Nearly 2m viewers watched Ben Cousins taking drugs on Such is Life: The Troubled Life of Ben Cousins last night.
The controversial show averaged 1.99m viewers for Seven following a slew of media hype.
The first part of the two-part documentary was accompanied by anti-drug advertisements throughout its broadcast. But the disjointed narrative of its tale and frenetic interviews with experts and friends were frustrating. It remains to be seen if it was necessary to document as two hours, let alone over two nights.
Seven easily won the night with a 32.9% share.
With ABC doing well with The Gruen Transfer (1.35), Spicks and Specks (1.31m) and Yes We Canberra! (1.18), TEN became the biggest loser.
Its share sank to 15.9%.
The Neighbours wedding pulled 648,000 with The 7PM Project (951,000) its best performer.
Spartacus: Blood and Sand did good business for GO! on 198,000.