Australia TV Ratings and News Reports


Complete guide to Australian TV Ratings 2020

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Even though most of us are living in a world where streaming is a big part of our lives, broadcast TV is still massive and, unlike streaming, can react to viewers almost immediately. But they’re not just guessing about what people are watching – TV networks are expensive things to run, and to make sure that advertisers get what they’re paying for, a real measure of viewer numbers is needed.

That’s where the official TV ratings come in. If you’ve ever wondered why your favourite show moved to a new time slot or a different day, or disappeared entirely, chances are it was because of the results of the official ratings that showed exactly how many people were watching it. Ratings numbers are delivered to TV networks regularly – once weekly, there are now daily and even hourly reports, thanks to advances in technology. For many years, these ratings reports were kept largely secret. From time to time you’d hear about a show doing well in the ratings, or failing to pull viewers in. But the up-to-date results were only available to the networks. That’s not the case anymore, though, and on these pages you’ll be able to browse through the latest TV ratings across a range of categories, updated every day so you know exactly what’s getting the attention of viewers.


TV Overnight Ratings updated on 9th July 2020

Top 20 Consolidated 28 Programs
All Free-to-Air

  • Report: Top 20 Consolidated 28 Programs
  • Channels: All Free-to-Air
  • Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure)
  • Demographics: Total People 
  • Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
  • Day: Thursday
  • Date: 11/06/2020
  • Deliverable: Consolidated 28, Consolidated 7 and Overnight 

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Network Consolidated 28 Consolidated 7 Overnight 000s Increase on Consolidated 7 000s Increase on Overnight
1 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 1,105,000 1,105,000 1,104,000 0 1,000
2 SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30 Seven Network 1,051,000 1,051,000 1,049,000 0 1,000
3 SEVEN’S AFL: THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL Seven Network 1,008,000 1,008,000 1,006,000 0 2,000
4 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA THURS Network 10 996,000 974,000 877,000 22,000 119,000
5 NINE NEWS Nine 983,000 983,000 980,000 0 3,000
6 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 907,000 907,000 907,000 0 0
7 ABC NEWS-EV ABC 725,000 723,000 722,000 2,000 3,000
8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 701,000 701,000 698,000 0 3,000
9 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 647,000 643,000 641,000 4,000 6,000
10 HOT SEAT Nine 572,000 572,000 570,000 0 2,000
11 CELEBRITY GOGGLEBOX USA Network 10 539,000 536,000 455,000 3,000 85,000
12 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 523,000 523,000 520,000 1,000 4,000
13 SEVEN’S AFL: THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – POST MATCH Seven Network 449,000 449,000 448,000 0 0
14 SEVEN’S AFL: THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PRE MATCH Seven Network 435,000 435,000 435,000 0 0
15 7.30-EV ABC 422,000 421,000 420,000 1,000 2,000
16 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 422,000 421,000 403,000 0 19,000
17 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA-5PM Seven Network 409,000 406,000 404,000 3,000 5,000
18 THURSDAY NIGHT NRL LIVE Nine 385,000 385,000 384,000 0 1,000
19 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 382,000 382,000 382,000 0 0
20 HOT SEAT -5PM Nine 355,000 355,000 354,000 0 2,000

Daily Free-to-Air Share
All Free-to-Air Channels

  • Report: Daily Free-to-Air Share
  • Channels: All Free-to-Air Channels
  • Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure)
  • Demographics: Total People 
  • Day-part: 18:00 – 24:00
  • Day: Thursday
  • Deliverable: Overnight, Consolidated 7 and Consolidated 28

Channel Overnight 09/07/2020 Consolidated 7 02/07/2020 Consolidated 28 11/06/2020
ABC 10.4% 10.4% 8.7%
ABC KIDS/COMEDY 2.5% 3.4% 2.2%
ABC ME 0.7% 0.8% 0.5%
ABC NEWS 1.9% 1.5% 1.4%
ABC Network 15.5% 16.1% 12.7%
Seven 22.5% 21.1% 23.9%
7TWO 4.4% 4.6% 4.9%
7mate 5.1% 4.2% 5.2%
7flix 1.7% 1.7% 1.6%
Seven Network 33.7% 31.6% 35.6%
Nine 17.3% 18.1% 15.2%
9GO! 1.6% 2.4% 1.8%
9Gem 1.6% 2.0% 1.7%
9Life 2.1% 2.2% 1.8%
9Rush 1.4% 1.3% 1.1%
Nine Network 24.1% 26.0% 21.6%
10 8.9% 10.2% 15.3%
10 Bold 4.3% 4.8% 3.5%
10 Peach 2.4% 2.9% 2.1%
Network 10 15.6% 17.9% 20.9%
SBS 7.7% 4.9% 5.5%
SBS VICELAND 1.2% 1.3% 1.3%
SBS Food  1.0% 1.2% 0.9%
NITV 0.1% 0.2% 0.1%
SBS World Movies 1.0% 1.0% 1.3%
SBS Network 11.0% 8.5% 9.2%

Top 20 Programs
All free-to-air Multi Channels

  • Report: Top 20 Programs
  • Channels: All free-to-air Multi Channels
  • Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth
  • Demographics: Total People 
  • Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
  • Day: Thursday
  • Date: 09/07/2020
  • Deliverable: Overnight

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NCIS RPT 10 Bold 191,000 51,000 48,000 52,000 8,000 31,000
2 FATHER BROWN-PM 7TWO 185,000 39,000 51,000 41,000 24,000 30,000
3 MURDOCH MYSTERIES-PM 7TWO 155,000 25,000 59,000 29,000 17,000 24,000
4 BLUEY-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 150,000 18,000 70,000 35,000 9,000 17,000
5 BLUEY-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000 32,000 45,000 24,000 15,000 27,000
6 SEVEN’S AFL: THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 7mate 138,000 30,000 0 53,000 0 55,000
7 HAWAII FIVE-O 10 Bold 138,000 46,000 31,000 32,000 12,000 17,000
8 RUSTY RIVETS-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 130,000 32,000 43,000 12,000 14,000 30,000
9 KIRI AND LOU-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000 28,000 48,000 10,000 15,000 27,000
10 DINO DANA-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000 23,000 47,000 20,000 15,000 23,000
11 ANDY’S SAFARI ADVENTURES-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000 19,000 47,000 13,000 14,000 29,000
12 NEIGHBOURS 10 Peach 122,000 31,000 44,000 31,000 7,000 9,000
13 HAWAII FIVE-O RPT 10 Bold 120,000 35,000 32,000 28,000 11,000 15,000
14 PEPPA PIG-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 120,000 19,000 40,000 37,000 11,000 13,000
15 PLAY SCHOOL-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 118,000 16,000 57,000 17,000 9,000 20,000
16 ABC NEWS HOUR-PM ABC NEWS 117,000 19,000 56,000 21,000 11,000 10,000
17 LITTLE J AND BIG CUZ-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 116,000 12,000 45,000 33,000 9,000 17,000
18 ABC NEWS AT NOON-PM ABC NEWS 114,000 24,000 52,000 20,000 8,000 10,000
19 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 113,000 28,000 32,000 24,000 13,000 16,000
20 MURDOCH MYSTERIES-EP.2 PM 7TWO 113,000 19,000 43,000 21,000 16,000 13,000

Top 20 Programs
All free-to-air Channels

  • Report: Top 20 Programs
  • Channels: All free-to-air channels
  • Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure), Sydney, Melbourne
  • Demographics: Total People 
  • Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
  • Day: Thursday
  • Date: 09/07/2020
  • Deliverable: Overnight

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne
1 NCIS RPT 10 Bold 191,000 51,000 48,000
2 FATHER BROWN-PM 7TWO 185,000 39,000 51,000
3 MURDOCH MYSTERIES-PM 7TWO 155,000 25,000 59,000
4 BLUEY-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 150,000 18,000 70,000
5 BLUEY-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 142,000 32,000 45,000
6 SEVEN’S AFL: THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 7mate 138,000 30,000 0
7 HAWAII FIVE-O 10 Bold 138,000 46,000 31,000
8 RUSTY RIVETS-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 130,000 32,000 43,000
9 KIRI AND LOU-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000 28,000 48,000
10 DINO DANA-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 127,000 23,000 47,000
11 ANDY’S SAFARI ADVENTURES-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 122,000 19,000 47,000
12 NEIGHBOURS 10 Peach 122,000 31,000 44,000
13 HAWAII FIVE-O RPT 10 Bold 120,000 35,000 32,000
14 PEPPA PIG-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 120,000 19,000 40,000
15 PLAY SCHOOL-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 118,000 16,000 57,000
16 ABC NEWS HOUR-PM ABC NEWS 117,000 19,000 56,000
17 LITTLE J AND BIG CUZ-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 116,000 12,000 45,000
18 ABC NEWS AT NOON-PM ABC NEWS 114,000 24,000 52,000
19 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 113,000 28,000 32,000
20 MURDOCH MYSTERIES-EP.2 PM 7TWO 113,000 19,000 43,000

Top 20 Consolidated 28 Programs
All Subscription Channels

  • Report: Top 20 Consolidated 28 Programs 
  • Channels: All Subscription Channels
  • Market: National STV
  • Demographics: Total People 
  • Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
  • Day: Thursday
  • Date: 11/06/2020
  • Deliverable: Consolidated 28, Consolidated 7 and Overnight 

Rank Description Channel\Market Consolidated 28 Consolidated 7 Overnight 000s Increase on Consolidated 7 000s Increase on Overnight
1 LIVE: AFL COLLINGWOOD V RICHMOND FOX FOOTY 345,000 345,000 344,000 0 1,000
2 LIVE: NRL: SEA EAGLES V BRONCOS FOX LEAGUE 268,000 268,000 265,000 0 4,000
3 LIVE: THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTY ON FOX FOX FOOTY 209,000 209,000 209,000 0 0
4 LIVE: THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTY ON FOX FOX FOOTY 149,000 149,000 148,000 0 1,000
5 AUSSIE GOLD HUNTERS Discovery Channel 83,000 76,000 70,000 6,000 13,000
6 LIVE: FIRST CRACK FOX FOOTY 81,000 81,000 81,000 0 0
7 LIVE: NRL PRE GAME THURSDAY FOX LEAGUE 79,000 79,000 79,000 0 0
8 LIVE: THE LATE SHOW WITH MATTY JOHNS FOX LEAGUE 79,000 78,000 75,000 1,000 4,000
9 PAUL MURRAY LIVE Sky News Live 56,000 56,000 55,000 0 1,000
10 THE BOLT REPORT Sky News Live 54,000 54,000 53,000 0 1,000
11 CREDLIN Sky News Live 53,000 53,000 51,000 0 2,000
12 PML LATER Sky News Live 48,000 48,000 47,000 0 1,000
13 JEOPARDY! FOX Classics 43,000 43,000 41,000 0 2,000
14 GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER Discovery Channel 41,000 38,000 21,000 3,000 20,000
15 THE BIG BANG THEORY FOX Funny 40,000 39,000 38,000 1,000 2,000
16 LIVE: AFL TONIGHT FOX FOOTY 37,000 37,000 37,000 0 0
17 BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES Nick Jr. 35,000 14,000 10,000 21,000 25,000
18 THE BIG BANG THEORY FOX Funny 34,000 33,000 32,000 1,000 3,000
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY FOX Funny 34,000 33,000 31,000 1,000 3,000
20 SISTER WIVES TLC 34,000 34,000 19,000 0 14,000

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Last audited 07 July 2020

How TV Ratings are measured in Australia

Years ago, ratings were collected by sending out paper “diaries” to selected viewers, who would be asked to write down what shows they watched and on which channels. In those days, it was all about “who’s watching what”. The huge changes in how we watch TV thanks to technology, though, have meant that ratings need to be measured differently. Now, there are several different elements that feed into the ratings system – including pay TV, time-shifting (like catch-up TV or recordings on a DVR).

It’s a complex system that’s actually not that hard to understand – check out the links below for detailed information about how the system works:

In this report of Australian TV ratings, we look at the following categories:

About the OzTAM Ratings System

Working out the viewer numbers for Australian free to air and pay TV channels is a complex task made much more accurate by advances in technology. Today the OzTAM ratings, an acronym for ‘Australian Television Audience Measurement’, measures actual television viewing in 5,250 homes all around Australia, with an additional 2,120 homes being monitored for their viewing of pay TV such as broadcast giant Foxtel. While it might seem like a small number of homes to monitor compared to the size of the Australian population, statistically it’s more than efficient to get an accurate picture of who’s watching what and when. Compared to other countries’ TV ratings systems, OzTAM uses one of the largest number of households in the world compared to the total population size, making it incredibly accurate.

How The TV Ratings Process Works

Because the ratings data being collected directly reflects what each household in the survey is watching, OzTAM installs a special device in the homes of those selected to be a part of the ratings panel. Known as Unitam, the device is better-known to some as a “people meter”. This clever little device can monitor and record a full range of information about the channels and shows being watched, as well as who’s watching them. All the household members need to do is “check in” with a remote control when they start watching (as do any guests who happen to be there at the time). From that point on, they watch TV as normal, and Unitam silently captures the details of what’s being watched in the background whether tuned into Network Seven, Nine, Ten, ABC, SBS or the subscription based Fox Sports channel. The date and time, how long shows are watched for, and even whether individual TVs are switched on or off is all captured, along with the audio from the watched channel so the correct shows can be identified.

Each night, Unitam “phones home” to OzTAM headquarters, uploading all of that day’s viewing data. Then, sophisticated software takes over, processing the data to identify what was being watched – not just the show, but whether it was a time-shifted recording of that show. The system can identify shows watched (from devices such as Foxtel iQ or Fetch TV) up to four weeks later.

By the morning, the results of the previous day’s surveys are ready to be released – outlining minute-by-minute ratings numbers for each channel and show. Those numbers are further refined that afternoon, when the television broadcasters supply the actual broadcast times of the night’s shows so any that ran overtime can be taken into account. Those ratings, based on what are called Confirmed times, are the most accurate, and are released the following day.

How The TV Ratings Panel is put together

Selection of homes to take part in OzTAM ratings is the result of a survey of thousands of homes across Australia each year. Any home can be selected and interviewed, and from those results a pool of 5,250 homes is chosen in the five largest cities. A separate pool of homes is chosen for regional ratings (3,198 homes) while for pay TV ratings, 2,120 homes are chosen from both the metropolitan and regional pools.

The exact requirements for being accepted as a ratings household are kept secret – and change from year to year – to make sure the results represent a true sample of the Australian TV viewing audience, across many different age groups and economic backgrounds.

Those chosen to be on the OzTAM panel can stay for up to four years – though they can leave at any time if they no longer want to take part in the survey.

Terms Used in the Ratings Reports Explained

There’s a lot of “industry lingo” used in the official ratings, as you’ll see when you browse the results. While much of it is straightforward, there are some terms that are well worth explaining:

STV

Subscription TV – basically, any form of TV that requires payment to view. In most cases, that simply refers to Fetch TV and more importantly Foxtel. Note that it doesn’t include paid streaming services like Netflix and Stan, or “catch-up” streaming services.

Overnight

While it might sound straightforward, the “overnight” viewership figure is the least accurate – as it doesn’t include playback of recorded shows watched after 2am the following morning and doesn’t yet incorporate the time schedule corrections sent by the various TV networks to OzTAM the following day. It does, however, give an incredibly fast basic idea of how many people watched exactly what the previous night. If you see media referring to “the overnights,” that refers to these numbers.

How to Read the TV Ratings Reports

Armed with the terms above, interpreting the ratings data is pretty simple. OzTAM can dig deep into their data to reveal information like the exact times of day the numbers cover, whether shows were repeats or first-run episodes, and even drilling down into the hard data that advertisers want to know, such as the viewing habits of the household’s main grocery buyer (who’s referred to as the “MGB”!)

The numbers you’ll see on these pages will give you a more general overview of what rated well overnight, as well as a longer-term look at how shows did when 7-day and 28 day playback numbers come in. For many shows, it’s that delayed playback that can make all the difference, with some shows more than others tending to be watched later from recordings rather than live as they air.

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© OzTAM Pty Limited 2020. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs. Ranking information is for individual episodes. Includes Preliminary data.

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