“It was a time when you do not remember this,” Geldof said about his previous hosting. "They come and go."
“How is it today?” Asked Urban.
“Judging by your work, yes,” Geldof replied.
If this was supposed to be a joke, the audience did not buy it. Many criticized the exchange on Twitter, while others wondered why ARIA invited international musicians to the first place. Things kept going down when Geldof introduced the nominees for the song of the year, admitting that he could not read the machine gun and drop the F-bomb.
However, the awkward banter did not put too much noise in the ratings of nine. The awards on Wednesday announced the average audience in the country at 672,000 people, and the show was better than in the other nine programs Hot seats and 10 Project,
The ceremony was last year for the first time when ARIA was transferred to the main channel Nine. The show showed that the average average audience in the country totals 708,000 people — a welcome shot in the hand from recent years when it was broadcast over the network 10.
In 2016, ARIA observed about 593,000 people, and less than half a million people were set up this year. Since free-air viewers have constantly jumped off over the years, the numbers were far from 2002, when 1.2 million turned on the TV to see how Kasey Chambers won the album of the year.
Nine said that the program on Wednesday evening was successful because it was the most popular program among people aged 16 to 39.
Nine program director Hamish Turner said he was “delighted” by the audience’s response.
“It was a fantastic production, demonstrating so many unique voices of the Australian music industry that resonate both here and abroad,” he said.
Broede Carmody is an entertaining reporter at Fairfax Media.