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AFL Grand Final the most watched program of 2018

From the Eagles winning the flag to a certain royal nuptials, it has been a year of TV highs.

With the official free-to-air ratings period ending today, data from Australia’s ratings provider OzTam shows that the AFL grand final was the most-watched program of the year, with 2.6 million people nationally and just under half a million in Perth tuning in to watch the Eagles beat Collingwood.

Although AFL is still Australia’s most popular televised sport, the State of Origin, NRL grand final and Melbourne Cup also rated highly.

Seven of the top-10 most-watched programs of the year nationally and five of the top 10 in Perth were sporting broadcasts, proving that live sport is still a key ratings drawcard.

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Seven’s telecast of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in May was Perth’s most-watched non-sporting program of the year, with 310,000 viewers.

US medical drama The Good Doctor, which airs on Seven, was Perth’s No.1 drama.

The year’s most popular regular programs (shows that aired at least three times) among Perth audiences were dominated by reality series, with cooking juggernaut My Kitchen Rules (which peaked at an average of 178,000 viewers) and renovating hit House Rules (150,000) making up six of the top 10. The national top-10 list included Nine reality formats Married at First Sight and The Block.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel.
Camera IconPrince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel.Picture: Getty Images

The OzTam figures also show that Seven remains Perth’s No.1 TV network, a title it has now held for 13 consecutive years.

Seven claimed a 34.9 per cent audience share, ahead of Nine on 22.7 per cent and Ten on 17.4 per cent.

The win caps a big year for Seven, which also secured the cricket broadcast rights in a landmark deal with Foxtel, relaunched its video-on-demand service 7Plus, and today debuted its new cooking-focused multichannel 7Food. Kate Molinari, chief marketing officer for Seven West Media WA, said the network’s success was bolstered by its news and current affair offerings.

“Seven News, Today Tonight, Sunrise and Seven News at 4 were again in 2018 the most watched news and public affairs programs in Perth,” Ms Molinari said.

The official ratings period resumes on February 10, and Ms Molinari promised a feast of new entertainment next year.

“Seven is also excited to re-launch 7News.com.au, a new online home for Australia’s No.1 and most trusted news and public affairs brand Seven News,” she said.

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