Packer’s War dominates ratings

howzat packerThe second part of Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War again delivered Nine a 2m+ ratings bonanza on Sunday night, leaving Seven and Ten with the crumbs.

The Southern Star-produced cricket drama, which starred Lachy Hulme as the media magnate, averaged 2.091m, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

Meanwhile, the first Big Brother live eviction episode averaged 1.25m for Nine.

Seven’s best performers were Seven News (1.531m), Sunday Night (1.468m) and Kath & Kim The Souvenir Editions (892,000). Criminal Minds rated 550,000.

The only prime time show that Ten aired that wasn’t a repeat was Ten News At Five which rated 480,000 and The Project which rated a low 323,000. The Simpsons rated 384,000, double episodes of Modern Family rated 386,000 and 554,000 and Graham Norton Express rated 326,000. NCIS rated 332,000. The network had a share of just 6.6%.

In the key advertiser demographic of 18-49, Modern Family fared slightly better for Ten – moving up from 12th and 18th to 8th and 13th. The second episode of Modern Family was second in its timeslot among 16-39s.

ABC1 outrated Ten with Grand Designs Revisited pulling in 919,000 despite also being a repeat.

On Sunday morning Seven’s Weekend Sunrise beat Nine’s Weekend Today by 369,000 to 287,000.


  • Nine: 33.7%
  • Seven: 19.4%
  • ABC1: 13.6%
  • Ten: 6.6%
  • 7mate: 5.3%
  • SBS1: 4.3%
  • 7TWO 3.2%
  • Gem: 3.1%
  • GO!: 3.0%
  • Eleven: 2.4%
  • ABC2: 1.9%
  • One: 1.9%
  • ABC3: 0.7%
  • ABC News 24: 0.6%
  • SBS2: 0.4%


  1. TV Advertiser
    27 Aug 12
    9:54 am

  2. Warburton better turn off the lights and go home. What an abysmal result for TEN.

  3. Nate
    27 Aug 12
    10:38 am

  4. I’d love to know how many times the F Bomb was dropped in Howzat.

  5. The Grim Reaper
    27 Aug 12
    11:09 am

  6. Warburton doesn’t have a clue. The Project is not a Sunday early evening program. It’s for weekdays. Seeing it on TV depresses me as for a moment I believe it is not the weekend anymore. Don’t these people know???

  7. Sweeney
    27 Aug 12
    11:18 am

  8. If only I had a dvd recorder, I would be able to watch it uninterrupted by ads. It might be good ratings but it would be better to review the program without interruptions. Agree with Nate, started to bore with KP swearing as I am sure he would have used a wider array of foul language. Pity no shot of him throwing a cricket ball at someone in his office. Story goes a staffer was talking to him about hotels and he tired of it and yelled as he threw the missile: “I told you I did not like pubs before!”

  9. Kernil
    27 Aug 12
    11:57 am

  10. Perhaps Ten should produce a drama about the inner machinations at the network at the moment – I’d watch that!

  11. hg
    27 Aug 12
    12:55 pm

  12. found this packer show on TPB and was suprised an aussie show whould have a few seeds.

    probably wont watch it, not really interested, but ill add it to my seedbox to support local content

  13. Offal Spokesperson
    27 Aug 12
    1:32 pm

  14. Didnt mind it, but i thought that Rob Carlton was a better KP. Lachy Hulme seemd to carry a more like Gough Whitlam vocal performance.

    Nort bad piece of OZ TV, probably shouldve been a 3 part -er as they didnt really get the coverage right.

  15. S hall
    27 Aug 12
    2:10 pm

  16. I’m not a cricket fan, but throughly enjoyed ‘Howzat’! Kerry Packer’s War’.
    Southern Star & Ch.9 are to be congratulated for investing in an entertaining Aussie drama depicting such an iconic time in our sporting history.
    Lache Hulme was brilliant as Packer – a nomination & award definitely…did Packer really swear that much..what a fearsome man to be around…seemed Strop was the only one who didn’t get an earful of expletives!
    I was surprised how much of this event & the cricketeers were embedded in my mind; the players really were legends & it was great to see how the stuff shirts had to eat humble pie…it really was a cricket war…I did find some of the wigs abit dodgy though…but it was the era of funny hair styles..
    Ch.9 deserved to win the ratings with & it should be a lesson to Ch.10 programmers & other channels that the Australian public are fed up with all the formulated uncreative reality crap & cheap uncreative programmes which keep being regurgitated!

  17. Joe
    27 Aug 12
    2:24 pm

  18. What’s the bet this is the new ‘Underbelly’ franchise and we’ll see the Super League, Pro Rugby etc rolled out

  19. The Grim Reaper
    27 Aug 12
    3:27 pm

  20. Sweeney – record it on IQ & fast forward the ads, it’s the best way to watch free to air telly!

  21. Sweeney
    27 Aug 12
    4:02 pm

  22. The Grim R…………good idea but do not have Fox. Free TV suits as there is plenty of content and most of it ordinary. Loving 7 Mate AFL. Well said S Hall.

  23. Doug
    27 Aug 12
    5:16 pm

  24. hey Sweeney – Tivo. Tivo is great

  25. Sweeney
    27 Aug 12
    6:27 pm

  26. Doug – thanks for the tip. Tivo sounds good.