Sky News achieved record-breaking audiences across its evening programs Tuesday night as the channel delivered live and exclusive coverage of the still unfolding leadership crisis in Canberra.
Rolling coverage from Canberra this week saw political editor David Speers and chief political reporter Kieran Gilbert were the first to report the leadership positions had been vacated.
Political reporter Laura Jayes was then the first to confirm that Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull had won the leadership ballot.
The channel’s evening programs Credlin, The Bolt Report, Jones & Co and Paul Murray Live all set new audience records and delivered the channel’s largest Tuesday primetime audiences ever.
Credlin, anchored by Peta Credlin weeknights at 6pm, delivered its highest rating episode on record with an average audience of 71,320.
The Bolt Report, anchored by Andrew Bolt weeknights at 7pm, delivered its highest rating episode of the year and second-highest episode on record with an average audience of 83,137 viewers.
Jones & Co, anchored by Alan Jones and Peta Credlin Tuesdays at 8pm, achieved its highest rating episode on record, attracting an average audience of 98,792.
Paul Murray Live, anchored by award-winning broadcaster Paul Murray each Sunday–Thursday at 9pm, was the number one program on Sky News delivering its highest rating episode since 2016 with an average audience of 102,631.
Sky News was the number one channel on the Foxtel platform Tuesday (August 21) with a 4.2% audience share and achieved its highest rating day since 2016 and reached 479,000 unique viewers across the day.
Sky News recently announced its highest half-yearly ratings on record, now reaching more than one million Australians every week on Foxtel alone.
On Sunday September 2 at 6am AEST Sky News on WIN, a new dedicated 24-hour free-to-air news channel, will launch on the WIN Network’s Channel 53 in northern NSW and Channel 83 across all other WIN areas.