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.


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