After weeks of ailing Wednesday nights, it was Hamish & Andy who came to TEN’s rescue last night. Their Re-Gifted special nabbed 1.13m viewers, second in its slot. It was light years ahead of recent shows including Big Cat Diary, Futurama, Jamie’s Ministry of Food and Bondi Rescue: Bali. They frequently hovered between 500,000 – 700,000 viewers.
The success of the two might well prompt TEN to look at more for the Austereo duo in 2009, which would be ironic given their previous attempts at a TV show haven’t fired and it was radio that became their salvation.
But the strong lead-in still didn’t help House much, at a disappointing 830,000 viewers. It was trounced by Spicks and Specks’ finale with 1.22m and Criminal Minds on 1.20m. Nine’s Mentalist slipped under the 1m mark at 957,000 viewers.
Nine’s decision to re-launch Big Bang Theory cost it dearly. The 8pm Wednesday slot has been its hero lately, with repeats of Two and a Half Men charting nearly 1.5m viewers. Big Bang took 983,000 viewers. Maybe it will build with time.
Seven’s The Unit, again attempted as a 9:30pm show, also didn’t score, at 661,000 -half its lead in.