The Winner Announced increased on 1.92m in 2012 and pulled 725,000 viewers in Sydney and 724,000 in Melbourne. It was just above Harrison Craig declared winner on The Voice this year at 2.3m in overnight figures. The numbers equal a State of Origin match earlier this year with only The Block, My Kitchen Rules and the AFL Grand Final higher.
Adding regional viewers the numbers increase dramatically to 3.7m viewers, reflecting the talent and the excellent production values this season.
For the second night in a row, Seven crushed the opposition.
Seven networks share was 42.2% then Nine 22.7%, ABC 18.0%, TEN 12.9% and SBS 4.2%.
Elsewhere Seven News was 1.08m then Today Tonight (1.01m), Home and Away (988,000), Scandal (773,000 /260,000 in preliminary figures), and Million Dollar Minute (510,000).
Nine ran an extended Nine News (1.14m) bulletin in Sydney. Coded as 2 shows it won with 365,000 and 330,000. This bumped other programming accordingly. Nationally A Current Affair was 984,000 then Big Brother (856,000), Big Bang (679,000 / 608,000), Hot Seat (600,000), 2 Broke Girls (428,000), and Two and a Half Men (322,000).
Australian Story (896,000) was best for ABC1 followed by ABC News (882,000), 7:30 (837,000), Four Corners (636,000), Media Watch (567,000) and Q & A (520,000).
It was a tough night for TEN. Their best performer was TEN Eyewitness News (581,000) then The Project (518,000). Everything else trailed The Bold and the Beautiful (429,000): Homeland (351,000), The Simpsons (334,000), A League of Their Own (242,000) and Blue Bloods just 168,000.
Tough too for SBS ONE with The Truth About Exercise (202,000), Storm City (198,000), World News Australia (182,000), Swift and Shift Couriers (131,000) and Legally Brown (100,000).
Neighbours topped multichannels with 283,000. American Horror Story was wasted at a dismal 83,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 53,000 / 49,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 28 October 2013