Most episodes have been the number one programme during prime time for the night since the series premiere and the show has remained in the top ten programs of the week.
In 2008, the series was the highest rating regularly broadcast show with an average of 1,939,143 viewers per episode for the first fourteen episodes of season one which screened in 2008.
The drama series features a mix of lighthearted comedy woven through the plot.
It revolves around the Rafter family facing work pressures and life issues, whilst also tackling serious social issues.
The producer is Jo Porter, who alongside series creator Bevan Lee and writer Antony Ellis are part of the same team responsible for the critically acclaimed series Always Greener, which also set ratings records.
The exterior shots of the Rafter house are filmed on location in Concord, while most house interiors were shot in studios at the Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh.
In reviewing the pilot, David Knox of TV Tonight underlined that whilst the series's tone was "predominantly light", Rafters "also features some darker, more successful moments".
The Age's Jim Schembri called Rafters a "superbly sculpted series about suburban class warfare", noting that in his opinion, the series was "one of the most enjoyable, finely honed locally produced TV dramas we've seen in ages", applauding the dialogue that "crackles with wit and energy".
Packed to the Rafters is an Australian family-oriented drama/comedy television series which premiered on the Seven Network on Tuesday 26 August 2008 at pm.
Season 2 received an equal amount of outflowing positivity, with Michael Lallo discovering that "Rafters "lighthearted" tone acts as a cloak, allowing it to address controversial topics without making viewers feel they're being lectured.
The result is a feel-good series that's meaty and satisfying".
Rebecca Gibney said, "The cast, writers and producers have always said that we wanted to keep Rafters as one of the most-watched shows on TV.
If we ever felt like we were losing too many cast members, we needed to end it on a high.