Hitting balls, sportsmen having a rough and tumble and watching people cook appear to be what Aussies love when it comes to broadcast TV viewing. At least, that’s according to a report from FreeTV’s marketing initiative ThinkTV.
The report about TV viewing habits of Aussies shows the second match of State of Origin was the most watched show on broadcast TV for 2015, with 3.96 million viewers.
The Rugby League grand final was in second place with 3.793 million and the first State of Origin match was third with 3.701 million.
The figures came from audience rating company OzTam across five capital cities and six aggregated regional markets from the whole of last year. The data is a combination of live viewing, total people and all the consolidated figures.
Reality TV also fared well with the winner announcement segment of Seven’s My Kitchen Rules (MKR) the most watched reality show episode for last year. It had 3.222 million viewers.
Nine’s renovation reality show The Block also made the top 40 shows for 2015, with the winner announcement segment coming in eleventh place at 2.940 million.
Ten’s Masterchef winner announcement was right behind it in twelfth place with 2.902 million.
Reality TV was always going to score big for the commercial networks, as each of their strong shows – MKR, The Block and Masterchef – consistently pulled high numbers and were often in the top ten most watched for the evenings they aired. The Guardian named all three big hits for the year.
Seven’s Catching Milat and Peter Allen – not the boy next door were amongst the top 40, as was Nine’s House of Hancock.