The show that every Aussie Twitter user has an opinion on is set to return to our screens for a second season, Nine has confirmed.
After a wary launch amidst the critical Twitterati, and a gang-buster first episode of over 1.2 million viewers, Here Come The Habibs has seen ratings slip over the subsequent weeks, but that’s not going to stop Nine from waving the green flag on a second season.
“We’re thrilled with the ratings,” Nine co-head of drama Andy Ryan told B&T. “We’ve developed an incredible loyal fan base.”
Ryan said the overnight numbers, while “terrific”, are “only part of the success”, adding that the Habibs snagged close to three million views in follow up streaming from the first episode.
Here Come the Habibs averaged 1.115 million metropolitan viewers across its four episodes so far, per OzTAM figures, and has reached 7.593 million Australians in total.
“The streaming numbers have been really strong from our catch-up audience,” Ryan added.
Commenting on the rocky initial reactions on Twitter, Ryan said it was peculiar response.
“People were quick to pre-judge the show, which is ironic because they were pre-judging a show about prejudice,” he told B&T. “When in fact it’s a clever, smart, contemporary and respectable show.”
“We’ve only scratched the surface of these characters and their world,” Ryan added.
“Without giving away any spoilers, the finale next week sets it up really nicely for a second series. While the character journeys have been satisfied in this series, I’m confident the characters and world have a long way to go.”
Ryan said the show’s team are only in the “early scripting stages” currently, but are excited to bring Australia another round of adventures with the second series of Here Come The Habibs.