More finales, more massive numbers, more money in the network coffers. Reece Mastin’s win on The X Factor Australia drew just shy of 2 million viewers (the final 30 minutes), and the show averaged 1.721 million viewers across the other 90 minutes. With the Top 5 all Ch7, it left little room in the rest of the Top 20 for anyone else. Happy Endings benefitted from the X Factor lead in – the best Ch9 could offer other than news/current affairs was an episode of Big Bang Theory (10th overall – 860,000). Ch10’s highest rater was a repeat of NCIS (14th – 725,000).
Timeslot winners (nationally):
6:00pm: Seven News – Ch7
6:30pm: Today Tonight – Ch7
7:00pm: Home and Away – Ch7
7:30pm: The X Factor Australia – Ch7
8:30pm: The X Factor Australia – Ch7
9:30pm: NCIS – Ch10
Channel 7 won the night (30.1%), followed by Channel 9 (16.4%), Channel 10 (15.9%) & ABC1 (10.8%).