Winning the race: TV ratings top 50 2023 all about sport, what about 2024?

TV ratings

No drama, and just two non-sport programs make the 2023 top 20

Mediaweek has started to analyse the 2024 TV ratings year. To get a grip on where the industry is headed it is instructional to review what was hot in 2023.

As OzTAM prepares to unveil the next step in the move to releasing national Total TV data, we have compiled the list using those parameters.

TV ratings: It’s a sports world

TV ratings were dominated by sport. Just two non-sport programs make the top 20, with the whole top 10 exclusively sport.

There was a little more diversity in the top 50 with 22 of the spots non-sporting events.

The hottest event of the TV year was of course the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 which took six the of top 10 spots. It filled 13 spots in the top 50.

Other sporting events on the chart, in order of popularity, were AFL Grand Final, NRL Grand Final, State of Origin Rugby League, Australian Open and Men’s ODI World Cup.

AFL Grand Final 2023 seven

AFL Grand Final 2023 on Seven


No drama: reality TV is still hot

Reality TV remains a firm favourite. Not that viewers of commercial FTA TV are getting many options in early primetime.

Seven has claimed the TV ratings year, yet the most popular non-sport programs are on Nine. Married at First Sight and The Block both snagged a spot in the top 20. The Endemol Shine Australia-produced dating show managed to secure eight spots in the top 30.

The Block from Cavalier TV’s David Barbour and Julian Cress shows up three times on the chart, including a spot for the popular Sunday night reveal episodes.

The Block

The Block 2023

Other reality shows on the chart include Seven’s Farmer Wants a Wife from Fremantle and The Voice from ITV Studios.

Our headline “no drama” is not strictly correct. It should say “not much” drama.

The highest-ranked of just two drama spots on the top 50 is ABC’s UK crime series Vera. Also finding a spot is Seven Studio’s Home and Away, confirming it remains Australia’s most popular drama series.

Other non-sport entries on the chart include the Beyond-produced documentary John Farnham: Finding the Voice and Seven’s coverage of the TV Week Logie Awards.

Seven has the most entries – 25. Nine has 23 spots. The ABC gets two entries – one for Vera and another for its annual New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks.

John Farnham

One of the hottest shows of 2023

The 2024 predictor

Let’s go out on a limb and suggest there will be lots of sport making the 2024 Total TV ratings chart.

Making a significant part of the list should be the 2024 Paris Olympics which we believe Nine has the rights for. Just how dominant the Games will be in the rankings could depend on how competitive Australia is in the race for medals.

Otherwise, it should be the usual suspects including MAFS, The Block on Philip Island, Farmer and The Voice. It will be a challenge for any of the limited number of new programs being launched to find a place on the 2024 biggest list.

RankNetworkProgram Name (Primary Description)Selected Total (000s)
1Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Aus V Eng7,320,500
2Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Aus V Fra Post Game4,516,800
3Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Aus V Fra4,225,200
4Seven Seven’s AFL: Grand Final: Collingwood V Brisbane3,984,300
5Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Aus V Den3,569,000
6Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Swe V Aus3,414,000
7Nine NRL Grand Final Day – Match3,412,800
8Nine State Of Origin Rugby League Qld V NSW 1st -Match3,293,900
9Seven Seven’s AFL: Grand Final: Presentations3,242,000
10Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Final Esp V Eng3,088,400
11Nine State Of Origin Rugby League Qld V NSW 2nd -Match3,044,600
12Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Aus V Eng Post Game2,856,900
13Seven Seven’s AFL: Grand Final: On The Ground2,840,300
14Nine State Of Origin Rugby League NSW V Qld 3rd -Match2,505,400
15Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Can V Aus2,492,800
16Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Aus V Eng Pre-Game2,412,600
17Nine Married At First Sight – The Final Dinner Party2,115,700
18Nine The Block – Grand Final2,114,200
19Nine Married At First Sight – Finale2,098,300
20Nine 2023 Australian Open D14 – Men’s Final1,975,300
21Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Aus V Ire1,959,400
22Nine Married At First Sight – Wed1,931,200
23Nine Married At First Sight – Sun1,929,000
24ABC New Year’s Eve 2023: Midnight Fireworks1,908,800
25Nine Married At First Sight – Launch1,860,200
26Nine Married At First Sight – Mon1,825,200
27Nine Married At First Sight – Tue1,821,500
28Nine NRL Grand Final Day – Entertainment1,785,500
29Nine Married At First Sight -Thu1,752,900
30Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Aus V Den Pre-Game1,712,700
31Seven John Farnham: Finding The Voice1,663,800
32Nine State Of Origin Rugby League Qld V NSW 1st -Pre Match1,653,500
33Nine ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 -Final -Ind V Aus -S11,602,700
34Nine The Block – Sun1,575,300
35Nine State Of Origin Rugby League Qld V NSW 2nd – Pre Match1,559,900
36Nine NRL Grand Final Day – Post Match1,539,600
37Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Aus V Nga1,482,200
38ABC Vera1,464,000
39Seven Seven’s AFL: Friday Night Football Finals1,462,400
40Nine 2023 Australian Open D14 – Men’s Final – Presentation1,462,400
41Nine The Block – Launch1,421,100
42Seven Seven News1,391,900
43Seven FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Final Esp V Eng Post Game1,386,900
44Seven Farmer Wants A Wife – Finale Part 11,375,800
45Seven The Voice – Launch1,365,700
46Nine Carols By Candlelight1,364,300
47Seven Home And Away1,357,800
48Seven The 63rd TV Week Logie Awards1,357,800
49Seven Farmer Wants A Wife – Finale Part 21,352,600
50Seven The Voice – Grand Finale1,347,000

Source: OzTAM Total TV all people, national, calendar year Jan-Dec 2023

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