AFP finally delivers Nine with a new hit show – and 58% timeslot uplift

The Nine Network has finally found itself a hit programming launch with the first episode of documentary AFP rating 1.248m last night – up 58% on the show that previously occupied the timeslot.

The show – produced by Zapruder’s Other Films – won its timeslot in all demographics and was third for the night overall. It was second for the key 25-54 and 18-49 demos, according to overnight metro ratings from OzTam.

It was also up an impressive 58% on the 791,000 audience delivered in the timeslot by repeated US sitcom Mike & Molly.  

The launch of the show by Nine comes five days before the official ratings battle resumes.

The series was two years in the making and was filmed across eight countries. Zapruder’s is the company behind ABC hit The Gruen Transfer.

Unusually for Nine, AFP fared particularly well in Perth, where it was number one in the 25-54, 18-49 and 16-39 demos.

The launch will give heart to Nine as it prepares for the crucial second part of the 2011 ratings battle which has seen Seven race ahead.


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