Ryan Corr, Josh Lawson and Justine Clarke in the Paul Hogan mini-series Hoges.
Ryan Corr, Josh Lawson and Justine Clarke in the Paul Hogan mini-series Hoges.

Hoges rates less than half of last year's Molly miniseries

HOGES has tanked, with Channel 7's two-part miniseries on Aussie comedy legend Paul Hogan getting off to a disappointing start in the first night of official ratings.

In a night of survey surprises, Nine's reality series Married at First Sight also got within a whisker of beating cooking juggernaut My Kitchen Rules; while the debut of US drama reboot 24: Legacy, starring Aussie Miranda Otto, failed to draw in local TV viewers.

But the night's, biggest ratings disappointment has to be Hoges which averaged a dismal 837,000 viewers across the five capital cities.

The dire result is 950,000 down on last year's first episode of Molly and comes at a time when Seven has two more biopics in the pipeline - showcasing the lives of Olivia Newton-John and Shane Warne.

The top-rating network spent months promoting the miniseries, with Josh Lawson as an adult Hogan, especially during its summer of tennis.

But the critical reaction was at best mixed, while social media wasn't kind declaring "Hoges an epic fail” and "Josh Lawson's ridiculous hair so wrong” among the tweets.

My Kitchen Rules judges Manu Feildel and Pete Evans. Supplied by Channel 7. Please credit photo to Paul Broben.
My Kitchen Rules judges Manu Feildel and Pete Evans. Paul Broben

Meanwhile, the 7.30pm battle between My Kitchen Rules and Married at First Sight has grown increasingly tight.

Last night, My Kitchen Rules averaged 1.075 million viewers across the five capital cities - good enough to win its timeslot but the worst ratings result in its eight year history.

Seven's cooking show was a mere 11,000 viewers ahead of Nine's wedding show on 1.064 million.

Married, which featured the first round of commitment ceremonies, was a clear winner in Sydney with 340,000 viewers compared to Kitchen's 284,000.

60 Minutes posted solid figures for Liz Hayes' special report on Joanne Lees' return to Australia.

Nine's flagship current affairs show averaged 893,000 viewers across the five capital cities, with Lees providing an emotional update on her life since running for her life from outback attacker Bradley John Murdoch, who murdered her partner Peter Falconio after flagging the couple down on an NT highway.

Falconio's body has never been found, but Murdoch was found guilty over his death and attempted kidnapping of Lees.

In a happy footnote to the sometimes harrowing report, Lees revealed she had bonded with her half-sister Jess, who now lives in Sydney.

Ten's high hopes for 24: Legacy, a reboot of the thriller series made famous by Kiefer Sutherland, were dashed.

The new version, with Corey Hawkins (The Walking Dead) as former army ranger Eric Carter who must stop an impending terrorist attack, averaged a poor 333,000 viewers. Otto plays former TCU head Rebecca Ingram.

Earlier, I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! averaged 720,000 for the elimination of US comedy star Tom Arnold.