Last week of official ratings for 2015. Seven will claim it has won (Total People). Nine will claim it has won the major demos and Ten will claim it has had the biggest gains in audience numbers and ratings this year (but don’t mention 2014 or 2013, otherwise Ten won’t talk to you). All three networks will be right. The stats never lie, it is possible to see TV ratings in many ways as possible if you are looking for good news. And so it will be in 2015, as in years gone by.

Last night for example, Nine won the metros as The Block moved into its last week of the year’s second series, and yet Nine couldn’t get home in the regions where Seven’s average line up proved more watchable for viewers. The Block managed 1.661 million national viewers and topped the metros with 1.226 million. But in the regions, it was only fourth with 436,000, behind Seven News with 522,000, Sunday Night with 468,000 and 60 Minutes with 459,000.

Tonight the first of the two finals of The X Factor goes up against the second last night of The Block. Trench warfare. It is also the final week for the ABC’s main news and current affairs programs, such as Four Corners, Q&A, Media Watch and Australian Story.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (32.2%)
  2. Seven (30.0%)
  3. Ten (16.7%)
  4. ABC (14.8%)
  5. SBS (6.4%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (26.1%)
  2. Seven (22.9%)
  3. Ten (10.5%)
  4. ABC (9.9%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.2%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. GO (4.4%)
  2. 7TWO (4.0%)
  3. Eleven (3.3%)
  4. 7mate (3.1%)
  5. ABC2 (2.9%))

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Block (Nine) — 1.661 million
  2. Seven News — 1.638 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.609 million
  4. Nine News — 1.555 million
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.318 million
  6. 7pm ABC News — 1.181 million
  7. Beach Cops (Seven) — 1.148 million
  8. Movie; Captain Phillips (Seven) — 964,000
  9. TBL Families (Ten) — 902,000
  10. Adele Live in London (Nine) — 853,000

Top metro programs:

  1. The Block (Nine) — 1.226 million
  2. Nine News — 1.158 million
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.150 million
  4. Seven News — 1.115 million

Losers: The Beautiful Lie: 629,000 national, 425,000 metro, 204,000 regional viewers for the final episode. Viewers just didn’t fall in love with the story or the characters. Even though The Slap was a tough story line, viewers seemed compelled to watch it.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News — 1.158 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.150 million
  3. Seven News — 1.115 million
  4. Sunday Night (Seven) 850,000
  5. 7pm ABC News  – 7 91,000
  6. Seven News At Five — 450,000
  7. Ten Eyewitness News –425,000
  8. Nine News At Five  — 335,000
  9. SBS World News — 148,000

Morning TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC 254,000, 127,000 on News 24) — 381,000
  2. Weekend Today (Nine) – 315,000
  3. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 308,000
  4. Landline (ABC) — 235,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC) — 179,000
  6. The Bolt Report (Ten) — 133,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. A Place To Call Home (SoHo) – 169,000
  2. V8 Supercars (Fox Sports 5) — 78,000
  3. V8 Supercars Live (Fox Sports 5) — 98,000
  4. Pride and Prejudice (UKTV) – 83,000
  5. 50 Shades of Grey (Foxtel Movies Premiere) – 82,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. (All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight all people.) and network reports.

Peter Fray

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