Kyle vs Rove: Whose ‘Pilot Week’ special stacked up?

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Network Ten’s Pilot Week wrapped up over the weekend, with former 2DayFM Breakfast host Rove McManus‘ show Bring Back… Saturday Night airing on Saturday evening.

Kyle Sandilands‘ Judge Judy spin-off aired on Thursday evening, and it managed to deliver the best numbers of all the Pilot Week specials.

Trial By Kyle attracted 385,000 metro viewers according to OzTam, with the number inflating to 520,000 inclusive of regional markets.

By comparison, Rove’s new variety show, which featured the likes of Delta Goodrem, Tom Gleeson and Judith Lucy, brought in 297,000 inclusive of regional.

The second top rating Pilot Week show was comedian Drunk History which pulled 512,000, and in third place came Troy Kinne‘s Kinne Tonight which managed 496,000 people.

Fellow former 2DayFM Breakfast personality Harley Breen‘s pilot Taboo did well with 391,000 audience, while Dave O’Neil‘s sitcom style show Dave had 337,000.

Radio Today understands that Kyle’s show is likely to be picked up, with Network Ten looking to move on a deal to commission it.

Network Ten chief content officer Beverly McGarvey was tight-lipped on the subject but said the network was “really happy with our Pilot Week experiment, and would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts.

“We’ve enjoyed bringing new programming ideas to audiences and are thrilled with the overall response through live audience numbers and via social,” McGarvey said.

“We’re listening to what people are saying, and are also looking at a range of other measures including timeslot and demographic performance to help us decide which programs we’ll be commissioning to a full series.

“BVOD numbers will also play an important role so we’ll be gathering these over the next week. Stay tuned.”

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