Last night Jeremy Clarkson metaphorically drove over Kyle Sandilands.
Top Gear‘s ripping Bolivian special pulled a huge 1.73m viewers last night, surpassing Australia’s Got Talent’s premiere of 1.49m. With both shows pushed out to 100 minutes each, it was a clear ratings brawl.
TEN was left with Biggest Loser (870,000), Bondi Rescue (943,000) and NCIS (1.18m).
AGT was certainly entertaining, even with Kyle on his best behaviour. Embracing child dancers and senior opera singers has he mellowed from his position of commercial pop? Production ideas mimicking the UK format served the show well, but for all its publicity the show only increased by 179,000 on its 2009 season premiere.
Better luck is coming Seven’s way with just one more Australian premiere episode of Top Gear in Nine’s library.
On the back of Underbelly and with the Hey Hey / Pacific fight tonight that’s “Two – Zip” for huge premieres this week in Nine’s favour.
Elsewhere yesterday Hot Seat has pulled ahead of Deal or No Deal taking 640,000 to 559,000.
Better news for Seven can be found in the mornings, where it continues to win those fights. Sunrise‘s 369,000 bettered Today‘s 323,000.