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: Wednesday
  • Date: 04/11/2020
  • Deliverable: Consolidated 28, Consolidated 7 and Overnight 

RankDescription (grouped)Channel\NetworkConsolidated 28Consolidated 7Overnight000s Increase on Consolidated 7000s Increase on Overnight
1STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE QLD V NSW 1ST -MATCHNine1,606,0001,606,0001,598,00008,000
2BLUEY-EVABCKIDS/COMEDY1,464,000953,000196,000510,0001,268,000
3SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30Seven Network1,055,0001,055,0001,053,00002,000
4SEVEN NEWSSeven Network1,050,0001,050,0001,049,00001,000
5GRUEN-EVABC785,000746,000591,00040,000194,000
6NINE NEWS 6:30Nine772,000772,000772,00000
7NINE NEWSNine764,000764,000764,00000
8STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE QLD V NSW 1ST -PRE MATCHNine750,000750,000749,00001,000
9HARD QUIZ S5-EVABC677,000650,000596,00027,00081,000
10ABC NEWS: USA VOTES 7PM SPECIAL-EVABC641,000641,000641,00000
11HOME AND AWAYSeven Network538,000534,000506,0003,00031,000
12THE BACHELORETTE AUSTRALIA WEDNetwork 10534,000531,000470,0003,00064,000
13STATE OF ORIGIN RUGBY LEAGUE QLD V NSW 1ST -POST MATCHNine491,000491,000486,00005,000
14BLUEY-AMABCKIDS/COMEDY480,000452,000414,00028,00066,000
15THE PROJECT 7PMNetwork 10467,000467,000466,00001,000
16USA VOTES: AMERICA’S DECISION-EVABC384,000384,000384,00000
17REPUTATION REHAB-EVABC358,000337,000292,00020,00066,000
18THE PROJECT 6.30PMNetwork 10324,000324,000324,00000
1910 NEWS FIRSTNetwork 10318,000318,000318,00000
20PEPPA PIG-AMABCKIDS/COMEDY303,000273,000220,00031,00083,000

© 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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