Channel TEN is enjoying one of its best weeks in a long time, currently sitting in second position after two nights in Week 39, just 0.8% behind Seven.
That’s thanks largely to the performances of Australian Idol and the Brownlow Medal.
Cyndi Lauper’s appearance on Idol on Sunday night nabbed the station 1.34m viewers, beating both 60 Minutes and shrinking Dancing with the Stars. Last night she returned to sing “Time after Time” to the tune of 1.1m viewers. Next week Darren Hayes is guest judge.
TEN also had the 2008 Brownlow Medal in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth scoring 1.08m viewers, a good figure all things considered. For both nights of the week TEN has finished in second position, with a huge 27.3% last night. TEN’s fortunes were at Seven’s expense on Sunday, and Nine’s on Monday. Cue that line about a healthy opposition again….
6pm’s Taken Out managed a modest increase for its first night of 30 single guys, to 610,000. TEN will be watching nervously at how it travels this week.
But there is more good news in store with the fasttracked season premiere of House on Wednesday night. And with other quiet achievers including Kenny’s World, Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader and Rush, TEN should finish the week with a share far healthier than recent weeks.
After two nights this week the shares are: