ABC’s Q and A hits a new low in TV ratings drawing only 165,000 viewers


ABC’s Q+A hits a new low in TV ratings drawing only 165,000 viewers as fans flock to watch AFL

The ABC’s Q&A hit a new low in the TV ratings overnight.

The once prestigious current affairs talk show, hosted by Stan Grant, scored a pitiful audience on Thursday evening of just 165,000 viewers in the major centres.

The broadcast saw the panel discuss wages and the rising cost of living.

The ABC’s Q&A hit a new low in the TV ratings overnight. The once prestigious current affairs talk show, hosted by Stan Grant, scored a pitiful audience on Thursday evening of just 165,000 viewers in the major centres 

The current affairs panel show was once a ratings winner for the ABC, attracting major political leaders of all persuasions. 

But for the last few years there has been a major decline in its audience, and the show has frequently been under scrutiny for its perceived political bias. 

Meanwhile, entertainment programs struggled to win favour with audiences as the evening was dominated by sport.

Seven’s coverage of the nail-biting AFL elimination between Richmond and the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba scored an impressive 786,000 fans in the metro ratings.

Family quiz show The Chase delivered a good result for Seven overnight, bringing in 464,000 viewers in the metro ratings

Family quiz show The Chase delivered a good result for Seven overnight, bringing in 464,000 viewers in the metro ratings 

The NRL game between Parramatta and Melbourne Storm performed well for Channel Nine, drawing 385,000 viewers.

Family quiz show The Chase delivered a good result for Seven overnight, bringing in 464,000 viewers in the metro ratings.

The network’s long-running soap Home and Away saw viewers desert Summer Bay, as the footy season closes out.

Home and Away (pictured) pulled in just 281,000 viewers in the major centres overnight

Home and Away (pictured) pulled in just 281,000 viewers in the major centres overnight

The long-running soap tumbled to a mere 281,000 viewers in the major centres on Thursday. This was an especially disappointing result after Monday’s rating hit a five-city audience of 475,000.

Embattled Channel 10 once again struggled in the ratings with only Gogglebox proving a strong performer.

The much-loved couch critics drew 381,000 fans in the metro ratings.

Gogglebox proved a strong performer overnight with the much-loved couch critics drawing 381,000 fans in the metro ratings Pictured: Gogglebox cast

Gogglebox proved a strong performer overnight with the much-loved couch critics drawing 381,000 fans in the metro ratings Pictured: Gogglebox cast 

Overall, Channel Seven soared thanks to the footy and won the evening with a massive audience share of 39.3 per cent.

Nine was far behind in second place with 24.6 per cent of the market.

Channel 10 managed third place on the night, with just a 15.2 per cent share of the viewers, as the ABC finished fourth on 13.7 per cent.

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