2016 ratings: Most Timeshifted FTA Shows

We just love our Drama.

OzTAM’s figures for the Most Timeshifted Shows in 2016 has a Top 20 of entirely scripted shows -not one Reality or Sporting event amongst them.

Molly tops the list of Most Timeshifted across a 28 Day period pulling in an extra 428,000 viewers in the 5 city Metro. That comes on top of the 1.788m viewers who watched it Overnight.

Seven and ABC titles ranked high amongst the list.

Report:  Top 20 Most Time Shifted to 28 Programs
Channels:All Free-to-Air
Market: 5 City Metro (aggregate figure)
Demographics: Total People
Day-part: 02:00 – 26:00
Date:1st January – 31st December 2016
Deliverable:Consolidated 28, Consolidated 7 and Overnight
RankDescription (grouped)Channel/NetworkConsolidated 28Consolidated 7 OvernightTime Shift 8-28 000sTime Shift to 28 000sConsolidated 28 % increase on Consolidated 7Consolidated 28 % increase on Overnight
1MOLLY: PART 1Seven2,216,0002,088,0001,788,000128,000428,0006.1%23.9%
2DOWNTON ABBEYSeven1,159,0001,089,000844,00070,000315,0006.5%37.3%
4MOLLY: PART 2Seven1,816,0001,750,0001,526,00066,000290,0003.8%19.0%
5THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES-EVABC1,148,0001,088,000874,00061,000274,0005.6%31.4%
7800 WORDSSeven984,000934,000730,00049,000254,0005.3%34.7%
9THE DURRELLS-EP.2Seven661,000605,000418,00057,000243,0009.3%58.1%
10THE DURRELLSSeven799,000756,000566,00044,000234,0005.8%41.3%
11THE X-FILES MONTEN1,021,000998,000789,00023,000232,0002.3%29.4%
12800 WORDS-EP.2Seven959,000897,000728,00063,000232,0007.0%31.8%
13THE SECRET DAUGHTERSeven1,040,0001,006,000809,00034,000231,0003.4%28.6%
14SCOTT AND BAILEY-LEABC564,000527,000412,00056,000229,0007.1%36.8%
15BROCK – PART 2TEN742,000694,000522,00048,000220,0006.9%42.1%
16LOVE CHILDNine925,000870,000706,00055,000219,0006.3%31.1%
17MADAM SECRETARY EP 2TEN466,000402,000255,00064,000211,00015.9%83.0%
18LOVE CHILD -EP2Nine810,000751,000601,00059,000210,0007.9%34.9%
19THE BLACKLIST-EP.2Seven434,000389,000227,00045,000207,00011.5%91.1%
20DOCTOR DOCTORNine965,000949,000761,00016,000204,0001.7%26.8%

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2017. 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 OzTA


  1. I wonder if news & sports should be rated separtately. Sometimes you look at the ratings and its nearly all news. I’d like to know how shows such as Dr Quinn, MASH & Jag for example get rated but there is never anything about shows like them.

  2. Secret Squïrrel

    For obvious reasons, people prefer to watch news, sport, and reality shows live (or as broadcast). That doesn’t leave much to compete with dramas in the time-shifting stakes, especially when the commercial networks are notorious for not starting them at the advertised time and many the shows finishing too late for people who have school/work/other commitments the following day.

    The raw numbers during the actual program will likely be even higher as many people would skip / fast fwd thru the ads. I’d wouldn’t want to be paying much for a 30 second slot during The Blacklist.

    • Yeah, in regards to Dr. Blake & Downton, I think I’ve mentioned previously that both were getting a huge lift in the +7 & +28 figures – sometimes up towards 25% – and, on +28 figures, were regularly in the top 1-3 spots. About the only thing that was beating them in those weeks was sport.

      Just goes to show that (a) people will still go out of their way to watch well-produced dramas, and (b) news, sport, and strip-programmed “reality” TV are being used to counter that.

      • And (c) – once people get sick of news, sport and reality they will go elsewhere to get quality programming – whether that’s SVOD illegal or legal downloads or Pay TV or using the PVR is up to their own preferences.

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