Tony O'Kane | Jun 17, 2009

SIX DOWN, two to go. We're now three-quarters of the way through season two of Top Gear Australia, and finally the show seems to have arrested its ratings slide.

Monday's episode drew in 550,000 viewers and ranked 31 nationally - a moderate improvement over last week's 545,000 viewers and number 32 ranking.

It's not an enormous resurgence in popularity for the troubled cousin of the ever-popular Top Gear UK, but given every episode thus far has managed to draw in fewer viewers than the one preceding it, this week's result can only be seen as good.

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So what did those extra five thousand people tune in to see? Well, there was a Pontiac G8 GXP test drive, a Nissan 370Z test drive and a bizarre competition that resulted in a Toyota Hilux being converted into the world's most unnecessary ride-on lawnmower.

Office scuttlebutt suggests that TGA's somewhat poorly-conceived challenges are the primary reason why people are tuning out, and with the G8 GXP being a car that's not long for this world that pretty much leaves the 370Z as episode six's major drawcard.

But will ratings improve any further next episode? Here's what's in store: a dual 4x4 off-road test, a far more ridiculous Fiat 500/smart fortwo offroad challenge and an image perception experiment that would be more at home on Catalyst. Compelling television? We'll find out next week.

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