TV Ratings in Australia for Free To Air and subscription TV

TV Ratings in Australia

We provide you with daily updates of the latest tv ratings in Australia across both free to air and subscription TV services. Catch up on the daily TV ratings in Australia as well as get an understanding of how these ratings are measured and common terms used when talking about the OzTAM data.

Last night’s Top 20 Free To Air programs

This is the most up to date TV ratings data received from OzTAM and provided to you each morning before 10am.

The top four positions on the list remain unchanged as a result of the free-to-air shows. The Winner Announcement and Grand Final of Australian Ninja Warrior, on the other hand, come in at number five and six on the list. Farmer Wants a Wife drops even lower to eighth place.

Rank#Description (grouped)Channel\NetworkConsolidated 28Consolidated 7Overnight000s Increase on Consolidated 7000s Increase on Overnight
11SEVEN NEWSSeven Network1,157,0001,157,0001,155,00002,000
22NINE NEWSNine Network1,105,0001,105,0001,104,00001,000
33SEVEN NEWS AT 6.30Seven Network1,086,0001,086,0001,084,00002,000
44NINE NEWS 6:30Nine Network1,043,0001,043,0001,043,00000
55AUSTRALIAN NINJA WARRIOR -WINNER ANNOUNCEDNine Network1,041,0001,025,000903,00016,000138,000
66AUSTRALIAN NINJA WARRIOR -GRAND FINALNine Network900,000881,000816,00019,00084,000
77A CURRENT AFFAIRNine Network794,000794,000788,00006,000
88FARMER WANTS A WIFE – TUESeven Network779,000757,000684,00022,00095,000
99ABC NEWS-EVABC TV746,000746,000743,00004,000
1010HOME AND AWAYSeven Network690,000686,000650,0005,00040,000
1111THE CHASE AUSTRALIASeven Network660,000660,000660,00001,000
1212MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUESNetwork 10657,000652,000612,0004,00045,000
1313ANH’S BRUSH WITH FAME-EVABC TV651,000619,000524,00032,000127,000
1414HOT SEATNine Network580,000580,000580,0001,0001,000
15157.30-EVABC TV572,000571,000570,0001,0002,000
1616BLUEY-EVABC Kids/ABC TV Plus467,000325,000130,000141,000337,000
1717THE PROJECT 7PMNetwork 10456,000456,000455,00001,000
181810 NEWS FIRSTNetwork 10411,000411,000410,00002,000
1919THE ROOKIESeven Network396,000374,000277,00022,000119,000
2020THE WEAKEST LINKNine Network395,000392,000361,0003,00034,000

Last night’s Top 20 Subscription TV programs

On Monday, Sky News Live’s Credlin becomes number one, with 78,000 viewers turning in. Paul Murray Live, another Sky News Live show, comes in second with 78,000 viewers. Bluey, our favorite blue dog, is back at number five, with 64,000 youngsters and parents tuned in.

Rank#DescriptionChannelConsolidated 28Consolidated 7Overnight000s Increase on Consolidated 7000s Increase on Overnight
22LIVE: NRL 360FOX LEAGUE65,00065,00065,00000
33CREDLINSky News Live65,00065,00064,00001,000
44THE BOLT REPORTSky News Live64,00064,00063,00001,000
55PAUL MURRAY LIVESky News Live61,00061,00061,00000
66LIVE: AFL 360FOX FOOTY58,00058,00058,00000
77ALAN JONESSky News Live44,00044,00043,00000
88PML LATERSky News Live43,00043,00042,00000
99THE KENNY REPORTSky News Live42,00042,00042,00000
1010PAW PATROLNick Jr.39,00033,00031,0007,0008,000
1111VERAFOX Sleuth36,00034,00026,0002,00011,000
1212LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATIONLifestyle Channel35,00034,00031,0001,0004,000
1313BLUE’S CLUES & YOU!Nick Jr.34,00029,00029,0006,0006,000
1414PAW PATROLNick Jr.34,00028,00019,0006,00015,000
1515TOO CLOSEBBC First33,00019,000014,00033,000
1616LONG LOST FAMILYLifestyle Channel33,00033,00028,00005,000
1717FIRST EDITIONSky News Live33,00033,00033,00000
1818SANTIAGO OF THE SEASNick Jr.32,00032,00032,00000
1919NEWSDAYSky News Live32,00032,00032,00000
2020MY UNIQUE B&BLifestyle Channel32,00025,00014,0007,00018,000

How TV Ratings are Measured

You’ve probably heard or seen the TV ratings reported in newspapers and on web sites – the top shows of the day and week as measured across Australia by actual TV viewers. But how are all these TV ratings calculated? And were does the ratings data come from?

Australia is a diverse country when it comes to TV, with audiences in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth all seeing the same main networks’ channels, but watching very different things.

The TV Ratings you see reported in the news media are based on audience measurement info that comes from a panel of regular people around the country, recruited from random phone surveys by a company called OzTAM.

Those who are accepted as members of this exclusive group of TV viewers used to be sent a diary to record their TV viewing; these days, it’s a special device that sits in the living room that’s often called a “people meter”.

Metering Australia’s Viewing

It might sound like something out of a movie, but there’s nothing sinister about it – the OzTAM box simply captures what channels and shows people in the household are watching television, and how long they watched it. Household members are all profiled individually, checking in with a remote control when they sit down to watch.

And it’s really as simple as that – the TV ratings data that we see reported in the news – the very same ratings data that decides whether your favourite shows stay on air or get cancelled – comes from the audience actually watching the shows.

Who Measures the Ratings?

The choice of Australian households that get to be part of the TV ratings process is an ongoing search for the right homes for the job. Every year, thousands of households are surveyed via phone across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Households that are selected from these surveys are put on the short list to be part of one of several pools of homes – ones for the capital cities, for regional areas and, separately, subscription TV watchers.

The Clever Box

Each accepted household is given a box known as “Unitam,” which sits in the main TV viewing area and monitors what’s being watched, who’s watching it, and for when and how long.

There’s some very clever tech involved in the OzTAM box, allowing it to figure out what people are watching based on the audio from the TV. Each individual household member gets profiled separately as they check in with their remote, making it possible to work out which members of the family are watching what.

The OzTAM box works to record ratings data for programs on all types of TV. Metropolitan free to air channels like Seven, Nine, Ten, ABC and SBS are the main focus, but Australia’s subscription TV services like Foxtel are also included in the information collected, automatically retrieved and sent back to OzTAM HQ to be included in the day’s viewing data.

What are the Different Types of TV Ratings?

When you look at the ratings for the day or week, you’ll see some terms used that sound a bit obscure. They’re pretty easy to understand, though – especially the first measurement that you’ll see mentioned in the media most often – the overnight audience ratings.


These are the TV ratings that matter the most to the Australian television industry – the next-day response to the previous night’s television viewing. Combining Australia’s viewing of everything from news, reality, drama, comedy and movies, it’s an instant reflection of what’s been watched the previous evening in Sydney, Melbourne and the rest of the country.


Unlike the instant overnight TV ratings, the Consolidated figures deliver a broader picture of what’s being watched, taking into account devices like digital video recorders (such as Foxtel’s iQ4). There are two Consolidated ratings tables – 7 and 28, referring to the amount of days they cover (important info the age of free to air catch-up).


There’s a separate TV ratings table devoted exclusively to subscription TV – essentially, subscription TV services including Foxtel and Fetch TV. It’s an important list to watch, a report of TV ratings from viewing options that have dozens of channels competing for viewer attention.

Do TV Ratings Matter?

If there’s a show people are talking about, the latest official OzTAM ratings report will almost always be what its success is measured by. Whether that reflects what people are actually watching has been hotly debated in recent years, but every time a new show makes its debut on any of the free to air networks – or Foxtel – it’s those OzTAM numbers that you’ll see quoted in the news.

Yes, ratings matter – not just for those of us who love watching TV, but especially for the people that make the shows we love. Yes, it can turn into a battle in the news over whether Seven beat Nine in the previous night’s prime-time showdown, or whether the ABC beat both of them. The good news is that the OzTAM TV ratings system keeps all the five free to air networks – and the rest of the TV industry – trying as hard as possible to deliver stuff to make your morning, evening or late-night viewing better.