Top rating shows of 2018

The AFL Grand Final Presentations was the top audience in 2018 at 2,616,000 viewers.

That was down on 2017’s 2,723,ooo, also for the AFL Grand Final.

When calculated on Combined (Metro +Regional) audiences State of Origin I tops the list at 3,445,00 viewers eclipsing the AFL Grand Final’s 3,392,000 -in part because RegionalTAM has stronger penetration in east coast markets.

The Australian Open Men’s Final drew 1,739,000 viewers in summer. The top Commonwealth Games audience was 2,037,000 viewers for the Opening Ceremony during Easter break.

SBS cracked the Top 20 twice thanks to the FIFA World Cup. 10’s top audience was for MasterChef Australia: The Winner Announced at 1,413,000 and ABC’s Spicks & Specks Reunion at 1,113,000.

1AFL Grand Final PresentationsSeven2,616,000
2AFL Grand Final West Coast v CollingwoodSeven2,615,000
3State of Origin INine2,347,000
4NRL Grand FinalNine2,141,000
5State of Origin IINine2,132,000
6The Block: Winner AnnouncedNine2,093,000
7Royal Wedding: CeremonySeven1,993,000
8Married at First Sight: FinaleNine1,900,000
9Melbourne  Cup: The RaceSeven1,988,000
10AFL Grand Final: On the GroundSeven1,831,000
11Royal Weddings: ArrivalsSeven1,772,000
12State of Origin IIINine1,769,000
13Married at First Sight: Final Dinner PartyNine1,760,000
14The Block: Grand FinalNine1,735,000
152018 FIFA World Cup: France  vs AusSBS1,667,000
162018 FIFA World Cup: Denmark vs AusSBS1,664,000
17My Kitchen Rules: Winner AnnouncedSeven1,637,000
18Royal Wedding: ProcessionSeven1,551,000
19Harry & Meghan: The Royal WeddingNine1,512,000
20My Kitchen Rules: Grand FinalSeven1,433,000

5 City Metro Weeks 7-48 excluding Commonwealth Games 28 Day Consolidated.

© OzTAM Pty Limited 2017. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


  1. State of Origin 1 tops the list “in part because RegionalTAM has stronger penetration in east coast markets.” “Stronger Penetration” is code for more and larger regional towns. State of Origin 1 therefore was No.1 with the largest national audience.

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