%)
  4. Ten (18.70%)
  5. SBS (6.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (17.3%)
  2. Seven (16.6%)
  3. Ten (14.3%)
  4. ABC (14.1%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.3%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7mate (5.0%)
  2. GO (3.8%)
  3. Gem (3.6%)
  4. 7TWO (3.5%)
  5. 10Boss (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.296 million
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 1.266 million
  3. Nine/NBN News — 1.023 million
  4. Nine/NBN News 6.30 — 976,000
  5. 7pm ABC News — 966,000
  6. Q&A Special: Malcolm Turnbull (ABC) — 956,000
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) — 909,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 890,000
  9. Home and Away (Seven) — 828,000
  10. The Bachelorette (Ten) — 808,000

Top metro programs: None with a million or more viewers.

Losers: Hmmmm.

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 850,000
  2. Seven News/Today Tonight — 823,000
  3. Nine News — 768,000
  4. Nine News 6.30 — 730,000
  5. 7pm ABC News - 667,000
  6. Q&A Special: Malcolm Turnbull (ABC) — 666,000
  7. A Current Affair (Nine) – 664,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) — 594,000
  9. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 429000
  10. 10 News First — 33500,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 442,000
  2. Today (Nine) – 337,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC, ABC News) — 236,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 173,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) — 139,000
  6. Studio 10 (Ten) — 80,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Paul Murray Live (Sky News) — 66,000
  2. Inside Dame Elisabeth’s Garden (LifeStyle) — 63,000
  3. Gold Rush (Discovery) — 57,000
  4. The Bolt Report (Sky News) — 59,000
  5. Love It or List It Australia (LifeStyle) — 47,000

Peter Fray

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