This list is partly impacted by TEN’s downturn. We already know other networks such as the ABC have benefitted from that this year.
Still, it’s good for television overall. It remains healthy, even with a modest 4% rise.
As Dale also notes, while viewing may not have kept up with population lifts, these numbers are for Overnight viewing only (Live / As Live) and don’t include Timeshifting and Catch-Up TV.
“Nearly a quarter of the viewing of most dramas on television now takes place within seven days of the original broadcast, because 60 per cent of homes have recording devices or use the catchup services provided by most networks,” he writes.
“So if you take timeshifting and catchup into account, you find that the same proportion of the populace is watching TV now as was watching in 2003.”
In a July TV Tonight poll here’s the way you voted in the question of the balance of viewing live vs Timeshifted: