The X Factor winner announcement drops a million viewers on last year

The announcement of Marlisa Punzalan as winner of the X Factor was watched by 1.428m last night on Seven, preliminary overnight ratings from OzTam show, more than a million viewers down on last year.

Meanwhile the two and a half hour X Factor show – featuring live performances from Olly Murs, Guy Sebastian and Jessica Mauboy – was watched by 1.378m in the lead-up to the announcement.

The result is down on last year which saw 2.431m tune in to see Dami Im crowned the 2013 X Factor winner, and the show was also beaten by The Voice grand final earlier this year which which brought 1.66m metro viewers to Channel Nine.

The grand final was down 39 per cent from last year, with the winner announcement also down 39 per cent. Overall, the show is down 27 per cent on last year when it averaged 1.56m viewers for the entire series while this year it only managed to average 1.14m overnight viewers across the series.

The winner announcement was the most watched show of the night, with the rest of the grand final show the second most watched, handing Seven an audience share of 26 per cent, easily beating Nine’s share of 18.6 per cent. The winner announcement was the most popular show across all the demographics.

It’s late running meant The Blacklist dropped from 915,000 last week to 604,000 at 9.50pm, although that is expected to pick up on catch up viewing through the week.

Nine’s best performing show was a new episode of The Big Bang Theory at 7.30pm, which drew a metro audience of 1.127m, with the repeat episode at 8pm watched by 1.012m.

Big Brother at 8.30pm grabbed an audience of 653,000, up slightly on last week’s audience of 637,000.

Meanwhile on Ten, The Project’s TV exclusive interview with The Bachelor Blake Garvey and love interest Louise Pillidge boosted its ratings in the second half hour, with 1.002m tuning in to see the Bachelor explain himself. It did not rate as well as The Project’s interview with Garvey and jilted Bachelorette Sam Frost earlier in the month which was watched by 1.192m. It was the second most watched show amongst people aged 16-39.

The first half hour of the show was watched by 659,000.

However, its heavily promoted Asher Keddie vehicle Party Tricks dropped again on its third outing in the 8.30pm slot, up against Big Brother and The X Factor, to 407,000 viewers from  476,000 last week, and its premiere the week before of 710,000. US drama Homeland, which has been quietly returned to Ten, got 225,000 viewers at 9.30pm, up slightly from 211,000 last week.

Ten did manage to boost its audience share to 12.5 per cent after it dropped to 10.8 per cent last week, however it wasn’t enough to beat the ABC which had a share of 15.4 per cent.

Australian Story at 8pm was the channel’s most watched show, attracting an audience of 901,000 while Four Corners at 8.30pm was watched by 840,000. 7.30 had an audience of 744,000 and Media Watch, on at 9.20pm was watched by 666,000.

In news Nine News at 6pm had a slightly bigger audience then Seven News, with Nine News watched by 1.064m compared to Seven’s 1.045m viewers. The second half of Seven News and Today Tonight, maintained a larger chunk of its audience, with 1.029m watching while Nine News at 6.30pm dropped away to 943,000 viewers.

Top 15 Shows:

2 THE X FACTOR GRAND FINAL Network 7 1,378,000
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY -MON Network 9 1,127,000
4 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,064,000
5 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,045,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,029,000
7 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 1,012,000
8 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 1,002,000
9 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 943,000
10 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 907,000
11 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 902,000
12 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC1 901,000
13 FOUR CORNERS-EV Network ABC1 840,000
14 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 776,000
15 ABC NEWS UPDATE-EV Network ABC1 772,000

Audience Share:

Network 7 26.0%
Network 9 18.6%
Network ABC1 15.4%
Network TEN 12.5%
Network 7TWO 5.4%
Network 7mate 3.1%
Network GO! 3.0%
Network ELEVEN 3.0%
Network Gem 2.8%
Network ABC2 2.9%
Network SBS ONE 2.6%
Network ONE 2.2%
Network ABC News 24 1.1%
Network ABC3 0.7%
Network SBS 2 0.6%
Network NITV 0.1%

Total Audience Share:

Network 7 TTL 34.5%
Network 9 TTL 24.4%
Network ABC TTL 20.0%
Network TEN TTL 17.7%
Network SBS TTL 3.3%

Ratings data is copyright OzTAM and may not be reproduced, published or communicated without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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