Go Back To Where You Came From pulls in highest ratings of 2012 for SBS

The return of SBS’s hit series of Go Back To Where You Came From has pulled in the biggest audience for the broadcaster this year.

The documentary, which this year takes six prominent Australians on the path of a refugee’s journey to Australia from their war torn country, rated 752,000 across the five metro markets according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

The first of three episodes, this year’s debut is up 44% on last year’s, which rated 524,000.

Last year’s series gained momentum, with the final episode receiving 600,000 viewers and ranking 19th for the night.

Last night’s episode placed 10th for the evening.

The six prominent Australians include a mix of personalities and stances on the subject of refugees and asylum seekers. The cast is Catherine Deveny, Imogen Bailey, Angry Anderson, Peter Reith, Michael Smith and Allan Asher.

Produced by CordellJigsaw, the format has been sold into a number of countries and won international awards.

In the key advertising demographics, the show placed 8th in 25-54, 7th in 18-49 and 9th in 16-39.

Seven’s The X Factor won the night with 1.578m viewers. Seven had the top four shows with Seven News on 1.197m, Winners & Losers on 1.18m and Today Tonight on 1.088m all lining up behind The X Factor.

The premiere episode of US drama Smash for Seven rated 747,000.

Nine News was the highest show for Nine on 1.08m followed by Big Brother on 1.064m.

Ten’s I Will Survive rated just 364,000 across the night, placing 32nd in total viewers. The network’s highest rating show was Ten News in 12th place.

The success of Go Back To Where You Came From saw SBS climb up the channel share to 9%, still in fifth place but close behind Ten in fourth place on 10.4%. Seven won the night on 26.1% while Nine had 18.4% in second place and ABC1 had 11.6%.

Tuesday night’s top 15 shows:
1. The X Factor Seven 1.578
2. Seven News Seven 1.197
3. Winners and Losers Seven 1.180
4. Today Tonight Seven 1.088
5. Nine News Nine 1.080
6. Big Brother Nine 1.064
7. Home and Away Seven 1.062
8. A Current Affair Nine 1.034
9. ABC News ABC 1.020
10. Go Back To Where You Came From SBS 0.752
11. Smash Seven 0.747
12. Ten News Ten 0.724
13. The Big Bang Theory Nine 0.663
14. Anger Management – Episode 1 Nine 0.610
15. 7:30 ABC 0.604

Tuesday’s channel share:
Seven: 26.1%
Nine: 18.4%
ABC1: 11.6%
Ten: 10.4%
SBS1: 9.0%
7TWO: 3.7%
7mate: 3.6%
Gem: 3.1%
ABC2: 3.0%
Eleven: 2.9%
One: 2.6%
GO!: 2.3%
SBS2: 1.5%
ABC3: 0.9%
ABC News 24: 0.8%


  1. Me
    29 Aug 12
    10:02 am

  2. Made bitchy comments previously about the quality of “celebrity” on this show.

    Putting Aussie-dicks into harrowing situations made it even better. Great program.

  3. Dan
    29 Aug 12
    10:22 am

  4. GBTWYCF is a great show and full marks for introducing ‘celebrities’ without ruining the format.

    With three nights of this I wonder if 10 will get pushed into 5th!

  5. Kev
    29 Aug 12
    11:06 am

  6. Bloody brilliant! It was an emotional roller coaster ride for a whole hour.

  7. Mrs Woog
    29 Aug 12
    1:42 pm

  8. Captivating stuff.

  9. Theory Crew PR
    29 Aug 12
    1:46 pm

  10. Absolute ripper of a program. Well done to SBS.

  11. Aidan
    29 Aug 12
    1:51 pm

  12. Brilliant again, the twitter hash is a must if you’re following this…

  13. Ingrid
    29 Aug 12
    2:04 pm

  14. Brilliant program & choice of people to take part. I have to give cudos to the hard-line right wingers for stepping up – they knew what they were getting into both politically and via public opinion and were still ready to step into the firing line. Having Peter Reith meet one of the people that were sent home from the Tampa in Afghanistan & hear his story was a stroke of pure genius. I will be fascinated to watch the remaining episodes to see if it had any effect on their thinking. It has already had a profound effect on my teenager – she was still talking about the program this morning and the plight of refugees (and the entrenched lack of human empathy by some of the people on the show). Well done SBS! Here’s hoping you nudge out some of the other “reality” shows on the other stations.

  15. Daniel
    29 Aug 12
    3:06 pm

  16. Why would you want to watch a documentary about the very people we are trying to stop getting here by boat?

  17. JG
    29 Aug 12
    6:11 pm

  18. Peter Reith … thinking. There’s two words you don’t often see in the same sentence.

    Daniel, with that attitude, better them than you.

  19. Daniel
    30 Aug 12
    10:47 am

  20. Hope there will be a sequel to Go Back To Where You Came From as there is plenty to tell:


  21. Daniel
    30 Aug 12
    3:28 pm

  22. Some more ideas for a sequel to Go Back To Where You Came From:


    The ABC should look into it.

  23. valhalla
    30 Aug 12
    11:29 pm

  24. To me-it showed how povety and corruption is controlled by those in power ,they do not have the interests of their people at heart ,to let babies and little children die from starvation you would have to be a monster,the fate of the Somalia people and other countries living in thousands of make shift tents is unbelievable and a disgrace to the government of those countries,we in Australia are not responsible for the povety and neglect that occurs ,nor are -we responsible for the decisions and choices of those who decide to come by boat to our shores-my heart goes out to those who risk their own and their families lives,my questions are-why are they mainly -men?who is looking after their families?how do they manage when the father has gone?if they are escaping persecution -why do they bypass other countries to get here?if they are so -poor where do they get the large amount of money to pay the boat -smugglers?and once settled – want their own culture and laws ?