Week 42

Face the factuals. Seven rules the week.
Week 42: Top 100
Week 42: Pay TV
Week 42: ASTRA








Source: OzTAM


  1. I am not sure the Melb is the home of TV but i do agree that Sydney people are more depressed and negative due to having less disposable income. and mak you seem to be contradicting yourself regarding being out and about when you are a heavy TV watcher posting many threads regading TV and being in Sydney at the same time

  2. cleanskin – my family and I used to have one of those old Nielsen people meters back in the 90s.

    Best of my knowledge there were pre-programmed buttons for all family members and one for guests.

    Everytime we turned on the TV, we had to press the relevant button for which family member was watching.

    There were many times when we left the TV on while noone was watching – so Nielsen would report that 100,000 people were watching a particular show based on an empty living room at our house!

    I am sure technological advances have rectified this from occurring nowadays.

    Well I hope so! Can you imagine if the 1.2m “people” watching 2.5 men repeats are actually 200 people who have left their TV on while they are out walking the dog???

  3. The Hey Hey Reunion bombed on the night it is meant to sweep all before it. Hmmmm…

    I agree, mak. The reason less people watch TV in Sydney is because there is much more here to do than just vegetate in front of the box. Just like any other large city, Sydney is culturally and artistically vigorous (as are every other Aussie capital city for that matter) so there is a lot on offer here to do that is either free or reasonably priced. Also, due to the large number of beaches and bays in the metropolitan area, the beach culture is very strong here, so couple that with the lovely climate and daylight saving time, and the Sydney viewing numbers start dropping off at this time of year for the next three months.

  4. T Vision, you just confirmed my point. “Melbourne has always had the edge on Sydney in all departments incl. Sport, culture, entertainment and Television.” The key point you make is Always even before digital TV. That eliminates the cost factor and therefore brings us back to the fact that there is nothing else to do except watch TV and go to watch AFL. Cheers.

  5. Mak, the reason why melbourne has higher viewing number than Sydney is due to the fact that Sydney has higher cost of living therefore the city is full of poor depressed and negative people that cannot afford new digital TV’s, thats why sydney is called the mortgage belt city. Melbourne has always had the edge on Sydney in all departments incl. Sport, culture, entertainment and Television. Sorry if it hurts you mak, but its true.

  6. Sydney does have the largest population but the reason why less people watch tv might be that there is much more to do than say Melbourne and Adelaide. People are more likely to be out and about because the city doesn’t close down just after dark. Sorry if it hurts but its true.

  7. just saying that if a really small tv audience that is Adelaide can manage to go digital quite easily, then what is supposed to be australias biggest city should maybe get its act together. not having a go at adelaide.

  8. David, its seems more people watch TV in Melb than Sydney, yet Sydney has a higher population, can you or anyone confirm that or provide a comment..

  9. tasmanian devil

    You know it’s a slow ratings day when Global Grover makes 37th place…
    Also would you be able to tell me David why there is a grey block at the bottom of Saturday’s ratings? Is it just my computer or is it the image?

  10. @Jerome – I watch a lot of sport and some reality TV – (the bad american ones mainly: Survivor, Amazing Race etc)

    @Harry – Sorry don’t watch either of them!

    @M – I got a call from them and was asked if I was interested. When I first took the call I thought great another telemarketer but when they said where they were from I got interested. I have a PVR and at the time they didn’t have the technology to record ratings for them. 1 year later I got a call to see if I was still intersted because they could now do PVRs. I was talking to the technician when the unit was getting installed and he told me they were looking for households with PVRs at the moment.

    @Andrew B – If you leave the room you are supposed to press a button to say you have left. It is easy to remember at the moment because the box is new but once I have had it for a while I might start forgetting.

    @bette streep – You maybe on to something there. I am I white anglo-saxon male aged between 21 to 65. Not married with children though.

  11. It’s always interesting to read the demographic breakdowns.

    I think TEN has done better than some of us first thought. They came second on Tuesday and third every other night – and won the key demos of 16-39 and 18-49!

    It’s strange that they still can’t seem to appeal to the over 50s – but from what I’ve read TEN don’t care too much for this demo whereas Nine and Seven do.

    Seven should win the year convincingly – and they should do even better next year when they get their second digital channel up and running.

    Fingers crossed their second channel will be more like GO! Would love to see Ugly Betty back on and better timeslots for great shows like The Amazing Race, Family guy and American Dad!

  12. @Peter “Adelaide for crying out loud!” What’s that supposed to mean?

    If the 849,000 actually love Love, Actually that much go and buy it on dvd, you get it without the ads. Can’t believe it still gets such good ratings. It is a great movie though. But why is Ten showing it, and Home Alone?? I would have thought they’d be a Xmas holidays pick for movie. We’ll prob see them at Xmas time again anyway.

  13. Wow, the Love Actually millionth repeat was the number 1 movie at 8.30!
    KAK had a huge boost for her anniversery ep
    Sydney needs to wake up to multichanneling. The lowest digital takeup of the 5 cap cities, and by far the lowest rating city for Godzila on GO! There were more then double the number of viewers in Adelaide even. Adelaide for crying out loud!

  14. Glee deserved much better ratings. Kirstin Chenowenth (April) was abosolutely hilarious and amazing. The sing off between her and rachel was brilliant at the start. I am officially now a gleek!
    Rush also deserves better ratings, great gritty aussie drama and next week ep looks interesting.
    Next week, fingers crossed glee and rush get over 1mil mark because they both have before.

  15. I have no problem watching 2.5 Men, but I mainly watch new ones only now (thank god for this site so I know when they are on) The problem I have is the endless re-runs, it’s the new Simpsons being on so many times a week and IMO it’s only a matter of time before the ratings start dropping and it falls out of favour.

    Why is Nine messing around with it, showing the season opening only to put it on hold for a few weeks. What other network has done that to a program that rates?

    I’m now tipping Seven to just win the week over Nine and for TEN to have a better than normal week.

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