Voice Kids final underwhelms but The Block and Baby Gammy parents interview wins Nine the night

voice kidsThe conclusion of Nine’s The Voice Kids failed to rock last night as only 896,000 viewers watched the finalists battle it out for the title of Australia’s youngest pop hopeful – less than half the number who tuned in for the first show back in June.

An additional 40,000 saw 10-year-old Alexa announced as the winner, but the ratings could only make them the eighth and ninth most watched programs of the night, well behind The Block Glasshouse, also on Nine, which drew 1.496 million metro viewers, one of its highest of the season and the most viewed program of the evening.

Nine’s other high profile broadcast of a heavyweight night fared less well with 60 Minutes’ interview with David and Wendy Farnell, the couple accused of abandoning their downs syndrome baby in Thailand, only just edging above one million viewers after it was broadcast in the later 9.10pm timeslot, according to OzTam overnight ratings.

Meanwhile, the first live show of the X Factor on Seven, which competed directly against The Block in the 6.30pm time slot and ran through until 9.15pm, was seen by 1.152m, making it the fourth most watched program of the night. The longer episode saw Seven postpone its Sunday Night current affairs program.

Nine’s line-up saw it capture 23 per cent of total viewers, ahead of Seven’s 20.9 per cent while Ten’s share dipped below nine per cent to 8.6 per cent.

Ten put up Bondi Vet in the 6.30pm slot, which pulled in 427,000, while back to back repeat episodes of Modern Family attracted 430,000 and 547,000. The movie Little Fockers, which aired at 8.30pm, drew 348,000.

ABC’s share of viewers hit 14.5 per cent largely thanks to war drama ANZAC Girls and Grand Designs Revisited which pulled in 1.062m and 993,000 respectively.

Nine also took the news category with 1.225m tuning in for the 6pm bulletin, 9,000 ahead of Seven News.

For the week ending Saturday, August 9 Network Ten saw its audience slip back to pre-Commonwealth Games levels after winning the previous week taking 17 per cent, against Seven’s 33 per cent, Nine’s 24.1 per cent and ABC’s 20.4 per cent.

Top 20 shows:

1 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE Network 9 –  1,496,000

2 NINE NEWS SUNDAY Network 9  – 1,225,000

3 SEVEN NEWS – SUN Network 7 – 1,216,000

4 THE X FACTOR LIVE PERFORMANCE Network 7 – 1,152,000

5 ANZAC GIRLS-EV Network ABC1 –  1,062,000

6 60 MINUTES LATE Network 9 – 1,020,000



9 THE VOICE KIDS Network 9 – 896,000

10 ABC NEWS-SU Network ABC1 – 809,000

11 HIGHWAY PATROL-SUN Network 7 – 642,000

12 MODERN FAMILY EP 2 RPT Network TEN – 547,000

13 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS SUN Network TEN – 461,000

14 MODERN FAMILY RPT Network TEN – 430,000


Audience share

Network 9 23.0%

Network 7 20.9%

Network ABC1 14.5%

Network TEN 8.6%

Network 7TWO 5.0%

Network GO! 4.4%

Network SBS ONE 4.3%

Network 7mate 4.2%

Network ELEVEN 3.5%

Network ONE 3.4%

Network ABC2 2.8%

Network Gem 2.7%

Network ABC News 24 1.1%

Network SBS 2 1.0%

Network ABC3 0.4%

Network NITV 0.1%


Total network share:

Network 9 TTL 30.1%

Network 7 TTL 30.1%

Network ABC TTL 18.9%

Network TEN TTL 15.5%

Network SBS TTL 5.4%

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