OUR SOPHIE SCORES A HOME RUN
AUSTRALIANS still prefer the overblown plot lines of soapie Home and Away to the majority of other dramas on television.
The Channel 7 soapie, which will celebrate 30 years on the air next year, is the second most popular regular Aussie drama this year, reaching 2.6 million viewers each week, 565,000 of them in Queensland.
While it is in an earlier timeslot to most dramas, Home and Away is currently only being pipped in the ratings by Channel 9’s Doctor Doctor and is proving more popular than Channel 10’s The Wrong Girl and Offspring. It regularly topped Channel 9’s Love Child.
The soapie has become Seven’s enduring success story in 2017, attracting more viewers than the majority of their other programs including 800 Words, First Dates, and Hell’s Kitchen.
Summer Bay is also attracting more viewers than a host of top-billed reality shows, beating Survivor last Monday by more than 100,000 metro viewers and Shark Tank by more than 250,000 metro viewers on Tuesday.
While key character Alf has battled both a sickness and a gruesome attack, the addition of a new family has been tipped as a key marker for the revitalised ratings.
Brisbane actor Sophie Dillman is already feeling the effects of being a Home and Away star after landing her first TV role as part of the new Astoni family.
Her character Ziggy is already the subject of a kidnapping and a secret affair with a character who is tied up in drug dealing and did a stint in rehab.
“It’s been a whirlwind. I feel like I’m living a dream. People are starting to recognise me in public,” Dillman, 24, (pictured) said. “I feel like I come home the best kind of exhausted.” The addition of Sam Frost into the cast is tipped to produce the next ratings spike for the show.