A whopping 3.1m viewers watched as Karise Eden was announced as the winner of The Voice last night.
The remainder of the show averaged 2.65m viewers in preliminary figures.
The show peaked at 3.36m.
Adding in regional viewers it averaged 4.34m viewers.
This makes the show the single biggest audience of the year, but lower than 2011’s The Block: The Winner Announced which was 3.37m viewers. The number is also short of some brash predictions that the show would soar to 3.5m viewers -but they remain spectacular.
Nine Network swamped its competitors last night with a 37.9% share over Seven 25.4%, ABC 16.7, TEN 16.4%, and SBS 3.6%.
Meanwhile The Block also pulled a big 1.51m, Tricky Business was 1.33m in preliminary figures (but includes The Voice overrun), higher even than Nine News (1.32m), ACA (1.18m), Hot Seat (754,000).
Seven News pulled 1.36m for Seven, followed by Today Tonight (1.24m), Revenge (1.19m), Home and Away (920,000), The Force (814,000), Border Security (685,000), Deal or No Deal (672,000), and Body of Proof (663,000 / 414,000).
ABC News topped the magic million with 1.05m for ABC1 then Australian Story (737,000), Media Watch (731,000), Q & A (668,000), 7:30 (645,000) and Four Corners (535,000).
TEN had a tough night but MasterChef held at 1.05m. TEN News was 746,000, NCIS was 477,000, Last Man Standing was 469,000, The Project 6pm was 455,000 and NCIS: LA was 331,000.
SBS ONE also struggled with Mythbusters at 168,000 and World News Australia on 160,000.
Neighbours topped multichannels with 361,000.
The Morning Show: 185,000
The Circle: 39,000