New Year’s Eve audience lifts for ABC

New Year’s Eve audience lifts for ABC

Two years ago I asked the question, “Why does ABC under-report its NYE ratings every year?”

On Sunday night ABC drew a network share of 33.4% in metro.

Yet according to ABC Publicity the share was 28.4% -because ABC bizarrely factors in Subscription viewing into TV’s overall shares. No other broadcaster makes this a practice.

OzTAM reported 1.14m metro viewers watched the Midnight Fireworks on ABC with a further 150,000 on ABC News, a total of 1.29m metro -up slightly on 2022’s 1.24m.

Adding in regional viewers, ABC indicates the Midnight Fireworks averaged 1.8m viewers across Broadcast and ABC iview.

Yet OzTAM noted even better at 1.93m in Total TV.

ABC’s Head of Arts, Music and Events, Kath Earle said: “New Year’s Eve is magical and last night was no exception with millions of people joining the ABC for a shared celebration of live music, entertainment and the world-famous fireworks display above Sydney Harbour.

“I’d like to thank everyone, especially all the ABC staff, who worked around the clock to bring audiences every moment of this incredible night across ABC TV, ABC iview, on ABC Radio and social media. Happy new year to all!”