Seven sailed to a comfortable win on Monday night thanks to The X Factor being streets ahead of the competition. But it compensates for some alarming figures in its early evening timeslots, especially in Melbourne.
In Melbourne Nine News pulled out a huge 451,000, the biggest single audience of any show in any city across the evening. Seven News trailed with just 289,000.
In Sydney Nine News also won with 342,000 to Seven’s 289,000. Fortunately for Seven they won in Brisbane (273,00 vs 247,000), Adelaide (149,000 vs 99,000) and Perth (231,000 vs 115,000).
The lead for ACA over Today Tonight was equally stark in Melbourne, but the reverse in Perth while Hot Seat won on the eastern seaboard. Seven is already rolling out engaging promos for Million Dollar Minute as part of a wider plan to address those very issues.
Seven network still took the night with a comfy share of 31.5%, then Nine 25.6%, ABC 21.5%, TEN 16.8% and SBS 4.7%.
The X Factor (1.39m) topped the night as Cat Vas was sent home. Seven News (1.23m) was next then Today Tonight (1.08m), Home and Away (992,000), Mr. Selfridge (781,000 / 582,000) and Deal or No Deal (477,000).
Nine News was best for Nine with 1.25m viewers followed by A Current Affair (1.08m). Big Brother (918,000) saw Caleb evicted. The Amazing 80s was 775,000, Hot Seat was 669,000 and Footy Classified was 347,000 in 3 cities.
ABC News won its timeslot with 1.01m viewers. Next was Australian Story (884,000), 7:30 (791,000), Media Watch (725,000), Q & A (684,000), Four Corners (674,000) and Lateline (454,000).
Without Masterchef in its schedule, it will be fascinating to watch TEN’s numbers. David Attenborough’s Himalayas held up at 722,000. Next was TEN News (671,000), The Project (629,000), Wanted (448,000), The Simpsons (408,000). But Blue Bloods struggled on just 189,000.
Test Your Brain (256,000) topped SBS ONE then Housos (222,000), World News Australia (202,000) and Beat the Ancestors (195,000).
ABC2′s Mouk and Fireman Sam both tied for first place on multichannels with 317,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 52,000 / 43,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 3 September 2013