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The Kettering Incident is a ratings triumph for Foxtel

RatingsKevin Perry

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Foxtel’s original drama The Kettering Incident has proven hugely popular with audiences according to consolidated cumulative figures of the premiere episode released by OzTAM.

An average of 532,000 Foxtel viewers have now watched the first episode which premiered on Monday, July 4 at 8:30pm. This includes encore presentations across the week and recorded Foxtel iQ viewing. The number of viewers will continue to rise as Foxtel will continue to offer the series on catch-up platforms into the future.

The series has achieved overnight rating success also, putting it in the top non-sport spot each Monday night since premiere.

Its great news for Foxtel after making the decision last year to delay the premiere of Kettering believing the moody Tasmanian drama would be better suited to winter audiences.

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said:

“We are thrilled our subscribers are embracing this bold and provocative new Australian drama series. Foxtel’s continued commitment to telling Australian stories such as The Kettering Incident, Secret City, Wentworth and A Place to Call Home is striking a chord with our viewers, who continue to enjoy our diverse range of drama commissions.
“The incredibly strong result is something we are very proud of and a testament to the creators, writers, cast and crew of The Kettering Incident who have delivered Foxtel another ground-breaking Australian production.
“There is no doubt audiences have changed how they watch television. With Foxtel’s Anytime on demand service and the Foxtel iQ we are enabling our audience to enjoy The Kettering Incident when they want and on any device.”

The Kettering Incident is an eight episode series starring Elizabeth Debicki with Matthew Le Nevez and was shot entirely in Tasmania with the stunning gothic land and seascapes fundamental to the storytelling. 

Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante’s Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Halifax FP) is co-creator of The Kettering Incident with Vincent Sheehan (Animal Kingdom, The Hunter, The Rover).

The series also boasts an impressive cast including Henry Nixon, Anthony Phelan, Damon Gameau, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Ben Oxenbould, Suzi Dougherty, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dylan Young and Neil Pigot.  Many Tasmanian actors feature in the series including Alison Whyte, Kris McQuade, Brad Kannegiesser, Katie Robertson, Marcus Hensley, Nathan Spencer and Matt Burton.

The Kettering Incident is produced by Porchlight Films in association with Sweet Potato Films – producers are Sheehan, Madden and Andy Walker. Madden is also showrunner and her fellow writers are Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland and Louise Fox. Directors: Rowan Woods and Tony Krawitz. Executive producers: Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win, Liz Watts and Anita Sheehan.

The Kettering Incident airs Mondays at 8.30pm AEST on Foxtel’s showcase channel. This Saturday, July 23, a special marathon encore of episodes 1-4 will screen on showcase from 5.30pm AEST.

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