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.


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: Tuesday
  • Date: 23/07/2019
  • 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 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA – THE WINNER ANNOUNCED Network 10 1,077,000 1,052,000 992,000 25,000 85,000
2 SEVEN NEWS Seven Network 1,045,000 1,045,000 1,041,000 0 3,000
3 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Seven Network 1,021,000 1,020,000 1,018,000 0 3,000
4 AUSTRALIAN NINJA WARRIOR -TUE Nine 991,000 974,000 884,000 18,000 107,000
5 NINE NEWS 6:30 Nine 926,000 926,000 925,000 0 0
6 NINE NEWS Nine 926,000 926,000 925,000 0 0
7 HOUSE RULES-WINNER ANNOUNCED Seven Network 925,000 915,000 827,000 9,000 98,000
8 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA – GRAND FINALE PART 2 Network 10 890,000 877,000 831,000 13,000 60,000
9 HOUSE RULES-GRAND FINAL Seven Network 789,000 782,000 720,000 7,000 69,000
10 A CURRENT AFFAIR Nine 776,000 774,000 763,000 2,000 13,000
11 HOME AND AWAY Seven Network 718,000 709,000 679,000 9,000 39,000
12 ABC NEWS-EV ABC 649,000 649,000 647,000 0 2,000
13 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA Seven Network 606,000 606,000 605,000 0 1,000
14 ANDREW DENTON: INTERVIEW Seven Network 599,000 575,000 502,000 24,000 97,000
15 THE PROJECT 7PM Network 10 555,000 555,000 551,000 0 4,000
16 HOT SEAT Nine 509,000 509,000 509,000 0 0
17 7.30-EV ABC 475,000 475,000 471,000 1,000 4,000
18 BLUEY-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 418,000 318,000 188,000 100,000 231,000
19 10 NEWS FIRST Network 10 405,000 405,000 405,000 0 0
20 THE CHASE AUSTRALIA-5PM Seven Network 376,000 376,000 375,000 0 1,000

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: Tuesday
  • Deliverable: Overnight, Consolidated 7 and Consolidated 28

Channel Overnight 20/08/2019 Consolidated 7 13/08/2019 Consolidated 28 23/07/2019
ABC 10.5% 10.8% 8.5%
ABC KIDS/COMEDY 2.6% 2.4% 2.6%
ABC ME 0.8% 0.5% 0.8%
ABC NEWS 1.2% 1.3% 1.2%
ABC Network 15.1% 14.9% 13.1%
Seven 20.1% 20.6% 21.0%
7TWO 2.4% 2.1% 1.9%
7mate 3.8% 4.2% 3.2%
7flix 1.7% 2.2% 2.0%
7food network 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
Seven Network 28.4% 29.5% 28.5%
Nine 20.4% 20.4% 21.4%
9GO! 2.3% 2.8% 2.7%
9Gem 3.2% 3.4% 2.5%
9Life 1.8% 1.3% 1.5%
Nine Network 27.8% 27.8% 28.0%
10 14.8% 13.8% 16.5%
10 Bold 3.4% 3.2% 3.4%
10 Peach 2.5% 2.3% 1.8%
Network 10 20.7% 19.3% 21.7%
SBS 5.1% 4.6% 5.6%
SBS VICELAND 1.3% 1.5% 1.4%
SBS Food  0.9% 1.1% 1.0%
NITV 0.2% 0.2% 0.1%
SBS World Movies 0.5% 1.1% 0.5%
SBS Network 8.0% 8.4% 8.7%

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: Tuesday
  • Date: 20/08/2019
  • Deliverable: Overnight

Rank Description (grouped) Channel\Market (r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 OUTBACK TRUCKERS-PM 7mate 164,000 40,000 59,000 20,000 26,000 19,000
2 PEPPA PIG-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 161,000 41,000 48,000 31,000 19,000 23,000
3 KIRI AND LOU-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 158,000 44,000 44,000 26,000 18,000 26,000
4 BLUEY-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 157,000 25,000 53,000 33,000 26,000 20,000
5 DINOSAUR TRAIN-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 153,000 48,000 29,000 29,000 18,000 30,000
6 GO JETTERS-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000 53,000 32,000 26,000 17,000 24,000
7 FLOOGALS-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 152,000 47,000 35,000 25,000 15,000 30,000
8 RUSTY RIVETS-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 145,000 41,000 26,000 28,000 18,000 32,000
9 PEPPA PIG-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 144,000 26,000 42,000 28,000 21,000 28,000
10 HIGHWAY PATROL-EP.2 PM 7mate 143,000 41,000 41,000 24,000 18,000 19,000
11 ANDY’S PREHISTORIC ADVENTURES-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 139,000 37,000 31,000 26,000 21,000 23,000
12 TOWIES-PM 7mate 138,000 46,000 54,000 11,000 18,000 9,000
13 PJ MASKS-PM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 137,000 28,000 44,000 24,000 17,000 24,000
14 NCIS RPT 10 Bold 135,000 44,000 29,000 34,000 8,000 20,000
15 CHARLIE AND LOLA-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 135,000 40,000 32,000 27,000 18,000 18,000
16 HIGHWAY PATROL-PM 7mate 134,000 45,000 37,000 18,000 18,000 16,000
17 HEY DUGGEE-EV ABCKIDS/COMEDY 131,000 38,000 31,000 22,000 13,000 27,000
18 BEN AND HOLLY’S LITTLE KINGDOM-AM ABCKIDS/COMEDY 123,000 26,000 41,000 18,000 23,000 15,000
19 NEIGHBOURS 10 Peach 119,000 30,000 34,000 30,000 10,000 15,000
20 CSI: MIAMI 10 Bold 118,000 40,000 29,000 23,000 10,000 17,000

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: Tuesday
  • Date: 23/07/2019
  • 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 WENTWORTH FOX SHOWCASE 130,000 125,000 91,000 5,000 39,000
2 LAWYER X: THE UNTOLD STORY Sky News Live 128,000 120,000 97,000 8,000 32,000
3 LIVE: AFL 360 FOX FOOTY 66,000 66,000 63,000 0 3,000
4 PAUL MURRAY LIVE Sky News Live 58,000 58,000 57,000 0 1,000
5 THE BOLT REPORT Sky News Live 58,000 58,000 55,000 0 3,000
6 THE ACT: DEE DEE AND GYPSY ROSE FOX SHOWCASE 57,000 44,000 26,000 13,000 31,000
7 DIVORCE FOX SHOWCASE 50,000 47,000 21,000 3,000 29,000
8 CREDLIN Sky News Live 50,000 50,000 47,000 0 3,000
9 LIVE: NRL 360 FOX LEAGUE 49,000 49,000 47,000 0 2,000
10 WENTWORTH FOX SHOWCASE 48,000 48,000 8,000 0 40,000
11 BLUE BLOODS TVH!TS 48,000 43,000 35,000 5,000 13,000
12 BOB FOX FOOTY 45,000 45,000 41,000 0 4,000
13 THE SIMPSONS FOX8 42,000 42,000 39,000 0 3,000
14 THE ACT: DEE DEE AND GYPSY ROSE FOX SHOWCASE 42,000 39,000 5,000 3,000 37,000
15 BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES Nick Jr. 41,000 35,000 28,000 6,000 13,000
16 FAMILY GUY FOX8 40,000 40,000 38,000 0 2,000
17 FAMILY GUY FOX8 39,000 39,000 37,000 0 3,000
18 THE SIMPSONS FOX8 39,000 39,000 37,000 0 2,000
19 LIVE: THE BACK PAGE FOX SPORTS 503 38,000 37,000 36,000 1,000 3,000
20 PAW PATROL Nick Jr. 38,000 38,000 30,000 0 9,000

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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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