Australian Idol averaged 1.47m last night for the moment when 19yo soul singer Stan Walker was announced as winner.
It pulled its biggest audience in Sydney with 476,000 viewers over Melbourne’s 421,000 viewers between 9:21 and 9:47 “The Winner Announced.”
TEN divided the show into no less than three parts, broadly dividing into a first hour, second hour and winning announcement. The first two sections averaged 1.1m and 1.23m respectively.
Its peak audience during the closing moments was 1.71m.
TEN’s chief programming officer, David Mott, said: “These results just go to show, Australians love Idol. After seven years the show continues to wow audiences with its fresh talent and skilled performers.”
It wows some audiences perhaps, but while the peak may hint to life in the old dog this series was troubled by formatting issues and audience fatigue.
In 2008 1.6m viewers tuned in to see Wes Carr announced as winner, with an evening peak of 1.85m.
TEN will need to retool Idol for 2010 with as many sweeping changes as it brought to Big Brother.
Despite the pull for the finish, it wasn’t enough for TEN to win the night.
The Force was again first for Seven on 1.55m, with Seven News on 1.49m and Sunday Night’s 1.17m defeating rival 60 Minutes on just 928,000. TEN’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation xmas special was 1.06m -well behind its traditional Tuesday figures, but winning its slot in key demos.
Nine’s Twenty20 Cricket had a batting average of 1.12m.
The last ever Einstein Factor bowed out on 666,000 for ABC1 with Samson & Delilah taking 646,000. The last edition of Sunday Arts: Young Performers Award 2009 was only 139,000.
The Big Bang Theory topped a big 318,000 for one episode on GO! and Chicken Run was 131,000 on 7TWO.
Including multichannels, Seven took the first win of the final week with a 30.3% share with Nine close behind on 29.1. TEN lagged behind without any help from ONE.