Talent show lead-ins helped both Sunday Night and 60 Minutes with audience numbers.
In the morning, Insiders easily dominated the chats. The Bolt Report’s audience fell for another week to average 162,000 nationally live at 10am. The 4pm repeat averaged 151,000. Ten’s Meet the Press at 10.30am saw its audience down to just 91,000 live and 194,000 for the 4.30pm cut-down repeat.
It was Seven’s night, easily, as The X Factor and Sunday Night both cracked the 2 million viewer mark across the country, allowing Seven to dominate metro and regional markets. Ten had a good night with its US fast-tracked programs paying off. If anything, Nine was squeezed by Seven and Ten. Australia’s Got Talent on Nine at 6.30pm (1.487 million national/ 1.010 million metro/ 477,000 regional viewers) has seen its audience weaken slightly from the earlier season figures, despite now being in the finals. Australia’s Got Talent is very pearls-and-twinset TV, as opposed to the talent and energy on The X Factor.
The performance episode of The X Factor dominated the night with 2.348 million national/1.543 million metro/ 805,000 regional viewers, with the new star, Dami Im a standout. That helped Sunday Night, with 2.123 million national viewers/1.391 million metro/ 732,000 regional viewers. It was a stunning story about rebuilding a man, which occupied the whole program. A gamble well worth taking with the audience responding. Bones dominated again from around 9pm with 1.265 million nationally/ 823,000 metro/ 442,000 regional viewers. Nine’s movie premiere, The Lincoln Lawyer averaged 594,000 national. 413,000 metro/ 181,000 viewers. Not really good enough. ABC1’s Serangoon Road averaged 791,000 national/ 507,000 metro/284,000 regional viewers, which is well down on its debut last week. It will go a bit lower.
Schedule update: With Seven, Nine and Ten all “fast tracking” or whatever first round US programs this week, Nine has cracked first by delaying its much promoted CBS drama, Hostages from this Wednesday for a week because of weak debut ratings last week. Instead Nine is scheduling a Harry Potter movie. In fact, another weak night for Hostages this week and it is likely to be rested by CBS. Seven has its much promoted new US drama, Blacklist on tonight. That did well first up last week on NBC, beating Hostages. Nine has already conceded here. Fast tracking new US programs can have its drawbacks.
Network channel share:
Network main channels:
SBS ONE (4.1%)
Top 5 digital channels:
Top 10 national programs:
The X Factor (Seven) — 2.348 million
Sunday Night (Seven) — 2.123 million
Seven News — 1.848 million
Nine News — 1.660 million
Australia’s Got Talent (Nine) — 1.487 million
60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.320 million
Bones (Seven) — 1.265 million
ABC News — 1.230 million
Supersized Earth (ABC1) — 1.100 million
Modern Family (Ten) — 1.066 million
Top metro programs:
The X Factor (Seven) — 1.543 million
Sunday Night (Seven) — 1.391 million
Seven News — 1.238 million
Nine News — 1.163 million
Australia’s Got Talent (Nine) — 1.010 million
Losers: Nine’s movie, The Lincoln Lawyer, after 60 Minutes at 9.15pm. Both had bad nights.Metro news and current affairs: