X Factor sings up a storm

By David Knox on November 20, 2012 / Filed Under News 16

X Factor‘s penultimate episode kicked off in spectacular style with an impressive opening number including past performers, a live snake and water showering down on dancers, and the ratings certainly delivered.

In Preliminary figures 1.67m viewers tuned in for the two plus hours of live songs, giving Seven a powerhouse Monday.

Seven Network was 36.2% then Nine 23.5%, ABC 21.5%, TEN 15.3% and SBS 3.6%.

Aside from X Factor, Seven News was 1.14m then Home and Away (1.05m), Today Tonight (981,000), Castle (920,000), Deal or No Deal (478,000) and The Amazing Race (385,000).

Nine News (1.33m) led for Nine then ACA (964,000), The Mentalist (734,000), RBT (727,000), Big Bang (632,000), Hot Seat (546,000) and Person of Interest (507,000).

ABC News was 1.09m for ABC1 followed by Q & A (840,000), Four Corners (829,000), Jennifer Byrne Presents (820,000), 7:30 (766,000) and Media Watch (757,000).

Modern Family repeats (688,000  / 650,000) were TEN’s best. TEN News was 626,000, New Girl was 437,000, The Project 6pm was 412,000, Can of Worms saw Chrissie Swan live hosting a highlights episode but fell to 364,000. Hawaii Five-0 was just 266,000.

SBS ONE struggled with Mythbusters (177,000), World News Australia (150,000) and Derren Brown: Messiah (140,000).

Neighbours led multichannels with 282,000 on ELEVEN.

Today: 338,000
Sunrise: 315,000
ABC News Breakfast: 51,000 / 30,000
Breakfast: 50,000

Monday 19 November 2012


  1. snoopy888 November 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm -

    TXF costed Ten the loss of Ben and Kate not long after it was put on the air in it’s early weeks.Whether the latter will come back remains unknown but all you viewers should be ashamed of yourself for a new comedy getting the chop.

  2. danny November 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm -

    @ D@GP, yes, “The Voice” was done and dusted in eight weeks. Season 3 of the US edition started September 9 and is still going. Like you, I suspect Nine will make some adjustments to next year’s series.

    In response to The X Factor: Australia, I hope Seven are intuitive enough to leave it as it is. If “Celebrity Splash’, “House Rules” and “The Mole” rate well and are stripped, that should be reason enough not to tamper with The X Factor.

  3. nik c November 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm -

    @ Les I find both a bit tired and repetitive.
    At least Breakfast, love the hosts or not had fresh content in 2.5 hours not repetitive stories over 3.5! Quality not quantity is needed!!
    @ Steve Sydney Nearly all over I think there are 5 teams left!

  4. steve sydney November 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm -

    Since when did The Amazing Race start up again?

    Goes to show i watch nothing on Seven.

  5. Les Solomon November 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm -

    Great to see “Today” ahead of “Sunrise”, I know its always neck and neck, but I really think Seven needs to make some changes to “Sunrise”next year, Koch’s persona is so tired and the show is very predictable.

  6. D@GP November 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm -

    @ danny

    To me, 13 weeks of TXF seems like ages and ages.

    At least 9’s The Voice was over in a comparatively very short time.

    Let’s have more amateur hour shows on Oz tele…

    The teens love ‘em and they require little use of the grey cells.

    Bet you 10 to 1 that 9’s Voice and 7’s TXF will both be a lot longer next year.

  7. David Knox November 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm -

    Typos fixed, sorry. One more week of these reports to go, hurrah!

  8. Mr. J November 20, 2012 at 11:54 am -

    i actually think they could have extended X one more week to have 2 in the finale, it just seems more exciting and memorable when it is down to 2 and one will win. people remember the shannon/guy faceoff, the jessica maubuoy/damien leith, casey/anthony ect.

  9. wwenrl November 20, 2012 at 11:47 am -

    David. Was Seven News 1.44m or 1.14m?? There’s two different ones.

  10. David Knox November 20, 2012 at 11:34 am -

    AGT dragged things out with finale on finale on finale, but TXF has followed usual form.

  11. danny November 20, 2012 at 11:25 am -

    @ D@GP, this season hasn’t “been going for ages and ages”.

    Monday August 20 was the date of its launch and the grand finale is tonight, Tuesday November 20. That’s three months even, or thirteen weeks.

    The suggestion “season 2013 running for 26 weeks minimum” is outrageous. There’s another network which prides itself on making almost every program of theirs outstay their welcome. Not Seven.

  12. D@GP November 20, 2012 at 10:58 am -

    Wonder how long 7 will stretch out – and I mean s-t-r-e-t-c-h o-u-t the X Factor next year?

    This show seems to have been going for ages and ages – if they’re calling for auditions now, I reckon they’ll have season 2013 running for 26 weeks minimum…

  13. shazz November 20, 2012 at 10:52 am -

    Wasn’t ABC News 1.092m viewers?

  14. The Rock November 20, 2012 at 10:50 am -

    Which nine figure is it, the one in this report or the one in your ratings segemnt

  15. A. November 20, 2012 at 10:44 am -

    I just want to thank the ABC for playing “Four Corners” and Media Watch tonight.

  16. MuchoTB November 20, 2012 at 10:02 am -

    The X Factor was fantastic last night. Nine great performances.

    Here’s hoping Samantha Jade or The Collective win

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