Top 20 Free-to-Air Programs


oztam Top 20 Free-to-Air Programs

Of all the lists that are delivered by the ratings system, none is quite as up-to-the-minute and eagerly awaited as the overnight list of the Top 20 free-to-air shows. Thanks to the technology used in the ratings system like the Unitam “people meter”, viewership of shows can be recorded in real time and sent overnight to OzTAM for analysis and compilation into the overnight Top 20 list.

Top 20 including Multi Channels

The OzTAM TV ratings displayed below represents the actual live viewing figures from the previous night, represented as a combined number for the five cities where metropolitan ratings are measured. It’s this combined number that decides the rank – but you can also look at numbers for each of the five cities individually, which often sheds some light on which shows are especially popular with specific audiences. In the case of actual news broadcasts (which regularly feature in this list), that can vary wildly between cities because each one has a different on-air team.

The Top 20 free to air list is compiled from a full 24 hours of viewing data, rather than just from peak viewing hours, so it represents a true top 20 of everything that was on offer on free-to-air that day.

As overnight numbers, though, these figures don’t take into account time-shifted viewing over subsequent days. They also are figures collected before the various broadcast networks have sent any corrections to program start and finish times to OzTAM. Regardless, this list represents a close to real-time picture of what’s keeping eyes glued to TV screens around the country.


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: 13/05/2021
  • Deliverable: Overnight
RankDescription (grouped)Channel\Market(r) 5 City MetroSydneyMelbourneBrisbaneAdelaidePerth
1NCIS RPT10 Bold134,00035,00033,00032,00013,00021,000
2BLUEY-AMABC Kids/ABC TV Plus132,00013,00040,00025,00027,00027,000
3FATHER BROWN-PM7TWO115,00025,00027,00018,00032,00014,000
4BLUEY-EVABC Kids/ABC TV Plus115,00040,00035,0004,00026,00010,000
5M- TRANSPORTER 3-PM7mate115,00031,00034,00017,00015,00018,000
6TOWIES-EP.2 PM7mate110,00028,00030,00020,00018,00015,000
7PETER RABBIT-EVABC Kids/ABC TV Plus109,00032,00039,0008,00025,0004,000
8NEIGHBOURS10 Peach107,00026,00038,00021,00013,0009,000
9PEPPA PIG-AMABC Kids/ABC TV Plus103,0009,00032,00018,00020,00024,000
10THE BIG BANG THEORY EP 3 RPT10 Peach100,00038,00017,00021,0009,00016,000
11SHAUN THE SHEEP-EVABC Kids/ABC TV Plus100,00026,00039,0006,00018,00012,000
12INSPECTOR MORSE-PM7TWO98,00018,00034,00012,00018,00018,000
13FRIENDS EP 5 RPT10 Peach98,00017,00033,00024,00012,00013,000
14GRACE’S AMAZING MACHINES-EVABC Kids/ABC TV Plus97,00022,00043,0003,0009,00020,000
15TOWIES-PM7mate96,00026,00019,00021,00016,00013,000
168 OUT OF 10 CATS DOES COUNTDOWNSBS VICELAND95,00028,00034,0009,0007,00018,000
17HAWAII FIVE-O EP 2 RPT10 Bold95,00025,00020,00014,00013,00023,000
18PEPPA PIG-PMABC Kids/ABC TV Plus95,00027,00044,0006,00014,0004,000
19FIXER UPPER -EV9Life92,00016,00036,00015,00010,00015,000
20THE BIG BANG THEORY EP 2 RPT10 Peach91,00028,00014,00024,0009,00017,000

© 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.

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