SEACHANGE LAUNCHES AS THE NUMBER ONE DRAMA IN AUSTRALIA
Every Cloud Productions and ITV Studios Australia are celebrating the premiere of Seachange, the highest rating drama on Australian television in 2019.
The opening episode of the series – a reboot of the much loved original Seachange - dominated its timeslot on the Nine Network, with the highest number of viewers of any show in the five major metropolitan markets, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. It was the number one show across the entire night in Melbourne and the dominant timeslot winner across the country with people aged 25-54.
At its peak, the national audience reached a whopping 1.599 million (Metro: 1.142 million / Regional: 457,000), with the average national audience hitting 1.105 million.
Seachange is an Every Cloud Productions and ITV Studios Australia collaborative production – the first for this partnership - for the Nine Network, with major production investment from Screen Australia and financed with support from Create NSW. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Original co-creator and head writer, Deb Cox, is executive producer alongside Sigrid Thornton, Every Cloud’s Fiona Eagger, ITV Studio’s David Mott and Nine’s Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney. Lois Randall is producer with Wayne Blair as set up director.
“We’re thrilled that audiences have embraced our beautiful show and the spirit that carries through from the original series. Fiona and I would like to thank our fabulous cast, headed by the inimitable Sigrid Thornton, our hardworking crew and the people of the Northern Rivers region of NSW who embraced the show and made our cast and crew so welcome,” said series creator, Every Cloud’s Deb Cox.
"What a fabulous ratings result,” adds Producing partner, Fiona Eagger. “And all without cooking, singing, getting married or building a house!”
David Mott, CEO and Managing Director of ITV Studios, said: “What a pleasure it’s been working alongside Every Cloud with Fiona, Deb and Sigrid! It has been a delight to have had the opportunity of bringing back to life one of Australia’s much loved scripted dramas that is quintessentially Australian. The ratings results are a testament of the hours spent by cast and crew and we know these overnight ratings will only cumulate higher with the various platforms Seachange will be viewed in today’s media landscape.”
Sigrid Thornton and John Howard reprise their roles as Laura Gibson and Bob Jelly. Their fellow cast members include Brooke Satchwell (Wonderland, Packed to the Rafters), Dan Wyllie (Romper Stomper, No Activity, Gallipoli, Tangle), Darren McMullen (House Husbands, The Voice Australia), Katrina Milosevic (Wentworth, Winners & Losers, Offspring), Ella Newton (Playing for Keeps, Neighbours, Newton’s Law), Kate Lister (Bad Mothers, Neighbours) and Alex Tarrant (800 Words, Shortland Street). Also returning to Pearl Bay is Heather Jelly, Bob’s estranged wife, played by Kerry Armstrong (The Wrong Girl, Halifax f.p., Blue Heelers), and local business owner Kev Findlay, played by Kevin Harrington (Underbelly, The Wrong Girl, The Dish).
Tracey Mair, TM Publicity
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