The Glenn Dyer breakdown: Another close night, Seven won the metro markets narrowly from Nine and Ten ended in a weak fourth spot, again as the ABC’s hours of news and current affairs stood out. But in regional markets, it was Seven easily, from Nine and the ABC. Ten was a no runner, but edging higher slightly.
The X Factor‘s performance episode dominated with more than 1.4 million metro and over 2.1 million national viewers last night. But weakness in Seven’s schedule from then on allowed Nine to get much closer than it should have. Castle and Scandal failed to hold viewers over the next two hours from around 8.45pm onwards. Castle averaged 753,000 metro and 1.163 million national viewers from around 8.45pm to 10.45pm. It was a weak third behind Four Corners and Media Watch on ABC1 (yes the ABC won the 8.30-9.30pm slot) and The Mentalist on Nine.