X Factor (turkey) slaps Big Brother

Judges Desk MelbourneIt was a Reality battle that would mean all or nothing, as Seven and Nine launched their tentpole shows for the second half of the year -but The X Factor has come out on top.

Seven’s talent show pulled out an impressive 1.63m viewers over Nine’s Big Brother on 1.3m viewers, despite Nine having the half-hour jump with a 7pm start.

In the demos Big Brother was stronger with 16-39 and 18-49, but X Factor won in 25-54. X Factor also won in every city except Brisbane, although it was a fair split in Melbourne.

Seven network was 31.5% then Nine 29.1%, ABC 19.0%, TEN 15.6% and SBS 4.8%.

Also for Seven was Seven News (1.37m), Today Tonight (1.24m), Home and Away (954,000), Please Marry My Boy (861,000), Deal or No Deal (581,000) and Red Widow (244,000).

Nine News was best for Nine on 1.43m then Big Brother (1.3m), A Current Affair (1.19m), Big Bang Theory (761,000 / 625,000), Hot Seat (747,000), 2 Broke Girls (466,000) and Footy Classified (226,000 in 3 cities).

ABC News has previously risen whenever Big Brother is on air and last night it saw 1.03m viewers for ABC1, a trend that is likely to continue. Australian Story was 904,000 then Four Corners (822,000), 7:30 (816,000), Media Watch (752,000), Q & A (582,000), Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraption (536,000) and Restoration Man (349,000).

TEN was unable to rise above TEN News (744,000). MasterChef was caught in the Reality crossfire with 684,000 then The Project (596,000), Wanted (453,000). The Simpsons was 371,000 and The Americans was 241,000.

Pain Pus and Poison (309,000) led SBS ONE followed by Housos (259,000), Mythbusters (216,000), World News Australia (166,000) and Bogan Pride (136,000).

Another showdown saw Peter Rabbit and Shaun the Sheep both tie on a huge 377,000 for ABC2. ABC3’s Dance Academy was 87,000.

Today: 388,000
Sunrise: 334,000
ABC News Breakfast: 47,000 / 38,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 29 July 2013


  1. At mistaken 20 million viewers do not have your viewing habbits. We all pick a programme to watch and watch it . If thre are other programmes i am interested in i record them on my PVR and watch them at a later date. Which is what most pople do

  2. @kirk x factor is fantastic tv the talent is incredible this year and i love the back stories on each of the performers. And the ratings prove it ..the highest rating show each night its on

  3. @Karlos your starting to feel your age just like i am 😉

    good to see some real talent on X-Factor, so much better than the Voice this year

  4. Either I’m starting to feel my age, or Big Brother has completely gone downhill since the Gretel/TEN era. Nothing about this show is live. It’s heavily edited, and is it just me or does Sonia address the audience as though the average age is 9?

  5. Until a rating system is devised that accurately records the viewership of all households, ratings mean nothing. I flicked between BB and the NRL, watched Wanted & QandA whilst recording Masterchef, Dexter and Newsroom. But my viewing like 20 million other Australians means squat.

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