Top Gear Australia drove up the ratings for Nine last night, an encouraging sign for the new host line-up.
It pulled 1.53m viewers for its 90 minute Ashes special well ahead of Four Weddings (1.02m), and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation (999,000). It was a much warmer welcome than the previous hosts (one of whom was Steve Pizzati) attracted on SBS. In truth it probably has a lot to do with the fact Nine has a bigger pool of regular viewers and that many of us had now become more adjusted to the idea of local hosts after SBS copped all the flak. Having an appearance by the UK hosts also didn’t hurt.
Strangely, the Ashes Special was indeed just that -a special. For the next 2 weeks it is back to old episodes from the UK. Did Nine not want to roll them out against the Commonwealth Games?
Tuesday’s #1 show was again Packed to the Rafters, but dipped to 1.68m.
Nine will be happy with premiere figures for Survivor (798,000 / 692,000) beating Parenthood (750,000) and NCIS repeats (734,000 / 727,000).
A Quiet Word with Bill Bailey was 498,000 for ABC1 nearly 200,000 up on the show in the same timeslot the previous week.
Sunrise‘s 454,000 blitzed Today‘s 297,000. Deal (613,000) beat Hot Seat (609,000) but lt’s not forget TEN News beats both (860,000).
7mate improved on GEM last night with a 2.3% share to 1.5%. 7mate was only just behind GO and 7TWO both on 2.5%.
Seven won the night -just.