Ben Elton’s Live From Planet Earth dead and buried in the ratings

Ben Elton’s second outing for Live From Planet Earth put in an even worse performance on Tuesday night with an average audience of just 384,000 according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

The heavily promoted live comedy show show rated 455,000 on its debut last week.

Last night’s poor result will raise serious questions about whether the show – a production by Fremantle Media – can remain in the schedule.

The show was 27th for the day, beaten by the likes of Seven’s Sunrise and Ten’s The Bold And the Beautiful. Last week it was 22nd.

The show continued to shed viewers throughout, falling from an opening 15 minutes of 469,000 to just below 250,000 at the end.


In the previous week, the show’s audience in the last 15 minutes was just below 300,000.

However, Live from Planet Earth may also have been affected by inheriting a smaller audience from Top Gear. Last week Top Gear averaged 939,000 while last night it brought in 792,000.

At the time of posting Nine had not returned Mumbrella’s call about whether the show would be in next week’s schedule.



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