“I thought the last 4 or 5 episodes of Planet were the best things we’ve ever done. Now we come back knowing what we know and we can start fresh.”
This season Gruen returns to the profile 8:30 Wednesday slot, with Randling bumped to 9:15pm. But Anderson is under no illusions that the show will be the answer to ABC’s ratings prayers.
“If anyone thinks Gruen is going to have the sort of ratings it’s had in previous years then they’re kidding themselves. The whole broadcasting industry has changed, as you know better than anybody. Shows are either massive blockbusters or niche lower-rating things. That’s the industry in which we all live now.
“No, we’re definitely not going to be the ABC’s Wednesday night saviour,” he attests.
“This is no-one’s job. This is everybody’s second job. It’s something we do because we think it’s interesting and we try to do things that we think are interesting, and that’s all it is.
“I certainly hope it will be the place where people go to to find out ‘How does this work? What’s with this?” and they’ll come and find the show.
“But the massive problem with ratings is very simple. They measure quantity of audience not quality of audience. There is no rating of how much people like a show. You’d rather rate 200,000 if all of those people felt it was their favourite show than 2 million if none of them thought it was their favourite show. I know which one of those two I’d like to be.”