Puberty Blues debuts with under a million but wins over younger demos

Puberty Blues: 925,000 debut

The debut of Cronulla period drama Puberty Blues rated 925,000 for Ten last night in one of the most competitive Wednesday nights of the ratings year.

The remake of the 1979 Australian novel by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette was the second most watched show in the key advertising demographics of 18-49, 16-39 and 25-54  behind Nine’s Big Brother, which rated 1.131m in total viewers.

Big Brother was down around 500,000 viewers on its debut on Monday.

Puberty Blues, produced by Southern Star, aired from 8.36pm to 9.36pm, peaking with 1.06m

Meanwhile, the series final of The Amazing Race Australia, which ran from 7.30pm to 9pm on Seven, rated 976,000.

The series return of The Farmer Wants A Wife on Nine which aired from 8-9pm pulled in 909,000.

Puberty Blues ran after The Shire, which rated just 502,000, according to preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

Following Puberty Blues was the premiere of school reality show Class Of, which rated just 431,000.

Ten’s MasterChef All Stars, on at 7pm, rated with 751,000. It was beaten by Big Brother and Home & Away on Seven, which pulled in 996,000.

The ABC1’s final Olympics special of Gruen Sweat rated 918,000.

Seven News won the night with 1.279m, followed by Nine News with 1.144m.


  1. Nicky Bryson
    16 Aug 12
    12:02 pm

  2. Love, love, love it!

  3. Nat
    16 Aug 12
    12:03 pm

  4. I dont know why we are all so addicted to total people numbers. I myself am guilty. I cant think of any advertiser that buys to total people but yet we still report (and are obsessed with) the big number as if that is the key success metric.

    I am glad that Mumbrella reports on the other demos and hope media buyers actually look at their demos rather than rate the success of a show based on the TP figure.

    Its kind of strange because we all talk about fragmentation and how we need to be really targeted but still default back to the TP figures.

    Ps – i watched it and i really enjoyed it. Hope it continues to pull in some good numbers…. for key demos…

  5. JW
    16 Aug 12
    1:37 pm

  6. Loved it and so relieved to see some great Aussie quality drama. @Nat, you make a very valid point.

  7. Yvette
    16 Aug 12
    2:22 pm

  8. If Puberty Blues rated that well with no help having to follow The Shire then it’s a winner. And just for the record it was a winner in my books regardless – fantastic production and the cast are just brilliant. We need to support great Australian productions like this one. Stick with it TEN and get rid of the rest of the reality drivel…

  9. Alberto Rosso
    16 Aug 12
    2:27 pm

  10. My kids watched it 16 and 22 but didn’t seem too enthused. The bits I saw made the acting in Neighbours seem scintillating and dynamic.

  11. Meg
    16 Aug 12
    3:35 pm

  12. I really enjoyed the show and I think it’s great for all ages! i will definiately be watching it next week!

  13. Dean
    16 Aug 12
    3:59 pm

  14. It’s good, with some amazing production design!

  15. Cri
    16 Aug 12
    9:12 pm

  16. Channel 10 did have an advanced screening of the show for people who liked their facebook page. I wonder if it effected the numbers?