Monday, February 10, 2014

INXS miniseries tops Olympics in Australian TV ratings

INXS: Never Tear Us Apart - Luke Arnold as Michael Hutchence

The debut episode of a new miniseries, "INXS: Never Tear Us Apart", topped the 2014 Olympics in the Australian TV ratings on Sunday.

Billboard reports the INXS project – about the global rise and fall of the 1980s pop band led by Michael Hutchence – garnered a national audience of 2.881 million, ahead of a biopic about infamous Australian drug smuggler Schapelle Corby (1.344 million) and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, which drew 1.238 million viewers.

Directed by Daina Reed, "INXS: Never Tear Us Apart" features Luke Arnold (pictured above) as Hutchence.

The two-part miniseries – made with the assistance of the band and their manager Chris Murphy – is the first of three INXS-themed projects to screen in the country, with two film features at various stages of development.

The second part of "INXS: Never Tear Us Apart" will air this coming Sunday, detailing Hutchence’s relationship with Paula Yates and his untimely death in 1997.

INXS formed as The Farriss Brothers in 1977 in Sydney, New South Wales. The band went on to sell more than 40 million albums worldwide before Hutchence’s death in a Sydney hotel room in November 1997.

INXS worked with a few singers before performing their final concert on November 11, 2012 at the Perth Arena.

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