When it comes to choosing between powerful Indigenous stories and a geek makeover, alas it was the geeks that won. ABC’s Redfern Now was down on the finale for Rake (850,000) but it still put in a decent number for its debut episode of 721,000 viewers and was second in its timeslot.
Significantly, the word of mouth on social media was glowing. Amongst the Twitter comments were:
#RedfernNow Wow, what wonderful television! I’ll be back again again next week.
#RedfernNow is brilliant. Much better than the shows we import!
@blackfellafilms amazing television! Proud to be an Aussie. Take note Commercial television. #RedfernNow
More power to Auntie, Brilliant ! #RedfernNow
#RedfernNow 1st class.
#RedfernNow was awesome!! I wish I could watch tv like this all the time!!
#RedfernNow cool. Leah Purcell kicks arse.
Australian TV just showed us it can have some substance. What a powerful show! #RedfernNow
First ep of #RedfernNow had one of the best characters on TV in a long time, thank you @ABCTV #feminism
Leah Purcell – gorgeous and amazing. Can’t wait for the next episode. Great work. #RedfernNow
Putting #RedfernNow in my watch list on @abciview right now because I’m dreadful at remembering when shows are on tv. #redfernnow Brilliant. Just brilliant television.
@ABCTV ‘s #RedfernNow has the wrong title. Should be Redfern Wow! Excellent drama, #LeahPurcell played a blinder.
Now I want to go camping #Redfernnow but seriously, great Australian drama. Enthralled from start to finish.
The hashtag #Redfernnow is still trending on Twitter.
But the night was actually won by the Nine Network with 28.7%, then Seven 26.1%, TEN 21.1%, ABC 19.3% and SBS 4.8%.
Nine News (1.03m) was best for Nine followed by ACA (1.02m), Big Brother (926,000, Confidential: 783,000), AFP (702,000), Hot Seat (559,000), CSI: Miami (460,000) and Australian Families of Crime (278,000).
Seven News (1.05m) topped the night for Seven followed by Beauty & The Geek Australia‘s makeover episode (1.03m), Today Tonight (897,000), Home and Away (883,000), How I Met Your Mother (715,000), Brynne: My Bedazzled Life (644,000), The Unbelievable Truth (532,000), Deal or No Deal (454,000) and Family Guy (259,000).
The 300th episode of Law & Order: SVU was best for TEN with 681,000 (rpt: 483,000). TEN News was 643,000, Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals was 614,000 / 583,000, Modern Family was 576,000, The Project 6pm was 390,000.
ABC News (950,000) topped ABC1 then 7:30 (878,000), Catalyst (751,000), Redfern Now (721,000), Qi (513,000) and a repeat of Summer Heights High (217,000).
On SBS ONE it was Luke Nguyen’s Greater Mekong 2 (242,000), One Born Every Minute (190,000), Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket (173,000) and World News Australia (173,000).
The Big Bang Theory led multichannels with 350,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 52,000 / 37,000
The Morning Show: 164,000
The Talk: 20,000