That’s because the low-rating show didn’t start until 10:30pm.
The money was won by Hillal, 22, from Sydney, who managed to avoid being beaten by the Mole, and in the final quiz gave 36 correct answers out of 40 questions identifying Erin as the Mole (pictured, right).
“It was a big challenge and at first I didn’t really think I had it in me to play the game as the Mole,” said Erin, 24, from Geelong. “I must admit, I did have more than a few guilty moments when the series was close to finishing, particularly when it came to Aisha because of the friendship we built up. I didn’t think I would make any friends to be honest, and I had to work hard to manipulate them!”
She also came to blowing her cover was when she paid $15,000 for an exemption early on in the series.
“When I took the exemption I just said I was playing the game but it was a very risky strategy. I was happy to fuel the fire that they all thought Alex was the Mole. But I then became worried that people would guess that I was the Mole!”
Aisha scored 31 out of 40.
The Mole marks a rare misstep by Seven this year, especially after so many readers had been excited for the show’s return. But many criticised the amount of episodes, the lack of weekly eliminations and the timeslot originally given to the show.
Giving away that kind of money with such a small audience puts the show up there with such flops as Excess Baggage ($100,000), homeMADE ($100,000), Top Design ($100,000) and Australia’s Perfect Couple($210,000).