Aussies love Big Bang Theory

Sep 21, 2011 at 12:09 p.m. ET

Australia's favourite show is Big Bang Theory, according to a recent study. The show beat out MasterChef and Packed to the Rafters.

SHOW MAKES A BANG

The top show Down Under isn't an Australian program, a reality show or drama.

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It's an American comedy starring a crew of nerds and the hot girl next door.

Roy Morgan asked Australian viewers aged 14 and above to choose their favourite show. Big Bang Theory, which airs on the Network Nine, got 13.9 percent of the vote and was trailed slightly by Packed to the Rafters with 13.6 percent of the viewer support. The show has soared in popularity with viewers, rising from ninth place last year when it had 10 percent of the vote. Big Bang Theory did not even make the list of top 10 shows in 2009.

Two and a Half Men fell from first to third since last year, claiming 11.7 percent of the vote. Rounding out the top five shows were Top Gear (the English version) with 11.6 percent of the vote and NCIS with 11.3.

GENDER DIFFERENCES

Some of the surprises according to the researchers were shows like MasterChef, which took second seat in the 2010 television rankings and now sits in seventh place. Underbelly has also dropped out of the top 10 after sitting in seventh place in both 2009 and 2010.

There are indications that the shifts in show popularity are motivated by gender differences as well. Big Bang Theory is a favourite among both genders, sitting in the top three for both, but Top Gear and Two and a Half Men are the other top two shows picked by men, while women favour MasterChef and Packed to the Rafters. Men are still sticking to their cartoon comedies The Simpsons and Family Guy while the rest of the women's top 10 include several crime dramas like Bones and Criminal Minds.

What is your favourite television show this year?

Image courtesy Greg Gayne/Warner Bros.

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