House Rules, My Kitchen Rules and the State of Origin were big winners in TV ratings for the Illawarra in 2015

RATINGS WINNERS: The Illawarra lapped up reality TV in 2015. Some top shows watched were My Kitchen Rules with judges Colin Fassnidge and Manu Feildel, and House Rules at No. 1 with host Johanna Griggs. Picture: Supplied

RATINGS WINNERS: The Illawarra lapped up reality TV in 2015. Some top shows watched were My Kitchen Rules with judges Colin Fassnidge and Manu Feildel, and House Rules at No. 1 with host Johanna Griggs. Picture: Supplied

For the first time in the Illawarra’s television history, Prime7 has taken out the title of Number 1 free-to-air TV channel in the region for 2015.

They’ve pipped their major opposition the WIN network, by 0.3 points with a Network Audience Share of 29.6% between 6.00pm – Midnight, Sunday to Saturday. It brings them a long way from the 8.8 deficit to WIN back in 2006.

Big bosses are also pleased they’ve shown 12 of the Top 20 most watched ‘Regular’ programs (meaning shows with three or more episodes) of the year - the most of any network in the Wollongong Market.

Winter - starring Matt Noble, Rebecca Gibney and Peter O'Brien. Most of the Australian drama was filmed in Kiama.

Winter - starring Matt Noble, Rebecca Gibney and Peter O'Brien. Most of the Australian drama was filmed in Kiama.

“Reality television is real, it's raw, it's emotional and it can be a roller coaster for the participants and the audience. It's also unpredictable, sometimes jarring ... and that is the glue that binds viewers to it,” said Prime Media Group CEO Ian Audsely.

The top shows people watched in 2015:

My Kitchen Rules was #1 - the winning episode the biggest rating of the year (coming 9th overall for most watched single program) (Prime7)

Winter - the new crime drama starring Rebecca Gibney. Many pivotal scenes were filmed in Kiama including the jetty, fish markets, cliff tops and the Anglican (Prime7)

Sunday National News on (WIN)

House Rules (Prime7)

800 Words - comedy-drama series starring Erik Thomson (Prime7)

Married at First Sight (WIN)

Live Thursday Night Football (WIN)

Live Friday Night Football (WIN)

The X Factor (Prime7)

National News - weeknights (WIN)

WIN Local News - weeknights

The Block (WIN)

Overall the top three watched single programs of the year were sports and on WIN - the Rugby League Grand Final at thirds, State of Origin 1 NSW v QLD at second, and first place State of Origin 2 QLD v NSW with 134,027 average viewers in the Wollongong Region.

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