Big Brother finished with 1.47m viewers for the moment when Benjamin was announced as series winner in Preliminary figures. Nine indicates the number is adjusted to 1.54m.
“The Winner Announced” was the top-rating title for the night but as a finale it falls behind other Reality TV events.
Whilst the show would never attract the kind of glory numbers previously seen on TEN (pre-multichannelling), it is still well short of current Event TV finales. Despite its clear wins in the Demos the number correlates to a weekly edition of The X Factor, rather than Grand Final status.
Nevertheless, Nine Network won the night with 31.5% then Seven 28.7%, ABC 19.0%, TEN 15.5% and SBS 5.2%.
Big Brother Finale was 1.26m for Nine then Nine News (1.08m), Embarrassing Bodies (974,000), ACA (962,000) and Hot Seat (544,000). These include Preliminary figures which do not account for overruns.
Seven News was 1.03m for Seven then Surveillance Oz (1.02m), Criminal Minds (959,000), Highway Patrol (926,000), Today Tonight (899,000), Home and Away (847,000), World’s Wildest Police Videos (452,000) and Deal or No Deal (441,000).
ABC News hit 1.09m for ABC1 followed by 7:30 (848,000), Qi (767,000), The Hamster Wheel (639,000), A Moody Christmas (592,000), Red Dwarf X (345,000) and At the Movies (285,000).
TEN News was best for TEN on 618,000. Modern Family was 542,000, Glee was 473,000, The Good Wife was 395,000, The Project 6pm was 388,000 and Emily Owens MD was just 187,000.
Living with the Amish (263,000) topped SBS ONE then Meet my Wild Friends (188,000), Al Qaeda Confidential (172,000) and World News Australia (162,000).
In the battle to cover the US Presidential campaign, here are the various numbers according to preliminary results. Bear in mind these are averages across entire broadcast programmes:
TEN News at Five was 618,000
Nine Afternoon News was 292,000
Seven News at 4:30 was 221,000
Afternoon Live on ABC News 24 was 137,000
USA Votes 2012: Election Results on ABC News 24 was 130,000
Nine News Special Presentation was 123,000
Nine Morning News and Seven Morning News were both 106,000
USA Votes 2012: Election Night on ABC News 24 was 105,000
USA Votes 2012: Election Results on ABC1 was 80,000
TEN Morning News was 39,000
America Decides: The Presidential Result Live on SBS ONE was 37,000
Seven News Special: US Election coverage on 7TWO was 35,000
USA Votes: Election Night (PM) on ABC1 was 30,000