Channel Seven Perth rates its way to national No. 1

The 2012 TV ratings period has come to a close, declaring Channel Seven in Perth as the most popular station in Australia.

It's the seventh consecutive year that Seven Perth, with a 25.8 per cent market share has been the highest-rating metropolitan station in the nightly 6pm to midnight slot.

Channel Seven won 38 out of a possible 40 ratings weeks, losing out only to Channel Nine's Olympics coverage in the weeks commencing July 29 and August 5:

Channel Seven: 25.8 per cent
Channel Nine: 16.4 per cent
ABC: 13.9 per cent
Channel Ten: 12.6 per cent
SBS: 4.9 per cent

Seven Perth's stronghold is even more pronounced when the results are grouped into networks:

Network Seven (7, 7TWO and 7mate): 34 per cent
Network Nine (9, GO! and Gem): 22.9 per cent
Network Ten (TEN, ONE and ELEVEN): 19.2 per cent
Network ABC (ABC1, ABC2, ABC3 and ABC24): 18.2 per cent
Network SBS (SBS ONE and SBS TWO): 5.8 per cent

Seven's programs kicking goals locally continue to be Seven News and Today Tonight, which are routinely ranked first and second in the nightly OzTam ratings.

Seven goes head to head with Nine each night; both stations program news at 6pm, during which Seven averages 200,000 viewers and Nine averages 95,000, followed by a current affairs program at 6.30pm during which Today Tonight averages almost 175,000 viewers and A Current Affair averages 85,000.

"At Seven Perth we're particularly proud of the strong local base provided by our 6pm News and local Today Tonight with both programs more than doubling anything else in the respective timeslots," Seven Perth's program and communications manager Melissa Bowen said.

ABC News is consistently the top offering for the ABC, usually ranked between third and sixth each night.

A troubling year in news programming for Channel Ten has left its nightly news bulletin struggling to break the seventh or eighth ranked program each night. Its newsroom recently farewelled anchor Craig Smart, news director Chris Hunt, senior reporter Nick Way, chief of staff Anthony Robertson, sports reporters Michael Genovese and Claire Thomas and several others.

In the primetime evening period, Channel Seven leads the pack in every capital city except Sydney, where Channel Nine holds a 0.6 per cent lead over Seven.

When it comes to the top-ranked programs nationally, The Voice was unbeatable in earning Nine the top nod. Nine's The Block was also strong, as well as Seven's My Kitchen Rules, Revenge, Downton Abbey and The X Factor.

This story Channel Seven Perth rates its way to national No. 1 first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.