Charlie Pickering may have managed the final Oops moment of 2017 but it could not erase the smile off faces after ABC’s flawless Countdown concert on New Year’s Eve.
“Are you ready to count down to the magical moment, the only time it’s ok to kill a police officer -ahh.. kiss a police officer- without asking?” he asked the crowd.
He later apologised for the slip up.
On social media ABC was widely-praised for its telecast. It was a big win for the broadcaster after its first shocker for NYE 2015. Even in recent weeks media were teasing another “trainwreck” and “poisoned chalice” for Pickering -but it an inspired Countdown concert drew praise for the music acts and an eminently-talented backing band.
But there were some who picked at Pickering’s gaffe and the quick switch to a promo as soon as the fireworks ended, instead of savouring the moment.
ABC drew 1.49m viewers for the Midnight Fireworks, 710,000 for the Family Fireworks and an average of 707,000 for the Countdown Live concert. That was up on last year’s 1,178,000 for the fireworks.
David Anderson, ABC Director of Television said: “The ABC is thrilled to once again have hosted the iconic Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks. It truly is a night of celebration and family friendly entertainment that brings the nation together. Across Australia, wherever you were, the ABC brought the fireworks to you live across TV, iview, YouTube, Facebook.”
The event was the last of ABC’s current deal with the City of Sydney, but based on this year’s event (and a recent excellent Paul Kelly Live concert) it would be worth revisiting -something I could never have imagined saying after 2015.