Puberty Blues finishes with 707,000

Ten’s Puberty Blues final episode gave the network its highest rating show for the day.

The 70s drama, produced by Southern Star and directed by Glendyn Ivin, rated 707,000 and 15th in total viewers, according to preliminary ratings from OzTam.

The show when it premiered on August 15, rated just under 1m, with 925,000.In the key advertising demographic of 16-39, the retro series was second in total viewers and first in its 8.30pm time slot. In 18-49, the show was third overall, behind Big Brother which was first and Gruen Planet, which also went out at 8.30pm.

In 25-54, Puberty Blues was fifth overall behind Big Brother in top spot, and Gruen Planet second as well as Seven’s 8.30pm hour of fly-on-the-wall reality, including new series Surveillance Oz in fourth spot and returning series Highway Patrol in fifth.

Highway Patrol was eighth in 16-39 and fifth in 18-49 while Surveillance Oz was fourth in 16-39 and 18-49.

In total viewers, Highway Patrol rated 966,000, going out at 7.30pm, and Surveillance Oz rated 1.006m, airing at 8pm.

However, overall it was a night for news with the top three spots going to Seven News, rating 1.076m, followed by ABC News, rating 1.068m, and Nine News with 1.065m.

The second episode of ABC1’s The Chaser: Hamster Wheel rose slightly on last week’s debut, rating 791,000.

In Wednesday’s channel share, Seven won by the slimmest of margins ahead of Nine, 21.6% to 21.5%. ABC1 was third with 15.2% and Ten took 10.6% while SBS on 4.5% was sixth behind 7Two, on 5.6%.

Wednesday’s top 15 shows:
1. Seven News Seven 1.076m
2. ABC News ABC 1.068m
3. Nine News Nine 1.065m
4. Big Brother Nine 1.057m
5. Gruen Planet ABC 1.023m
6. Today Tonight Seven 1.008m
7. Surveillance Oz Seven 1.006m
8. Highway Patrol Seven 0.966m
9. A Current Affair Nine 0.955m
10. Criminal Minds Seven 0.855m
11. Home and Away Seven 0.843m
12. The Chaser: Hamster Wheel ABC 0.791m
13. 7:30 ABC 0.789m
14. QI ABC 0.772m
15. Puberty Blues Ten 0.707m

Wednesday’s channel share:
Seven: 21.6%
Nine: 21.5%
ABC1: 15.2%
Ten: 10.6%
7TWO: 5.6%
SBS1: 4.5%
Eleven: 3.9%
7mate: 3.8%
GO!: 3.5%
One: 2.5%
ABC2: 2.4%
Gem: 2.2%
SBS2: 1.0%
ABC3: 0.9%
ABC News 24: 0.8%


  1. Mrs Boomer
    4 Oct 12
    3:02 pm

  2. Enjoyed the series immensely .. it was certainly a case of “Puberty Blues – a memoir of [insert name here]”

  3. Little Voice
    4 Oct 12
    4:18 pm

  4. nice series but what’s the point – except for some nostalgia… nostalgia is not appointment viewing.

  5. Some Suit
    4 Oct 12
    5:20 pm

  6. Really? ‘Appointment viewing’? Exactly what would you consider falls into that category in recent times? According to the Australian viewing public, ‘Highway Patrol’ and ‘Surveillance Oz’ are shows to set the oven timer for. At least Puberty Blues was well-written, well-performed, and might even have a few messages in there for the yoof of today. Who, unfortunately, appear to have an ‘appointment’ with Highway Patrol…

  7. nathan
    4 Oct 12
    8:37 pm

  8. The TV season is over!! What regular programs do we have now?It would be interesting to look at the figures for “Mornings” this year compared to when Kerri Ann was hosting.

  9. Nick
    5 Oct 12
    7:22 am

  10. Little Voice, you clearly missed the entire point. Sure, the series may provide some nostalgia for those who lived during those times (and those of us too young to have been there in the first place), but it was so much more than that. It was a beautiful, thought-provoking, funny/sad little show with powerful messages, interesting storylines and fantastic acting all around.

    There need to be more of its ilk on the Australian airwaves. I’m going to miss my little Wednesday dates with it tremendously.

  11. Leon
    5 Oct 12
    11:38 am

  12. I totally agree with you Nick, it is such a great show on many levels. Wonderful acting, and i guess excellent direction played a key role in that. Fingers crossed for a second series.