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Australian content on television

Top-rating Australian telemovies on television,
1998–2009


2009

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 A Model Daughter: The Killing of Caroline Byrne 10 1,058 7.3
2 3 Acts of Murder ABC1 963 6.6
3 Da Kath and Kim Code (repeat) 7 941 6.5
4 Stepfather of the Bride (repeat) ABC1 533 3.7

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.
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 Scorched 9 1,119 7.9
2 Valentine’s Day ABC1 1,037 7.3
3 Emerald Falls 10 849 6.0
4 The Silence ABC1 339 2.4

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

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating1
1 Da Kath & Kim Code 7 1,265 9.0
2 Curtin ABC 1,189 8.5
3 Murder in the Outback 10 1,067 7.6
4 The King: The Graham Kennedy Story 9 833 5.9
5 Russell Coight’s Celebrity Challenge (repeat) 10 791 5.6

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 The Society Murders 10 1,407 10.1
2 Da Kath & Kim Code ABC 1,315 9.4
3 Blackjack V – Dead Memory 10 946 6.8
4 Small Claims – The Reunion 10 938 6.7
5 Blackjack IV – Ace Point Game 10 850 6.1

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 Da Kath & Kim Code ABC 2,101 15.2
2 Little Oberon 9 1,541 11.2
3 Russell Coight’s Celebrity Challenge 10 703 5.1

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 The Alice 9 1,801 13.2
2 Murray Whelan Series – Stiff 7 1,333 9.8
3 Small Claims (Part 1) 10 1,183 8.7
4 Go Big 10 1,141 8.4
5 Big Reef 9 1,123 8.2

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 The Postcard Bandit 9 1,596 11.8
2 BlackJack 10 1,146 8.5
3 The Territorians 7 704 5.2
4 Temptation 10 696 5.1
5 Heroes’ Mountain 10 605 4.5

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-rating Australian telemovie in 2002 (Heroes’ Mountain, about the 1997 Thredbo disaster) rated just behind the no. 1 Australian feature that year (The Wog Boy, with 1.5 million viewers; see Archive: Movies).

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 Heroes’ Mountain 10 1,487 11.2
2 Halifax f.p. – Takes Two 9 1,271 9.6
3 Road from Coorain ABC 952 7.2
4 Secret Bridesmaid’s Business ABC 819 6.2
5 After the Rain 9 691 5.2

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-rating Australian telemovie in 2001 rated just behind the no. 2 Australian feature that year (The Castle, with 1.5 million viewers; see Archive: Movies).

Rank Title Network Total people (‘000) Rating
1 My Husband My Killer 10 1,352 10.3
2 Halifax f.p. – Scorpion’s Kiss 9 1,275 9.7
3 Finding Hope 10 1,179 9.0
4 Halifax f.p. – Playing God 9 1,141 8.7
5 Never Tell Me Never 10 961 7.3

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

Sydney television
Rank Title Network Rating
1 Halifax f.p. – The Spider and the Fly 9 21.2
2 Waiting at the Royal 9 21.1
3 Halifax f.p. – A Person of Interest 9 19.4
4 Ihaka: Blunt Instrument 10 18.9
5 Halifax f.p. – A Hate Worse Than Death 9 18.4
6 Dogwoman – Dead Dog Walking 9 18.1
7 Marriage Acts ABC 17.9
8 The Love of Lionel’s Life 10 17.7
9 Dogwoman – The Legend of Dogwoman 9 15.3
10 Dogwoman – A Grrrl’s Best Friend 9 12.9
11 Halifax f.p. – Cradle and All1 9 12.4
Melbourne television
Rank Title Network Rating
1 Halifax f.p. – The Spider and the Fly 9 26.3
2 Dogwoman – Dead Dog Walking 9 23.7
3 The Love of Lionel’s Life 10 23.4
4 Waiting at the Royal 9 22.9
5 Halifax f.p. – A Person of Interest 9 21.9
6 Dogwoman – The Legend of Dogwoman 9 19.2
7 Marriage Acts ABC 18.8
8 Ihaka: Blunt Instrument 10 17.3
9 Halifax f.p. – A Hate Worse Than Death 9 16.0
10 Halifax f.p. – Isn’t It Romantic 9 14.6
11 McLeod’s Daughters 9 13.7
12 Dogwoman – A Grrrl’s Best Friend 9 12.3

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

Notes:
Household viewing 1 January to 31 December 2000, including all Australian titles appearing in the Nielsen Top 350 Movies list.
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. Screened in Sydney only in this period.

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1999

Sydney television
Rank Title Network Rating
1 Halifax f.p. – A Murder of Crows 9 24.5
2 Halifax f.p. – Someone You Know 9 22.8
3 Secret Men’s Business ABC 22.6
4 Halifax f.p. – Swimming with Sharks 9 18.6
5 Without Warning 9 18.0
6 Halifax f.p. – Words without Music 9 16.6
7 Witch Hunt 10 15.8
8 Halifax f.p – Déjà Vu 9 15.1
9 Time and Tide ABC 14.5
10 Halifax f.p. – Sweet Dreams 9 14.0
11 Halifax f.p. – Without Consent 9 12.9
12 Day of the Roses (telemovie version) 10 10.8
Melbourne television
Rank Title Network Rating
1 Halifax f.p. – A Murder of Crows 9 27.2
2 Halifax f.p. – Someone You Know 9 21.7
3 Halifax f.p. – Swimming with Sharks 9 20.4
4 Time and Tide ABC 19.1
5 Secret Men’s Business ABC 18.7
6 Witch Hunt 10 16.9
7 Without Warning 9 15.4
8 Halifax f.p. – Without Consent 9 12.9
9 Halifax f.p. – Sweet Dreams 9 12.5
10 Halifax f.p. – Déjà Vu 9 12.1
11 Day of the Roses (telemovie version) 10 10.2

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

Notes:
Household viewing 1 January to 31 December 1999, including all Australian titles appearing in the Nielsen Top 350 Movies list.
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

Sydney television
Rank Title Network Rating
1 13 Gantry Row 10 23.1
2 Halifax f.p. – Afraid of the Dark 9 20.6
3 Never Tell Me Never 10 19.9
4 Halifax f.p. – Isn’t it Romantic 9 18.8
5 Halifax f.p. – Hard Corps 9 17.0
6 The Territorians1 7 16.8
7 Whipping Boy 10 13.8
8 Halifax f.p. – Lies of the Mind 9 13.7
9 Halifax f.p. – Acts of Betrayal1 9 12.1
Melbourne television
Rank Title Network Rating
1 Halifax f.p. – Afraid of the Dark 9 24.7
2 Halifax f.p. – Isn't it Romantic 9 20.4
3 13 Gantry Row 10 20.1
4 Never Tell Me Never 10 19.1
5 Halifax f.p. – Lies of the Mind 9 18.5
6 Halifax f.p. – Hard Corps 9 14.9
7 Whipping Boy 10 13.4
8 Halifax f.p. – My Lovely Girl2 9 12.0

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

Notes:
Household viewing 1 January to 31 December 1998, including all Australian titles appearing in the Nielsen Top 350 Movies list.
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. Screened in Sydney only in this period.
2. Screened in Melbourne only in this period.

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