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
|Rank||Description (grouped)||Channel\Network||Consolidated 28||Consolidated 7||Overnight||000s Increase on Consolidated 7||000s Increase on Overnight|
|1||STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE QLD V NSW 1ST -MATCH||Nine||1,606,000||1,606,000||1,598,000||0||8,000|
|3||SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30||Seven Network||1,055,000||1,055,000||1,053,000||0||2,000|
|4||SEVEN NEWS||Seven Network||1,050,000||1,050,000||1,049,000||0||1,000|
|6||NINE NEWS 6:30||Nine||772,000||772,000||772,000||0||0|
|8||STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE QLD V NSW 1ST -PRE MATCH||Nine||750,000||750,000||749,000||0||1,000|
|9||HARD QUIZ S5-EV||ABC||677,000||650,000||596,000||27,000||81,000|
|10||ABC NEWS: USA VOTES 7PM SPECIAL-EV||ABC||641,000||641,000||641,000||0||0|
|11||HOME AND AWAY||Seven Network||538,000||534,000||506,000||3,000||31,000|
|12||THE BACHELORETTE AUSTRALIA WED||Network 10||534,000||531,000||470,000||3,000||64,000|
|13||STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE QLD V NSW 1ST -POST MATCH||Nine||491,000||491,000||486,000||0||5,000|
|15||THE PROJECT 7PM||Network 10||467,000||467,000||466,000||0||1,000|
|16||USA VOTES: AMERICA’S DECISION-EV||ABC||384,000||384,000||384,000||0||0|
|18||THE PROJECT 6.30PM||Network 10||324,000||324,000||324,000||0||0|
|19||10 NEWS FIRST||Network 10||318,000||318,000||318,000||0||0|
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