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Australian content on television

Top-rating Australian mini-series on television,1998–2009


2009

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities (Episode 1) 9 2,582 17.7
2 Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities 9 2,127 14.6
3 Sea Patrol 9 1,332 9.1
4 Sea Patrol (Episode 1) 9 1,284 8.8
5 Sea Patrol (Episode 2) 9 1,244 8.5
6 Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities (Episode 1) (repeat) 9 801 5.5
7 Underbelly Uncut (Episode 1) (repeat) 9 761 5.2
8 East of Everything ABC1 677 4.6
9 Underbelly Uncut (Episode 2) (repeat) 9 647 4.4
10 Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities (Episode 2) (repeat) 9 629 4.3

Source: OzTAM; compiled Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2009.
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.
ABC’s main channel was renamed ABC1 in February 2008.
1. Rating is equal to TARP (Target Audience Rating Point).

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2008

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Underbelly 9 1,707 12.0
2 Sea Patrol II 9 1,374 9.7
3 Bed of Roses ABC1 971 6.8
4 East of Everything ABC1 789 5.5
5 Rain Shadow (repeat) ABC1 648 4.6
6 Canal Road 9 424 3.0
7 East West 101 SBS 336 2.4

Source: OzTAM; compiled Screen Australia.

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2008.
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.
ABC’s main channel was renamed ABC1 in February 2008.
1. Rating is equal to TARP (Target Audience Rating Point).

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2007

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Sea Patrol 9 1,523 10.8
2 Bastard Boys (Part 1) ABC 972 6.9
3 Bastard Boys (Part 2) ABC 915 6.5
4 Rain Shadow ABC 911 6.5
5 Sea Patrol (Episode 13) 9 542 3.9
6 East West 101 SBS 328 2.3

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

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2007.
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 Answered by Fire (Part 1) ABC 1,008 7.2
2 Tripping Over 10 913 6.5
3 Answered by Fire (Part 2) ABC 835 6.0
4 Two Twisted 9 721 5.2

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

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2006.
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 Mary Bryant (Part 1) 10 1,562 11.3
2 Mary Bryant (Part 2) 10 1,328 9.6
3 Blue Murder ABC 1,246 9.0

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

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2005.
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 Jessica (Part 1) 10 1,583 11.6
2 Jessica (Part 2) 10 1,570 11.5
3 Through My Eyes (Part 1) 7 1,011 7.4
4 Through My Eyes (Part 2) 7 824 6.0

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

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

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2003

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 After the Deluge (Part 1) 10 1,298 9.6
2 The Shark Net (Part 1) ABC 1,051 7.8
3 After the Deluge (Part 2) 10 1,024 7.6
4 The Shark Net (Part 2) ABC 815 6.0
5 The Shark Net (Part 3) ABC 809 6.0

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

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2003.
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.

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2002

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 The Potato Factory (Part 1) (repeat) 7 897 6.8
2 The Potato Factory (Part 2) (repeat) 7 834 6.3
3 Round the Twist ABC 471 3.5
4 Old Tom (Australia/France) ABC 461 3.5
5 Adventures of Sam ABC 448 3.4

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

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2002.
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.

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2001

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 My Brother Jack (Part 1) 10 1,745 13.3
2 On the Beach (Part 1) 7 1,526 11.6
3 Changi (Part 1) ABC 1,289 9.8
4 Do or Die (Part 1) (Australia/UK) 7 1,235 9.4
5 The Farm (Part 1) ABC 1,157 8.8

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

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 January to 31 December 2001.
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.

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1998–2000

Sydney television
Rank Title Year Network Rating
1 Day of the Roses (Part 2) 1998 10 31.9
2 The Potato Factory (Part 2) 2000 7 27.6
3 Tribe (Part 2) 1999 7 21.0
4 Moby Dick (Part 2) (Australia/UK) 1998 9 20.5
5 Kings in Grass Castles (Part 1) (Australia/Ireland) 1998 7 19.6
6 Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude (Part 2) 1999 ABC 17.1
7 A Difficult Woman (Part 1) 1998 ABC 15.6
8 Violent Earth (Part 1) 1999 9 12.8
Melbourne television
Rank Title Year Network Rating
1 The Potato Factory (Part 1) 2000 7 33.2
2 Day of the Roses (Part 1) 1998 10 32.0
3 Kings in Grass Castles (Part 2) (Australia/Ireland) 1998 7 23.8
4 Moby Dick (Part 2) (Australia/UK) 1998 9 20.8
5 Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude (Part 3) 1999 ABC 18.5
6 A Difficult Woman (Part 2) 1998 ABC 17.0
7 Violent Earth (Part 1) 1999 9 13.0

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

Notes:
Household viewing, 1 January to 31 December 1998–2000, based on highest-rating episode;.
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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