Official OzTAM 2017 ratings winners
TV industry ratings company OzTAM have released their rolled-up numbers for 2017 across all the major free-to-air services to deliver us the authoritative winners for the primary, multi-channel and subscription TV platforms, along with the consolidated winners and share for all networks.
NOTE: all figures are the entire calendar year (1 January to 31 December 2017), not the ratings year of 40 weeks.
No surprises that sport features big - nor should we be surprised that reality TV fleshes out the rest of the Top 20. Where is the drama? Where is the comedy? Well, we all know the answer to that.
Huge figures for The Block and Australian Ninja Warrior mean Nine own the reality portion of the year (and not an MKR or MasterChef in sight).
The smart use of the multi channels by the networks to cover gaps or ensure they meet contractual obligations ensures sport owns the top spots here too. Movies taking out most of the rest of the Top 20 also reveals a number of people aren't yet connected to streaming services where they could watch these films on demand.
So, for all the talk of sport being so important to Foxtel (and, to be fair, it is - filling out the rest of the Top 20 for the year), Game of Thrones manages to nail every episode from the new season in the top 8 programs, owning the top 2 slots. Mother of Dragons, indeed.
TOP PROGRAMS - 28 DAY CONSOLIDATED
The success of The Good Doctor for Seven bleeds into the catch-up stakes, with the US drama taking the top 2 spots with an additional 368,000 viewers recording and watching the episodes within a month of them airing. Most tellingly it's almost exclusively drama on this catch-up list... so people are still watching it, just not in the numbers and in the way they used to.
It's a pretty tight race between Seven and Nine, both in the primary channels and when you roll in the multi channels they still remain pretty close. The ABC & Ten battle closely for third and fourth, leaving SBS in fifth across the year.