A whopping 2.85m tuned in to watch Australia’s Got Talent: The Winner Announced last night, the biggest single audience of the year so far.
It tops the 2.47m for the third State of Origin and 2.31m for Australia’s Got Talent: The Decider last night.
Seven cleverly coded the show so that the final moments, which would have reflected something close to its peak, became a stand-alone programme. It’s a strategy used by most networks now for big event television.
The challenge is now on for MasterChef Australia to top the figure this Sunday night. Both shows are produced by FremantleMedia Australia.
The huge audience for the show helped Seven to a staggering 40.6% network share for the night, doubling Nine’s share and almost doubling TEN.
Other programmes last night were left in AGT‘s wake including MasterChef Australia (1.56m), The Block (1.37m), The Renovators (838,000) and Top Gear (596,000).
Hot favourite 14 year old singer Jack Vidgen was awarded the series title and the $250,000 cash prize.
Host Grant Denyer has said the search is on for new contestants for 2012.