Top 20 Consolidated 28 Free to Air Programs


oztam Top 20 Consolidated 28 Free to Air Programs

Over recent years, there’s been a rapidly increasing use of time-shifting devices to watch TV. Whether it’s digital video recorders or the built-in time-shifting capabilities of some smart TVs and streaming devices, the audience for a channel and its shows might not all be sitting down at the same time to watch.

The Consolidated 28 ratings are designed to take this into account. Thanks to the advanced technology of the Unitam device that’s operating in every household on the ratings panel, it’s possible for OzTam to track viewing of particular shows not just when they go to air, but also when they’re played back later – at any time in the following four weeks. It doesn’t matter what device the shows are recorded with – as long as they’re played back through the TV at normal speed, they’re counted.

Top 20 Free to Air Consolidated

The Consolidated 28 list brings together viewer numbers from the live broadcast (also known as the Overnight ratings), the Consolidated 7 rankings (shows viewed some time in the week following broadcast) and the final Consolidated 28 numbers.

This paints a clear picture of the real viewer numbers for a particular show. While some shows tend to be watched live as they go to air, some pick up substantial extra viewers when people watch the episode later from their time-shifted recording. Long-term, this list provides the truest picture of how many viewers each show had.

The only drawback is that the data takes a full four weeks to be finalised – but this is still extremely useful for the TV networks to judge the true following of a show – and whether it stays on the air.

Like many of OzTAM’s lists, these rankings can also be broken down into specific age groups, but the list on this page shows you the numbers for viewers of all ages.


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: Sunday
  • Date:  11/04/2021
  • Deliverable: Consolidated 28, Consolidated 7 and Overnight 
RankDescription (grouped)Channel\NetworkConsolidated 28Consolidated 7Overnight000s Increase on Consolidated 7000s Increase on Overnight
1MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT -SUNNine Network1,221,0001,209,0001,127,00012,00094,000
2SEVEN NEWS – SUNSeven Network1,087,0001,087,0001,085,00002,000
3NINE NEWS SUNDAYNine Network1,018,0001,018,0001,017,00001,000
460 MINUTESNine Network894,000890,000830,0003,00064,000
5DANCING WITH THE STARS: ALL STARS – SUNSeven Network823,000816,000744,0006,00079,000
6BLUEY-EVABC Kids/ABC TV Plus592,000414,000110,000178,000481,000
7HARROW-EVABC TV568,000556,000429,00013,000140,000
8ABC NEWS SUNDAY-EVABC TV546,000546,000545,00001,000
9SEVEN’S AFL: SUNDAY AFTERNOON FOOTBALLSeven Network492,000492,000487,00005,000
10AUSTRALIAN CRIME STORIESNine Network426,000420,000400,0006,00026,000
11BLUEY-AMABC Kids/ABC TV Plus407,000250,00095,000157,000312,000
12CRIME INVESTIGATION AUSTRALIA: MOST INFAMOUSSeven Network364,000355,000328,0008,00036,000
13WHEN PHILLIP MET PRINCE PHILIP-EVABC TV357,000349,000335,0007,00022,000
14THE SUNDAY PROJECT 7PMNetwork 10328,000328,000325,00003,000
15SILENT WITNESS-EVABC TV328,000306,000250,00021,00078,000
1610 NEWS FIRST SUNNetwork 10289,000289,000289,00000
17INSIDERS-AMABC TV285,000285,000285,00000
18THE SUNDAY PROJECT 6.30PMNetwork 10283,000283,000280,00003,000
19SUNDAY AFTERNOON NRL LIVENine Network272,000272,000272,00000
20LANDLINE-PMABC TV261,000261,000261,00000

© OzTAM Pty Limited 2021. 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.

Back to top