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Australian content on television

Top-rating Australian feature films on television,1998–2009


2009

The top Australian film on TV in 2009 was Happy Feet. No. 1 overall that year was Night at the Museum, with a rating of 10.5 per cent; see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Happy Feet 9 968 6.7
2 The Castle (repeat)2 9 906 6.2
3 The Castle (repeat)2 9 844 5.8
4 Crocodile Dundee (repeat) 9 685 4.7
5 The Castle (repeat)2 9 656 4.5

Source: OzTAM; compiled by 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.
1. Rating is equal to TARP (Target Audience Rating Point).
2. Screened three times in 2009, with an average of 805,000 total people viewing across the three screenings and a rating of 5.5.

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2008

The top Australian film on TV in 2008 was Crocodile Dundee. No. 1 overall that year was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with a rating of 8.9 per cent; see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Crocodile Dundee (repeat) 9 936 6.6
2 The Missing 9 832 5.8
3 Crocodile Dundee II (repeat) 9 831 5.8
4 Black and White ABC1 741 5.2
5 Little Fish ABC1 725 5.1

Source: OzTAM; compiled by 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

The top Australian film on TV in 2007, Kenny, was also the no. 12 film overall. No. 1 overall that year was Shrek 2, which rated 10.9 per cent; see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Kenny 10 1,136 8.1
2 Crocodile Dundee (repeat) 9 925 6.6
3 The Castle (repeat) 9 787 5.6
4 Japanese Story 7 703 5.0
5 Crackerjack (repeat) 10 605 4.3

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

The top Australian film on TV in 2006, Crocodile Dundee, was also the no. 6 film overall. No. 1 overall that year was Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, which rated 11.2 (1.6 million people); see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Crocodile Dundee 9 1,242 8.9
2 The Castle 9 1,024 7.3
3 Crocodile Dundee II 9 962 6.9
4 Crackerjack 10 911 6.5
5 Japanese Story 7 822 5.9

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

The top Australian film on TV in 2005, The Castle, was also the no. 7 film overall. No. 1 overall that year was Two Weeks Notice, which rated 11.0 (1.5 million people); see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 The Castle 9 1,254 9.1
2 Strange Bedfellows 9 1,084 7.8
3 Crackerjack 10 1,082 7.8
4 Dirty Deeds 9 726 5.3
5 Ned Kelly 10 721 5.2

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

The top Australian film on TV in 2004, Rabbit-Proof Fence, was also the no. 18 film overall. No. 1 overall that year was Shrek, which rated 12.2 per cent; see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 Rabbit-Proof Fence 7 1,196 8.8
2 Strictly Ballroom 7 1,168 8.5
3 Crocodile Dundee 9 1,114 8.2
4 The Man Who Sued God 7 1,059 7.8
5 Crocodile Dundee II 9 1,002 7.3

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

The top Australian film on TV in 2003, Looking for Alibrandi, was also the no. 7 film overall. No. 1 overall that year was Charlie’s Angels, which rated 15.4; see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 Looking for Alibrandi 9 1,540 11.4
2 The Dish 10 1,420 10.5
3 Crocodile Dundee (repeat) 9 1,415 10.5
4 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles 9 1,342 9.9
5 Bootmen 7 1,147 8.5

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

The top Australian film on TV in 2002, The Wog Boy, was also the no. 4 film overall. No. 1 overall that year was The Sixth Sense, which rated 13.9 (1.8 million people); see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 The Wog Boy 7 1,523 11.5
2 Me Myself I 7 1,248 9.4
3 The Craic 9 1,211 9.1
4 Crackers 7 1,094 8.2
5 Two Hands 9 1,067 8.0

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

The top Australian film on TV in 2001, Paperback Hero, was also the no. 3 film overall. No. 1 overall that year was Notting Hill, which rated 14.8; see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies.

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 Paperback Hero 7 1,808 13.8
2 The Castle 9 1,471 11.2
3 Crackers 7 1,200 9.2
4 Brilliant Lies 7 1,140 8.7
5 Paradise Road 7 1,138 8.7

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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2000

The Castle screened for the second time in 2000 after its premiere in 1999; again it was the top-rating movie overall in Melbourne (see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to-air TV: Top-rating programs: Animation). In Sydney there were no Australian films in the top 20 this year: Air Force One was no. 1 at 30.4, with The Castle ranked no. 22.

Sydney television
Rank Film Network Rating
1 The Castle 9 20.9
2 Crocodile Dundee II 9 12.8
3 Gallipoli ABC 12.4
4 Paws 7 12.1
5 Strictly Ballroom 7 11.8
Melbourne television
Rank Film Network Rating
1 The Castle 9 33.4
2 Crocodile Dundee 9 15.7
3 Gross Misconduct 9 14.8
4 Crocodile Dundee II 9 14.1
5 Romper Stomper 10 12.6

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

Notes:
Household viewing, 1 January to 31 December 2000.
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

In Melbourne, The Castle was not only the top-rating Australian film but the top-rating program overall (see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to-air TV: Top-rating programs: Animation). It was the no. 2 film in Sydney, after The Birdcage, which rated 28.5 (see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies). Dating the Enemy was the no. 7 film overall in Sydney and no. 2 in Melbourne. The Castle, Dating the Enemy and Mr Reliable were all premiere screenings.

Sydney television
Rank Film Network Rating
1 The Castle 9 27.3
2 Dating the Enemy 7 24.5
3 Babe 7 21.7
4 Muriel’s Wedding 9 19.0
5 Mr Reliable 7 16.8
Melbourne television
Rank Film Network Rating
1 The Castle 9 39.9
2 Dating the Enemy 7 32.4
3 Babe 7 21.2
4 Muriel’s Wedding 9 20.2
5 Mr Reliable 7 19.5

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

Notes:
Household viewing, 1 January to 31 December 1999.
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

The top-rating film overall in 1998 was The Shawshank Redemption which rated 32.7 in Sydney and 34.4 in Melbourne (see Free-to-air TV: Archive: Free-to air TV: Top-rating programs: Movies). Babe was ranked no. 2 overall in Sydney and no. 4 overall in Melbourne; Shine ranked no. 3 in Melbourne (after Diehard with a Vengeance). Babe and Shine were both premiere screenings.

Sydney television
Rank Title Network Rating
1 Babe 7 31.5
2 Shine 7 23.1
3 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 7 23.1
4 Strictly Ballroom 7 18.1
5 Muriel’s Wedding 9 15.0
Melbourne television
Rank Title Network Rating
1 Shine 7 29.5
2 Babe 7 29.2
3 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 7 25.3
4 Crocodile Dundee II 9 18.5
5 Angel Baby 10 18.0

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

Notes:
Household viewing, 1 January to 31 December 1998.
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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