The Seven Network has today officially confirmed a second season renewal for 800 Words.
The decision is hardly a surprise with the new drama dominating Tuesday night ratings since launch. Last weeks episode achieved a national average of 1.745 Million, a figure that will rise above two million when consolidated audiences are added.
Starring Erik Thompson, the family drama is replicating much of the same success Seven enjoyed with Packed to the Rafters.
Speaking to this website, Thompson explained the success of the program stating viewers were sick of reality TV,
“There's a long tradition of strong family drama in Australia. Look at shows like Always Greener, Packed to the Rafters, SeaChange and now this. I don't know why more people don't try and do this kind of television because it's perfect for a commercial network. They want nice big broad audiences. These days, more than any time, you need something that's going to appeal to multi-generations.
Speaking with News Corp, Brad Lyons, Seven’s production director said,
“We’re thrilled that Australian audiences have embraced the Turner family and the people of Weld. It’s further proof good stories well told are key.”
800 Words is a co-production between the Seven Network and New Zealand’s South Pacific Pictures.