Hey Hey’s blackfaces draws 2.2m

The Hey Hey Reunion – complete with its already highly controversial blacked-up Jackson Five tribute act – rated just over 2.2m for Nine on Wednesday night.

The act in the Red Faces segment -which saw five doctors blacked up along with one wearing white makeup to represent Michael Jackson – drew criticism from guest judge Harry Connick jnr.  

It was the second of two planned Hey Hey It’s Saturday reunion shows and helped Nien to a massive 42% share which has been overshadowed by the growing furore over the jackson Jive sketch:

Meanwhile, Ten’s second episode of Celebrity Masterchef drew less than 1.1m – a heavy drop on last week’s 1.4m.

It was a bad night all round for Ten. The 7pm Project rated just 608,000.

And Seven fared little better with Eddie McGuire’s Hot Seat (617,000) on Nine narrowly beat Andrew O’Keefe’s Deal or No Deal (611,000) in what is becoming an increasingly common occurrence in the 5.30pm slot.

Wednesday night’s share:

  • Nine: 42.0
  • Seven: 20.6
  • Ten: 18.9
  • ABC1: 11.9
  • SBS1 2.8
  • ABC2: 1.8
  • GO!: 1.3
  • ONE: 0.4
  • SBS2: 0.2

Wednesday’s most watched shows:

  1. Hey Hey Reunion Nine 2.2m
  2. Seven News Seven 1.3m
  3. Today Tonight Seven 1.3m
  4. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.3m
  5. A Current Affair Nine 1.2m
  6. Home and Away Seven 1.2m
  7. Border Security Seven 1.2m
  8. Nine News Nine 1.1m
  9. Celebrity Masterchef Ten 1.1m
  10. ABC News ABC 0.988m

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