Is true crime the next genre to go big in 2017?
Last night Seven’s Murder Uncovered presented by Michael Usher debuted to an impressive 957,000 viewers in a 9pm timeslot.
Produced by Mark Llewellyn, the episode heard Kate Moir talk about how she escaped from Australia’s worst serial killer couple, David and Catherine Birnie.
A second hour drew 799,000 viewers -both well ahead of TEN’s heavily-promoted This is Us on 576,000. Nine’s rerun of Ghost flopped on just 262,000 viewers. That may come to haunt it next week when Murder Calls Australia from Screentime, goes up against Murder Uncovered in the same slot.
True crime yarns have been hot of late with stories on Jon Benet Ramsay, O.J. Simpson and Steven Avery. On 60 Minutes this weekend Nine will be hoping its interview with British backpacker Joanne Lees pays off. Seven is also screening UK crime doco The Investigator, which is already available on Netflix, next Thursday (updated).
Foxtel also has Crimes That Shocked Australia returning later this year with new presenter Matt Doran.