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UPFRONTS | Q+A will return to the ABC in 2022 despite ratings decline

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The ABC has confirmed that the panel discussion program will be back in 2022, along with its current rotating hosts.

At the Upfronts presentation today, the ABC announced that Q+A would return along with its suite of news programming, including ABC News, Four Corners, Insiders, Foreign Correspondent and 7:30.

This is despite declining ratings for the program, when it moved into the Thursday, 8:30pm timeslot in February this year.

The rotating trio of hosts Virginia Trioli, Stan Grant and David Speers, who replaced Hamish Macdonald as host, are set to return in the same capacity as well, in the same Thursday timeslot.

OzTam data from this year has shown the program has produced numbers as low as 224,000 in the five city metro ratings after the move to Thursday nights, but today’s announcement proves the ABC is persisting with their currently strategy in 2022.

In its former glory, the show was peaking more than 600,000 viewers for a March 2012 episode.

Whether any changes will be made to bring back viewers is yet to be seen.

Former host Hamish Macdonald left the program midway this year after a hurling of social media abuse directed his way, which forced him to deactivate his Twitter account in January.

Q+A returns in 2022, Thursday nights at 8:30pm.

- ADVERTISEMENT -

The ABC has confirmed that the panel discussion program will be back in 2022, along with its current rotating hosts.

At the Upfronts presentation today, the ABC announced that Q+A would return along with its suite of news programming, including ABC News, Four Corners, Insiders, Foreign Correspondent and 7:30.

This is despite declining ratings for the program, when it moved into the Thursday, 8:30pm timeslot in February this year.

The rotating trio of hosts Virginia Trioli, Stan Grant and David Speers, who replaced Hamish Macdonald as host, are set to return in the same capacity as well, in the same Thursday timeslot.

- ADVERTISEMENT -

OzTam data from this year has shown the program has produced numbers as low as 224,000 in the five city metro ratings after the move to Thursday nights, but today’s announcement proves the ABC is persisting with their currently strategy in 2022.

In its former glory, the show was peaking more than 600,000 viewers for a March 2012 episode.

Whether any changes will be made to bring back viewers is yet to be seen.

Former host Hamish Macdonald left the program midway this year after a hurling of social media abuse directed his way, which forced him to deactivate his Twitter account in January.

Q+A returns in 2022, Thursday nights at 8:30pm.

Matthew Simmonds
Matthew Simmonds is a journalist and blogger, with a keen interest in the world of Reality TV. He loves exploring both what’s happening in front of the camera but also how the magic comes together behind the scenes. If not glued to the TV bingeing one of the newest obsessions or a timeless series, you’ll find Matthew endlessly scrolling through Twitter (and he may even tweet a time or two). Matthew’s also a final-year Communication student, majoring in Journalism, at the Queensland University of Technology.
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