Assange telemovie a ratings hit
Over one million viewers tuned in to Channel 10 on Sunday night to watch Julian Assange as a teenager in the telemovie, Underground: The Julian Assange Story.PT1M16S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-278vg 620 349 October 8, 2012
Hoping to glimpse the real man behind the Wikileaks headlines, 1.34 million viewers last night tuned in to the Ten Network telemovie Underground: The Julian Assange Story.
The telemovie starred Alex Williams as a 17-year-old Julian Assange and tells the story of a group of Melbourne hackers, including Assange, who hacked into US military computers and attracted the attention of international authorities.
It also starred Rachel Griffiths as Julian's mother, Christine Assange, and Anthona LaPaglia as Detective Ken Roberts, an Australian Federal Police officer who heads the team tasked with finding the hackers.
Underground: The Julian Assange Story.
The telemovie drew its strongest mainland capital city audience in Melbourne - where the story was set - with 491,000 Melburnians tuned in. In Sydney it drew an audience of 376,000 viewers.
It peaked at 1.55 million viewers.
Underground was also the number one ranked program last night in the three "key" demographics: 16-39-year-olds, 18-49-year-olds and 25-54-year-olds.
The Twitter hashtag #Underground was also trending nationally last night.
It was an outstanding result, particularly for Ten given its current ratings malaise.
The broadcast was preceded by Julian Assange: A Ten New Special, a half-hour investigation into the Assange story by journalist Hamish Macdonald.
It drew an audience of 705,000 viewers. It peaked at 1.03 million.
In it, Macdonald spoke to Assange's biological father, John Shipton, who revealed that he was planning to launch a political party to serve as a platform for a potential run by Assange for a senate seat.
The party would be called Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. It would run for a senate seat in either New South Wales, or Victoria, Mr Shipton said.
Mr Shipton said his son would make a particularly good foil for foreign minister Bob Carr, who is also a senator.
"I think Julian shows considerable skill in putting together a diplomatic sentence and would be a good opponent for Mr Carr," Mr Shipton said.
"Mr Carr, of course, is a skilled and accomplished politician so it would be an interesting fight."
The news special was filmed in London, Sweden and Washington.
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4 Underground: The Julian Assange Story (10) 1.33 million
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