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New home-grown drama wins ratings

Network Ten's new Australian drama series, Tripping Over, has enjoyed a promising debut, with more than 1.4 million viewers tuning in nationally.

The program's storylines of love, lies and deceit helped attract a peak national audience of 1.46 million viewers when the series launched last night.

Screening from 8.30pm (AEST), the one-hour program secured an average audience of 1.29 million nationally.

While its predecessor, American hospital drama House, averaged 1.6 million viewers this year for its second series, Tripping Over still beat its time slot rivals last night.

Nine's CSI: Miami attracted 1.23 million and Seven's Forensic Investigators averaged 1.12 million viewers nationally.

Tripping Over ranked fourth overall last night, behind Seven's news (1.33 million) and Home and Away (1.32 million).

With a cast including Lisa McCune, Rebecca Gibney and Daniel MacPherson, Tripping Over follows a bunch of enthusiastic young travellers from Australia and Britain.

Made by the creators of SeaChange and Cold Feet, the program was filmed in London, Sydney, Bangkok and Melbourne.

"We are delighted with the results, especially in the 18-49 profile," said Ten's chief programming officer David Mott.

"Tripping Over was commissioned with that audience in mind."

Mott said ratings would build over the coming weeks as storylines developed.

"We are confident our audience will connect even more deeply with the characters and storylines in the weeks ahead, and that we can build on this result," he said.

October 26, 2006