AdNews Analysis: The top 20 TV shows of 2017

Arvind Hickman
By Arvind Hickman | 1 February 2018
Australian Ninja Warrior featured six times on the top 20.

Australian Ninja Warrior has helped Nine dominate OzTam's list of the top 20 TV shows of 2017.

The AFL grand final between Adelaide and Richmond took out the top two spots for Seven with 2.723 million metro viewers tuning into the match and 2.722 million hanging around for the final presentation.

This was followed by the epic Australian Open men's final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, which pulled 2.69 million metro viewers.

The AFL final presentation ceremony was the most watched TV event nationally, attracting 3.69 million viewers, albeit over a much shorter period of time than the actual match. This was followed by State of Origin III (3.65 million) and the men's tennis (3.62 million).

The fact that sport dominates FTA TV ratings is nothing out of the ordinary, but what really shook up programming in 2017 was Ninja Warrior.

Six separate Ninja Warrior shows made the top 20 list, led by the final stage battle in ninth spot, watched by 2.25 million city viewers. The grand final also made the top 10, helping Nine claim 12 TV programs in OzTam's top 20 list last year.

In spite of Ninja Warrior's success, Seven's main channel claimed the largest audience share in prime time (C7) for the year with 20.1% to Nine's 19.6% and Ten's 12.7%. The ABC was hot on the tails of Ten with 12.1% while SBS had 5.3% and Viceland posted 1%

The show that performed best on FTA catch up was The Good Doctor, with two episodes attracting an additional 368,000 viewers within 28 days after broadcast. Utopia (342,000) and 800 Words (245,000 and 241,000) also performed well.

SBS show The Good Fight had a remarkable 114% audience increase in consolidated 28 day viewing compared to overnight figures.

GoT dominates STV

Game of Thrones dominated subscription broadcast TV with seven of the top 10 overnight audiences on Foxtel, heading the list at 584,000.

Game of Thrones also had strong catch up audiences with seven on the top 20 on Foxtel, hovering between 94,000 and 113,000.

Moana picked up the biggest catch up audience with 147,000, proportionally one of its episodes had a 902% increase on overnight, illustrating the on-demand viewing preferences of children (or their parents).

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