As a launch it’s just below the premiere of The Time of our Lives in June (747,000) which still managed to find a loyal audience, but viewers will need to connect to its distant and period setting.
Seven’s X Factor topped the night with 1.47m, well above the first final for Australia’s Got Talent which slipped below the magic million to 982,000.
Seven comfortably won the night, winning all primetime slots, with a network share of 35.5% then Nine 28.6%, ABC and TEN tied on 15.5%, and SBS was 5.0%.
Following The X Factor for Seven were Seven News (1.25m), Sunday Night (1.22m), Bones (798,000) and Castle (522,000 / 304,000).
Nine News (1.19m) was best for Nine then 60 Minutes (1.13m), Australia’s Got Talent (982,000) and Movie: Unknown (567,000).
ABC News (856,000) led ABC1 followed by Supersized Earth (735,000), Serangoon Road (720,000), Compass (348,000) and Mark Zuckerberg: Inside Facebook (271,000).
A Modern Family repeat was best on TEN at 531,000 / 453,000 then TEN Eyewitness News (472,000), Great Bear Stakeout with Billy Connolly proved to be lower than last Sunday’s Bachelor at 410,000, The Simpsons was 385,000, Ripper Street finished on just 323,000 and Formula One was 342,000 in 3 cities.
A repeat of Machu Picchu Decoded pulled 375,000 for SBS ONE followed by World News Australia (236,000), The Observer Effect (106,000) and a repeat of Once Upon a Time in Cabramatta (91,000).
ABC2’s Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom (277,000) topped multichannels.
Insiders: 153,000 / 96,000 / 37,000
The Bolt Report: 96,000 / 94,000
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 22 September 2013