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Australian content on television

Top-rating Australian drama series and serials (including comedy) on television, 1998–2003


From 2004, ratings for comedy and drama series are reported separately; see TV ratings: Drama series and Comedy series.

2003

Kath & Kim (series 2), the top-rating Australian series in 2003, was also the no. 1 series overall. See Television: Archive: Free-to-air TV: Top-rating programs: Drama/comedy series before 2004.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 Kath & Kim (Series 2) ABC 1,755 13.0
2 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,502 11.1
3 Blue Heelers 7 1,397 10.3
4 All Saints 7 1,363 10.1
5 Home and Away 7 1,330 9.8
6 Always Greener 7 1,108 8.2
7 Kath & Kim (Series 1) ABC 1,063 7.9
8 Stingers 9 1,024 7.6
9 The Secret Life of Us 10 994 7.3
10 Neighbours 10 978 7.2

Source: OzTAM; compiled by the Australian Film Commission (AFC).

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2003, average rating across whole series.
Ranked by rating. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing, if known.
Any comparison of ratings data should take into account that different methodology was used to compile top-program lists before January 2005 and that a different audience measurement system applied before January 2001. See About the data for more information, including definitions of terms.

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2002

All Aussie Adventures, the top-rating Australian series in 2002, was also the no. 2 series overall, behind Friends (13.9). See Television: Archive: Free-to-air TV: Top-rating programs: Drama/comedy series before 2004.

The top episode of both All Aussie Adventures and Blue Heelers rated higher than the top movie in 2002 (The Sixth Sense, 13.9).

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 All Aussie Adventures 10 1,723 13.0
2 Blue Heelers 7 1,508 11.3
3 All Saints 7 1,507 11.3
4 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,410 10.6
5 Home and Away 7 1,309 9.9
6 Kath & Kim ABC 1,254 9.4
7 The Secret Life of Us 10 1,177 8.9
8 Always Greener 7 1,150 8.7
9 Stingers 9 1,003 7.6
10 Neighbours 10 991 7.5

Source: OzTAM; compiled by the Australian Film Commission (AFC).

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2002, average rating across whole series.
Ranked by rating. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing, if known.
Any comparison of ratings data should take into account that different methodology was used to compile top-program lists before January 2005 and that a different audience measurement system applied before January 2001. See About the data for more information, including definitions of terms.

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2001

Blue Heelers, the top-rating Australian series in 2001, was also the no. 3 overall, behind E.R. (14.8) and Friends (13.4). See Television: Archive: Free-to-air TV: Top-rating programs: Drama/comedy series before 2004.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 Blue Heelers 7 1,757 13.4
2 Always Greener 7 1,738 13.3
3 All Saints 7 1,595 12.2
4 All Aussie Adventures 10 1,554 11.9
5 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,505 11.5
6 Home and Away 7 1,395 10.6
7 Flat Chat 9 1,166 8.9
8 Water Rats 9 1,154 8.8
9 Russell Gilbert Was Here! 9 1,096 8.4
10 The Secret Life of Us 10 977 7.4

Source: OzTAM; compiled by the Australian Film Commission (AFC).

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2001, average rating across whole series.
Ranked by rating. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing, if known.
Any comparison of ratings data should take into account that different methodology was used to compile top-program lists before January 2005 and that a different audience measurement system applied before January 2001. See About the data for more information, including definitions of terms.

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2000

Rank Title Network Rating
1 Seachange ABC 13.7
2 Blue Heelers 7 13.7
3 All Saints 7 11.2
4 Home and Away 7 10.9
5 The Games ABC 9.8
6 Water Rats 9 9.4
7 Stingers 9 8.3
8 Neighbours 10 7.1
9 Grass Roots ABC 6.6

Source: ACNielsen, TV Trends 2001.

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, based on surveys 1 to 10 (excludes Olympic Games weeks 38-41), average rating across whole series.
Any comparison of ratings data should take into account that different methodology was used to compile top-program lists before January 2005 and that a different audience measurement system applied before January 2001. See About the data for more information, including definitions of terms.

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1999

Rank Title Network Rating
1 Seachange ABC 16.3
2 Blue Heelers 7 15.6
3 Water Rats 9 14.1
4 Home and Away 7 11.0
5 All Saints 7 10.8
6 Stingers 9 8.4
7 Neighbours 10 7.1
8 Murder Call 9 6.7
9 Wildside ABC 4.2

Source: ACNielsen, TV Trends 2000.

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, based on surveys 1 to 10, average rating across whole series.
Any comparison of ratings data should take into account that different methodology was used to compile top-program lists before January 2005 and that a different audience measurement system applied before January 2001. See About the data for more information, including definitions of terms.

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1998

Rank Title Network Rating
1 Blue Heelers 7 18.0
2 Water Rats 9 16.5
3 Seachange ABC 12.4
4 Home and Away 7 11.7
5 Stingers 9 11.2
6 All Saints 7 10.4
7 State Coroner 10 9.8
8 Murder Call 9 9.8
9 Good Guys Bad Guys 9 9.3
10 Genie from Down Under ABC 3.9

Source: ACNielsen, TV Trends 1999.

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, based on surveys 1 to 10, average rating across whole series.
Any comparison of ratings data should take into account that different methodology was used to compile top-program lists before January 2005 and that a different audience measurement system applied before January 2001. See About the data for more information, including definitions of terms.

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