2012 TV ratings halfway point: Seven winning all people; Nine leads key demos and Ten points to digital growth

Seven and Nine have both declared victory at the halfway point of the 2012 TV ratings battle, while Ten is pointing to the growth of its online and catch-up viewing audience.

The networks’ analysis of the OzTam ratings for weeks 7-28, place Seven ahead in reaching all people, while Nine claims the lead in the key advertiser age demographics of 16-39, 18-49 and 25-54.

In the battle for primetime across Australia’s five capital cities, Seven is ahead in all people for both single channel viewing, and in viewing across primary and secondary channels. Then comes Nine, Ten and ABC1.

Seven’s digital channel 7Two is the best performing secondary channel among all people, followed by Nine’s Go and Ten’s Eleven. Meanwhile, Neighbours, on Eleven, was the most watched drama series across all digital channels while the most watched show of the year on digital was the Australian Grand Prix on One.

That ratings show SBS1 narrowly keeping its nose ahead of the digital channels. And the ABC’s news channel ABC News 24 is still struggling to find an audience with a share of less than 1%.

Single channel all people primetime free to air share:

  • Seven 23.1%
  • Nine 21.6%
  • Ten 14.1%
  • ABC1 12.3%
  • SBS ONE 4.7%
  • 7TWO 4.0%
  • GO! 3.7%
  • ELEVEN 3.3%
  • 7mate 3.2%
  • Gem 2.6%
  • ABC2 2.5%
  • ONE 2.4%
  • SBS TWO 0.9%
  • ABC News 24 0.8%
  • ABC3 0.7%

Multi channel all people prime time share:

  • Seven + 7mate + 7TWO 30.4%
  • Nine + Go + Gem 27.9%
  • Ten + One + Eleven 19.9%
  • ABC1+ ABC 2 + ABC 3 + ABC News 24 16.3%
  • SBS1 + SBS2 5.5%

According to Nine’s analysis, which also excludes the easter ratings break, it leads the primary channel and combined channel battles. Nine’s figures exclude the ABC and SBS.

Primary share:


  • Nine: 28.2%
  • Seven: 27.5%
  • Ten: 20.2%


  • Nine: 27.8%
  • Seven: 27%
  • Ten: 20.6%


  • Nine: 26.8%
  • Seven: 26.1%
  • Ten: 21.1%

Nine’s recovery in 2012 has been led by The Voice, with The Block also performing well. Recent weeks have seen the networks audiences dip though as it waits to kick off its Olympics coverage. Also to come from Nine in the second half of the year are Big Brother, the next instalment of Underbelly, Badness and Kerry Packer biopic Howzat!

Seven can point to dominance in mornings with Sunrise remaining number one, albeit with a slimmer margin over Nine’s Today, and The Morning Show easily winning its timeslot. Seven’s best performing show of the year has been My Kitchen Rules, followed by Revenge, Downton Abbey and Packed To The Rafters.

Ten’s schedule has relied heavily on Masterchef to deliver ratings although US drama Homeland also performed. Ten is also pointing to its local drama slate including timeslot-winning drama Bikie Wars in the 18-49 demo, and the recommissioned Offspring. The second half of the year will will the network roll out The Shire, star search I Will Survive and dance contest Everybody Dance Now. Puberty Blues will also air soon.

The only ABC1 show to make the top 30 programmes of the year was UK drama New Tricks.


  1. THE VOICE – TUESDAY Nine 2,524,000
  2. THE VOICE – MONDAY Nine 2,346,000
  3. MY KITCHEN RULES – TUESDAY Seven 1,883,000
  4. MY KITCHEN RULES – MONDAY Seven 1,842,000
  5. MY KITCHEN RULES – WEDNESDAY Seven 1,769,000
  6. MY KITCHEN RULES – THURSDAY Seven 1,768,000
  7. THE BLOCK – SUNDAY Nine 1,737,000
  8. MY KITCHEN RULES – SUNDAY Seven 1,733,000
  9. REVENGE Seven 1,730,000
  10. DOWNTON ABBEY Seven 1,615,000
  11. PACKED TO THE RAFTERS Seven 1,555,000
  12. THE BLOCK – MONDAY Nine 1,508,000
  13. THE BIG BANG THEORY Nine 1,416,000
  14. THE BLOCK – TUESDAY Nine 1,400,000
  15. HAMISH & ANDY’S EURO GAP YEAR Nine 1,377,000
  16. NINE NEWS – SUNDAY Nine 1,365,000
  17. SEVEN NEWS – SUNDAY Seven 1,352,000
  18. THE BLOCK – WEDNESDAY Nine 1,344,000
  19. THE BLOCK – THURSDAY Nine 1,321,000
  21. NEW TRICKS ABC1 1,284,000
  22. AUSTRALIA’S GOT TALENT- MONDAY Seven 1,239,000
  23. SEVEN NEWS – MONDAY-FRIDAY Seven 1,236,000
  24. SUNDAY NIGHT Seven 1,215,000
  25. HOMELAND Ten 1,210,000
  29. DANCING WITH THE STARS Seven 1,195,000

Among the key trends affecting viewing are time-shifted viewing. In one case, the audience for an episode of Homeland, on Ten, rose by 36.7% once time shifting was taken into account.

This year has also seen the networks begin to take online viewing seriously, although no agreed metric has yet been developed. Ten said today that the first half of the year had seen 1.17m weekly video views via – up 46.6% on last year. Masterchef Australia delivered 983,9767 weekly video views. And Offspring had 397,400 weekly video views.


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