After a year of restructuing, ratings misfires and bad headlines, the Ten Network was granted a rare windfall last night.
The launch of the new Sherlock Holmes series, Elementary, became an unequivocal hit, drawing 1.23 million viewers nationally.
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A modern take on Sherlock Holmes set in New York and starring the fabulous Jonny Lee Miller.
The series, which stars Johnny Lee Miller as Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic detective transplanted into contemporary New York City, won its timeslot.
Inclusive of both the capital city and regional ratings, Elementary was watched by 1.74 million people.
National (capital city plus regional) ratings are a more accurate reflection of the total audience, but are rarely published by networks because they represent separate advertising markets.
Elementary was the top ranked program in the 18-to-49-year-old audience demographic, where Ten pitches most of its programming. It was the number two ranked program overall.
The halo effect of a hit also helped to lift Ten's performance elsewhere.
MasterChef: The Professionals, which has been badly damaged by Seven's My Kitchen Rules, clawed its way back to an audience of 1.12 million viewers.
MasterChef was the No.2 program in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic, behind Elementary.
MasterChef had the strategic advantage of not having to contend with MKR, which is not broadcast on Sunday nights.
Tonight that becomes more complicated as both MKR and Nine's The Block: All Stars enter the fray.
Nine's coverage of the Australia vs West Indies one day cricket game drew 1.08 million.
Ten will be pleased with the result, and to some extent it takes a little pressure of the network's management, struggling to re-align the network after a series of programming blunders and executive replacements.
But one swallow does not a summer make.
Ten took serious damage in 2012, amplified by the unprecedented move by the network's management to remove the network's programmer, effectively ripping decades of experience out of its executive team.
But the win for Elementary is a strong reminder for Ten, and perhaps even for the broader television market, that Ten is capable, with the right content, of delivering a winner.