Home and Away achieves massive feat amid Neighbours cancellation fears

While Neighbours fans have been rallying together over the past month to try and save the series from cancellation after 37 years on-air, rival soap opera Home and Away has managed to achieve quite a massive feat.

The Channel Seven show, which recently experienced a major cast shake-up with Sam Frost’s departure, topped the ratings among all entertainment programs on Thursday night.

Home and Away 2022 poster.
Home and Away topped entertainment programs on Thursday night. Photo: Channel Seven

Home and Away received 475,000 metro viewers, closely followed by Night 13 of Seven’s Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Games coverage which saw 460,000 metro viewers tuning in.

Channel Nine’s factual series RBT, which is currently in its 17th season, came in third place with 459,000 metro viewers.

Although Home and Away reached number one among entertainment shows, Seven News at 6.30pm was the top program of the evening with 865,000 metro viewers.

In terms of network share, Seven had 34.5% while Nine had 27.3%, ABC had 16.2% and Ten had 13.6%.

Home and Away cast members kissing.
475,000 metro viewers tuned in to watch the long-running soap opera. Photo: Channel Seven

The ratings achievement comes shortly after Sam Frost revealed the real reason she decided to say goodbye to Summer Bay after five years playing Jasmine Delaney on-screen.

“I quit my dream job at Home and Away to look after my mental health. I needed to take a step back, go home and be with my family. And most importantly take good care of my health and well-being,” she posted on her Believe By Sam Frost Instagram account earlier this month.


“I now spend the days with the people I love, doing the things I’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t because I was too busy working. I spent 4.5 years being a distant friend, a distant girlfriend, a sister who couldn’t be there for big milestone moments. Now, I’m making up for lost time. I’m prioritising my health and my relationships.

“Sometimes I wake up and panic about money, work and being able to afford my mortgage… But then I remind myself of the importance of putting our mental health first, and taking time out to heal our mind, body and soul. The rest will fall into place.”

The former Bachelorette made headlines late last year over her controversial Covid-19 vaccination stance, where she posted a tearful video on Instagram calling out the “segregation" of those who are unvaccinated.

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