So who won last night? Well, the ratings tell us it was a good night for Seven and a not quite so good night for Nine (whose good night comes tonight). The X Factor’s winners announcement had 1.848 million national viewers, made up of 1.2045 million in the metros and 644,000 in the regions. The grand final part (most of the program) had 1.701 million viewers (1.045 million metro/656,000 regional viewers). The Block was way behind with 1.359 million national viewers (960,000 metro and 399,000 regional viewers).

But the real winners were viewers and the advertisers who supported The X Factor and The Block. The 3.134 million viewers who have watched the finals of both programs might have been smaller in number than in past years or series, but they were still (and the nightly episodes of both series)  the biggest audiences since the football grand finals and dominated viewing in the closing months of 2015 ratings. And an honourable mention must go to TBL Families on Ten, which has battled away and been a credible third contender. Add its national audience of 769,000 and over 3.9 million people watched Seven, Nine and Ten’s end-of-year flagship programs.