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Young Lions is a Hit

The Nine Network is today celebrating the ratings success of its latest locally produced drama, Young Lions. More than 1.3 million viewers watched the premiere of the acclaimed show last night.

Launching in the highly competitive 8.30pm timeslot, Young Lions held its own against Blue Heelers on Seven, the series final of The Guardian on Ten and a documentary about the Murdoch family on the ABC.

"Young Lions is a quality Australian drama and we are pleased with its debut performance, especially considering the tough opposition," Nine Network Director of Programming, John Stephens, said.

"We are extremely confident we can build on last night's ratings and that viewers will embrace Young Lions."

The two-hour premiere peaked at 1,312,370 viewers nationally and averaged 1,053,088 between 8.30pm and 10.30pm.

Young Lions stars Alex Dimitriades, Alexandra Davies, Tom Long, Anna Lise Phillips, Penny Cook and Katherine Slattery.

July 19. 2002

Thorn in the side of Young Lions

CHANNEL Nine's new drama Young Lions is still struggling with dismal rating figures on Wednesday night.

The show was beaten convincingly by old favourite Blue Heelers on Channel 7 and Channel 10's Elvis - The Last Days and the Resurrection.

Young Lions averaged just 300,989 viewers compared to 555,046 for Blue Heelers and 335,218 for Elvis - The Last Days and the Resurrection.

The drama, starring Alex Dimitriades, was almost beaten by the ABC's The Big Picture.

By Ian Royall and Luke Dennehy
July 26, 2002
Herald Sun