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OFFLINE   TelevisionAU #181

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 02:21 AM

How much of an impact did the switch from Nelson to Oztam make on the ratings of shows and network figures?

the change to OZTAM (in 2001) which apparently had a different methodology to Nielsen did see early results show a rise in Seven's ratings at the expense of Nine, which no doubt caused some anxious moments amongst Nine executives (some of who were said to be very vocal in supporting the change to OZTAM) and questions raised as to the legitimacy of Nine's previously long-standing domination but the results soon settled down to a more familiar pattern and Seven's ratings surge seemed to have been dismissed as a 'blip' on the radar as the new system was being bedded down.

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Posted 25 April 2010 - 01:47 AM

just come across some historic ratings stats... from the 1960s...

In 1966, GTV9 (38.6 per cent), HSV7 (30.6 per cent), ATV0 (19.0 per cent) and ABV2 (11.8 per cent)

Twelve months later: GTV9 (39.1), HSV7 (24.7), ATV0 (20.2), ABV2 (16.0)

And in August 1968: GTV9 (37.5), ATV0 (26.1), HSV7 (24.5), ABV2 (11.9)

For Channel 7 to be bumped into 3rd place by Channel 0 (still a relatively new channel, and trapped on a frequency that not everyone could receive!) was seen as quite an indignity and prompted Seven to bring across top TV execs Nigel Dick (GTV9) and Bruce Gyngell (TCN9) who formed a revamp for the network as 'the Seven Revolution'.

It also shows that GTV9 was seemingly untouchable from both Channels 7 and 0 - although Nine did later go through a ratings dip in the '70s.

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 05:53 PM

Week Ending October 3 1998:

1. BLUE HEELERS (7) 2092000
2. FRIENDS (9) 1981000
3. 60 MINUTES (9) 1875000
4. THIS IS YOUR LIFE (9) 1860000
5. CAROLINE IN THE CITY (9) 1837000
6. RUGBY LEAGUE GRAND FINAL (9) 1822000
7. BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS (7) 1725000
8. THE GREAT OUTDOORS (7) 1648000
9. AUSTRALIA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEO SHOW (9) 1633000
10. GETAWAY (9) 1621000


WOW! Unless this night was just a phenomenon, you can definitely see just how much ratings have been shed.
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OFFLINE   Swanny #184

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Posted 30 April 2010 - 08:30 PM

Yeah, but you also have to remember those were the pre-OzTAM days of the Nielsen ratings. But those ratings are definitely an eyesore for how much has changed.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 11:08 PM

Does anyone know what kind of figures Water Rats pulled in 2000 and 2001?

Also, The Bill prior to 2000??

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 03:02 PM

Does anyone have ratings for the 2006 FIFA world cup?
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OFFLINE   Lex #187

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 03:50 PM

Does anyone have ratings for the 2006 FIFA world cup?


The high rating matches can be found at this SMH site: http://blogs.sunhera...chives/2006/07/

What Australia watched, week ending June 17.
1 World Cup Aus v Japan (SBS) 2.17m
2 Border Security (7) 2.17m
3 Medical Emergency (7) 1.94m
4 Nine news Sunday (9) 1.72m
5 What's Good For You (9) 1.72m
6 Rugby League State of Origin II (9) 1.64m
7 All Saints (7) 1.60m
8 Desperate Housewives (7) 1.58m
9 Seven news (7) 1.56m
10 Today Tonight (7) 1.55m


What Australia watched, week ending July 1
1 World Cup: Italy v Australia (SBS) 2.30m
2 Border Security (7) 2.16m
3 Medical Emergency (7) 1.77m
4 CSI Sunday (9) 1.71m
5 House (10) 1.67m
6 Nine News Sunday (9) 1.66m
7 60 Minutes (9) 1.63m
8 Seven News Sunday (7) 1.62m
9 My Name Is Earl (7) 1.60m
10 20 to 1 repeat (9) 1.59m

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Posted 11 June 2010 - 04:04 PM

Thanks Man. Just wanted to know what SBS would be in for for the next few weeks. :happy:
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OFFLINE   Mikey07 #189

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 05:01 PM

Out of interest does anyone know what Titanic rated when it first aired on 7. From what I recall it was a Sunday night and it started at 730.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 12:06 AM

Wednesday it was... I'll have the answer for ya tomorrow! :D

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 03:27 AM

Titanic:
First Aired Wednesday July 4th 2001 (Week 27)
Channel Seven
8. M: Titanic 1721000 516000 596000 272000 166000 171000

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 11:26 AM

Does anyone have any figures for election coverage from the major networks for the 2004 or 2001 federal elections? They would be very interesting to compare if anyone has them.

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Posted 07 September 2010 - 12:11 PM

I've found some old TV ratings articles relating to the Wollongong/Illawarra TV market, sourced from the local daily newspaper, the Illawarra Mercury.

The following is from the week of 11-17 February 2001 (the first ratings week of that year), including ratings share on among the commercial TV stations, and the Top 20 Shows of the week:

Ratings Share (Commercial stations listed only)


Prime: 23.7%
WIN: 35.1%
Ten Capital: 19.3%

Top 20 Shows in Wollongong

1. Survivor 2 - WIN
2. The Great Outdoors - Prime
3. The Bill - ABC
4. National Nine News (weekdays) - WIN
5. Friends - WIN
6. Movie, Deep Impact - WIN
7. A Current Affair - WIN
8. WIN News
9. Who Wants to be a Millionaire - WIN
10. Dharma and Greg - Prime
11. The Vicar of Dibley - ABC
12. Late Edition News (Saturday) - ABC
13. Backyard Blitz - WIN
14. ER - WIN
15. National Nine News (Sunday) - WIN
16. Water Rats - WIN
17. National Nine News (Sat) - WIN
18. ABC News (Sunday)
19. Sixty Minutes - WIN
20. All Saints - Prime

Source: Illawarra Mercury, February 20, 2001

It was quite interesting to see The Bill being the 3rd most popular program in Wollongong that week! :eyepopping:
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OFFLINE   Lex #194

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 09:11 PM

Very interesting set of figures there - very different to how the top ten usually pans out. Thanks for posting!

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 09:45 AM

Found these YTD figures at around June 2002 for all on-air dramas:

Program & network Ave. audience
1 E.R. (Nine) 1,601,480
2 All Saints (Seven) 1,506,448
3 Blue Heelers (Seven) 1,418,862
4 CSI (Nine) 1,327,068
5 McLeod's Daughters (Nine) 1,316,641
6 The Bill (Sat.) (ABC) 1,276,970
7 Alias (Seven) 1,234,345
8 The Guardian (Ten) 1,229,167
9 Always Greener (Seven) 1,223,402
10 Home and Away (Seven) 1,213,420
11 The Secret Life of Us (Ten) 1,167,690
12 JAG (Seven) 1,158,479
13 Judging Amy (Nine) 1,149,583
14 The Bill (Tues.) (ABC) 1,129,367
15 Charmed (Ten) 1,067,472
Source: Oz TAM; 2002 ratings year-to-date

Blue Heelers was on its decline, CSI was beginning to become a hit and ER was also on its decline after about 7 seasons above 1.8. All Saints was going strong.

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Posted 16 December 2010 - 03:51 PM

Just dugged up an old edition of The Canberra Times' The Guide (a weekly TV guide) from October 1999, which details the Top 10 programs of the week, as well as the ratings share for each station in Canberra.

Canberra's Top 10 Programs - Week beginning 19th September 1999

1. National Nine News - Sunday (WIN): 86,000
2. Rugby League Preliminary Final (WIN): 79,000
3. Kidspeak (Prime): 74,000
4. Australia's Funniest Home Videos (WIN): 66,000
5. Mr Bean (Prime): 63,000
6. Dharma and Greg (Prime): 63,000
7. Better Homes & Gardens (Prime): 62,000
8. Our Century (WIN): 62,000
9. SeaChange (ABC): 61,000
10. National Nine News - Saturday (WIN): 61,000

Weekly Shares, 6pm to Midnight, Canberra - Week beginning 19th September 1999

ABC: 14.2%
Prime: 24.3%
WIN: 31.1%
Ten Capital: 24.7%
SBS: 5.7%

Source: AC Nielsen via The Canberra Times The Guide, October 4 1999

Interesting how the ABC & Ten Capital's (now SC Ten) share has turned around in a decade. In 1999, ABC didn't have local news for Canberra, whereas Ten Capital did, which is partly the reason why ABC's ratings were significantly lower than the commercial stations. About a decade later, the ABC rates higher than SC Ten, and also has more higher rating programs than before.

I'm a bit surprised to not see a Ten Capital program made it to Canberra's Top 10 programs of that week. :o
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Posted 28 December 2010 - 06:15 PM

I have some old ratings from newspaper clippings. I have seem to have kept all Sydney ratings clippings from the Daily Tele and SMH from 1995-1998. Whilst I can't post them all I will post a selection over the next few days. They make for interesting reading. Also if people were looking for figures of a show from this time, I could have a quick look.


Sydney Ratings for May 28-June 3, 1995
1. SOO II - 9
2. NNN Sunday - 9
3. Home Improvement - 7
4. Lois and Clark - 7
5. Gladiators - 7
6. 60 Mins - 9
7. Wildlife: Olivia Newton John - 9
8. Finniest Home Videos - 9
9. ACA - 9
10. Sunday Night Rugby League Highlights - 9
11. NNN Weekdays - 9
12. Healthy Wealthy and Wise - 10
13. ER - 9

22. Step by Step - 9
23. The Footy Show -RL - 9
26. Friday night Football - 9
32. Chicago Hope - 7
69. Behind the Wheel -10
81. Your Money and Your Life - 10

Syd Audience Share: 9 (33%); 7 (27.3%); 10 (21.7%); ABC (14.7); SBS (3.2)

Some interesting things in there. Ten still in the doldrums. ABC do better these days as do Seven. Nine News dominates in Sydney. Seven had good entertainment programs. And remeber Ten's thursday night efforts with Behind the Wheel with James Morrison and the Money show with Kochie and his family. They were terrible.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 06:31 PM

Just wondering if anyone has some figures of what The West Wing did over it's seven year run. if anyone has them that would be great :)

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 07:39 PM

I've just came across an interesting article from the Illawarra Mercury, dated 16th October 2007, in which Prime (now Prime7) had outrated WIN in the Wollongong market for the first time in 8 years, despite not having a proper local news bulletin. This was considered to be a rare feat, as WIN is so strong down in the Wollongong market. The article revealed that Prime had 27.6% of the available audience in the market.
But the 'twist' in the article was that of the region's Top 10 most-watched programs of the week, in which Prime had 6 of them, neither Prime or WIN claimed to have the most-watched show of the week, in which that honour went to the ABC with New Tricks.

Full article: http://newsstore.fai...10168M7H247HB7V
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Posted 29 January 2011 - 08:10 PM

Does anyone know when seven, nine and ten aired the telethon after the boxing day tsumani, which channel won and what did the other channels get?