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Ratings | Comedy hits the highs on ABC

Comedy hits the highs on ABC – ABC is the undisputed home of exciting, new, original Australian comedy, with millions of viewers flocking to ABC and ABC iview for a fix of home-grown laughs.

In exciting news, Season 5 of Utopia has catapulted to the top of the charts to become ABC iview’s #1 non-kids program this year, as viewers lap up the exploits of the Nation Building Authority’s crack team of bureaucrats, headed up by Tony Woodford (Rob Sitch).

Season 2 of Kitty Flanagan’s award-winning comedy Fisk, available exclusively on ABC iview, was ABC’s most-watched comedy in 2022, and in 2023 it remains one of the most popular shows on iview, as the probate lawyer in the brown suit, Helen Tudor-Fisk, continues to garner a legion of fans across the country.

While launching last week, the feel-good comedy Mother and Son, starring audience favourites Denise Scott and Matt Okine, is proving an early hit, picking up a new generation of fans and notching up a total audience of over 1.2 million people watching the first episode*.  

ABC Head of Screen Content Jennifer Collins says

“The ABC has a long and proud history of supporting Australian comedy and nurturing comedic talent both on screen and behind the scenes.  We’re thrilled to see our audiences enjoying our first-class, diverse comedy offering.”

ABC Head of Comedy Todd Abbott says

“It’s always great to see home-grown comedy kicking goals, and we’re super proud that laughs are leading the way in showing people the on-demand delights of ABC iview.”

From the hilarious wild times in Gold Diggers and the madcap comedy of Aunty Donna’s Coffee Café, to the beautifully executed comedy-drama In Limbo, ABC is the home of Australian comedy.

Source: OzTAM VPM data, 1 Jan – 23 Aug 2023.

*Source: OzTAM & Regional TAM (including WA) Consolidated 7 data; OzTAM VPM data. Total Audience methodology includes the sum of metro and regional viewing, first run episodes, encores and VPM.

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Comedy hits the highs on ABC

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