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Top-rating Australian TV drama

Top 10 titles on free-to-air television, 2008–2014


Next update February 2016

2014

Rank Title Format Channel Total people ('000s) TARP %* SHR %**
1 The Broken Shore Telemovie ABC 1,036 6.4% 17.9%
2 Jack Irish: Dead Point Telemovie ABC 1,004 6.2% 16.6%
3 Home and Away Serial 7 969 6.0% 17.5%
4 Carlotta Telemovie ABC 946 5.9% 17.4%
5 The Killing Field Telemovie 7 942 5.9% 20.2%
6 Winners & Losers Series 7 927 5.8% 19.2%
7 Love Child Mini-Series 9 886 5.5% 21.0%
8 INXS: Never Tear Us Apart Mini-Series 7 827 5.1% 22.5%
9 Old School Mini-Series ABC 825 5.1% 15.8%
10 Fat Tony & Co Mini-Series 9 762 4.7% 19.2%

Source: OzTAM; compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, consolidated, five-city metro average audience, 1 January to 31 December 2014 Includes first release and repeat screenings. Australian titles only.
Repeats may include episodes airing in one or more of the five-city metro regions.
Ranked by average audience. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing.
ABC’s main channel was renamed ABC1 in February 2008. SBS’s main channel was renamed SBS ONE in June 2009.
* TARP (Target Audience Rating Point): the average viewing audience expressed as a percentage of the Universe Estimate (see About the data).
** SHR (Share): refers to the viewers of a particular program or time band as a percentage of total TV viewing for the same time period across all stations including Subscription, Spill-in and Community TV (see About the data).

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2013

Rank Title Format Channel Total people ('000s) TARP %* SHR %**
1 Packed to the Rafters Series 7 1,404 8.9% 24.3%
2 The Doctor Blake Mysteries Mini-series ABC1 1,073 6.8% 20.2%
3 Cliffy Telemovie ABC1 1,010 6.4% 15.6%
4 Home and Away Serial 7 993 6.3% 17.4%
5 Underbelly: Squizzy Mini-series 9 898 5.7% 18.4%
6 Upper Middle Bogan Series ABC1 893 5.7% 15.9%
7 Offspring Mini-series 10 871 5.5% 14.7%
8 The Time Of Our Lives Mini-series ABC1 858 5.4% 12.9%
9 Ja’mie: Private School Girl Series ABC1 839 5.3% 15.0%
10 Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Mini-series ABC1 793 5.0% 16.7%

Source: OzTAM; compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, consolidated, five-city metro average audience, 1 January to 31 December 2013 Includes first release and repeat screenings. Australian titles only.
Repeats may include episodes airing in one or more of the five-city metro regions.
Ranked by average audience. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing.
ABC’s main channel was renamed ABC1 in February 2008. SBS’s main channel was renamed SBS ONE in June 2009.
* TARP (Target Audience Rating Point): the average viewing audience expressed as a percentage of the Universe Estimate (see About the data).
** SHR (Share): refers to the viewers of a particular program or time band as a percentage of total TV viewing for the same time period across all stations including Subscription, Spill-in and Community TV (see About the data).

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2012

Rank Title Format Channel Total people ('000s) TARP %* SHR %**
1 Beaconsfield Telemovie 9 1,725 11.0% 28.5%
2 Underground: The Julian Assange Story Telemovie 10 1,474 9.4% 24.8%
3 Packed to the Rafters Series 7 1,288 8.2% 23.8%
4 The Great Mint Swindle Telemovie 9 1,194 7.6% 20.8%
5 Winners & Losers series 2 Series 7 1,174 7.5% 21.2%
6 Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms Mini-series 10 1,165 7.4% 18.3%
7 Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War Mini-series 9 1,029 6.6% 23.3%
8 Home and Away series 25 Serial 7 983 6.3% 16.6%
9 Rake series 2 Mini-series ABC1 957 6.1% 16.8%
10 The Mystery of a Hansom Cab Telemovie ABC1 950 6.1% 16.5%

Source: OzTAM; compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, consolidated, five-city metro average audience, 1 January to 31 December 2012. Includes first release and repeat screenings. Australian titles only.
Repeats may include episodes airing in one or more of the five-city metro regions.
Ranked by average audience. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing.
ABC’s main channel was renamed ABC1 in February 2008. SBS’s main channel was renamed SBS ONE in June 2009.
* TARP (Target Audience Rating Point): the average viewing audience expressed as a percentage of the Universe Estimate (see About the data).
** SHR (Share): refers to the viewers of a particular program or time band as a percentage of total TV viewing for the same time period across all stations including Subscription, Spill-in and Community TV (see About the data).

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2011

Rank Title Format Channel Total people ('000s) TARP %* SHR %**
1 Underbelly: Razor Mini-series 9 1,737 11.3% 27.5%
2 Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer was Here Telemovie 9 1,529 9.9% 26.3%
3 Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo Mini-series ABC1 1,422 9.2% 24.1%
4 Winners & Losers series 1 Series 7 1,324 8.6% 24.4%
5 Packed to the Rafters series 4^ Series 7 1,303 8.5% 27.6%
6 Underbelly Files: Infiltration Telemovie 9 1,259 8.2% 22.0%
7 Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away Telemovie 9 1,119 7.3% 20.3%
8 Home and Away Serial 7 1,039 6.7% 18.2%
9 At Home with Julia Series ABC1 968 6.3% 19.2%
10 Wild Boys Mini-series 7 958 6.2% 17.1%

Source: OzTAM; compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, consolidated, five-city metro average audience, 1 January to 31 December 2011. Includes first release and repeat screenings. Australian titles only.
Repeats may include episodes airing in one or more of the five-city metro regions.
Ranked by average audience. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing.
ABC’s main channel was renamed ABC1 in February 2008. SBS’s main channel was renamed SBS ONE in June 2009.
* TARP (Target Audience Rating Point): the average viewing audience expressed as a percentage of the Universe Estimate (see About the data).
** SHR (Share): refers to the viewers of a particular program or time band as a percentage of total TV viewing for the same time period across all stations including Subscription, Spill-in and Community TV (see About the data).
^ Only 15 of the 22 episodes of series 4 aired in 2011.

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2010

Rank Title Format Channel Total people ('000s) TARP %* SHR %**
1 Packed to the Rafters Series 7 1,571 10.6% 30.8%
2 Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story Telemovie 9 1,360 9.1% 24.5%
3 Underbelly: The Golden Mile Mini-series 9 1,236 8.3% 26.8%
4 Sea Patrol Mini-series 9 1,177 7.9% 20.4%
5 Offspring Mini-series 10 1,071 7.2% 17.6%
6 Home and Away Serial 7 1,021 6.9% 18.9%
7 Oyster Farmer Feature ABC1 916 6.2% 19.3%
8 Hawke Telemovie 10 897 6.0% 26.7%
9 Sisters of War Telemovie ABC1 883 5.9% 14.9%
10 Rush Series 10 874 5.9% 16.2%

Source: OzTAM; compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, consolidated, five-city metro average audience, 1 January to 31 December 2010. Includes first release and repeat screenings. Australian titles only.
Repeats may include episodes airing in one or more of the five-city metro regions.
Ranked by average audience. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing.
ABC’s main channel was renamed ABC1 in February 2008. SBS’s main channel was renamed SBS ONE in June 2009.
* TARP (Target Audience Rating Point): the average viewing audience expressed as a percentage of the Universe Estimate (see About the data).
** SHR (Share): refers to the viewers of a particular program or time band as a percentage of total TV viewing for the same time period across all stations including Subscription, Spill-in and Community TV (see About the data).

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2009

Rank Title Format Channel Total people ('000s) TARP %* SHR %**
1 Packed to the Rafters Series 7 1,717 11.8% 32.4%
2 Thank God You’re Here Series 7 1,516 10.4% 24.9%
3 Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities Mini-series 9 1,437 9.9% 32.0%
4 Sea Patrol Mini-series 9 1,311 9.0% 23.2%
5 Home and Away Serial 7 1,119 7.7% 21.2%
6 A Model Daughter – The Killing of Caroline Byrne Telemovie 10 1,058 7.3% 23.1%
7 City Homicide Series 7 1,011 6.9% 20.8%
8 Happy Feet Feature 9 968 6.7% 19.8%
9 3 Acts of Murder Telemovie ABC1 963 6.6% 17.4%
10 The Kath & Kim Movie Telemovie 7 941 6.5% 14.8%

Source: OzTAM; compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, consolidated, five-city metro average audience, 1 January to 31 December 2009. Includes first release and repeat screenings. Australian titles only.
Repeats may include episodes airing in one or more of the five-city metro regions.
Ranked by average audience. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing.
ABC’s main channel was renamed ABC1 in February 2008. SBS’s main channel was renamed SBS ONE in June 2009.
* TARP (Target Audience Rating Point): the average viewing audience expressed as a percentage of the Universe Estimate (see About the data).
** SHR (Share): refers to the viewers of a particular program or time band as a percentage of total TV viewing for the same time period across all stations including Subscription, Spill-in and Community TV (see About the data).

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2008

Rank Title Format Channel Total people ('000s) TARP %* SHR %**
1 Packed to the Rafters Series 7 1,757 12.3% 33.4%
2 City Homicide Series 7 1,501 10.5% 26.5%
3 Underbelly Mini-series 9 1,409 9.9% 29.4%
4 Home and Away Serial 7 1,235 8.7% 23.1%
5 Scorched Telemovie 9 1,119 7.9% 21.1%
6 Kath & Kim Series 7 1,062 7.5% 18.3%
7 Valentine’s Day Telemovie ABC1 1,037 7.3% 19.0%
8 Sea Patrol Mini-series 9 1,014 7.1% 23.2%
9 Bed of Roses Mini-series ABC1 971 6.8% 18.5%
10 The Hollowmen Series ABC1 953 6.7% 18.6%

Source: OzTAM; compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, consolidated, five-city metro average audience, 1 January to 31 December 2008. Includes first release and repeat screenings. Australian titles only.
Repeats may include episodes airing in one or more of the five-city metro regions.
Ranked by average audience. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing.
ABC’s main channel was renamed ABC1 in February 2008. SBS’s main channel was renamed SBS ONE in June 2009.
* TARP (Target Audience Rating Point): the average viewing audience expressed as a percentage of the Universe Estimate (see About the data).
** SHR (Share): refers to the viewers of a particular program or time band as a percentage of total TV viewing for the same time period across all stations including Subscription, Spill-in and Community TV (see About the data).

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