HEROES now joins the biggest opening episodes.

  • Heroes - with 2.109 million Australians watching episode 1 on Wednesday - joins the list of the most-watched opening episodes of television series.

  • Heroes is the highest-rating opening episode of any new series since the launch of Desperate Housewives and Lost on Seven in 2005.

Here are the programmes since 1992 that have cracked audiences above 1.8 million viewers on opening night:

  • Desperate Housewives (7) 2.484
  • Jesse (9) 2.464
  • Veronica's Closet (9) 2.451
  • Lost (7) 2.346
  • Dinosaurs (7) 2.391
  • The Force (7) 2.295
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire (9) 2.227
  • Million Dollar Chance of a Lifetime (7) 2.196
  • Friends - Season 1 (7) 2.142
  • Suddenly Susan (9) 2.142
  • Police Camera Action (7) 2.126
  • Heroes (7) 2.109
  • Backyard Blitz (9) 2.073
  • Always Greener (7) 2.065
  • Just Kidding (9) 2.064
  • The Block (9) 2.047
  • This Is Your Life (9) 2.005
  • Prison Break (7) 1.994
  • Murder Call (9) 1.975
  • 1 vs 100 (9) 1.958
  • Australian Survivor (9) 1.929
  • Dancing with the Stars (7) 1.924
  • JAG (7) 1.871