Four Corners interview nabs headlines on good Monday for ABC

Ratings: Seven wins the night with a little help from Big Bang repeats used against Nine.


A bizarre Four Corners interview by “embattled power couple” Kathy Jackson and Michael Lawler has attracted plenty of comment today, after bizarre answers and the dropping of the ‘C-bomb.’

ABC scored 855,000 viewers for the episode, second best on their schedule in what turned out to be a very consistent evening.

Seven won Monday with The X Factor‘s 1.03m lifting slightly on last week. Seven also drew upon Big Bang  repeats to help take the night.

Nine’s Block proved stronger at 1.08m while Have You Been Paying Attention? rose above its TBL Families lead-in.

Seven network won with a 28.8% share then Nine 27.3%, ABC 21.0%, TEN 17.7% and SBS 5.2%.

Seven News was best for Seven with 1.04m / 989,000 then The X Factor (1.03m), Home and Away (799,000), The Chase (619,000 / 399,000) and The Big Bang Theory (560,000 / 446,000). Grey’s Anatomy was 212,000.

Nine News (1.09m / 984,000) led for Nine then The Block (1.08m), A Current Affair (1.01m), Married at First Sight UK (569,000) and Hot Seat (528,000). CSI was 300,000 / 169,000.

ABC News (905,000) topped ABC’s night then Four Corners (855,000), 7:30 (852,000), Australian Story (817,000), Media Watch (752,000) and Q & A (575,000).

The Project (607,000 / 499,000) was best for TEN. Have You Been Paying Attention? was 575,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 521,000, TBL Families was 499,000, and Homeland was 180,000.

On SBS it was Dogs: Their Secret Lives (260,000), Worst Place to be a Pilot (174,000), Rise of the Machines (154,000) and SBS World News (106,000).

7TWO’s A Touch of Frost topped multichannels at 277,000.

Sunrise: 310,000
Today: 305,000
ABC News Breakfast: 100,000 / 46,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 19 October 2015.

6 Responses

  1. It’s not the first time the C word has been used on TV. In 1995 Four Corners did a program about the Wood Royal Commission which showed Graham “Chook” Fowler taking bribes in his car. He used the word repeatedly and there were even subtitles on the bottom of the screen which literally spelt it out. He also used the F word repeatedly.

  2. Truly bizarre ‘interview’ on 4 Corners. Wasn’t going to watch but glad I did. Even though I was cringing most of the time I couldn’t stop watching! However the ‘beloved’ couple did themselves far more harm than good. The c.. word phrase was truly appalling and to use it showed a complete lack of judgement.

  3. Last night’s Four Corners was riveting stuff – what a truly bizarre, deluded couple.
    Lawler’s “c*** struck” description has certainly attracted some attention in the media..
    Wasn’t sure I heard it right at first but yes, that’s indeed what he said.

    1. Yes. I thought having Peter Garrett going from being handed a wad of cash to a cheque to nothing was going to be the peak of bizarre for a while but this topped it by a mile.

      Never thought I’d actually hear “c-struck” on TV, altho’ I would’ve picked Mark Latham as the most likely person to say it.

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