What Is Australia’s Favourite TV Show?

If you judge by the ratings, then the programs we’re most fond of are The Block, Masterchef and other reality/talent show staples. But if you ask people which shows they really love to watch, it turns out that we’re much keener on comedy. And the show we like the most? Step forward, The Big Bang Theory.

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According to a Roy Morgan survey, these are the top 10 shows across all Australians:

  1. The Big Bang Theory
  2. Packed To The Rafters
  3. Two And A Half Men
  4. Top Gear
  5. NCIS
  6. Spicks & Specks
  7. MasterChef Australia
  8. Bones
  9. Criminal Minds
  10. How I Met Your Mother

To be sure, many of these shows do well in the ratings (last night’s episode of Two And A Half Men pulled nearly 2.3 million viewers, though that’s likely down to curiosity over Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen). But for some of them, enthusiasm doesn’t automatically translate into large ratings: Top Gear has seen a steady decline in viewership ever since it jumped to Channel Nine.

For some shows in the list, sheer ubiquity may be an explanation. The Big Bang Theory itself is endlessly shown on free-to-air and pay TV, and many of the other programs here have similar saturation levels. But not all of them: Packed To The Rafters only runs for half the year and isn’t widely repeated.

The other factor that’s hard to track is how much people go back and rewatch these shows via online services. To date, those numbers have been dwarfed by general TV viewing, but that may well change as broadband speeds (and download caps) increase.

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