Seven has been crowned ratings king for the third year in a row with 28.1% of network share, giving it extra bragging rights to take to its advertisers.

According to figures released by television audience measurement service OzTAM, the network was buoyed by programs such as Packed to the Rafters, which pulled an average 1.9 million viewers. The network also claimed six of the top 10 highest-ranking shows for the year.

Also revealed in the figures was that Australian programming was held up as the most watched for the year, with 11 of the top 100 highest-rated shows coming from the UK and 18 from the US.

The Nine Network came second in the ratings field with 26.6% of the network share, followed by Network Ten with 22.4%, which was supported by its reality show MasterChef and its coverage of the 2009 AFL Grand Final that pulled 2.8 million viewers.

The ABC and SBS ended 2009 with 17% and 5.9% of the network share respectively.