Deciding to maneuver one among its flagship present affairs program to a special evening appears to have failed for the ABC, with Q+A struggling an enormous rankings fall in latest months.
The panel dialogue program kicked off this season with a brand new air day and time slot when it returned to our screens in February, however audiences have didn’t comply with this system over.
Beforehand a powerful performer for the community within the rankings race, this 12 months it was moved from its Monday evening 9.35pm timeslot to Thursdays at 8.30, however in latest weeks it has didn’t crack into the highest 20 most-watched exhibits of the evening nationwide.
Final evening, it solely managed to attract 224,000 individuals throughout the nation. In Perth, that quantity was 20,000. General, it was the twenty seventh most watched present on free-to-air tv yesterday.
Final month The Australian reported that since re-launching this 12 months, this system’s viewership had dropped to its lowest level in its 14-season historical past.
On March 25, it had recorded its lowest rankings up to now, drawing 237,000 viewers throughout the 5 main capital cities. That quantity has continued to say no within the weeks since.
Almost a decade in the past, rankings firm OzTam recorded that the present was drawing in additional than 600,000 viewers an episode in March 2012.
Hamish MacDonald, who took over from long-time host Tony Jones final 12 months, has additionally discovered himself in sizzling water after final evening’s episode.
After showing on this system, Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Younger was engaged in a debate with Andrew Liveris, the previous chief government of the Dow Chemical Firm and present board member of the Saudi Aramco petrol and pure fuel firm.
At one level, the politician labelled him “patronising”, earlier than MacDonald later stepped in to ask everybody to “try to preserve it respectful”.
Quickly after this system ended, Queensland Greens took to Twitter to name out Mr Liveris and McDonald failing to step in.
“Ladies ought to have the ability to seem on @QandA & converse with out being spoken right down to, interrupted, mocked, patronised, have a finger pointed at them & spoken excessive of,” the get together tweeted.
“That was appalling behaviour from Andrew Liveris & disappointing to see it not referred to as out by the host #qanda.”