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Top 20 comedy series shown on television, 2004–2009


Programs listed here include overseas as well as Australian titles, where relevant. Australian programs highlighted and in bold.

Archived lists of the top Australian comedy series each year since 2004 are available under Australian content. Before 2004, ratings for comedy and drama were listed together; see Drama/comedy series before 2004.

2009

Rank Title Network Total people (’000) Rating1
1 Thank God You’re Here 7 1,516 10.4
2 The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special 7 1,288 8.9
3 The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special 2 7 1,284 8.8
3= Two and a Half Men (Monday) 9 1,256 8.6
5 Two and a Half Men 9 1,228 8.4
6 Two and a Half Men (Wednesday – episode 2) 9 1,216 8.4
7 Two and a Half Men (Wednesday) 9 1,208 8.3
8 The Vicar of Dibley – Happy Birthday Special 7 1,168 7.9
9 Glee – Premiere 10 1,144 7.9
10 Desperate Housewives 7 1,120 7.7
11 Two and a Half Men (Wednesday – episode 1) 9 1,112 7.6
12 Two and a Half Men (repeat) 9 1,095 7.5
13 The Big Bang Theory 9 1,020 7.0
14 The All New Simpsons (Wednesday) 10 1,006 6.9
15 Two and a Half Men (Friday) 9 992 6.8
16 How I Met Your Mother (Monday) (repeat) 7 969 6.7
17 Scrubs (Monday) 7 968 6.6
18 Two and a Half Men (Episode 1) 9 967 6.6
19 Two and a Half Men (Episode 2) 9 963 6.6
20 Glee (Thursday) 10 958 6.6

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 Two and a Half Men (Wednesday – episode 2) 9 1,503 10.6
2 Two and a Half Men (Wednesday) 9 1,380 9.7
3 Desperate Housewives 7 1,287 9.0
3= Two and a Half Men (Monday) 9 1,287 9.0
5 Two and a Half Men (Tuesday) 9 1,270 8.9
6 My Name is Earl (Thursday) 7 1,173 8.2
7 Two and a Half Men (repeat) 9 1,126 7.9
8 How I Met Your Mother 7 1,125 7.9
9 My Name is Earl 7 1,071 7.5
10 Kath & Kim (repeat) 7 1,062 7.5
11 The Vicar of Dibley 7 1,050 7.4
12 Samantha Who? 7 1,024 7.2
13 Two and a Half Men 9 1,022 7.2
14 The All New Simpsons 10 997 7.0
15 Two and a Half Men (Episode 2) 9 985 6.9
16 The Hollowmen ABC1 974 6.8
17 Two and a Half Men (Episode 1) 9 972 6.8
18 Back to You 10 959 6.7
19 Kath & Kim: The American Series 7 949 6.7
20 That ‘70s Show 7 935 6.6

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.
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 Kath & Kim 7 2,127 15.1
2 Thank God You’re Here (Series 3) 10 1,860 13.2
3 Kath & Kim (repeat) 7 1,444 10.3
4 Desperate Housewives 7 1,427 10.2
5 Vicar of Dibley ABC 1,418 10.1
6 Summer Heights High ABC 1,301 9.3
7 My Name is Earl 7 1,252 8.9
8 The All New Simpsons 10 1,157 8.2
9 The Simpsons (Tuesday) 10 1,124 8.0
10 My Name is Earl – Adults Only 7 1,122 8.0
11 How I Met Your Mother 7 1,080 7.7
11= Will & Grace 7 1,080 7.7
13 The Librarians ABC 1,041 7.4
14 Thank God You’re Here (Series 2) (Sunday) (repeat) 10 1,023 7.3
15 The Simpsons (Episode 2) (Tuesday) 10 1,007 7.2
16 The Simpsons (Episode 1) (Tuesday) 10 979 7.0
17 That ‘70s Show 7 952 6.8
17= Thank God You’re Here (Sunday) (repeat) 10 952 6.8
19 Great Comedy Classics 7 870 6.2
20 Jam and Jerusalem ABC 868 6.2

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

Notes:
All people, five-city metro average, 1 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 Desperate Housewives 7 1,696 12.1
2 My Name Is Earl 7 1,272 9.1
3 Desperate Housewives – All the Juicy Details 7 1,193 8.5
4 The All New Adults Only Simpsons 10 1,171 8.4
5 The All New Simpsons 10 1,108 7.9
6 Futurama (Monday – episode 1) 10 1,089 7.8
7 How I Met Your Mother 7 1,087 7.8
8 Two and a Half Men 9 1,071 7.7
9 Thank God for the Simpsons 10 1,053 7.5
10 As Time Goes By ABC 1,040 7.4
11 Futurama (Monday) 10 997 7.1
11= Futurama (Wednesday) 10 997 7.1
13 Futurama 10 992 7.1
14 The Simpsons (Wednesday – episode 2) 10 974 7.0
15 The Simpsons (Wednesday – episode 1) 10 971 7.0
16 The Simpsons (Tuesday) 10 970 6.9
17 The Simpsons (Wednesday) 10 959 6.9
18 Futurama (Tuesday) 10 948 6.8
19 Family Guy 7 943 6.8
20 The Simpsons (Monday) 10 931 6.7

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 Desperate Housewives (Finale) 7 2,290 16.6
2 Desperate Housewives 7 2,147 15.5
3 Everybody Loves Raymond (Finale) 10 2,066 14.9
4 Desperate Housewives – Sorting Out the Dirty Laundry 7 1,952 14.1
5 Frasier (Finale) 9 1,837 13.3
6 The All New Simpsons (Monday) 10 1,275 9.2
7 Frasier 9 1,245 9.0
8 The All New Simpsons 10 1,186 8.6
9 Everybody Loves Raymond (Thursday) 10 1,147 8.3
10 Everybody Loves Raymond (Thursday) 10 1,135 8.2
11 Desperate Housewives (Tuesday) 7 1,118 8.1
12 Everybody Loves Raymond (Thursday – episode 2) 10 1,089 7.9
13 The Adults Only Simpsons 10 1,067 7.7
14 The Simpsons (Tuesday) 10 1,063 7.7
15 The Simpsons (Tuesday – episode 2) 10 1,062 7.7
16 Futurama 10 1,056 7.6
17 Everybody Loves Raymond (Tuesday) 10 1,055 7.6
18 The Simpsons (Tuesday – episode 1) 10 1,050 7.6
19 Everybody Loves Raymond (Thursday – episode 1) 10 1,040 7.5
20 All Aussie Adventures 10 981 7.1

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 Kath & Kim (Series 3) ABC 1,829 13.4
2 Friends 9 1,717 12.6
3 My Wife and Kids (Monday) 7 1,344 9.8
4 Becker 10 1,336 9.8
5 Everybody Loves Raymond (Tuesday) 10 1,328 9.7
6 Malcolm in the Middle 9 1,286 9.4
7 That 70s Show (Monday) 7 1,248 9.1
8 Two and a Half Men 9 1,235 9.0
9 The All New Simpsons 10 1,233 9.0
10 Frasier 9 1,193 8.7
11 Mother and Son ABC 1,129 8.3
12 Skithouse 10 1,100 8.1
13 Comedy Inc. 9 1,049 7.7
14 The Sketch Show 10 1,048 7.7
15 Absolutely Fabulous ABC 1,040 7.6
16 Less than Perfect 7 1,038 7.6
17 Sex and the City 9 1,037 7.6
18 All Aussie Adventures 10 1,020 7.5
19 Kath & Kim (Series 2) ABC 1,010 7.4
20 8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter (Sunday) 7 988 7.2

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

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

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