Sunrise: Kochie marks Sunrise victory as Australia's number one breakfast show for the 18th year


David ‘Kochie’ Koch celebrates Sunrise’s victory as Australia’s number one breakfast show for the 18th year in a row as he sledges Channel Nine’s Today show ratings


Sunrise host David ‘Kochie’ Koch is celebrating Sunrise’s milestone victory as Australia’s number one breakfast show for the 18th year in a row.

The Channel Seven program ranked number one in the breakfast timeslot after the conclusion of the official survey ratings.

The 65-year-old told The Daily Telegraph on Saturday the show’s 18th year at the top is a milestone moment that he, his co-hosts and the crew are proud of achieving.

Big win! David 'Kochie' Koch celebrates Sunrise's victory as Australia's number one breakfast show for the 18th year in a row. Pictured is Kochie with co-host Natalie Barr

Big win! David ‘Kochie’ Koch celebrates Sunrise’s victory as Australia’s number one breakfast show for the 18th year in a row. Pictured is Kochie with co-host Natalie Barr

‘We are really grateful for the support and loyalty of our viewers who have allowed us into their households,’ he said.

There have been a handful of days this year where Channel Nine’s Today show narrowly beat Sunrise’s usually strong ratings.

But, the minor defeats have not been enough to shake Kochie’s pride in Sunrise’s achievement as he took a thinly-veiled swipe at the competition.

Coming back swinging! There have been a handful of days this year where the Today show narrowly beat Sunrise's usually strong ratings. But, the minor defeats haven't been enough to shake Kochie's pride in Sunrise's achievement as he took a thinly-veiled swipe at the rivals

Coming back swinging! There have been a handful of days this year where the Today show narrowly beat Sunrise’s usually strong ratings. But, the minor defeats haven’t been enough to shake Kochie’s pride in Sunrise’s achievement as he took a thinly-veiled swipe at the rivals

Still on top: Kochie said, 'We are very proud of what we achieve as a team so you get pretty annoyed when others try and rewrite history when you know that they haven't been No. 1 in 18 years,' he added of the rivals. Pictured are Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon

Still on top: Kochie said, ‘We are very proud of what we achieve as a team so you get pretty annoyed when others try and rewrite history when you know that they haven’t been No. 1 in 18 years,’ he added of the rivals. Pictured are Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Ally Langdon

‘We are very proud of what we achieve as a team so you get pretty annoyed when others try and rewrite history when you know that they haven’t been No. 1 in 18 years,’ he scathingly said of the rivals. 

Elsewhere, the Sunrise veteran discussed his future with the high-rating breakfast show in the lead up to his 20th year on the program.

While Kochie said he plans to renegotiate an extension to his contract, he noted it will ultimately come down to the show’s direction under executive producer Michael Pell.

Best job in the world: While Kochie said he plans to renegotiate an extension to his contract, he noted it will ultimately come down to the show's direction under executive producer Michael Pell. Pictured together

Best job in the world: While Kochie said he plans to renegotiate an extension to his contract, he noted it will ultimately come down to the show’s direction under executive producer Michael Pell. Pictured together 

Kochie added: ‘I have always said I love this and it is a privilege to do this job and it is the best job in the world, and while I am still enjoying it and while the viewers are still happy for me to be there… I would love to stay.’

While Sunrise took out the TV ratings battle between the two breakfast program rivals for 2021, but the Today show scored the biggest ratings improvement.

According to ratings statistics provided by the Nine network, the Today show was the ‘only breakfast show in Australia to grow its audience year on year in total people across the five (major cities)’.

Leaps and bounds! While Sunrise took out the TV ratings battle between the two breakfast program rivals for 2021, but the Today show scored the biggest ratings improvement. Pictured is Karl and Ally

Leaps and bounds! While Sunrise took out the TV ratings battle between the two breakfast program rivals for 2021, but the Today show scored the biggest ratings improvement. Pictured is Karl and Ally

Popular: Today was rated as the number one breakfast show in 2021 for all key demographics in Sydney, Melbourne in Brisbane

Popular: Today was rated as the number one breakfast show in 2021 for all key demographics in Sydney, Melbourne in Brisbane

Today was rated as the number one breakfast show in 2021 for all key demographics in Sydney, Melbourne in Brisbane.

It rated highest in the 25-54, 16-39 and GS and child demographics from the five major metro cities.

Today performed best in Melbourne and Brisbane for total people and has seen big improvements year on year for total people in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

The figures: According to ratings statistics provided by the Nine network, the Today show was the 'only breakfast show in Australia to grow its audience year on year in total people across the five (major cities)'

The figures: According to ratings statistics provided by the Nine network, the Today show was the ‘only breakfast show in Australia to grow its audience year on year in total people across the five (major cities)’

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