It really has been a bad year for local drama ratings. First, Go Girls had their worst rating season in five years. Nothing Trivial launched their 3rd season with their lowest rating episode ever and the next two episodes producing even lower viewership figures again.
And then we come to TV3′s The Almighty Johnsons which ended it’s third season last night. Despite being picked up for broadcast in Australia, the UK, Canada and even the US, its ratings have been rather disheartening here.
Season one had an average audience of 251,485 viewers. Season two was down 23% to 193,669 viewers. The third season, however, has ended with an average audience of 122,191 – that is 37% fewer viewers than season two and less than half of the audience who saw the first season.
Looking at the graph though, the audience does appear to be reasonably consistent which would suggest the fans are at least dedicated to the show. Unfortunately there just doesn’t seem to be enough of them.
When it comes to viewers who recorded The Almighty Johnsons on their PVRs and watched it during the week following broadcast, 13% of the audience watched it delayed in 2012 and 12% so far in 2013.
Looking at these figures, if funding for the third season was questionable, a fourth season must surely be unlikely. As with season three, a petition has been made for fans to call for producers and funders to make a fourth season.