ABC drew bumper figures for its election night coverage, winning Saturday night with a 33.8% network share.
ABC’s primary channel pulled a 21.9% share as the results stretched well past midnight.
Australia Votes: Election Night drew 856,000 / 847,000 on the primary channel, but a simulcast on News 24 saw those numbers lift to 1.22m / 1.23m in 5 city metro, peaking at 9:50pm.
For News 24 it was the highest ever share for the channel.
By contrast Nine averaged 606,000 viewers, while Seven (which was split across Seven and 7TWO) drew 318,000.
Adding in regional viewers ABC lifted to 1.7 million viewers.
iview plays were also at a record high, (excluding children’s programming) whilst online traffic to ABC News Digital was among the highest ever recorded, with news and current affairs achieving 2.8 million visitors, 4.3 million visits and 20.5 million page views — doubling the traffic recorded for the 2013 election.
The good news continued into Sunday morning with an extended Insiders pulling an impressive 466,000 viewers (likely to be another record).
Director of News Gaven Morris said: “The ABC delivered the most comprehensive election coverage across television, radio, digital and social, and it’s good to see audiences responded to that.
“Across the campaign and on poll day more Australians came to ABC News for live coverage, essential context and analysis and policy discussion and debate than any other source.
“Australians turn to us during these important events and we are always exploring better ways to serve them.”
The marathon broadcast, in which presenters admitted they were getting delirious after midnight, ended with Leigh Sales quipping, “We’ve broken out own record. Suck on that Kerry O’Brien.”