Dead shopkeeper and nerds relegate Kevin Rudd to third in ratings battle while X Factor and Big Brother see off Tony Abbott

PM Kevin Rudd’s Q&A appearance on ABC1 was third in its timeslot last night, behind Seven’s British drama Mr Selfridge and the Big Bang Theory on Nine.

In the final week before Saturday’s election just 684,000 metro viewers tuned in to watch Q&A hosted by Tony Jones at 9.30pm last night, preliminary overnight ratings from OzTam show.

Meanwhile Mr Selfridge, telling the story of Harry Selfridge, who died in 1947, averaged 781,000 between 8.40pm and 10.30pm, while nerd comedy The Big Bang Theory had 775,000 viewers.

An earlier interview with Opposition leader Tony Abbott on ABC1’s 7.30 program with Leigh Sales had 791,000 viewers and was third behind Seven’s The X Factor and Nine’s Big Brother.

The top program of the night was The X Factor, with 1.393m viewers watching the elimination of singer Cat Vas. The X Factor was also the top program among 25-54s.

In the same time slot, Channel Nine’s Big Brother also had a live eviction, and a metro audience of 918,000 tuned in to watch Caleb’s emotional departure and final interview with host Sonia Kruger. Big Brother was second among 25-54s.

Nine followed Big Brother with a second instalment of The Amazing 80s at 8.30pm, with highlights from the decade such as the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain and the rise of Steve Jobs attracting 775,000 viewers, down slightly from last week’s 894,000.

The ABC’s Australian Story about athlete Greg Norman had 884,000 viewers at 8pm, and Four Corners following the campaign trail at 8.30pm had 674,000.

Ten showed David Attenborough’s The Himalayas at 7.30pm and had 722,000 total metro viewers and was 11th in Ten’s target category of 25-54s, while crime investigation show Wanted at 8.30pm had 448,000 viewers and was 17th in the target category. A new episode of American drama Blue Bloods brought just 189,000 viewers to Channel Ten from 9.30pm.

ABC had 16 per cent of the audience share over Ten’s 11.4 per cent share. Seven won the night with a 23.5 per cent of the audience over Nine’s 19.6 per cent.

In the morning battle Seven’s Sunrise beat Today on Channel Nine with 368,000 viewers over Today’s 339,000.

Monday’s Top 15 shows:

  1. The X Factor Live Results Seven 1,393,000
  2. Nine News Nine 1,253,000
  3. Seven News Seven 1,232,000
  4. Today Tonight Seven 1,082,000
  5. A Current Affair Nine 1,076,000
  6. ABC News ABC1 1,014,000
  7. Home and Away Seven 992,000
  8. Big Brother Nine 918,000
  9. Australian Story ABC1 884,000
  10. ABC News Update ABC1 829,000
  11. 7.30 ABC1 791,000
  12. Mr Selfridge Seven 781,000
  13. The Amazing 80’s Nine 775,000
  14. Media Watch ABC1 725,000
  15. David Attenborough’s The Himalayas Ten 722,000

Monday’s share:

  • Seven 23.5%
  • Nine 19.6%
  • ABC1 16.1%
  • Ten 11.4%
  • 7TWO 4.2%
  • SBS ONE 4.0%
  • 7mate 3.9%
  • GO! 3.6%
  • ABC2 3.3%
  • ELEVEN 2.9%
  • ONE 2.5%
  • Network Gem 2.3%
  • ABC News 24 1.4%
  • ABC3 0.7%
  • SBS 2 0.6%
  • NITV 0.1%

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