Shameless? Shameful? or Struggling to Understand Poverty Porn? – ConspiracyOz

Michael Lallo

www.smh.com.au

May 7, 2015

Struggle Street sets ratings record for an SBS documentary, with 1.31 million viewers

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Controversial documentary series Struggle Street has beaten all its direct rivals – and two prime-time reality shows – to give SBS a national audience of 1.31 million. It is the highest-rating documentary for SBS since the OzTam ratings system launched in 2000.

Wednesday night’s debut episode delivered the broadcaster not only its best ratings of the year, but its biggest overall viewership since the 2014 World Cup. While the program took the seventh spot overall, almost half its metropolitan audience was in Sydney, where it was the No.1 show.

This is no surprise, given Struggle Street was filmed in the western Sydney suburb of Mount Druitt and was the focus of much tabloid outrage. Though Struggle Street was condemned by some as “poverty porn” before its broadcast, it drew widespread praise on social media after it aired.

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In the five major cities alone, it attracted 935,000 viewers – putting it ahead of Nine’s Reno Rumble on 791,000 and Seven’s House Rules on 631,000. (Struggle Street’s national audience of 1.31 million includes its 370,000 regional viewers.

Full regional ratings for every other program are not yet available.) It also smashed its direct rivals in the 8.30pm timeslot: ABC’s The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (443,000) and The Agony Of …. Flirting (368,000); Seven’s Criminal Minds (460,000); Nine’s The Amazing ’90s (530,000) and Ten’s Wonderland (489,000).

The only programs to beat it were Seven and Nine’s news and current affairs offerings, and Ten’s MasterChef (1.03 million in the five major cities). The reality cooking show has enjoyed a ratings resurgence in recent years since going back to basics. In 2012, the season two debut of SBS documentary series Go Back To Where You Came From drew 1.15 million (including regional areas).

However, Struggle Street has already nudged ahead of that benchmark. The show was Twitter’s top-trending topic in Australia last night. Fairfax Media has confirmed around 19,000 tweets were posted with the official #StruggleStreetSBS hashtag, though it it appears substantially more tweets used the shorter #StruggleStreet tag.

Wednesday’s most popular TV shows (metropolitan areas only) 1. Nine News 6:30 (Nine) – 1.099 million 2. Nine News (Nine) – 1.056 million 3. Seven News (Seven) – 1.047 million 4. MasterChef (Ten) – 1.029 million 5. Seven News/Today Tonight (Seven) – 983,000 6. A Current Affair (Nine) – 975,000 7. Struggle Street (SBS One) – 935,000 8. ABC News (ABC1) – 846,000 9. Reno Rumble (Nine) – 791,000 10. 7.30 (ABC1) – 770,000 Source: OzTam mlallo@fairfaxmedia.com.au Read more: http://www.smh.com.au StruggPol

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Posted on May 7, 2015, in ConspiracyOz Posts and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. More Links to this Story – Mick Raven
    Struggle Street gets mixed reaction on social media, trends into the top spot on Twitter
    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/struggle-street-gets-mixed-reaction-on-social-media-trends-into-the-top-spot-on-twitter/story-e6frfmyi-1227339658761
    Struggle Street: Mount Druitt community up in arms over ‘poverty porn’ documentary series on SBS
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-05/sbs-struggle-street-series-poverty-porn-says-mt-druitt-mayor/6446648
    SBS investigates allegations over Struggle Street documentary
    http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/sbs-investigates-allegations-over-struggle-street-documentary-20150506-ggvfpm.html
    Struggle Street: Western Sydney has many more stories of hardship like this
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-07/rees-western-sydney-has-many-more-stories-of-hardship-like-this/6452224

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