Top Gear falls below 500,000 and is beaten by dementia doco

Top Gear last night fell below 500,000 for the first time since moving to Nine.

The show, which was a repeat, delivered an audience of just 485,000, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

It was even beaten in the timeslot by a documentary about dementia on ABC1.  

Top Gear’s number was lower than the audience average for all but one of the nine series aired by SBS. The first time SBS aired Top Gear in late 2005, it averaged 415,000, before hitting a high point of 954,000. Nine outbid SBS for the BBC Worldwide show in February last year. But after initially strong ratings, the show has gone through a significant decline in recent months.

Last night’s performance was not helped by strong performances by Seven’s My Kitchen Rules (1.604m) , which finishes tonight and Winners & Losers (1.389m). Top Gear was also beaten by NCIS (1.174m) on Ten and dementia doco The Long Goodbye on ABC1 (561,000).

The rest of the night had few bright spots for Nine with only Nine News and A Current Affair rating above 1m. The much-repeated Two And A Half Men rated just 641,000 while double episodes of the Big Bang theory recovered only slightly to 814,000 and 813,000.

Tuesday’s top 15:

  1. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1.604m
  2. Winners and Losers Seven 1.389m
  3. Seven News Seven 1.284m
  4. Today Tonight Seven 1.207m
  5. NCIS Ten 1.174m
  6. Home and Away Seven 1.076m
  7. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation Ten 1.076m
  8. Nine News Nine 1.056m
  9. A Current Affair Nine 1.003m
  10. ABC News ABC 0.982m
  11. The Big Bang Theory – 7pm Nine  0.814m
  12. The Big Bang Theory Nine 0.813m
  13. The 7PM Project Ten 0.762m
  14. NCIS: Los Angeles Ten 0.744m
  15. 7:30 ABC 0.654m

Tuesday’s share:

  • Seven: 26.6%
  • Ten: 19.5%
  • Nine: 16.6%
  • ABC1: 11.2%
  • GO!: 4.8%
  • SBS1: 4.0%
  • 7TWO 3.6%
  • 7mate: 3.5%
  • Eleven: 3.3%
  • Gem: 2.6%
  • ABC2: 1.9%
  • One: 1.6%
  • SBS2: 0.7%
  • ABC3: 0.6%
  • ABC News 24: 0.6%

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