The Osbournes' debut on Australian network television Sunday night surpassed all expectations for Network Ten, according to Undercover.
Ten premiered the MTV hit reality show at 9:00 PM immediately after Big Brother and captured a 39.3% audience share, easily winning its time slot and drawing 1.8 million viewers.
In the target demographic of 16-39 year olds, The Osbournes had more than half the viewing audience scoring a 56.4% share.
Ten's general manager of programming, David Mott, said the show surpassed all expectations. He says "there are 9 equally 'out there' episodes to come, with a second series due in 2003".
The Osbournes will be seen in Australia at 9:30 PM Mondays from next week, going head to head with Sex In The City.