Seven wins primetime (officially)

James McGrath
By James McGrath | 8 January 2015

If it wasn't official before, it is now – Seven won the primetime ratings last year.

Ratings body OzTAM has released its 2014 stats to the media, which largely confirm what the networks knew at the beginning of December when things started to wind down and the unofficial ratings window drew to a close.

Seven won the primetime ratings with a 30.1% share ahead of Nine on 28.9%, while Ten took home an 18.1% slice and the ABC came in behind with a 17.7% stake. SBS finished up with a 5.3% share.

The top rating program of the year in metro areas was the AFL Grand Final, and the State of Origin also rated well, with the second match coming in at number three, the first match came in at number four and the third match came in at number 16.

However, this only happens when you add in the Perth figures.

OzTAM did not include the Perth figures in its official data as the games were shown on GEM rather than the main channel.

For the record 112,000 sandgropers tuned in for game one, 124,000 watched the second match and 92,000 saw the dead rubber.

Meanwhile, even though Ten spruiked its strong performance in catch-up for the year, only one of its shows made the list of top 20 timeshifted for the year.

The top two timeshifted shows of the year were the two episodes of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart.

Meanwhile, if there was ever a clear demonstration of sport's importance to Foxtel, this is it.

All 20 of its top 20 programs for the year were sports events caught on either Fox Footy or a dedicated sports channel.

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2014. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. Program performance and ranking information subject to change when not based on final program logs.

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