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January 27 2009

Serenity bows to 821,000 viewers. For its premiere last night on Australian television. 10th place for the evening.

Relatively solid numbers. For those overseas who aren't in the know, top rating shows in Australia get around double this number, about 2 million viewers. It should also be noted that we are at the end of our summer 'off' season in which there are generally less people watching television.

That link doesn't appear to correspond with any mention of Serenity....?
I don't understand the link. I can't see Serenity listed.
mmm... link works for me. I'll try and work it out.
aapac,

Quick! Grab a snapshot of the page!

They may have changed the page after it showed on your computer and since we never went to that page before, we are getting the changed data.
Hey that's good numbers for Australia day! I mean how many people were out at big Aussie Day Barbies eh? It was on at my house though, my mum wanted to watch it again.

I was looking for this info this morning and couldn't find it.

And also, wasn't Nanny McPhee on like a month ago?
Hmmm, could be the Serenity's data showed up too soon and they pulled it down and it will come back later.

I wonder what the Sci-Fi numbers were for Serenity's premiere in the US. I didn't see any numbers for that.
this is just the problem when you try and link to blogs...
Does this mean scifi fans were especially resistant to the Australia Day tv ads?
Someone must have been watching: I've had two friends email me today asking about borrowing the DVDs, based on catching it (or some of it) on TV. Now if only I can convince them to start with Firefly....
Seems like quite good numbers for Australia day. I got home when there was about 20 minutes to go and I'm sure a lot more people would have watched had it been a different day.

"Now if only I can convince them to start with Firefly.... "

That shouldn't be too hard should it? I'd tell them that the TV series is much better and quite short and that they'd enjoy the movie far more if they'd seen the show.
Is there any danger of the info actually appearing?
Guess we better kick off the "Firefly" drive again, eh?

Those numbers gave me a smile, good people from the land down under :)
maybe this happens when you try to link direct to the page. In any case, those that wish to see the info and cannot can travel to www.tvtonight.com.au - the ratings box is down on the right hand side which you can go into.
It does say new info tomorrow. So presumably the full 15-20 list that normally gets released each week at this website will be released tomorrow.
What Australia watched,
Description Total Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 SEVEN NEWS Seven 1,506,000 387,000 442,000 330,000 161,000 186,000
2 TODAY TONIGHT Seven 1,483,000 412,000 456,000 310,000 144,000 160,000
3 NINE NEWS Nine 1,275,000 380,000 459,000 209,000 117,000 109,000
4 TENNIS: 2009 AUST OPEN - DAY 8 NIGHT SESSION Seven 1,105,000 337,000 380,000 178,000 110,000 99,000
5 CRICKET: ONE DAY SERIES - AUSTRALIA V SOUTH AFRICA Nine 1,064,000 344,000 319,000 174,000 123,000 104,000
6 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 1,019,000 365,000 344,000 184,000 126,000
7 HOME AND AWAY Seven 993,000 280,000 278,000 209,000 113,000 113,000
8 ABC NEWS ABC1 966,000 286,000 283,000 201,000 95,000 101,000
9 TOP GEAR SBS 931,000 216,000 311,000 218,000 113,000 72,000
10 SERENITY Ten 821,000 230,000 251,000 183,000 77,000 81,000
(OzTAM preliminary estimates, mainland capitals)
Thanks for the Australia Day ad, Sunfire, it made me homesick for Aussie humour!
The link works for me…
Screenshot
Oh good the info is finally there. Be interesting to see if there will be a subsequent increase in the sales of Serenity and Firefly.

And for those who are craving more Serenity ratings, here's the figures for when the movie aired on cable/freeview/satellite channel ITV4 at the start of the year in the UK.

ITV4
w/e 11 Jan 2009
000's
1 FILM: SERENITY (2005) (Mon 22:05) 432
2 FILM: THE SCORPION KING (Mon 19:05) 415
3 FILM: SERENITY (2005) (Mon 22:53) 411
4 SANCTUARY (Mon 21:00) 398
5 ULTIMATE FORCE (Tue 21:00) 367

Also considering it was Australia Day and most people would've been out or watching sport.
Thanks for the stats, Simon. For a population of 21 million, 821,000 is 3.9% of the population, which I think is kinda mighty.

[ edited by RollingInKittens on 2009-01-27 14:17 ]
Two million viewers is enough to be considered a runaway success usually. The pilot episode of Stargate SG1 got three million back in the day. I recall something getting four million recently (ie within the past few years). Every episode of the fourth season of Doctor Who got at least one million. 800,000 on a public holiday for Serenity is definitely amazing, especially considering it was going up against the cricket.

[ edited by GooberMan on 2009-01-27 14:31 ]
Wow those numbers for Serenity in Australia are freaking unbelievable!
Um, is this good or bad? On average, how well does the average movie do on a given night? Oh, I see, these are good numbers, and not an example of 'Serenity' coming in last for the night... Good.

[ edited by embers on 2009-01-28 09:05 ]
Considering it was Australia Day I'd say that's pretty good!! Considering half the nation was drunk of their asses! lol

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