What’s this? Big brand shows landing under the 1m mark on a Sunday night? And we’re not even in daylight saving yet.
60 Minutes, Australian Idol, 20 to 1, Rove, Rescue: Special Ops, Talkin’ ‘ Bout Your Generation (rpt) all landed under the magic million mark last night.
The hits were over on the ABC and Seven.
Midsomer Murders surged to another 1.48m, Border Security had 1.42m, The Force took 1.41m. Sunday Night won with 1.32m, and even the ABC’s Yellowstone doco defeated 60 Minutes and Idol at just under 1.1m viewers.
Top show for the night was Seven News on 1.53m.
Australian Idol had a weary ’80s night, oddly borrowing It Takes Two judge Ross Wilson (who frankly is more identified with the ’70s than the ’80s). Wilson called the show “the best produced music show on television.” It took another 30 minutes for the first solo song of the night to start (Houston, we still have a problem). Idol singers were rather pedestrian with their performances until Stan Walker broke from the ranks with a standing-ovation of Purple Rain. As Dicko said “thank God for Stan Walker.” Indeed.
A very fine first episode of the excellent Who Do You think You Are? with Ron Barassi took 429,000, well up on the timeslot average for the network. It deserves more.
Wipeout took 223,000 for GO!, while ONE had 165,000 for Formula One and 117,000 for a repeat of Hornblower on ABC2.
Seven wins the first night in “the week from hell” with a slew of new television choices for viewers.