An in-depth interview with terminally ill Clive James appealed more to viewers than a dozen folk trapped in a house or three people cooking in a kitchen.
Clive James: The Kid From Kogarah made OzTAM's overnight ratings Top 10, well ahead of the Nine Network's Big Brother and Network Ten's new cooking show Recipe To Riches.
James gave a candid interview with ABC journalist Kerry O'Brien, saying he's looking death in the eye and he's sad that he will never see Australia again.
The one hour ABC1 special drew an audience of 945,000 to be the 10th most watched show on Tuesday.
The night, however, belonged to Nine News (1.207 million) while Seven News (1.182 million) was second.
The Seven Network's reality law enforcement shows The Force: Behind The Line (1.127 million) and Border Security: Australia's Front Line (1.092 million) were third and fourth, respectively.
Big Brother, which normally hovers somewhere in the top 10, was relegated to 12th after drawing 812,000 viewers.
The second episode of Ten's new innovative cooking show Recipe To Riches failed to pick up viewers.
The show is unique because the winning dish each week is on sale at Woolworths supermarkets on Wednesdays.
However, on Tuesday the cooking show drew 587,000 viewers, 29,000 fewer than last week's series launch.