Gruen is Australia’s favourite TV show according to a new survey conducted by Encore magazine.
The industry mag used people’s perceptions of each category, rather than ratings figures or box office numbers to determine the results, offering a unique insight into what is the nation’s favourite, rather than best publicised (and therefore most watched).
Editor Brooke Hemphill said that a favourite TV series gauged by appreciation is different from the most popular in terms of viewing figures as it takes into account what viewers thought of it after they have watched it.
ABC fared best in the top ten, which also included one Pay TV show: Grand Designs Australia.
1. The Gruen Transfer/Planet – ABC
2. Spicks and Specks – ABC
3. Packed to the Rafters – Seven
4. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – ABC
5. Offspring – Ten
6. Winners and Losers – Seven
7. Masterchef – Ten
8. Grand Designs Australia – Lifestyle Channel
9. X Factor – Seven
10. ABC News – ABC
“It just goes to show that the highest ratings shows are not always the most loved. The Gruen Transfer is one of very few shows that have both. The key is that it has a very high appreciation factor,” Hemphill said.
“Other shows, such as Underbelly: Razor which came 13th on the list, have a high awareness factor as they are highly promoted, but that doesn’t necessarily make them a favourite, even when watched by many people.”
The full list of results can be found in a special edition of Encore, released for the iPad today available free from the App Store.