An episode baring the soul of Shalom House founder Peter Lyndon-James to a nation has drawn the highest ratings for Australian Story this year.
The former ice addict was in and out of jail on drugs and guns charges before he found God and Christianity in 2000.
Australian Story filmed the former Australian of the Year finalist who has changed his own life around and is now pioneering the way for others.
Australian Story producer Caitlin Shea said an extraordinarily high number of people tuned in to watch Breaking Good on Monday night.
She said 812,000 people in the capital cities watched the program, which was the best ratings for the ABC program this year.
When the national figures came in on Tuesday Shalom House placed seventh amongst the top 10 rating shows on Monday, April 10.
National ratings’ top 10 for Monday, April 10
1 Seven News: 1.78 million
2 Seven News/Today Tonight 1.61 million
3 Nine News: 1.43 million
4 Nine News (6.30pm): 1.41 million
5 7pm ABC News: 1.24 million
6 Home and Away (Seven): 1.23 million
7 Australian Story (ABC): 1.18 million
8 A Current Affair (Nine) 1.15 million
9 7.30 (ABC): 1.14 million
10 Four Corners (ABC):1.12 million
Ms Shea said Breaking Good also drew the biggest social media response this year as well.
She said viewers took to Facebook and Twitter in what became a very robust discussion.
Australian Story digital producer Megan Mackander said the video views on Facebook for the Breaking Good episode totalled almost 1 million views.
“Our most popular video was the preview to the episode, being the first 1min 24 seconds of the program, which has been viewed almost 600,000 times and shared 1630 times since being posted on Thursday night.”
Shalom House’s story was also reported online on the ABC News national website, and reached national and international audiences.
The Breaking Good episode can also be watched on You Tube or on ABC iview http://tinyurl.com/ku6bv3a