Seven’s night, easily in metro and regional markets. The first part of the grand final of The X Factor averaged 1.9 million national viewers, which is a bit light considering the last semi final got over 2 million last week. Still the final part of the Grand Final is tonight — it has to get more than 2 million viewers simply to restore a bit of pride after a weak season. Nine was second and in the metros, Ten was third overall, and the ABC fourth. But in the regions, Ten was fourth overall and in the main channels behind the ABC.

Seven started The Big Adventure  last night at 6.30pm with 1.457 million national viewers (including 71,000 in Tasmania, 16,000 for the simulcast on 7mate in some markets. See Seven breaks out its simulcast figures, unlike Ten and Family Feud). The Big Adventure had 945,000 metro and 425,000 regional viewers. Add in Tasmania and some of the simulcast figures and the regional audience rises to around 500,000. Overall that’s more than OK, but it does need a million or more viewers in the metros. Still the 6.30pm start as the lead in to The X Factor was novel programming — let’s give it a week or three. There is a hint of The Amazing Race about the program.

And Gotham has gone from Australia’s most watched new drama, to well, not so well watched after last night. That was one you could see coming. The Batman story is not a big deal in Australia as it is in the US, except in movies. Gotham dropped 40% of its debut audience last night. Ouch!

The big surprise though is the disappearance of Big Brother from Nine’s Sunday night schedule for the rest of its season. “Just a programming decision” said a network spokesman this morning. More like a cost saving. That’s a 20% cut in costs — no studio, no editing of the episode and other stuff. The end is nigh for Big Brother. It is a big deal to chop one episode, or 20% of the week’s episodes from the prime time TV schedule. It’s a slap in the eye for fans, especially those who tune in. Big Brother must be bleeding a lot of red ink for Nine not to keep faith with viewers, especially on Sunday nights.

Ten gave The Bolt Report and its afternoon repeat the day off for the bike races. ABC’s Landline continues to get very good figures, and impress.

Network channel share:

  1. Seven (35.1%)
  2. Nine (25.9%)
  3. Ten (17.5%)
  4. ABC (14.9%)
  5. SBS (6.7%)

Network main channels:

  1. Seven (27.4%)
  2. Nine (20.1%)
  3. ABC (11.2%)
  4. Ten (10.4%)
  5. SBS ONE (5.6%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.8%)
  2. Eleven (4.6%)
  3. GO (4.1%)
  4. 7mate (2.8%)
  5. ONE (2.4%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The X Factor Grand Final Performance (Seven) – 1.915 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.576 million
  3. Seven News 1.541 million
  4. The Big Adventure (Seven) — 1.457 million
  5. Seven News 1.305 million
  6. ABC News 1.361 million
  7. The Embassy (Nine) — 1.229 million
  8. Gotham (Nine) — 1.012 million
  9. Castle (Seven) — 996,000
  10. Dr Who (ABC) — 971,000

Top metro programs:

  1. The X Factor Grand Final Performance (Seven) — 1.316 million
  2. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.086 million
  3. Seven News 1.032 million
  4. Nine News — 1.029 million

Losers:  Gotham on Nine – an absurd idea to make a Batman prequel and to think it would be interesting outside of America.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 1.086 million
  2. Seven News 1.032 million
  3. Nine News — 1.029 million
  4. ABC News — 893,000
  5. Ten Eyewitness News  – 526,000
  6. SBS World News — 229,000

Morning TV:

  1. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) – 315,000
  2. Insiders (ABC 88,000, 93,000 on News 24) — 281,000
  3. Landline (ABC) — 246,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) – 246,000
  5. Financial Review Sunday (Nine) — 163,000
  6. Offsiders (ABC) — 163,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. Fox 8  (2.8%)
  2. LifeStyle  (2.7%)
  3. Fox Sports 1 (2.4%)
  4. TVHITS!  (1.8%)
  5. UKTV (1.6%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Midsomer Murders (UKTV) – 77,000
  2. A League: Perth v Brisbane (Fox Sports 1) — 72,000
  3. A League: Melbourne City v Newcastle (Fox Sports 1) – 69,000
  4. The Simpsons (Fox8) – 62,000
  5. The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Arena) – 58,000

*Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM. (All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight all people.) and network reports.

Peter Fray

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