Nine divided the show into 3 parts, with 737,000 for the moment Ryan was announced as winner followed by 693,000 / 662,000 for the bulk of the show in Preliminary numbers.
Comparatively they are half the numbers of the 2013 finale (Winner Announced: 1.4m / 1.47m / 1.31m), which aired an hour earlier and Live around the country.
Nine’s decision to schedule the finale at 8:30pm in all states, instead of 7:30pm would have been a key factor as well as competition from the ARIA Awards.
But Big Brother won all the key demos, reiterating its deeper value even in the face of a sluggish season. Whether that’s enough for it to win a renewal remains to be seen, despite opening a registration of interest for future housemates.
Meanwhile the ARIA Awards also performed better with younger demos than it did in Total People (Red Carpet: 602,000 / Awards: 574,000).
In fact the 7:30 timeslot went begging last night -ABC’s 7:30 would have won if not for a 1 hour Home and Away.
Despite two big events, it was Seven that took the night in network share.
Seven network won with a 29.4% share then Nine 28.6%, TEN 19.3%, ABC 18.0% and SBS 4.7%.
Seven News (959,000 / 899,000) led for Seven then Home and Away (817,000), Criminal Minds (800,000 / 615,000), Air Rescue (591,000) and Million Dollar Minute (474,000). Grimm was 222,000.
Nine News (1.04m / 989,000) topped the night for Nine then A Current Affair (884,000). Big Brother was 737,000 / 693,000 / 662,000. Renters was 656,000, Neighbours at War was 632,000, The Big Bang Theory was 521,000 and Hot Seat was 519,000. Nine’s schedule ran late for the night meaning some numbers will be adjusted.
TEN Eyewitness News was best for TEN at 615,000. The ARIAs averaged 602,000 for the Red Carpet and 574,000 for the Awards show. The Project was 548,000 / 454,000.
ABC News (774,000) led for ABC then the season final of Mad as Hell (733,000), Media Circus (717,000), 7:30 (659,000), Home Delivery (494,000), Black Comedy (311,000) and a repeat of The Agony of Modern Manners (244,000).
On SBS ONE it was Wild Croatia (262,000), 24 Hours in Emergency (235,000) and SBS World News (116,000). Fargo was just 49,000.
Big Bang pulled a decent 350,000 on multichannels.
ABC News Breakfast: 91,000 / 53,000
OzTAM Overnights: Wednesday 26 November 2014