While it was the top-rated show of the night, the Grand Final pulled 1.66m in Overnight numbers and the Winner Announced -which is normally a higher number than the bulk of the show- was 1.58m, down by 31% on 2013.
Anja Nissen’s win was well down on the Harrison Craig’s win -as high as 2.28m- which itself was down on the stunning first season of 3.3m viewers.
But Nine still ruled Monday night with a network share of 33.1% then Seven 26.5%, TEN 18.5%, ABC 17.5% and SBS 4.5%.
Elsewhere, Nine News was 1.29m / 1.21m for Nine then A Current Affair (1.17m), Hot Seat (674,000), House Husbands (429,000) and Footy Classified (259,000 in 3 cities).
Seven News (1.2m / 1.1m) was best for Seven but its other shows fell under the magic million on a night when it held off big titles. Home and Away was 939,000, Highway Patrol was 778,000, The Force was 689,000, Million Dollar Minute was 683,000, an Avengers movie was 563,000 and Talking Footy was 36,000 in 3 cities (80,000 on 7mate).
TEN had a rare Monday win over ABC with Masterchef holding strong against The Voice on 1.17m. The Project was 753,000 / 507,000 and TEN Eyewitness News was 706,000. Have You Been Paying Attention? hit its best-ever audience of 500,000 -against The Voice finale no less- indicating that a better lead-in affords it a fighting chance, and validating TEN’s programming shift. 24 ended with 264,000 loyal Jack Bauer fans.
ABC News (831,000) topped ABC followed by 7:30 (818,000), Australian Story (785,000), Media Watch (571,000), Four Corners (555,000) and Q & A (537,000).
The memorably-titled Pain, Pus and Poison (258,000) led SBS ONE then Richard Hammond’s Miracles of Nature (207,000), SBS World News (157,000) and Tour de France Daily Highlights (128,000).
Neighbours was best on multichannels at 287,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 89,000 / 49,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 21 July 2014