If television programming is about the art of retention, last night audiences kept Programmers on their feet, cherry-picking their choices and sending numbers up and down all over the place.
The top show for the night was The X Factor. Moved from Monday to Tuesday due to the Brownlow count it pulled up 1.4m viewers. There were some pitchy performances amid some Eistedfodd production numbers (they are seriously upstaging the singers this year), but Reece Mastin, YMS, Audio Vixen and a surprising number from Johnny Ruffo were the better acts.
When the show ended, Seven plummeted to 553,000 for Dinner Date UK, luckily it was the final episode for now.
TEN managed second place in network shares, with a new NCIS on 1.07m as its best. NCIS: Los Angeles followed on 899,000. Earlier The Renovators had managed 803,000.
Nine’s Charlie’s Angels began with 815,000, but then numbers surged to 1.25m for Two And A Half Men. Although it lost some 1.1m curious viewers from last week it was still a good number, especially given the unusual X Factor competition. Can it keep those numbers every week?
But it was bad news for Tony Martin and Ed Kavalee’s Joy of Sets, dropping to a lowly 545,000 viewers. It’s a cheap and cheerful show but it does feel overly scripted rather than drawing upon their abilities to work live. That left Survivor: South Pacific to kick off with just 455,000. If it doesn’t rise next week it could be headed for GO! Nine slipped to third place in network shares.
At ABC1 the ABC News was 891,000 and 7.30 was 642,000. The decision to move United States of Tara to Tuesdays hasn’t worked, with 354,000 tuned in -a modest lift on last week.
The Meth Epidemic on SBS ONE was 285,000.
Neighbours topped multichannels with 370,000.
Seven won Tuesday night.