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Australian content on Television
About the data

Release statistics

Screen Australia compiles statistics from the agency’s ongoing collection of production and release data. This information is obtained through surveys conducted by Screen Australia, and previously by the Australian Film Commission, as well as analysis of data from third-party providers.

Release statistics in this section of the website are generated from tracking done by the agency, cross-referenced against information from the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia, Rentrak, Independent Film and Television Alliance, OzTAM, GfK Retail and Technology Australia, Australian Communications and Media Authority, Trade Service of Australia and broadcasters.

Free-to-air TV ratings

The free-to-air TV ratings statistics on Screen Australia’s website were compiled between 2001 and 2009 using data supplied by OzTAM. Due to changes in Screen Australia’s methodology, all previously compiled TV ratings statistics for years up to and including 2009 have been archived (see In the archive). Statistics now feature data from 2008 onwards, supplied by both OzTAM and RegionalTAM, based on our new approach.

Screen Australia’s focus is on the performance of individual episodes throughout the calendar year (1 January – 31 December). However, top performing Australian drama and documentaries will also be measured across their series average for each year. Repeat screenings are indicated when known and relevant.

Statistics are based on metropolitan viewers in five cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth), and regional aggregate market viewers across total individuals (including guests). On 27 December 2009, OzTAM commenced measurement of time-shift viewing up to seven days of original broadcast time. In 2016, OzTAM's Time Shift Viewing service was expanded to include 8-28 day viewing.

ABC's main channel was renamed ABC1 in February 2008. In 2014, it reverted to ABC. SBS's main channel was renamed SBS ONE in June 2009, which reverted to SBS in 2015. SBS rebranded SBS 2 to SBS Viceland in 2016

Listed below are definitions for a number of TV ratings terms. See the OzTAM website for more information.

  • ‘Average audience’ is calculated by dividing the sum of the number of people watching a specific program, series or time band each minute by the event’s total number of minutes.
  • ‘Series average’ refers to the average audience for a program across multiple episodes.
  • ‘TARP (Target Audience Rating Point)’ refers to the average number of people who were watching a specific program or time band expressed as a percentage of the potential viewing audience for that demographic. This potential audience, known as a ‘Universe Estimate’ is estimated by OzTAM based on data from its establishment survey and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • ‘SHR (Share)’ refers to the viewers of a particular program or time band as a percentage of total TV viewing for the same time period across all stations including Subscription, Spill-in and Community TV.
  • ‘ATV (Average Time Viewed)’ refers to the number of minutes each individual has seen of the program or time band based on the Universe Estimate of the target, even if they haven’t watched any of the program, i.e. it also includes nil viewing.
  • ‘Consolidated’ refers to the total viewings of television broadcast content. It includes both those watched live at the time of broadcast and those recorded and played back within seven days and/or 28 days of the live broadcast.
  • ‘Live’ refers to the viewing of television broadcast content at the actual time of broadcast.
  • ‘As Live’ refers to the viewing of recorded television broadcast content within the same research day as broadcast (i.e. 2am to 2am) but at a different time to the original, live broadcast time.
  • ‘Time Shift’ refers to the viewing of recorded television broadcast content up to seven and/or 28 days after the live broadcast time.
  • ‘Playback’ refers to the viewing of recorded television within seven and/or 28 days of the live broadcast time but not live at the time of broadcast (i.e. As-live + Time-shift viewings).
  • Metropolitan data is copyright to OzTAM and regional data is copyright to RegionalTAM and may not be reproduced, published or communicated in whole or in part without the prior consent of OzTAM or RegionalTAM.

International festivals and awards tracked since 2005

Festivals and award statistics in this section have been compiled by tracking key overseas events.

International festivals

Annecy International Animated Film Festival, France
Berlin International Film Festival, Germany 
Busan International Film Festival, Korea
Cannes Film Festival, France
Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, France
Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK
Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China
Hong Kong International Film Festival, China
Hot Docs, Canada
International Animation Festival Hiroshima, Japan
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Netherlands
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic
Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland
London Film Festival, UK
Rome International Film Festival, Italy
San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain
Sheffield International Documentary Festival, UK
Sitges International Fantasy and Horror Film Festival, Spain
South by Southwest (SXSW), US
Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Germany
Sundance Film Festival, US
Telluride Film Festival, US
Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
Tribeca Film Festival, US
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
Venice International Film Festival, Italy
Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan

International awards

Academy Awards®, US
Digital Emmy® Awards, US
Emmy® Awards, US