Television Malta remained the most popular station, while the 8.00pm news achieved the highest audience of all programmes – 123,000 viewers. Compared with two years ago, the TVM average audience increased to over 96,000.
The Broadcasting Authority’s survey held in October showed that Television Malta is viewed by 141,000 viewers, equivalent to 35.4% of Maltese televiewers – almost double that of ONE and triple that of NET TV.
The majority of persons interviewed by the Broadcasting Authority last October said that news is their most favourite genre, with the survey showing that Television Malta’s 8pm news is the most popular with the highest audience of over 123,000, around one thousand more than a year ago. The highest audience for ONE news was 66,293 and 34,024 for NET TV.
The Authority’s survey on a one-month period from the start of the new schedule showed that TVM had an audience of 35.4%, while ONE reached an audience of 18.6% and NET TV 8.8%. The foreign stations had a viewership of 31.5%.
News had the highest viewership of 123 thousand and practically had the highest number of viewers all days of the week, except for Sunday. X Factor had the second highest audience – 96,000 viewers, while Xarabank had the third highest with over 69,000.
Drama series were the second most genre of programmes favourite with Maltese viewers. L-Għarusa is the most popular with an audience reaching 50,000; Manwela 45,000 and Vigilante almost 27,000.
Current affairs programmes, such as Dissett, Xtra and Realta’, had average audiences of over 14,000 viewers. Sibtek programme registered the biggest audience for programmes during the day with 18,000 viewers, while new programme Ras Imbras had 27,000 viewers.
The figures show that the Maltese still follow television, with a small reduction of one per cent over a year ago. It is estimates that 274,000 persons or 61% of Maltese follow television regularly for just under two hours a day.