Australia’s most loved TV show: Big Bang Theory

The most loved TV show in Australia is Big Bang Theory, according to new research from Roy Morgan.

The Network Nine show pipped Seven’s Packed to the Rafters in a survey that asked Australians aged 14+ which show they “really love to watch”.

Two and a Half Men, which tonight sees Ashton Kutcher replace Charlie Sheen as the lead actor, was third, losing the top spot it claimed last year.

Ratings smash MasterChef ranked a relatively lowly seventh in the list, falling from second in 2010.

Nine’s Underbelly and ABC’s Midsomer Murders have dropped out of the top 10 altogether. They are replaced by Seven’s Criminal Minds and How I Met Your Mother.

Among Aussie men, Top Gear is the most loved show, followed by Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men.

However, neither Top Gear or Two and a Half Men feature in the table of favoured women’s TV shows.

Over the last three years, Underbelly has lost the most affection from male viewers.

MasterChef has gone down furthest in the estimation of female TV-watchers.

George Pesutto, industry director – media, Roy Morgan Research, said: “In the latest 2011 data we’re seeing a number of programs with declining “really love to watch” numbers, particularly compared to the last couple of years.”

“Since 2009 we’ve been seeing fewer men nominate some of the longstanding favourites – such as The Simpsons and Cricket – as TV programs that they really love to watch. While ‘Top Gear’ remains a perennial favourite among men, its stable mate Top Gear Australia doesn’t fare so well, with less than 5% of men saying they really love to watch the Australian edition, compared to more than 17% for the British version.”

He added: “These results have implications for advertisers thinking about audience engagement and wanting to be involved with TV programs that garner loyal, engaged, committed viewers – particularly male audiences.”


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