Sky News breaks channel audience records

Exclusive coverage of the Leadership Crisis cements Sky News as the leader in political news coverage.

Sky News achieved record-breaking audiences across its evening programs on Tuesday night as the channel delivered unrivalled LIVE and exclusive coverage of the unfolding Leadership Crisis in Canberra, cementing its position as the leader in political news coverage.

The award-winning Sky News Canberra political team led the day’s events with rolling coverage, breaking news and exclusive interviews.

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.

Rolling coverage throughout the day also featured analysis from Political Reporters, Ashleigh Gillon and Tom Connell.

In a Sky News exclusive, Laura Jayes was the first to speak one-on-one with Peter Dutton following his failed leadership challenge and subsequent decision to step down as Home Affairs Minister. The interview was broadcast during SPEERS, the channel’s marquee political program, and saw the program deliver its highest rating episode on record.

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 6:00pm, delivered its highest rating episode on record with an average audience of 71,320.

The Bolt Report, anchored by Andrew Bolt weeknights at 7:00pm, 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 8:00pm, 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 9:00pm, 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, 21 August with a 4.2% audience share achieving its highest rating day since 2016 and reaching 479,000 unique viewers across the day.

With strong audience gains across its weeknight primetime and new Sunday evening schedule, Sky News recently announced its highest half-yearly ratings on record, now reaching more than one million Australians every week on Foxtel alone. 

Sky News is Australia’s leading 24-hour multi-channel, multi-platform national news provider, delivering news you can trust, opinions you can’t ignore.

Australian News Channel is a wholly owned subsidiary of News Corp Australia and delivers more news and national affairs to Australian audiences than any other network.

OzTAM National STV Panel, Weeks 1-33 2017 v 2018, Total People, Projections, Consolidated until 14/08/2018, Overnight 15/08/2018-21/08/2018. Primetime 18:00 – 20:29.