Top Gear Australia stalls at the start line with just 503,000 viewers

Nine’s Top Gear Australia had a disastrous return last night with the 8:30 show receiving just 503,000 viewers, less than half of its debut audience last season.

The show was ranked 25th most-watched and was beaten by Seven’s Packed To The Rafters (1.597m), Ten’s NCIS (774,000) and ABC1′s Australian Story: David Hicks (647,000), according to preliminary metro ratings from OzTam.

It was followed by a repeat of the UK version of the show at 9:30 which pulled in only 344,000.   

Last year’s debut episode of Top Gear Australia, which was in the 7:30 time slot, received 1.218 million. It was the fourth most-watched show of the night.

Shit My Dad Says at 8pm on Nine also had a poor showing with 532,000.

The X Factor auditions on Seven at 7:30 won the night with 1.69 million viewers.

A new episode of Modern Family on Ten was the highest ranking show for the network with 872,000.

Seven easily won the night with 29.2% share. Ten beat Nine with 15.6% over 14.4%. Digital channel 7TWO received 4.1% over SBS1′s 3.8%.

Tuesday’s top 15 shows:

  1. The X Factor – Seven – 1.690m
  2. Packed to the Rafters – Seven – 1.597m
  3. Seven News – Seven – 1.321m
  4. Today Tonight – Seven – 1.309m
  5. Home and Away – Seven – 1.162m
  6. Nine News – Nine – 1.116m
  7. A Current Affair – Nine – 0.939m
  8. ABC News – ABC – 0.937m
  9. Modern Family – Ten – 0.872m
  10. The 7PM Project – Ten – 0.846m
  11. The Big Bang Theory – 7:30pm – Nine – 0.776m
  12. NCIS – Ten – 0.774m
  13. Dinner Date – Seven – 0.771m
  14. The Big Bang Theory – 7:00pm – Nine – 0.763m
  15. The Renovators – Ten – 0.69m
Tuesday’s metro channel share:
  • Seven: 29.2%
  • Ten: 15.6%
  • Nine: 14.4%
  • ABC1: 12%
  • 7TWO: 4.1%
  • 7mate: 3.8%
  • SBS1: 3.8%
  • Eleven: 3.4%
  • Gem: 3%
  • Go!: 3%
  • ABC2: 2.5%
  • One: 2%
  • SBS2: 2%
  • ABC3: 0.6%
  • ABC News 24: 0.5%

Comments


  1. zeffd
    31 Aug 11
    10:59 am

  2. karma

  3. fabian@yahoo.com
    31 Aug 11
    12:47 pm

  4. Rafters is a puzzle. watched the show to see why it was so popular. nothing happens on the show to develop the storyline.There is no explanation for why all these characters are there.

  5. Adam Paull
    31 Aug 11
    1:53 pm

  6. Whenever I’m flicking around the channels and I land on Rafters, the ten seconds I see is nearly always people standing out the front of a house waving goodbye to a car…

  7. DS
    31 Aug 11
    2:08 pm

  8. I’m guessing Nine only do a local version of Tog Gear because of some rights package with the BBC? They really needn’t bother.