ABC’s New Year’s Eve fireworks coverage scores big ratings win

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ABC’s New Year’s Eve fireworks coverage scores big ratings win – despite being slammed by viewers for ‘woke’ themes


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ABC’s New Year’s Eve coverage was a ratings hit despite criticism from viewers. 

According to TV Blackbox, the broadcast averaged 1.19m metro viewers, with more than ever streaming the show via ABC iview. 

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The network share for the broadcast reached 31 per cent, which was up from 2020’s 28.5 per cent. 

Hit: ABC's New Year's Eve coverage was a ratings hit despite criticism from viewers. The fireworks display was hosted by the ABC’s Zan Rowe and Charlie Pickering (pictured)

Hit: ABC’s New Year’s Eve coverage was a ratings hit despite criticism from viewers. The fireworks display was hosted by the ABC’s Zan Rowe and Charlie Pickering (pictured)

It comes after Sydney’s 9pm New Year’s Eve fireworks display received mixed reviews from those watching at home, with some viewers slamming the ABC and the City of Sydney for its ‘woke’ theme. 

After the display, which was curated by Indigenous artist Blak Douglas, rap duo Barkaa and Dobby performed their 2020 song I Can’t Breathe – which references the 438 Indigenous people who died in police custody. 

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‘Where has the family-friendly theme gone? Why has it become political? The kids wanted to hear some good music before bed, how disappointing,’ one viewer wrote on Twitter. 

Too woke? It comes after Sydney's 9pm New Year's Eve fireworks display received mixed reviews from those watching at home, with some viewers slamming the ABC and the City of Sydney for its 'woke' theme. Pictured: Rap duo Barkaa and Dobby wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts during their performance

Too woke? It comes after Sydney’s 9pm New Year’s Eve fireworks display received mixed reviews from those watching at home, with some viewers slamming the ABC and the City of Sydney for its ‘woke’ theme. Pictured: Rap duo Barkaa and Dobby wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts during their performance 

Theme: The 'Welcome to Country' fireworks theme was curated by Indigenous artist Blak Douglas

Theme: The ‘Welcome to Country’ fireworks theme was curated by Indigenous artist Blak Douglas

Another agreed, saying: ‘Haven’t kids been through enough seriousness this year? 

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‘@ABCTV kids early NYE was good until they were forced to watch three minutes of history before they were allowed to watch the most depressing and dark KIDS fireworks ever. Leave it between the adults.’

However, it wasn’t all negative online with some praising the 9pm fireworks.

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Reviews: 'Where has the family-friendly theme gone? Why has it become political? The kids wanted to hear some good music before bed, how disappointing,' one viewer wrote on Twitter

Reviews: ‘Where has the family-friendly theme gone? Why has it become political? The kids wanted to hear some good music before bed, how disappointing,’ one viewer wrote on Twitter 

‘Loving the First Nations focus of the 9pm fireworks and entertainment curated by Blak Douglas,’ one wrote.

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Another said: ‘Is this the biggest 9pm display of fireworks ever at #SydNYE?’ alongside the hashtag ‘Absolutely Awesome’.

When introducing the 9pm fireworks, Douglas said while referring to the Sydney Harbour Bridge: ‘We are taking over one of the most famous icons on the planet. An icon that was never consulted amongst either the Gadigal or Cammeray people.’

Fans: However it wasn't all negative online with some praising the 9pm fireworks

Fans: However it wasn’t all negative online with some praising the 9pm fireworks

'Loving the First Nations focus of the 9pm fireworks and entertainment curated by Blak Douglas,' one person wrote

‘Loving the First Nations focus of the 9pm fireworks and entertainment curated by Blak Douglas,’ one person wrote

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The display focused on the First Nations cultures followed by those from the Torres Strait Islands.  

Music for the fireworks display was an Indigenous-themed soundtrack.

Rap duo Barkaa and Dobby followed with their performance, where they donned ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirts. 

Music: Music for the fireworks display was an Indigenous-themed soundtrack

Music: Music for the fireworks display was an Indigenous-themed soundtrack

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