Freeview has talked up Australia’s “love affair with light entertainment on free-to-air television” by spruiking the numbers some shows have attained in the month of May.
With consolidated viewing it claims the 20 most-watched light entertainment programs across both metro and regional audiences averaged 1.5 million in May, up from 1.1 million in May 2011.
In May 22 of the 25 most-watched light entertainment shows were locally produced, although it includes Reality shows such as
The Voice with its live shows averaging 2.2 million viewers (it isn’t clear if it counts show titles as 1 or separate listings such as Australia’s Got Talent Monday, Australia’s Got Talent Tuesday etc).
“Australians in their millions tuned into light entertainment programs on Freeview in May, highlighting just how enthusiastic viewers are about the genre,” Freeview general Manager, Liz Ross, said.
However Freeview also claims:
“Other light entertainment programs delivering consistently high audiences, and across all Freeview networks during May included Talking About Your Generation and Glee (TEN), QI and Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight (ABC1), and Eurovision 2012 (SBS ONE).”
But Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation actually ended in March and Gordon Street Tonight ended in April.
Both shows have had replays on ONE and ABC2 but not on TEN nor ABC1 and the numbers are far more modest.
Wonder how the figures were for Yasmin’s Getting Married in May?