Ratings: Seven Network Q1 results

Seven grows from strength to strength

The Seven Network has ended the first quarter of 2023 as the fastest-growing national television network.

Seven is the only network to increase its national total people share so far this year, closing the first quarter with a 39.3% commercial audience share.

Across the 13 weeks of the first quarter, Seven increased its national audience share in total people in eight weeks and its share in people 25 to 54 in nine weeks.

Seven’s strong start to the year has been underpinned by Australia’s most-watched news program, 7NEWS; the #1 winter sport, the AFL; the #1 breakfast program, Sunrise; the #1 local drama series, Home and Away; and the #1 game show, The Chase Australia.

The network’s audience share growth has also been fuelled by Better Homes and Gardens, Australian Idol, We Interrupt This Broadcast, Highway Patrol and more.

Seven’s 7two, 7mate, 7Bravo and 7flix continue to dominate as the #1 suite of multichannels, with newcomer 7Bravo capturing a healthy share in its target market of young women since it arrived on 15 January.

7plus record impressive growth during the March quarter, with total minutes up 18.9% year- on-year (excluding the Beijing Winter Olympics).

Live viewing on 7plus soared 29.7% thanks to key programs such as Home and Away and Australian Idol, plus the launch of 7Bravo. VOD viewing rose 16.5%, pumped up by Seven’s core content and new content from NBCUniversal (including 7Bravo content).

Seven’s next hit, the new season of Farmer Wants A Wife, debuts on Easter Monday, 10 April. The extraordinary new drama event, The Claremont Murders, starts on the same night. Waiting in the wings are the brand-new family entertainment shows Blow Up and The 1% Club.

The content line-up for the rest of 2023 includes The Voice with new coach, global superstar Jason Derulo, Million Dollar Island, Dancing With The Stars, SAS Australia, RFDS, Ultimate Escape, Big Brother, My Kitchen Rules, the TV WEEK Logie Awards, more AFL, more Supercars, more horse racing, the ICC World Test Championship Final in June and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ in July and August.

Seven Chief Content Officer, Entertainment Programming, Angus Ross, said: “Our share growth in the first three months of 2023 reflects the popularity of our news, sport and entertainment content across Seven and 7plus and how it is connecting with all Australians.

“Our content ‘spine’ of Sunrise, The Chase Australia, 7NEWS, Home and Away and Better Homes and Gardens continues to dominate viewing day in, day out. Australian Idol helped lift our total TV audience share year-on-year and gave us a more competitive start to the ratings year, which was always the objective, while the AFL has once again proven it is the #1 sport on TV.

“Our line-up across the rest of 2023 is very strong and will ensure Seven is Australia’s most- watched national total TV business,” he said.

Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer, Kurt Burnette, said: “Each year our objective is to build for growth and to connect brands with an engaged audience across the screens of Seven. Growing our audience share in what has been a highly competitive quarter has helped lay the platform to keep building for audience growth in 2023.

“The integration of brands into Australian Idol delivered phenomenal returns for brands and the AFL has returned as the #1 winter sporting code for brands to be a part of. We are now moving into the rest of the year with some of the very best brand-new integratable content and innovation, from the best show makers and creators in the world.”

By no measure or metric is any of this even remotely true.


How does one measure the speed of growth with respect to a quarter of television? Can’t unsterstand the metric. The share either grew or it didn’t.


Compared to last year, it arguably shrunk.


Genuine question, how is this measured, particularly with regards to the last two shows listed?

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Fuelled by BS?


:rofl: haha almost choked on my coffee, as would most outlets upon reading the above drivel


Seven, of course are talking about metro + regional shares; perhaps they mean they grew because they took over Prime?

The OzTAM numbers up to end of week 13 show Seven is down 2 full share points in total people which is the metric they used.

2022 28.9%
2023 26.9%

For Regional TAM for the first quarter, the last couple of weeks haven’t yet been posted to their web site, but so far Seven’s network share is down by about 1 point there.


They usually talk about YoY timeslot* growth in key demos don’t they, so nationally, maybe they’re up there? Rather than looking at the general Sun-Sat 6pm-12am shares. It’s all rather confusing though.

  • cough, cough, sorry I believe they call it timeSLOW growth :joy:

Specifically says “Seven increased its national audience share in total people in eight weeks”

I just thought of one explanation. Seven talk about “fastest-growing national television network”. Nine and 10 don’t own their regional counterparts so aren’t “national”. So Seven is comparing their results to the only other national networks of ABC and SBS.


LOL, that’s pretty lousy if they’re doing that!