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Top 20 drama series and serials 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 10 Australian drama series each year 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 Packed to the Rafters 7 1,872 12.9
2 All Saints – The Finale 7 1,505 10.3
3 NCIS 10 1,450 10.0
4 Midsomer Murders (Sunday) ABC1 1,397 9.6
5 Merlin 10 1,364 9.4
6 City Homicide (Monday) 7 1,313 9.0
7 Midsomer Murders ABC1 1,254 8.6
8 Criminal Minds 7 1,251 8.6
9 Flashforward 7 1,244 8.5
10 New Tricks ABC1 1,221 8.4
11 Bones 7 1,219 8.4
11= City Homicide 7 1,219 8.4
13 All Saints 7 1,175 8.1
14 City Homicide (Monday) (Episode 2) 7 1,142 7.8
15 Home and Away 7 1,136 7.8
16 NCIS (repeat) 10 1,134 7.8
17 Law and Order: SVU 10 1,131 7.8
18 Lie to Me 10 1,128 7.7
19 NCIS (Episode 2) (repeat) 10 1,098 7.5
20 Grey’s Anatomy 7 1,083 7.4

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.
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 Packed to the Rafters 7 1,938 13.6
2 City Homicide 7 1,634 11.5
3 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9 1,382 9.7
4 NCIS 10 1,359 9.5
5 Doc Martin ABC1 1,322 9.3
6 Criminal Minds (Monday) 7 1,309 9.2
7 Criminal Minds 7 1,283 9.0
8 Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned ABC1 1,248 8.8
9 All Saints 7 1,245 8.8
10 Home and Away 7 1,237 8.7
11 Midsomer Murders ABC1 1,226 8.6
12 The Mentalist 9 1,205 8.5
13 City Homicide (repeat) 7 1,190 8.4
14 Foyle’s War ABC1 1,183 8.3
15 Grey’s Anatomy 7 1,178 8.3
16 Criminal Minds (Monday) (repeat) 7 1,173 8.2
17 NCIS (repeat) 10 1,145 8.0
18 NCIS (Episode 2) (repeat) 10 1,139 8.0
19 CSI: Miami 9 1,111 7.8
20 NCIS (Episode 1) (repeat) 10 1,106 7.8

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.
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 City Homicide 7 1,603 11.4
2 House 10 1,478 10.5
3 House (Series 4) 10 1,456 10.4
4 Grey's Anatomy 7 1,453 10.3
5 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9 1,420 10.1
6 Midsomer Murders ABC 1,418 10.1
7 All Saints 7 1,380 9.8
8 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Episode 2) 9 1,356 9.6
9 New Tricks ABC 1,351 9.6
10 Ugly Betty 7 1,333 9.5
11 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Episode 1) 9 1,317 9.4
12 Home and Away 7 1,238 8.8
13 NCIS 10 1,235 8.8
14 Criminal Minds 7 1,182 8.4
15 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,176 8.4
16 CSI: Miami 9 1,161 8.3
16= Ghost Whisperer 7 1,161 8.3
18 Criminal Minds (repeat) 7 1,156 8.2
19 Bionic Woman 7 1,154 8.2
20 Heroes 7 1,150 8.2

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 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9 1,648 11.8
2 House 10 1,644 11.8
3 Grey’s Anatomy 7 1,622 11.6
4 Cold Case (Episode 1) 9 1,549 11.1
5 Lost 7 1,525 10.9
6 Blue Heelers – The Final 7 1,512 10.8
7 Prison Break 7 1,420 10.2
8 All Saints 7 1,419 10.2
9 Prehistoric Park 9 1,397 10.0
10 Lost – Reckoning 7 1,357 9.7
11 Lost – Revelation 7 1,331 9.5
12 NCIS 10 1,319 9.4
13 All Saints (Episode 2) 7 1,317 9.4
14 Cold Case 9 1,316 9.4
15 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,312 9.4
16 Home and Away 7 1,301 9.3
17 CSI: Miami 9 1,272 9.1
18 Criminal Minds (Sunday) 7 1,268 9.1
19 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Episode 1) 9 1,265 9.1
20 House 10 1,251 9.0

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 Lost – The Finale 7 2,083 15.1
2 Lost 7 1,949 14.1
3 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9 1,658 12.0
4 House (Thursday) 10 1,627 11.8
5 Lost – The Journey 7 1,523 11.0
6 House (Wednesday) 10 1,508 10.9
7 House 10 1,502 10.9
8 Grey’s Anatomy 7 1,437 10.4
9 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,345 9.7
10 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9 1,340 9.7
11 CSI: Miami 9 1,338 9.7
12 Home and Away 7 1,334 9.7
13 All Saints 7 1,282 9.3
14 CSI: NY 9 1,276 9.2
15 Without a Trace 9 1,250 9.0
16 NCIS (Wednesday) 10 1,243 9.0
17 Medium 10 1,233 8.9
18 The Ghost Whisperer 7 1,231 8.9
19 Blue Heelers 7 1,209 8.7
20 CSI: Miami 9 1,207 8.7

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 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 9 1,898 13.9
2 Law & Order: SVU 10 1,630 11.9
3 Cold Case 9 1,618 11.9
4 Law & Order: Criminal Intent 10 1,585 11.6
5 CSI: Miami 9 1,583 11.6
6 McLeod’s Daughters 9 1,512 11.1
7 Without a Trace 9 1,499 11.0
8 E.R. 9 1,458 10.7
9 Murder Investigation Team ABC 1,357 9.9
10 Midsomer Murders ABC 1,315 9.6
11 Home and Away 7 1,303 9.5
12 Blue Heelers 7 1,264 9.3
13 New Tricks ABC 1,241 9.1
14 All Saints 7 1,235 9.0
15 Wire in the Blood ABC 1,231 9.0
16 The Bill ABC 1,205 8.8
17 Taggart ABC 1,191 8.7
18 Law & Order 10 1,179 8.6
19 NCIS 10 1,167 8.5
20 Las Vegas 7 1,166 8.5

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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