Neighbours finale topped the rating charts on Thursday, collecting 1.2 million overnight viewers nationwide.
The last episode received considerably better ratings than the preceding episodes this week, with Monday’s attracting 156,000, Tuesday’s 139,000, and Wednesday’s 163,000. According to Network 10, the finale was the highest-rated episode of Neighbours since July 2009.
It is reported that 873,000 people watched from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth. With 343,000 viewers, the show was most popular in its hometown of Melbourne.
The finale aired on both 10 Peach, the digital multi-channel that has been home to the series in recent years, and on Channel 10. Viewers were thrilled to watch the comeback of superstars who made their debut on the show, such as Kylie Minogue, Margot Robbie, Delta Goodrem, Natalie Imbruglia, Holly Valance, and Guy Pearce.
The show has recently included more diverse characters and themes, raising concerns about how well it mirrored modern Australia. It included the first same-sex marriage on Australian television. After seeing the finale, Australian fans flocked to social media to express their feelings.
The fan-favorite series was forced to end its 37-year run when Network 10 and the show’s producer Fremantle Australia were unable to find a UK production partner after Channel 5 opted to withdraw its collaboration and financing. Beverley McGarvey, chief content officer and executive vice president of Paramount ANZ, Network 10’s parent company, had previously voiced hope for the show’s continuation, but it couldn’t happened so.