Rafters say goodbye to 1.3m viewers

Seven’s final episodes of Packed to the Rafters scored just over 1.3m metro viewers last night on an evening which saw the network launch reality show The Mole to only a moderate audience.

Seven concluded with two episodes of the Bevan Lee-created family drama, which ran for five years over six series. However, Seven has hinted that the Rafters family could return in the future in some other format.

The show helped secure the cast as some of the most popular with the Australian public. This year’s Encore Score placed Rebecca Gibney as the second most popular Australian screen star, after Hugh Jackman, with a 92 per cent recognition factor, 26 per cent positive rating and only one per cent negative. Michael Caton was not far behind with an 89 per cent recognition, 20 per cent positive and only one per cent negative.

Meanwhile, The Mole, hosted by Shura Taft, which ran for five seasons from 2000-2005, had an audience of 864,000 when it returned to Channel Seven at 7.30pm last night. When the fifth series of The Mole launched in 2005 it had 1.352m viewers for the first episode.

Ten’s MasterChef, also at 7.30pm, had 864,000 viewers across the five city metro, preliminary overnight ratings from OzTAM show.

Following MasterChef, Ten’s fast-tracked second episode of American science fiction drama series Under the Dome had an audience of 998,000 recorded by OzTAM. The show was fourth in Ten’s target category of 25-54’s. Accoprding to Ten, corrected for actual airing times, Under The Dome rated 1.01m viewers.

The first episode of Joe Hildebrand’s Shitsville Express at 9.30pm on ABC2 had an audience of 129,000. Top show on ABC2/ ABC3  yesterday was Bananas In Pyjamas which drew a metro audience of 292,000.

Nine’s The Block was the top rated show for 25-54’s last night and had a total audience of 1.292m in its timeslot from 7-8pm. Nine followed The Block with an ABBA themed program run of documentary Agnetha: ABBA and After followed by Australian feature film Muriel’s Wedding.

Nine News was the top-rated program of the night with 1.331m viewers.

Seven won the night with 25 per cent of the audience over Channel Nine’s 20 per cent. Seven also won the breakfast battle with an audience of 176,000 for Early Sunrise and 344,000 for Sunrise over Nine’s 162,000 for Early Today and 318,000 for Today.

Tuesday’s top 15 shows:

  1. Nine News Nine 1.331m
  2. Packed to the Rafters Seven 1.328m
  3. Packed to the Rafters Final Seven 1.324m
  4. Seven News Seven 1.321m
  5. The Block Nine 1.292m
  6. A Current Affair Nine 1.208m
  7. Today Tonight Seven 1.092m
  8. Under the Dome Ten 998,000
  9. Home and Away Seven 966,000
  10. Agnetha: Abba and After Nine 962,000
  11. ABC News ABC1 925,000
  12. ABC News Update ABC1 867,000
  13. The Mole (launch) Seven 864,000
  14. MasterChef Australia Ten 798,000
  15. 7.30 ABC1 797,000

Tuesday’s share:

  • Seven 25.1%
  • Nine 20.1%
  • Network Ten 14.1%
  • ABC1 12.5%
  • SBS ONE 5.1%
  • GO! 4.2%
  • 7TWO 4.1%
  • 7mate 2.9%
  • ABC2 2.8%
  • Gem 2.7%
  • ELEVEN 1.9%
  • ONE 1.8%
  • ABC News 24 0.8%
  • ABC3 0.7%
  • SBS 2 0.9%
  • NITV 0.1%

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Megan Reynolds


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