The Australian reports Lateline, Q&A, Insiders and Four Corners did not appear in the list of the national broadcaster’s top 20 programs for the first six months of the year.
Senator Eric Abetz said, “While it is true that ratings are not the be-all and end-all, it is telling that programs like Lateline, Insiders, Four Corners, Q&A, Foreign Correspondent and the ABC’s weeknight news just don’t seem to rate.”
Huh? Most readers here know that the 7pm ABC News is oten the top rating ABC show of the night, a pattern usually reflected by commercial networks.
If Senator Abetz expects a Sunday morning show like Insiders to rate amongst the ABC’s top 20 shows for the week then lucky for us he is not a TV programmer.
Lateline is, as its title suggests, also late night fare. Perhaps the Senator would like to move it to 6:30pm against The Project?
Many observers often neglect to add ABC News 24 numbers together with Q & A‘s primary channel numbers -it is simulcast but the numbers are tallied separately, unlike Family Feud. Last week it totalled 571,000.
A quick glance at last week’s 5 city metro indicate News and Current Affairs shows were amongst ABC’s best performers:
1. Australian Story 888,000
2. ABC News (Sat) 870,000
3. New Tricks 860,000
4. ABC News (Sun) 767,000
5. Four Corners 726,000
6. ABC News (weeknights) 721,000
7. Media Watch 673,000
8. Inspector George Gently 872,000
9. Catalyst 665,000
10. 7:30 626,000
11. Foreign Correspondent 619,000
12. Utopia 616,000