The premiere of Nine Network’s House of Hancock drew 2.02 million viewers nationally on Sunday night, a strong result but trailing Seven’s My Kitchen Rules which pulled in 2.38 million.
Network Ten launched Shark Tank, which struggled against MKR and 60 Minutes.
In the costly battle of the interviews with the Lindt Café siege survivors, 60 Minutes came out on top with 1.95 million, ahead of Seven News: Inside the Siege, which had 1.62 million.
Produced by Michael Cordell, Claudia Karvan and Paul Bennett for Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder, the two-part House of Hancock stars Mandy McElhinney as Gina Rinehart, Sam Neill as Lang Hancock and Peta Sergeant as Rose Lacson. It tells the true story of the Hancock dynasty and the bizarre love triangle that emerged between Lang (Neill), his daughter Gina (McElhinney) and his Filipina housekeeper Rose (Sergeant).
Based on a Sony Pictures TV format and produced by Shine Australia, Shark Tank hooked 612,000 viewers in the five capital cities and 856,000 nationally. Ten pointed to a 14% lift in total people from the first to the second half, with an average audience in the second half of 651,000 in the capitals.
Shark Tank features “sharks” Janine Allis (Boost Juice), Steve Baxter (internet pioneer), Andrew Banks (Talent2), John McGrath (McGrath Estate Agents) and Naomi Simson (RedBalloon) deciding whether to invest in inventions and business ideas.
The lead-in, two episodes of ITV Studios' I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, saw the Eviction draw 1.04 million viewers nationally while the other had 846,000.