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Australian content on television

Top-rating Australian drama series and serials on television, 2004–2009


Before 2004, ratings for comedy and drama series were reported together; see Television: Archive: Free-to-air TV: Top-rating programs: Drama/comedy series before 2004.

2009

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Packed to the Rafters 7 1,872 12.9
2 All Saints – The Finale 7 1,505 10.3
3 City Homicide (Monday) 7 1,313 9.0
4 City Homicide 7 1,219 8.4
5 All Saints 7 1,175 8.1
6 City Homicide (Monday) (Episode. 2) 7 1,142 7.8
7 Home and Away 7 1,136 7.8
8 City Homicide (Wednesday) 7 1,046 7.2
9 Rush (Episode 2) 10 1,036 7.1
10 Rush 10 1,036 7.1

Source: OzTAM; compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2009, program average.
Ranked by rating. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing, if known.
Although not identified as such, the screening listed may be a repeat screening of the program. Repeats are indicated when 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.
1. Rating is equal to TARP (Target Audience Rating Point).

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2008

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Packed to the Rafters 7 1,938 13.6
2 City Homicide 7 1,634 11.5
3 All Saints 7 1,245 8.8
4 Home and Away 7 1,237 8.7
5 City Homicide (repeat) 7 1,190 8.4
6 Rush 10 929 6.5
7 The Strip 9 886 6.2
8 Neighbours 10 764 5.4
9 McLeod’s Daughter 9 633 4.5
10 Rush (Wednesday) (repeat) 10 538 3.8

Source: OzTAM; compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2008, program average.
Ranked by rating. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing, if known.
Although not identified as such, the screening listed may be a repeat screening of the program. Repeats are indicated when 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.
1. Rating is equal to TARP (Target Audience Rating Point).

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2007

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 City Homicide 7 1,603 11.4
2 All Saints 7 1,380 9.8
3 Home and Away 7 1,238 8.8
4 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,176 8.4
5 Neighbours 10 761 5.4
6 All Saints (repeat) 7 313 2.2
7 Marx and Venus SBS 309 2.2
8 Above the Law (repeat) 9 296 2.1

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

Notes:
All people, 1 five-city metro average, January to 31 December 2007, program average.
Ranked by rating. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing, if known.
Although not identified as such, the screening listed may be a repeat screening of the program. Repeats are indicated when 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.
1. Rating is equal to TARP (Target Audience Rating Point).

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2006

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Blue Heelers: The Final 7 1,512 10.8
2 All Saints 7 1,419 10.2
3 All Saints (Episode 2) 7 1,317 9.4
4 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,312 9.4
5 Home and Away 7 1,301 9.3
6 Headland (Wednesday) 7 826 5.9
7 Headland 7 821 5.9
8 Neighbours 10 819 5.9
9 Headland (Monday) 7 787 5.6
10 Headland (Thursday) 7 784 5.6

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

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2006, program average.
Ranked by rating. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing, if known.
Although not identified as such, the screening listed may be a repeat screening of the program. Repeats are indicated when 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.
1. Rating is equal to TARP (Target Audience Rating Point).

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2005

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,345 9.7
2 Home and Away 7 1,334 9.7
3 All Saints 7 1,282 9.3
4 Blue Heelers 7 1,209 8.7
5 The Alice Sunday 9 1,043 7.5
6 Neighbours 10 891 6.4

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

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2005, program average.
Ranked by rating. Programs with the same rating are ranked by unrounded total number of people viewing, if known.
Although not identified as such, the screening listed may be a repeat screening of the program. Repeats are indicated when 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.
1. Rating is equal to TARP (Target Audience Rating Point).

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2004

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,512 11.1
2 Home and Away 7 1,303 9.5
3 Blue Heelers 7 1,264 9.3
4 All Saints 7 1,235 9.0
5 Neighbours 10 988 7.2
6 Stingers 9 646 4.7
7 The Secret Life of Us 10 581 4.3
8 Fireflies ABC 542 4.0
9 The Cooks 10 473 3.5
10 Above the Law 9 433 3.2

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

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2004, 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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