2009: The Top 100

By David Knox on December 6, 2009 / Filed Under News 4

JULIE-WINsLast week there was widespread disagreement over the reporting of 2009 ratings results.

The networks also included their own breakdown of the top rated shows for the year. No doubt they will cause similar dissent.

Both Nine and Seven break out the first episode of Underbelly as a stand alone event, but TEN does not.

Seven delivers the info in two lists, one as regular programming, and another as event television, strategically including Specials. It also lists these as Weeks 1-48, which includes the Australian Open during the non-ratings period.

About the only thing everyone can agree on is the 3.72m viewers who tuned in for the moment when Julie was announced the winner of MasterChef Australia.

NETWORK TEN:
2009 Top 20 Programs (Total People)
1 Masterchef Australia – The Winner Announced Ten 3,726,000
2 Masterchef Australia – Finale Night Ten 3,293,000
3 Ten’s AFL Finals 2009: Grand Final St Kilda V Geelong Ten 2,878,000
4 The 2009 Melbourne Cup Carnival: Melbourne Cup-The Race 2,673,000
5 Rugby League Grand Final 9 2,528,000
6 The 2009 Grand Final Post Match Presentation Ten 2,448,000
7 State Of Origin Rugby League NSW V Qld 1st – Match 9 2,322,000
8 Hey Hey Reunion -Ep2 9 2,213,000
9 Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities* 2,158,000
10 Hey Hey Reunion 9 2,149,000
11 State Of Origin Rugby League NSW V Qld 2nd –Match 9 2,134,000
12 The Biggest Loser (Aus) – The Winner Announced Ten 2,094,000
13 State Of Origin Rugby League NSW Qld 3rd – Match 9 1,907,000
14 Packed To The Rafters 7 1,872,000
15 The Biggest Loser (Aus) – Finale Night Ten 1,798,000
16 Masterchef Australia – Challenge Ten 1,736,000
17 TV Week Logie Awards Arrivals 9 1,698,000
18 The 2009 Grand Final Pre Match Entertainment Ten 1,697,000
19 51st Annual TV Week Logie Awards 9 1,664,000
20 Seven News – Extended – Bushfire Disaster Edition 7 1,640,000
* Underbelly figures include all first run episodes.

NINE NETWORK:
Top 20 Programs – Total People – 5 City Metro
000s Weeks 7-48, 2009 (excluding Easter)
1 Masterchef Australia – The Winner Announced Ten 3,726
2 Masterchef Australia – Finale Night Ten 3,293
3 Ten’s AFL Finals 2009: Grand Final St Kilda V Geelong Ten 2,878
4 Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities -Ep1 Nine 2,582
5 Rugby League Grand Final Nine 2,528
6 The 2009 Grand Final Post Match Presentation Ten 2,448
7 The 2009 Melbourne Cup Carnival: Melbourne Cup-The Race Seven 2,333
8 State Of Origin Rugby League NSW V Qld 1st – Match Nine 2,322
9 Hey Hey Reunion -Ep2 Nine 2,213
10 Hey Hey Reunion Nine 2,149
11 State Of Origin Rugby League NSW V Qld 2nd – Match Nine 2,134
12 Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities Nine 2,127
13 The Biggest Loser (Aus) – The Winner Announced Ten 2,094
14 State Of Origin Rugby League NSW V Qld 3rd – Match Nine 1,907
15 Packed To The Rafters Seven 1,872
16 The Biggest Loser (Aus) – Finale Night Ten 1,798
17 Masterchef Australia – Challenge Ten 1,736
18 TV Week Logie Awards Arrivals Nine 1,698
19 The 2009 Grand Final Pre Match Entertainment Ten 1,697
20 51st Annual TV Week Logie Awards Nine 1,664

SEVEN NETWORK:
Top 100 Programmes
1. Underbelly Nine 2.127
2. Packed to the Rafters Seven 1.872
3. Masterchef – Challenge Ten 1.736
4. Seven News – Sunday Seven 1.602
5. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation Ten 1.602
6. Masterchef Ten 1.529
7. Thank God You’re Here Seven 1.516
8. World’s Strictest Parents Seven 1.510
9. Border Security Seven 1.499
10. Seven News – Monday-Friday Seven 1.493
11. Find My Family Seven 1.479
12. The Zoo Seven 1.475
13. NCIS Ten 1.449
14. Dancing with the Stars Seven 1.437
15. RSPCA Animal Rescue Seven 1.433
16. Nine News – Sunday Nine 1.430
17. Midsomer Murders – Sunday ABC 1.421
18. Surf Patrol Seven 1.415
19. Triple Zero Heroes Seven 1.389
20. Customs Nine 1.381
21. Last Chance Surgery Seven 1.378
22. Australia’s Got Talent Seven 1.377
23. Today Tonight Seven 1.376
24. Air Ways Seven 1.369
25. Merlin Ten 1.364
26. Border Security – Repeat Episodes Seven 1.359
27. World’s Strictest Parents – United Kingdom Seven 1.357
28. Highway Patrol Seven 1.353
29. The Force Seven 1.346
30. Sea Patrol Nine 1.332
31. Better Homes and Gardens Seven 1.331
32. Seven News – Saturday Seven 1.328
33. City Homicide – Monday Seven 1.313
34. Border Security – Wednesday Seven 1.301
35. Two and a Half Men – Monday Nine 1.292
36. So You Think You Can Dance Ten 1.279
37. Bondi Rescue Ten 1.273
38. Flash Forward Seven 1.272
39. Criminal Minds Seven 1.269
40. Midsomer Murders – Friday ABC 1.254
41. Two and a Half Men Nine 1.254
42. Sunday Night Seven 1.226
43. Recruits Ten 1.224
44. New Tricks ABC 1.221
45. Random Acts of Kindness Nine 1.219
46. Spicks and Specks ABC 1.219
47. Bones Seven 1.219
48. City Homicide – Sunday Seven 1.219
49. Destroyed in Seconds Seven 1.218
50. Two and a Half Men – Wednesday Nine 1.208
51. The Chaser’s War on Everything ABC 1.203
52. 60 Minutes Nine 1.195
53. NCIS – Repeat Episodes Ten 1.194
54. The Farmer Wants A Wife Nine 1.193
55. Celebrity Masterchef Ten 1.187
56. The Gruen Transfer ABC 1.176
57. All Saints Seven 1.172
58. Nine News – Monday-Friday Nine 1.168
59. 20 to 1 Nine 1.164
60. Getaway Nine 1.157
61. Billy Connolly: Journey to the Edge of the World Seven 1.153
62. Domestic Blitz Nine 1.151
63. Border Security – United States Seven 1.144
64. Yellowstone ABC 1.140
65. The Biggest Loser – Weigh-In Ten 1.139
66. Home and Away Seven 1.133
67. Medical Emergency Seven 1.131
68. 20 to 1 – Repeat Episodes Nine 1.128
69. 20 to 1 – Adults Only Nine 1.125
70. Law and Order: SVU Ten 1.123
71. A Current Affair Nine 1.118
72. Missing Pieces Nine 1.117
73. Desperate Housewives Seven 1.109
74. NCIS – 9:30pm Tuesday Ten 1.108
75. Two and a Half Men – Daily Nine 1.108
76. RPA Nine 1.102
77. Gangs of Oz Seven 1.090
78. Grey’s Anatomy Seven 1.083
79. Criminal Minds – Monday Seven 1.080
80. Stephen Fry in America ABC 1.075
81. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nine 1.073
82. The Mentalist Nine 1.071
83. Nine News – Saturday Nine 1.066
84. George Gently ABC 1.065
85. Lie to Me Ten 1.064
86. The Big Bang Theory Nine 1.062
87. Trouble in Paradise Nine 1.053
88. What’s Good For You Nine 1.053
89. City Homicide – Wednesday Seven 1.046
90. The Biggest Loser – Elimination Ten 1.043
91. Beauty and the Geek Seven 1.041
92. Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple ABC 1.040
93. Rush Ten 1.039
94. The Biggest Loser – Daily Ten 1.033
95. Silent Witness ABC 1.030
96. 20 to 1 – Tuesday Nine 1.023
97. Agatha Christie: Poirot ABC 1.023
98. Commercial Breakdown Nine 1.016
99. Money For Jam Nine 1.012
100. Wipeout Australia Nine 1.012

Top 50 Events in 2009 (Weeks 1-48, 2009)
1. Masterchef – Announcement of Winner Ten 3.726
2. Masterchef – Final Ten 3.293
3. AFL Grand Final – Match Ten 2.878
4. The Melbourne Cup – The Race Seven 2.673
5. Underbelly – Episode 1 Nine 2.582
6. NRL Grand Final – Match Nine 2.528
7. AFL Grand Final – Post-Match Ten 2.448
8. State of Origin I – Match Nine 2.322
9. Australian Open – Day 9 Primetime Seven 2.316
10. Australian Open – Men’s Final Seven 2.246
11. Hey Hey Reunion #2 Nine 2.213
12. Hey Hey Reunion #1 Nine 2.149
13. State of Origin II – Match Nine 2.134
14. Twenty/20 Cricket: Australia v South Africa Nine 2.123
15. The Biggest Loser – Announcement of Winner Ten 2.094
16. Twenty/20 Cricket – Australia v South Africa Nine 2.039
17. State of Origin III – Match Nine 1.907
18. The Biggest Loser – Final Ten 1.798
19. TV Week Logie Awards – Arrivals Nine 1.698
20. AFL Grand Final – Pre-Match Ten 1.697
21. Australian Open – Women’s Final Seven 1.673
22. TV Week Logie Awards Nine 1.664
23. Australian Open – Day 7 Primetime Seven 1.654
24. Seven News – Extended Bushfire Coverage Seven 1.640
25. Twenty/20 Cricket – Australia v New Zealand Nine 1.626
26. Australian Open – Men’s Final: Pre-Match Seven 1.622
27. One Day Cricket – Australia v South Africa Primetime Nine 1.621
28. State of Origin I – Pre-Match Nine 1.590
29. A Lion Called Christian Seven 1.587
30. Australian Open – Day 11 Primetime Seven 1.587
31. Dancing with the Stars – Final Seven 1.573
32. One Day Cricket – Australia v New Zealand Primetime Nine 1.567
33. Movie: Night At The Museum Ten 1.534
34. All Saints – Final Episode Seven 1.505
35. Miracle of the Hudson Plane Crash Seven 1.490
36. The Biggest Loser – The Final Weigh-In Ten 1.488
37. Australian Idol – Announcement of Winner Ten 1.486
38. AFL Preliminary Final: St Kilda v Western Bulldogs Seven 1.466
39. So You Think You Can Dance – Announcement of Winner Ten 1.452
40. AFL Preliminary Final: Geelong v Collingwood Ten 1.446
41. One Day Cricket: Australia v New Zealand Primetime Nine 1.444
42. Australian Open – Day 3 Primetime Seven 1.435
43. Masterchef – Audition 1 Ten 1.428
44. The Farmer Wants A Wife – Final Nine 1.421
45. Australian Open – Women’s Final: Presentations Seven 1.416
46. Movie: The Devil Wears Prada Ten 1.414
47. Nine News Special – Victorian Bushfires Nine 1.401
48. The Farmer Wants A Wife – Reunion Nine 1.382
49. Unlikely Animal Friends Seven 1.378
50. Australian Open – Women’s Final: Introductions Seven 1.377

4 Comments »

  1. Harry December 6, 2009 at 2:39 pm -

    Ouch @ Idol not appearing in the top 100. Masterchef was fantastic, deserved its ratings. Classy show. Great to see NCIS being the highest rating US show in Oz.

  2. Goffy December 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm -

    Rob- not me. The system works. It doesn’t give a true figure as to how many watched the show, but it does rank the shows. The figures show tha more people watched the finale of masterchef than
    anything else this year, and that’s what matters!

  3. sam December 6, 2009 at 10:58 am -

    Yes, the FTA ratings are rubbish. Pay TV are very accurate in thier ratings and Pay TV shows are much much better than any of the above mentioned shows except Masterchef Australia.

  4. Rob December 6, 2009 at 7:28 am -

    Those Masterchef ratings have to be an error. I have no confidence in the FTA ratngs numbers that get published. The margin or error is just obsurd. Pay TV and Internet hits are extremely accurate as they can come up with an exact number rather than some complicated calculations and guesses. Who agrees?

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