Marlisa Punzalan’s win on The X Factor was a triumph for the sweet teenager and her mentor Ronan Keating, but in terms of television ratings it was nearly a million viewers less than Dami Im’s win a year ago.
The show topped the night with 1.43m for The Winner Announced and 1.38m for the bulk of its Grand Final.
It was the lowest grand final for the show on Seven across its 5 seasons (a 2005 finale on TEN was 881,000).
Nevertheless it ensured Seven easily won the night with a 34.5% share then Nine 24.4%, ABC 20.0%, TEN 17.7% and SBS just 3.3%.
Aside from X Factor, Seven News was 1.05m / 1.03m, Home and Away was 902,000, The Blacklist was 604,000 and Million Dollar Minute was 535,000. A repeat of The Big Adventure was 141,000.
The Big Bang Theory (1.13m / 1.01m) was best for Nine then Nine News (1.07m / 943,000), A Current Affair (907,000), Big Brother (653,000), Hot Seat (532,000) and Embarrassing Bodies (301,000).
Australian Story (901,000) continues to power for ABC then Four Corners (840,000), ABC News (776,000), 7:30 (744,000), Media Watch (666,000) and Q & A (595,000 / 70,000).
The Project managed to stop TEN from a disappointing night with 1.00m / 659,000 although it strategically ran overtime with its Bachelor interview, as a deliberate ploy against the competition. Gold Coast Cops was 684,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 597,000, Territory Cops was 590,000, Party Tricks is struggling at just 407,000 and Homeland was only 225,000.
Even by their own standards it was a tough night for SBS: The Island with Bear Grylls (153,000), What’s Wrong with our Weather? (128,000), Housos (122,000), SBS World News (99,000) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (92,000).
7TWO’s Judge John Deed topped multichannels at 308,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 93,000 / 48,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 20 October 2014