Rather than saying they’ve done well to launch in these circumstances, they’ve deliberately launched in these circumstances, as it wasn’t supposed to start for a few weeks yet.
I imagine it may also help them to iron any teething issues new programmes have with less negative feedback than normal. I'd like to think most viewers will understand that the current climate means programmes have a stripped back crew and can't contain all the features it might normally have.
"Listen, we've all got something to bring to this conversation, but from now on what I think you should bring is silence." - Rimmer