riveting TV for the Budget Superfans, opposition leader Anthony Albanese’s budget reply speech scored 337,000 viewers for the ABC, down just over 50,000 from last year.
Albo’s speech emphasised social housing, particularly to address issues of domestic violence and homelessness among veterans. Their proposed housing Australia Future Fund policy would in theory invest $10 billion to build 20,000 homes.
He referred to the 2021 Budget as a “patch-up job for the next election”.
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham criticised the Budget reply as “barely worth commenting on.”
“There’s nothing really of substance in tonight’s address.”
“This is a budget reply speech barely worth commenting on,” says finance minister Simon Birmingham, at a press conference he specifically called to comment on the budget reply speech pic.twitter.com/WJhfxfPC7H
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) May 13, 2021
Coming top of the charts was Seven News with 968,000 viewers, followed by Nine News with 886,000, A Current Affair with 689,000 and ABC News with 619,000 according to OzTAM’s metro data.
Topping the entertainment charts was MasterChef with 572,000 viewers, where – in a battle for the coveted immunity pin – four contestants has to create a dish “flavoured by fire”. Presumably, a singed toastie was not enough to win the pin.
Masterchef: I’m going to use dry ice to freeze my yuzu and caviar granita for my dessert mirror orb
Also Masterchef: This fire is a bit hot#MasterChefAU
— Caitlin (@caitiejayne) May 13, 2021
Next was Seven’s The Chase and Home and Away with 534,000 and 500,000 viewers respectively, while Nine’s Hot Seat had 463,000.
Nine also aired a special ep of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, which had 351,000.
10’s night had The Project with 431,000 viewers and 10 News First at 363,000.
For Seven, The Front Bar had 339,000 and The Latest: Seven News had 297,000.
The ABC’s 7.30 scored 274,000.
Seven (all channels) came out resoundingly on top with 30 per cent of the daily share, followed by Nine (all channels) with 24 per cent.
Network 10 had 20 per cent, while the ABC Network had 14 per cent and the SBS Networkhad nine per cent.
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