Howzat tops 2m for Nine

Southern Star’s high quality retelling of Kerry Packer’s creation of World Series Cricket stormed to ratings of 2.097m on Sunday night.

Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War – telling how the late Nine owner shook up the sporting establishment – was the most watched show of Sunday by a long way, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

Nine’s Big Brother performed solidly with an audience of 1.365m for its first live episode.

Ten’s series final of MasterChef All Stars rated 1.05m for the winner announcement, while the rest of the show averaged 802,000.

However, there now seems to be little hope for Ten’s Everybody Dance Now after the first shortened, reworked episode of the dance contest rated just 385,000.

Seven’s reworking of old Kath & Kim episodes as The Souvenir Editions rated 909,000.

In channel share Nine held a strong 32.9% to win the night with Seven behind on 18.9%, ABC1 third on 12.1%, Ten on 10.9% and SBS1 on 4.8%.

In the battle for breakfast television, weekend edition, Weekend Sunrise rated 333,000 ahead of Today on 293,000.

Sunday’s Top 15 programs
1. Howzat! – Nine 2.097m
2. Seven News – Seven 1.513m
3. 60 Minutes – Nine 1.512m
4. Nine News – Nine 1.402m
5. Big Brother – Nine 1.365m
6. Sunday Night – Seven 1.289m
7. Masterchef – Winner Announcement – Ten 1.050m
8. Kath and Kim – Seven 0.909m
9. ABC News – ABC 0.822m
10. Grand Designs – ABC 0.809m
11. Masterchef – Final – Ten 0.802m
12. Dream Build – ABC 0.744m
13. Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple – ABC 0.670m
14. Criminal Minds – Episode 1 – Seven 0.629m
15. The Mentalist – Nine 0.510m

Sunday’s channel share
Nine: 32.9%
Seven: 18.9%
ABC1: 12.1%
Ten: 10.9%
SBS1: 4.8%
7mate: 3.8%
GO!: 3.2%
7TWO 2.8%
One: 2.5%
Eleven: 2.5%
Gem: 1.9%
ABC2: 1.4%
ABC News 24: 0.8%
SBS2: 0.8%
ABC3: 0.7%


  1. Nepotism
    20 Aug 12
    9:13 am

  2. Everybody Dance Now – just 385,000 !

    That’s even after a page 5 Sunday Telegraph advertorial by the Murdoch’s.

    Oh well – back to the drawing board.

  3. goodone
    20 Aug 12
    9:34 am

  4. Howzat was actually a really good show, good writing, great acting, well done Ch9.

  5. Zac
    20 Aug 12
    9:53 am

  6. I’m interested, anyone got a torrent?

  7. Lloyd
    20 Aug 12
    10:20 am

  8. Howzat was a bloody rippa! Onya nine.

  9. Jo
    20 Aug 12
    10:42 am

  10. I really enjoyed every aspect of Howzat, that’s exactly the kind of stuff I want to watch on Sunday evening..

  11. paul
    20 Aug 12
    10:43 am

  12. HOWZAT great show & insight into what most of us took for granted.
    Interesting how much they pushed the eating aspect tho…

  13. Kernil
    20 Aug 12
    10:54 am

  14. What a fantastic show – can’t wait for next week and more from Southern Star/Nine

  15. Matt
    20 Aug 12
    10:54 am

  16. Great Aussie drama. Cannot wait for part 2 next week!

  17. The Grim Reaper
    20 Aug 12
    11:02 am

  18. Nice to see the costume department at Nine being efficient in rehashing the same looks for the original underbelly, the Ita buttrose thing & now this. How many Packer shows can Ch9 do?! They’ve obviously decided on a certain formula for their drama’s, & they’re certainly sticking to it. Good show, but lacking any real creativity/uniqueness

  19. Ben
    20 Aug 12
    11:40 am

  20. @Grim Reaper – the “Ita Buttrose” thing was on the ABC, and the original Underbelly was set in the last decade in Melbourne – hardly a rehashing of anything….

  21. MR
    20 Aug 12
    12:16 pm

  22. @Ben… Well said.

  23. Bucks is back
    20 Aug 12
    12:37 pm

  24. Brilliant Aussie TV, Aussie Film industry, please take note, of recent times, you quality has paled in comparison (excluding reality TV crap).

    The only very minor critique? We worked out which one was Doug Walters, you didnt have to have a cigarette in his mouth in EVERY scene he was in. We get it, he smoked, done.

  25. Jason
    20 Aug 12
    1:02 pm

  26. As Kerry would have said: “it was a f–king great show.”

  27. The Count
    20 Aug 12
    1:13 pm

  28. Does anyone else see the irony with Howzat being a ratings blockbuster?

    For decades Kerry Packer was a harsh and active opponent of Australian drama – only screening the bare minimum as required by the regulators, often in unimportant timeslots and with “plan to fail” budgets, development and production schedules etc.

    He was happy for Seven to be the home of drama, focussing instead on richly-resourced news and current affairs and, of course, sport.

    Now he’s the central character of one of the biggest Australian drama smash hits of the year. It’s poetic!

  29. Carole Goldsmith
    20 Aug 12
    1:18 pm

  30. My goodness, I watched it for five minutes and was bored out my brain…so turned it off and read a book.

  31. Carole Goldsmith
    20 Aug 12
    1:20 pm

  32. Ben, the Ita show on the ABC was enjoyable, the show last night was not enjoyable (for me).

  33. crizza
    20 Aug 12
    1:22 pm

  34. Excellent show with some great actors, fun soundtrack and retro styling. Every show needs a hero so you can understand the need for a “strong but sensitive” KP. No Goanna references here. Reminiscent of Bodyline in resurrecting the old stereotype of brave, down-to-earth Aussies fighting the entrenched power system of Mother England. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.) Was also interesting to bring back memories of one-camera cricket with half the coverage showing “the batsman’s arse”.

  35. Fast Eddy
    20 Aug 12
    1:26 pm

  36. Tim
    20 Aug 12
    1:45 pm

  37. What do you know, good Aussie drama with great talent, scheduled well and promoted well – rates!
    Good for them. Glad to see programming that isnt about a bunch of talentless bogans cooking, dancing, locked in house together, renovating house, singing, or largely doing stupid shit that no one with an IQ above 27 has any interested in seeing.
    Will be watching next week.

  38. Ben
    20 Aug 12
    1:57 pm

  39. Um, OK Carole, good to hear….?

  40. Georgie
    20 Aug 12
    1:59 pm

  41. I tried to watch it after the Masterchef finale but fell asleep halfway. Too much “Kerry” barking at everyone, cba.

  42. Jocular
    20 Aug 12
    2:18 pm

  43. @Carole Goldsmith, thanks for sharing. Your loss.

  44. Carole Goldsmith
    20 Aug 12
    2:52 pm

  45. Tim, Howzat, all about cricket and lots of F words from chain smoking Packer…
    not my cup of tea – boring and offensive to me.

  46. Adam Paull
    20 Aug 12
    2:57 pm

  47. Well done to all involved – the recreation of the original WSC opening titles was a triumph! Shame about so many ad breaks – segments were getting down towards 6 minutes by the end, but that’s modern commercial television for you.

    No doubt execs are pacing the floor today thinking of other Packer story lines. His selling the network to Alan Bond and then buying it back for a song would be a ripper!

  48. A
    20 Aug 12
    3:06 pm

  49. Personally, I like that ‘Rhonda’ made an appearance in Howzat also.

  50. Carole Goldsmith
    20 Aug 12
    3:42 pm

  51. How can they get away with all the smoking in the show? Surely that should be banned.

  52. Diane
    20 Aug 12
    3:48 pm

  53. Seems the cast of Offspring can’t put a foot wrong.

  54. Ben
    20 Aug 12
    4:43 pm

  55. Yeah, your’e right Carole. And the swearing. And the cricket. Let’s not make a true life drama anything like the real thing

  56. Insider
    20 Aug 12
    4:50 pm

  57. Great of the most outstanding Dramas on TV. Loved it. Pity it’s only two episodes. Well done Nine!

  58. Daniel
    20 Aug 12
    5:41 pm

  59. Jesus, Carole, what else did you want removed? Drinking beer? Girls in bikinis by the pool? Grow up! It’s not the 1950s anymore in Peyton Place!

  60. nat
    20 Aug 12
    7:51 pm

  61. Carole you seem to be outnumbered.Let the boys have their fun. It was a blokey program anyway.

  62. nat
    20 Aug 12
    7:54 pm

  63. I am watching X Factor as I write this. Will be interesting to see how it rates. Lots of young great talent on show. Surely people will prefer this over some smoking, cursing drama??? But then again-maybe not.

  64. Devlin
    21 Aug 12
    10:11 am

  65. Carole, it’s set in the ’70s, FFS. People smoked back then. Packer swore, but he was a revolutionary. It’s a story well worth retelling. And it’s not just about cricket, either. Two million-plus viewers can’t be wrong. You, on the other hand, are. Best Australian production since Chopper – I bet you hated that too? Go back to your safe, conservative little encasing.

  66. carole goldsmith
    21 Aug 12
    1:18 pm

  67. Devlin, I bet you work in your safe little world and office in Sydney or somewhere and never venture out.

    I work across Japan, China, Kore and Vietnam – You take the challenge and get out of your own little box and learn from the world instead of watching shows with swearing and smoking from 40 years ago and critisising others who have better things to do with their time. .

  68. awesome
    21 Aug 12
    1:40 pm

  69. @Carole….you obviously have nothing better to do than troll

  70. Will
    22 Aug 12
    11:32 am

  71. @Carole: I fail to see how working across Asia has anything to do with the argument that you’re a conservative troll who can’t appreciate a seriously good Australian period piece. What other motive would you have to get on here and say how it ‘bored’ and ‘offended’ you (they smoke AND swear, ohmygosh), other than to disagree for disagreement’s sake, or attempt to piss people off? Now, get your self-important ass back to Vietnam and stay there.

  72. RatsRepus
    22 Aug 12
    12:12 pm

  73. So what’s next. I reckon Centre bet could have book running.. I would put Money on

    “Plastic Fantastic. Allan Bonds Cup” Bought to you by Mastercard”
    “Marbella and Bust. The Christopher Skase story bought to You by Wikileaks”

    C’mon sure we can another five ideas by COB!!!