My TV channel rules - the real reality game of 2015

My Kitchen Rules ruled our screens this year.
My Kitchen Rules ruled our screens this year. PHOTO Channel

THE official ratings period is over for the year. So which channel reigned supreme?

Apparently they all did.

All three commercial free-to-air networks claimed victory on the small screen this week.

Surely they can't all be number one?

It's a numbers game, and depending on how you crunch the figures or which key demographics you're looking at you get a different result.

Overall, Nine had the highest rating TV event of the year with the second State of Origin match reaching just shy of four million viewers nationally (3.922m).

It's easy to see why Fox Sports was so keen to get a bigger slice of the NRL TV pie, although the new deal just recently penned does not include State of Origin or the grand final.

But when you take sport out of the equation - the NRL grand final was the second most-watched event of the year followed by State of Origin match one and the AFL grand final - Seven was the big winner with My Kitchen Rules dominating the beginning of the year and climaxing in a grand final winner announcement which was watched by 3.164 million viewers nationally.

Seven also lays claim to the most popular new Australian drama of the year, Erik Thomson's 800 Words.

But then you could argue Ten had the most successful year in terms of growth as the only commercial primary channel to increase in both total people (8%) and the key demographic of 25 to 54-year-olds (7.5%).

Ten's strategy of event and reality TV appears to be working as it celebrates its highest commercial share since 2011 and its biggest audiences since 2012.

Ten is also the only network to voluntarily report its online viewing and catch-up figures for its digital broadcast service TenPlay.

The broadcaster reports 25 million unique visitors this year and 171 million video views. It will be interesting to compare these numbers to Seven and Nine's equivalents, as well as ABC iView, next year.

Topics:  entertainment ratings television

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