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Australian general FTA TV and BVOD drama
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Next update December 2024

General FTA TV and BVOD drama is drama made for family and adult audiences first released on either FTA television — ABC, NITV, SBS, Seven, Nine and 10 — or those broadcasters’ online platforms — ABC iview, SBS On Demand, 7plus, 9Now and 10 play. It does not include children’s drama, which is reported separately.

1990s - an average of 31 titles were made annually, generating an average of 558 hours of content. The average cost of an Australian TV drama in this period was $5.57 million, or $348,000 per hour.

2000s - the average number of titles dropped slightly to 29, with average hours down to 529. The average cost rose to $6.80 million per title, or $373,000 per hour.

2010s - the average number of titles made each year rose to 38, largely as a consequence of the growth in BVOD platforms, however the average number of hours fell to 437. The average cost was up slightly, to $7.09 million, and the average cost per hour rose to $620,000.

In 2022/23, there were 29 Australian TV and VOD dramas made for general audiences, generating 328 hours of content with budgets of $277 million, or $844,000 per hour.

For a list of Australian general TV and BVOD titles shot in Australia since 1995/96, see Titles produced.