1.81m viewers last night farewelled Rachel Rafter as she departed the Rafters coop.
The popular character, like actress Jessica Marais, left Aussie shores to work in the US. But the writers were clever enough to leave the door open in case she ever wants to return.
The return of the series easily won its timeslot, more than double its opposition: a repeat of NCIS (754,000), Top Gear‘s 90 minute episode (695,000), Fake Or Fortune? (533,000), Conservation’s Dirty Secrets (121,000).
Audience numbers at 7:30pm were divided with Four Weddings (978,000) pipping The Big Bang Theory / RBT (936,000/ 805,000), Modern Family / The Renovators (933,000 / 833,000), 7.30 / Foreign Correspondent (668,000 / 547,000) and Insight (221,000). The Renovators fared much better on Tuesday than it did on Monday (611,000) with a better retention from its lead-in.
The return of The Big Bang Theory at 7pm was 741,000, beaten by Home and Away (1.07m), ABC News (923,000) and The 7PM Project (809,000).
George Negus’ scoop with Bob Katter’s half-brother slamming his views on gay marriage got all the promo after and not before it happened, leaving just 351,000 to see it air. It was thumped by Today Tonight (1.26m) and A Current Affair (979,000).
On the back of its big Rafters lead-in, a wedding finale for Winners and Losers (1.23m) easily won its slot over NCIS: Los Angeles (506,000). A Top Gear replay at 10pm was 350,000.
Neighbours topped multichannels with 390,000.
Seven won the night but Nine has nearly a 4% lead for the week. It’s going to be very interesting to see how this pans out.