Australia TV Ratings and News Reports

Complete guide to Australian TV Ratings 2019

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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.

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.


TV Overnight Ratings updated on 18th October 2019

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: 19/09/2019
  • 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 THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA GRAND FINALE – THE FINAL DECISION Network 10 1,237,000 1,228,000 1,170,000 9,000 67,000
2 THE BACHELOR AUSTRALIA GRAND FINALE Network 10 990,000 983,000 936,000 7,000 54,000
3 GOGGLEBOX Network 10 960,000 907,000 759,000 53,000 201,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 909,000 909,000 908,000 0 1,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Seven Network 897,000 897,000 895,000 0 2,000
6 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 813,000 813,000 811,000 0 3,000
7 NINE NEWS Nine 766,000 766,000 762,000 0 3,000
8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 687,000 685,000 681,000 2,000 6,000
9 ABC NEWS-EV ABC 609,000 609,000 607,000 0 2,000
10 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 594,000 578,000 537,000 17,000 58,000
11 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 541,000 541,000 533,000 0 8,000
12 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 486,000 486,000 484,000 0 2,000
13 RBT Nine 474,000 473,000 453,000 1,000 21,000
14 7.30-EV ABC 470,000 469,000 464,000 1,000 6,000
15 ESCAPE FROM THE CITY-EV ABC 430,000 422,000 390,000 8,000 40,000
16 THE FRONT BAR Seven Network 406,000 403,000 381,000 2,000 24,000
17 HOT SEAT Nine 405,000 405,000 405,000 0 1,000
18 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 352,000 352,000 352,000 0 0
19 VERA RPT ABC 337,000 314,000 264,000 22,000 72,000
20 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA-5PM Seven Network 307,000 307,000 304,000 0 3,000

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 17/10/2019 Consolidated 7 10/10/2019 Consolidated 28 19/09/2019
ABC 12.3% 8.0% 10.8%
ABC KIDS/COMEDY 3.0% 2.7% 2.9%
ABC ME 0.6% 0.7% 0.5%
ABC NEWS 1.5% 1.4% 1.1%
ABC Network 17.4% 12.8% 15.4%
Seven 19.1% 16.4% 17.2%
7TWO 4.3% 5.6% 3.9%
7mate 2.8% 3.3% 3.4%
7flix 1.9% 2.0% 2.2%
7food network 0.9% 0.8% 0.8%
Seven Network 29.0% 28.1% 27.5%
Nine 15.4% 17.4% 14.6%
9GO! 2.7% 4.4% 3.0%
9Gem 2.7% 2.8% 2.4%
9Life 2.2% 2.1% 1.7%
Nine Network 23.0% 26.7% 21.8%
10 17.2% 17.5% 22.6%
10 Bold 3.8% 4.5% 3.6%
10 Peach 2.3% 2.0% 1.7%
Network 10 23.3% 24.1% 27.9%
SBS 3.8% 5.3% 4.3%
SBS VICELAND 1.1% 1.1% 1.1%
SBS Food  1.3% 1.3% 1.0%
NITV 0.1% 0.2% 0.3%
SBS World Movies 0.8% 0.5% 0.6%
SBS Network 7.2% 8.3% 7.4%

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: 17/10/2019
  • Deliverable: Overnight

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 FATHER BROWN-PM 7TWO 168,000 49,000 48,000 18,000 23,000 29,000
2 BLUEY-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 145,000 37,000 33,000 30,000 17,000 29,000
3 NCIS RPT 10 Bold 142,000 42,000 37,000 23,000 14,000 26,000
4 HAWAII FIVE-O 10 Bold 142,000 29,000 38,000 32,000 19,000 24,000
5 A TOUCH OF FROST-PM 7TWO 141,000 43,000 40,000 21,000 15,000 23,000
6 ANDY’S DINOSAUR ADVENTURES-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000 29,000 13,000 20,000 25,000 41,000
7 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000 31,000 19,000 25,000 23,000 28,000
8 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000 17,000 46,000 29,000 19,000 11,000
9 FLOOGALS-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 121,000 29,000 27,000 26,000 17,000 23,000
10 DINO DANA-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 121,000 27,000 17,000 19,000 25,000 33,000
11 SURVIVOR: ISLAND OF IDOLS 9GO! 119,000 28,000 43,000 15,000 11,000 21,000
12 HEY DUGGEE-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 115,000 28,000 24,000 19,000 17,000 27,000
13 NELLA THE PRINCESS KNIGHT-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 112,000 26,000 24,000 22,000 20,000 20,000
14 PEPPA PIG-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 111,000 30,000 35,000 14,000 17,000 16,000
15 LUO BAO BEI-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 110,000 33,000 20,000 18,000 16,000 22,000
16 PJ MASKS-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 101,000 15,000 31,000 14,000 16,000 25,000
17 PEPPA PIG-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 99,000 23,000 13,000 20,000 17,000 26,000
18 PLAY SCHOOL NURSERY RHYME NEWS TIME-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 99,000 25,000 18,000 24,000 9,000 22,000
19 THOMAS AND FRIENDS: BIG WORLD! BIG ADVENTURES!-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 99,000 20,000 21,000 24,000 11,000 23,000
20 FIREMAN SAM-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 98,000 15,000 22,000 17,000 16,000 28,000

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
  • Demographics: Total People 
  • Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
  • Day: Thursday
  • Date: 17/10/2019
  • Deliverable: Overnight

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne
1 FATHER BROWN-PM 7TWO 168,000 49,000 48,000
2 BLUEY-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 145,000 37,000 33,000
3 NCIS RPT 10 Bold 142,000 42,000 37,000
4 HAWAII FIVE-O 10 Bold 142,000 29,000 38,000
5 A TOUCH OF FROST-PM 7TWO 141,000 43,000 40,000
6 ANDY’S DINOSAUR ADVENTURES-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 128,000 29,000 13,000
7 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 126,000 31,000 19,000
8 SPICKS AND SPECKS-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000 17,000 46,000
9 FLOOGALS-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 121,000 29,000 27,000
10 DINO DANA-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 121,000 27,000 17,000
11 SURVIVOR: ISLAND OF IDOLS 9GO! 119,000 28,000 43,000
12 HEY DUGGEE-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 115,000 28,000 24,000
13 NELLA THE PRINCESS KNIGHT-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 112,000 26,000 24,000
14 PEPPA PIG-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 111,000 30,000 35,000
15 LUO BAO BEI-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 110,000 33,000 20,000
16 PJ MASKS-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 101,000 15,000 31,000
17 PEPPA PIG-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 99,000 23,000 13,000
18 PLAY SCHOOL NURSERY RHYME NEWS TIME-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 99,000 25,000 18,000
19 THOMAS AND FRIENDS: BIG WORLD! BIG ADVENTURES!-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 99,000 20,000 21,000
20 FIREMAN SAM-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 98,000 15,000 22,000

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: 19/09/2019
  • 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 360 FOX FOOTY 76,000 76,000 76,000 0 0
2 GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER Discovery Channel 62,000 54,000 36,000 7,000 26,000
3 GRAND DESIGNS AUSTRALIA Lifestyle Channel 58,000 58,000 55,000 0 3,000
4 BLUE BLOODS TVH!TS 53,000 49,000 38,000 4,000 15,000
5 LIVE: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 51,000 51,000 50,000 0 0
6 LIVE: THE LATE SHOW WITH MATTY JOHNS FOX LEAGUE 50,000 50,000 48,000 0 2,000
7 PAUL MURRAY LIVE: IN WASHINGTON DC Sky News Live 49,000 49,000 49,000 0 0
8 RYAN’S MYSTERY PLAYDATE Nick Jr. 48,000 32,000 21,000 17,000 27,000
9 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 48,000 44,000 42,000 3,000 6,000
10 FAMILY GUY FOX8 44,000 44,000 34,000 0 10,000
11 THE SIMPSONS FOX8 43,000 43,000 43,000 0 0
12 THE BOLT REPORT Sky News Live 42,000 42,000 40,000 0 2,000
13 CREDLIN Sky News Live 42,000 42,000 40,000 0 1,000
14 BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES Nick Jr. 41,000 35,000 32,000 6,000 9,000
15 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 40,000 39,000 39,000 0 0
16 FAMILY GUY FOX8 38,000 37,000 31,000 1,000 7,000
17 HIGHWAY PATROL FOX8 36,000 34,000 31,000 2,000 5,000
18 PAUL MURRAY LIVE: IN WASHINGTON DC Sky News Live 36,000 35,000 34,000 0 1,000
19 ABANDONED ENGINEERING History Channel 36,000 36,000 29,000 0 7,000
20 THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF Lifestyle FOOD 35,000 35,000 32,000 0 3,000

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© OzTAM Pty Limited 2019. 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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