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Shalom House hikes up the ratings

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
                                         (Source: ABC)

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

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

6 comments

  1. Lyndon-James should be afforded all the help needed to run and enhance his good work. He’s doing what other agencies should have done.

  2. I was disappointed it wasn’t longer! What a terrific report of the amazing work they do! Well done, Peter and all the team.

  3. It takes a special person and dedicated to do what Peter at SHALOM HOUSE is achieving.

  4. Agree, he puts government run programs to shame. He is turning lives around by sharing the gospel, hard work, discipline, tough love and sincerity.

  5. Donelle Lyndon James

    Feeling damn proud of my cousin. There is no filter on his reality or those in therapy. It’s raw and it’s true and brave ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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