Shane Warne’s 2018 ABC interview beats Seven and 10 in ratings


A repeat of Shane Warne’s 2018 interview with 7.30am host Leigh Sales did good business for the ABC on Monday night, helping lift the public broadcaster to second place in the ratings ahead of Channel 10 and Seven.

Shane Warne: The Interview drew 549,000 Tube viewers, putting it ahead of 10’s Australian Survivor (482,000) and Seven’s SAS Australia (383,000), but falling short of Nine’s Married At First Sight (978,000), reports tv tonight.

Sales, 48, who is stepping down as of 7:30 a.m. in late June after the federal election, paid tribute to the late Spin King at the start of the show, mourning the loss of the man she described as her “interview dream”.

The great Australian cricketer, 52, died last Friday after suffering a massive heart attack at the luxury resort Samujana Villas on the Thai holiday island of Koh Samui.

Still spilling them: A repeat of Shane Warne’s (left) 2018 interview with 7.30am host Leigh Sales (right) did some good business for the ABC on Monday night, helping hoist the public broadcaster in second place in the ratings ahead of Channel 10 and seven

“When I started at 7:30 in 2011, one person was at the top of my interview wish list: Warnie,” Sales said.

“People were still in disbelief about this. “Out of everyone on the planet, do you want to interview Warnie?” I did this because I felt that, with the exception of an interview with Michael Parkinson when Warnie retired, Warnie had never received a serious, in-depth television interview that treated him properly.

“He was a genius and a historically significant cricketer, but also something that is increasingly rare: a true, original character who made no apologies for who he was.”

Sales said she worked for seven years to convince Warne to sit down with her, saying she “couldn’t understand” why he never did in-depth interviews.

Viewership figures: Shane Warne: The Interview drew 549,000 Tube viewers, putting it ahead of 10's Australian Survivor (482,000) and Seven's SAS Australia (383,000), but falling short of Nine's Married At First Sight (978,000) , reports TV Tonight

Viewership figures: Shane Warne: The Interview drew 549,000 Tube viewers, putting it ahead of 10’s Australian Survivor (482,000) and Seven’s SAS Australia (383,000), but falling short of Nine’s Married At First Sight (978,000) , reports TV Tonight

‘Warnie didn’t know who I was, he didn’t really understand what was in it for him to do it. Eventually it happened in 2018. I started off by saying, “Nice to meet you, Shane”, and he replied, “Nice to meet you”, and from that moment I knew that ‘he would be golden,’ she said.

“And he was – smart, charming, interesting, vulnerable, honest.” He might be ad**k, but he knew it and didn’t try to hide it.

Above all, Sales said she remembers being “touched” by the relationship between Warne and her three children, Jackson, Brooke and Summer.

“I remember in his book he gave his children a chapter to write. You could tell how much they loved it,’ the 7:30 host said.

“More than that, they got it. Their vibe was, “Yes, dad hurt and embarrassed us, but he also loved us and we love him too.”

“It was very touching.”

Persistent: Sales (pictured) said she worked for seven years to convince Warne to sit down with her, saying she

Persistent: Sales (pictured) said she worked for seven years to convince Warne to sit down with her, saying she ‘couldn’t understand’ why he never did in-depth interviews

Warne’s body remained in Thailand for another day on Tuesday, police said, as consular officials worked out logistics to bring home the man widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of all time.

Warne died last Friday at the age of 52 while vacationing on the island of Koh Samui. Local authorities said Warne died of a suspected heart attack and congenital illness.

Thai police had said his body could be repatriated on Tuesday. However, Kissana Phathanacharoen, a police spokeswoman, said Warne’s body was in a Bangkok police hospital on Tuesday evening where it would remain until a robbery was organised.

“Now it’s all about waiting for the Australians to organize a flight…there’s no reason for the Thai side to do any further scrutiny,” he said.

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Rest in peace: The great Australian cricketer, 52, died last Friday after suffering a massive heart attack at the luxury resort Samujana Villas on the Thai holiday island of Koh Samui. (Photo taken on August 7, 2019 in London, England)

Tributes from around the world poured in for Warne, with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling him “one of our country’s greatest figures”.

The Australian Embassy in Thailand said on Tuesday arrangements were still being made to bring the cricketer’s body home and directed media inquiries to its Foreign Office in Canberra, which said it was helping the family and would not comment further due to their request for confidentiality.

Australian media said Warne’s family funeral would be followed by a memorial service at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in two or three weeks.

The Great Southern Stand, where the spinner won his 700th wicket in 2006, will be renamed the SK Warne Stand in his honour.

Cause of death: An autopsy report released in Thailand on Monday revealed the cricketing legend (pictured in 2007) died of natural causes

Cause of death: An autopsy report released in Thailand on Monday revealed the cricketing legend (pictured in 2007) died of natural causes

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