INXS tears apart Schapelle

Aussie rock band INXS has made it to the top of the charts again after it smashed the telemovie Schapelle on the first night of official ratings for the year.

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The first part of the mini-series INXS: Never Tear Us Apart was the number one show on Sunday with 1.947 million viewers.

Schapelle, which was moved forward from Monday to Sunday and deliberately pitted against INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, was seventh with 1.022 million tuning-in on OzTAM’s overnight ratings.

The second and final part of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, will screen next Sunday.

The Nine Network took a risk in its decision to slot Schapelle, about convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, against INXS.

While attracting more than a million viewers is deemed a pass mark on any night of the week, Schapelle’s figures are not that satisfactory.

Nine brought Schapelle forward to cash in on Corby’s anticipated release from an Indonesian jail on Monday and take some steam out of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart.

However, the much anticipated show about the convicted drug smuggler would likely have rated much better had it remained in its original Monday time slot.

And the decision to announce the screening change on Friday was made at the last minute, which meant the switch missed most of the weekend’s printed TV guides.

Seven claimed not only the number one spot for the start of the official ratings period, but it snared second, third and fourth as well.

Current affair series Sunday Night, which featured an interview with Rachelle Louise, the girlfriend of Simon Gittany who threw his fiancee to her death over a balcony, was second.

The gripping interview drew 1.793 million viewers, ratings behemoth My Kitchen Rules (1.640 million) was third and Seven News (1.292 million) was fourth.

While there was a lot of attention being placed on the Nine and Seven ratings war, the launch of Network Ten’s new dance series So You Think You Can Dance got severely crunched.

The return of the dance series after several years in hiatus was 18th with just 466,000 viewers.

The live telecast of the Sochi Games Snowboard Slopestyle Final, featuring Aussie Torah Bright, did much better for Ten.

It was eighth overall with 996,000 viewers.

Most watched shows on Monday

1. INXS: Never Tear Us Apart (Seven) – 1.947 million

2. Sunday Night (Seven) – 1.793 million

3. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 1.640 million

4. Seven News (Seven) – 1.292 million

5. The Block: Fans v Faves (Nine) – 1.274 million

6. Nine News (Nine) – 1.223 million

7. Schapelle (Nine) – 1.022 million

8. Sochi Live: Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final (Ten) 996,000

9. 60 Minutes (Nine) – 866,000

10. ABC (ABC1) – 790,000

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18. So You Think You Can Dance Launch (Ten) 466,000

* Source OzTAM

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