Australian Idol finale fails to draw big audience

Sunday night’s finale of Australian Idol on Ten failed to reach the ratings levels of last year as Stan Walker was announced as the series winner.  

According to preliminary OzTam figures the first part of the programme, Live from the Opera House was watched by over 1.1m viewers which was down on the 1.3m it attracted last year. The Final Verdict part of the show attracted over 1.2m, also down last year’s 1.6m.

During the Announcement of the Winner segment, there were just under 1.5m viewers, again down on last year’s 1.6m.

Overall however, Idol helped push Ten’s channel share for the night to 22.1%, which was higher than the 19.1% it reached the previous Sunday. But the channel still finished third behind Seven and Nine.

In other results, Seven led the ratings race with The Force and Seven News. Nine’s digital channel Go pushed ahead of SBS1, with a 4.8 per cent share, compared to the latter’s 4 per cent.

Sunday channel share:

  • Seven: 27.8%
  • Nine: 24.2%
  • Ten: 22.1%
  • ABC1: 12.6%
  • Go: 4.8%
  • SBS1: 4%
  • 7Two: 2.6%
  • One: 0.9%
  • ABC2: 0.8%
  • SBS2: 0.1%

Sunday’s top shows:

  1. The Force – Seven 1.6m
  2. Seven News – Seven 1.5m
  3. Australian Idol – Announcement of Winner – Ten 1.5m
  4. Border Security – Seven 1.4m
  5. Bones – Seven 1.3m
  6. Australian Idol – Final Verdict – Ten 1.2m
  7. Sunday Night – Seven 1.2m
  8. Nine News – Nine 1.2m
  9. All Star Twenty/20 – Nine 1.1m
  10. Australian Idol – Live from the Opera House – Ten 1.1m
  11. Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation Christmas Special – Ten 1.1m
  12. ABC News – ABC 0.929m
  13. 60 Minutes – Nine 0.928m
  14. Castle – Double Episode – Seven 0.78m
  15. Just for Laughs: Best of British – Ten 0.761m

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