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OFFLINE   Tranquility #1

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 02:44 AM

This is such a weird find - I was digging around and found some old articles and thought I'd type them and share because it was just so odd... I thought it was interesting to see how high programs rated so long ago - and what actually rated 14 years ago (although, sadly, some of our members aren't even that old crazy.gif )

These are all from The Age:

The top rating television programs for the week ending 5 November 1994

1.
Crocodile Dundee 2 (GTV-9, 803,000)
2.
Just Kidding (GTV-9, 606,000)
3.
Getaway (GTV-9, 567,000)
4.
Money (GTV-9, 562,000)
5.
Our House (GTV-9, 545,000)
6.
A Current Affair (GTV-9, 539,000)
7.
National Nine News (535,000)
8.
Funniest Home Videos (GTV-9, 531,000)
9.
Racing, Melbourne Cup Day (ATV-10, 522,000)
10.
Burke's Backyard (GTV-9, 508,000)
11.
The Witches (HSV-7, 504,000)
12.
Full Frontal: Fast Forward (HSV-7, 502,000)
13.
Sale of the Century (GTV-9, 489,000)
14.
Blue Heelers (HSV-7, 486,000)
15.
Between the Lines (HSV-7, 484,000)
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OFFLINE   Tranquility #2

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 02:46 AM

I don't have a date for this story - but a reminder that the ratings system used before 2001 ( I think it's that year - maybe 02?) was different to the one used now. The figures in brackets are percentages of the homes using television at the time the program was on air.

Channel 7 enjoyed a huge start to the latest ratings week when on Sunday Home Improvement and The World's Greatest Commercials gave Nine's heavyweight 60 Minutes a close tussle before Strictly Ballroom put in a near-grand final figure performance.

However, Seven again had to stand by helplessly as, in one night - Monday - Nine's powerful 6pm to 7pm news/current affairs lineup and a very strong Sale of the Century snatched back the lead.

Nine won the 23-29 October ratings week with 32.9 per cent of the audience, followed by Seven, 28.2; Ten, 23; Two, 13.2; and SBS 2.6.

Nine had six of the top 10 most-watched shows, although Seven took the No.1 spot with Strictly Ballroom (698,000 viewers). The film rated 41.3 against Lethal Weapon (26.5), Darkman (10.75) and True Stories (4.25).

Then came Nine's revenge: on Monday its news (27.5) crushed Seven's (16), and A Current Affair (29) dealt even more harshly with Real Life (11). Sale of the Century (25) showed similar contempt for Home and Away (16), Roseanne (11) and ABC News (13.5). Seven's Lois and Clarke (18.5) won over the hour, but was pipped by Murphy Brown (18.5) in the first half. Nine rounded its overnight comeback with its film Tango & Cash (23.5) easily outpointing Truly, Madly, Deeply (11.5) and Carolina Skeletons (13.8).

The 6pm to 7.30pm picture remained similarly grim for Seven for the rest of the week and there is now absolutely no doubt - in fact there hasn't been since about April - that if Seven is ever going to topple Nine consistently it must find an answer to the 6.30 dilemma. Real Life has failed - utterly.

Blue Heelers (20), while still strong (very much so nationally) still surrendered to Funniest Home Videos (21) and Just Kidding (25).

Seinfeld (18.5) is showing signs of attracting the audience it deserves, though Mad About You (13.5) is still languishing. Between the Lines (24.25) easily beat Married with Children (19), Models Inc.

(16.5) and GP (10.75) Seven's special Masters of Illusion (23.25) took the edge off, but still could not topple Money (26.5) with Heartbreak High (8.5) the big loser.

Getaway (23.5) continued to do just that from Hangin With Mr Cooper (17) and Blossom (19.5), with Beyond 2000 languishing even further behind on an inexplicably low 9.75. Adding to Ten's woes was another poor performance from LA Law (12) and the repeats of NYPD Blue (8.25).

Full Frontal (20.25) had the last laugh on Police Story: Burnout (18.75) and Janus (9).

And just when you thought they were gone ... Abba fans never forget.

Seven's Re-Bjorn: Abba '94 (22.75) easily beat Hey Hey It's Saturday (16.25) although the latter jumped back to outpoint Man O Man easily, 20 to 15.75.

Edited by Tranquility, 15 March 2008 - 02:49 AM.

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OFFLINE   Tranquility #3

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 02:48 AM

Thursday 27th of October 1994
Agro's Cartoon Connection on Seven is certainly giving Nine's infinitely more expensive Today show a run for its money on weekday mornings. Agro and Ann-Maree consistently get low to mid-teens while Steve Liebmann and Elizabeth Hayes barely manage a 10. Perhaps Steve and Liz should can the chit-chat and show the occasional Bugs Bunny 'toon.

Television
The top rating television programs for the week ending 22 October 1994,
with number of viewers in brackets.

1.Money (GTV-9, 742,000)
2.Our House (GTV-9, 637,000)
3.Best of the Don Lane Show (GTV-9, 635,000)
4.Just Kidding (GTV-9, 605,000)
5.Homicide: 30 years on (HSV-7, 559,000)
6.Current Affair, (GTV-9, 558,000)
7.National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon I, (HSV-7, 556,000)
8.Getaway, (GTV-9, 550,000)
9.Funniest Home Videos (GTV-9, 530,000)
9.National Nine News (530,000)
11.Healthy, Wealthy and Wise (ATV-10, 523,000)
12.Sale of the Century (GTV-9, 514,000)
13.Sixty Minutes (GTV-9, 503,000)
14.Blue Heelers, (HSV-7, 495,000)
15.National Nine News/Sunday, (486,000)
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OFFLINE   Korona 1969 #4

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 03:39 AM

Thanks Tranquility for going to the effort of typing all that, very interesting reading.

OFFLINE   Mark #5

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 05:40 AM

I wish Nine would bring back MONEY

OFFLINE   TGIF #6

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 09:05 AM

God I remember Money, and Our House..Burke's Backyard too.

OFFLINE   Samuel123 #7

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 09:12 AM

QUOTE (Tranquility @ Mar 15 2008, 03:44 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I thought it was interesting to see how high programs rated so long ago


We're not used to seeing that many shows in the 500,000s in Melbourne nowadays, although it's still not that uncommon.

And the year ratings switched over to OzTAM was 2001.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 10:05 AM

Many thanks for the interesting articles Tranquility!

Maybe Steve and Tracy should've played some toons! hyper.gif
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 10:58 AM

Ahh... it was 1994 when "Just Kidding" reguarly made the Top 10.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 11:25 AM

Speaking of old ratings. Does anyone know what ABC tv series Police Rescue used to rate? It must of been popular seeing as it one logies for most popular series. If anyone has any rough figures it'd be much appreciated.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 04:14 PM

QUOTE (Lex @ Mar 15 2008, 12:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Speaking of old ratings. Does anyone know what ABC tv series Police Rescue used to rate? It must of been popular seeing as it one logies for most popular series. If anyone has any rough figures it'd be much appreciated.


Correct Lex! It rated very well.

Ah Im so delighted someone else bar myself drummed up old numbers for once... cheerful.gif

And 1994 - what a year - A very, VERY GOOD year the Nine network - and one the Seven Network would probably rather forget; although Seven got some joy in Roger Climpson going toe-to-toe and often besting Brian Henderson at 6.00 in Sydney.

Heres another random week from 1994 - and gosh; wouldnt the networks just fall over themselves to get an audience like the one seen below for a movie again! whooee!

April 17 - April 23 1994

BROADCAST CH Network Syd Melb Bris Adel Per
M-Naked Gun [7] 1942 505 600 280 289 268
Sixt Minutes [9] 1908 674 466 339 234 195
Nine News (Sun) [9] 1761 612 514 361 172 102
Nine News (Sat) [9] 1736 621 511 321 159 124
Logie Awards [9] 1730 586 606 228 163 147
A Current Affair [9] 1704 521 496 338 228 121
Seven News (Sun) [7] 1704 320 609 308 223 244
Hangin' With Mr Cooper [7] 1702 420 571 333 179 199
Full House [7] 1687 411 584 318 179 195
Our House [9] 1677 543 541 243 208 142

And Nine and Seven in news that week:

13. National Nine News 1590000 496 476 316 186 116
18. Seven News 1484000 428 394 227 198 237

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 06:26 PM

QUOTE (Matt01 @ Mar 15 2008, 03:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
13. National Nine News 1590000 496 476 316 186 116[/[b]
18. Seven News 1484000 428 394 227 198 [b]237

Funny to see that the Perth news ratings haven't changed a bit in 14 years. hyper.gif

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 06:58 PM

I reckon there is some inconsistencies between the new and old ratings systems.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 07:00 PM

QUOTE (Lepatron @ Mar 15 2008, 07:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I reckon there is some inconsistencies between the new and old ratings systems.


But what things in particular make you think that? I'm just curious.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 07:33 PM

Judging by the figures posted, it would appear like the amount of overall viewers has dropped under the new system. I know there is factors like Pay-TV to consider but the population has grown and I don't think there would have been a mass switch off from TV in general.
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 07:40 PM

QUOTE (Lepatron @ Mar 15 2008, 06:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Judging by the figures posted, it would appear like the amount of overall viewers has dropped under the new system. I know there is factors like Pay-TV to consider but the population has grown and I don't think there would have been a mass switch off from TV in general.

I'd say a lot of it has to do with TAMs measuring minute to minute data rather than whole program blocks like the diaries do, which means channel surfing is taken into account moreso.
Of course, PayTV has major inroads in areas where its most popular (i.e Sydney).

Edited by Boochan, 15 March 2008 - 07:43 PM.


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Posted 15 March 2008 - 07:47 PM

That and TV generally sucks these days. People are using the internet or watching DVDs and playing video games, rather than simply sitting down to watch TV as they did in 1994.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 08:03 PM

QUOTE (Boochan @ Mar 15 2008, 08:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd say a lot of it has to do with TAMs measuring minute to minute data rather than whole program blocks like the diaries do, which means channel surfing is taken into account moreso.

So you agree that there is discrepancies between the two systems then?
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Posted 15 March 2008 - 09:16 PM

QUOTE (Lepatron @ Mar 15 2008, 09:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So you agree that there is discrepancies between the two systems then?


I am actually with you on this one Lep; i too often wonder, when you consider such population growth; how the numbers could be so low at times... and perhaps how they were ever as high as they were.

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I'd say a lot of it has to do with TAMs measuring minute to minute data rather than whole program blocks like the diaries do, which means channel surfing is taken into account moreso.


They werent' using diaries in 1994, well not entirely - my understanding has always been that people meters had been introduced in 1991; although youre probably right to allude to technology now being more accurate and to the second.

I for one find Pay Television to be a VERMONOUS WEED - That I long for its death. It has been nothing but utter incompetence on behalf of the FTA television industry as a whole to have not invested the money into Digital television... Multi-Channeling woulda killed Pay TV before it had a chance to blossom and bloom as it has... my only hope is that it is now not too late.

I mean really; Australia is too small a market for Pay Television to ever survive - and the very fact that it contributes SO LITTLE in the way of its OWN content - QUALITY CONTENT; it is quite bemusing that so many people are so willing to dispense with hard earned cash to pay for it... Repeats of shows aired on FTA years before and the SHIT not good enough to make it can only wash for so long... and Multi-Channelling from FTA will only make it easier for people to wanna dispense with Pay TV - and my god i hope they do - so needless it really is.

And it forever angers me that anyone should be 'blackmailed' into paying to view the sports they love; the sports they have often been brainwashed by reering into loving. Vermonous Weed!

An odd rant i know, but it gets my goat i tell you.

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Posted 15 March 2008 - 09:31 PM

The first real TV Ratings year, 1957, and a couple of years from the 1960s and 1970s. Interesting that the ABC's ratings have never really inproved overall.

Yearly ratings Sydney 1957 – (ABV2) 13 (ATN7) 50 (GTV9) 37

Top five programs Sydney 1957
1. Caltex Theatre (7) 73
2. I Love Lucy (9) 69
3. Mickey Mouse Club (9) 66
4. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (7) 62
5. Sydney Tonight (7) 57

Yearly ratings Melbourne 1957 – (ABV2) 12 (HSV7) 45 (GTV9) 44

Top five programs in Melbourne 1957
1. I Love Lucy (7) 66
2. Caltex Theatre (9) 66
3. Big Town (7) 62
4. Hit Parade (7) 61
5. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (7) 61

Yearly ratings Sydney 1960 – (ABN2) 13 (ATN7) 47 (TCN9) 40

Top five programs in Sydney 1960
1. 77 Sunset Strip (7) 65
2. I Love Lucy (9) 57
3. Bonanza (9) 56
4. The Untouchables (9) 55
5. ACI Theatre (9) 58

Yearly ratings Melbourne 1960 – (ABV2) 13 (HSV7) 37 (GTV9) 50

Top five programs in Melbourne 1960
1. Million Dollar Movie (9) 67
2. Maverick (9) 63
3. 77 Sunset Strip (9) 62
4. The Untouchables (9) 59
5. Caltex Theatre (9) 58

Yearly ratings Sydney 1965 – (ABN2) 11 (ATN7) 35 (TCN9) 42 (TEN10) 12

Top five programs in Sydney 1965
1. McHale’s Navy (9) 50
2. Sunday Night at the Movies (9) 47
3. Mavis Bramston (7) 45
4. The Fugitive (9) 44
5. Burke’s Law (9) 41

Yearly ratings Melbourne 1965 – (ABV2) 8 (HSV7) 33 (GTV9) 40 (ATV0) 19
Top five programs in Melbourne 1965
1. Beverly Hillbillies (7) 48
2. Mavis Bramston (7) 43
3. Peyton Place (9) 42
4. Disneyland (7) 39
5. Coronation Street (9) 39

Yearly ratings Sydney 1969 – (ABN2) 12 (ATN7) 27 (TCN9) 35 (TEN10) 26

Top five programs in Sydney 1969
1. Julia (9) 37
2. Riptide (7) 36
3. News and Weather (9) 33
4. Bandstand (9) 33
5. Australia’s New Faces (9) 33

Yearly ratings Melbourne 1969 – (ABV2) 13 (HSV7) 26 (GTV 9) 37 (ATV0) 24

Top five programs in Melbourne 1969
1. Homicide (7) 50
2. Division 4 (9) 48
3. Julia (9) 34
4. Kevin Dennis New Faces (9) 30
5. Bewitched (0) 30

Yearly ratings Sydney 1976 – (ABN2) 12 (ATN7) 28 (TCN9) 31 (TEN10) 29

Top five programs in Sydney 1976
1. Benny Hill (10) 34
2. Seven’s Big League (7) 34
3. Happy Days (9) 33
4. This is Your Life (7) 32
5. Amco Cup (10) 31

Yearly ratings Melbourne 1976 – (ABV2) 13 (HSV7) 29 (GTV 9) 34 (ATV0) 24

Top five programs in Melbourne 1976
1. Happy Days (9) 34
2. News and Weather (7) 32
3. I Dream of Jeanne (9) 32
4. The Don Lane Show (9) 32
5. Wednesday Movie (7) 31

Source: ABT Research