Last minute burst not enough to save Australia’s Got Talent

Ratings: Seven wins Monday with My Kitchen Rules and Downton Abbey combo.


Nine managed a lift for its Live to Air final for Australia’s Got Talent with 908,000 tuning in for the moment 14 year old Fletcher Pilon was announced as winner. The bulk of the show drew 761,000 which was up on recent numbers sitting under 600,000.

But it was also well down on 1.39m / 1.17m who viewed the 2013 final when it last appeared on Nine, and wraps a disappointing season. It did however manage to boost the finale for The Farmer Wants a Wife at 707,000 -another under-performing title for Nine this year.

MKR‘s 1.42m was nearly double AGT‘s final and Downtown Abbey won its slot with 872,000.

The first outing for All Star Family Feud drew 648,000 as the best outing for TEN.

Monday numbers were also impacted by the end of a long weekend in some cities.

Seven network won with a 32.6% share then Nine 26.5%, ABC 18.3%, TEN 17.4% and SBS 5.2%.

My Kitchen Rules topped the night with 1.42m viewers for Seven then Seven News (1.1m / 1.04m), Downton Abbey (872,000), Home and Away (842,000) and The Chase (620,000 / 401,000). Castle was 264,000.

Nine News (1.04m / 999,000) was best for Nine then Australia’s Got Talent (Winner: 908,000 / Final: 761,000), A Current Affair (836,000), The Farmer Wants a Wife (707,000) and Hot Seat (549,000).

ABC News (838,000), Australian Story (785,000), 7:30 (748,000), Media Watch (476,000), Q&A (470,000) and Four Corners (456,000) comprised ABC’s night.

All Star Family Feud was best on TEN at 648,000. The Project drew 633,000 / 450,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 611,000, and CSI Cyber was 354,000 / 321,000.

On SBS Secrets of the Brain was 266,000 then Flying to the Ends of the Earth (188,000), SBS World News (115,000) and Bear Grylls: Mission Survive (95,000).

Shaun the Sheep sure was best on multichannels at 233,000.

Today: 286,000
Sunrise: 266,000
ABC News Breakfast: 82,000 / 55,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 14 March 2016

25 Responses

      1. It’s not as simple as that. It’s the nature of the industry that people have presumably chosen to work in. Nine won’t be showing the test pattern if they don’t renew AGT, so there will be employment opportunities on whatever competition show replaces it.

        1. How can you possibly know that? With the woeful viewing figures for all Australian TV shows it is obviously an industry in free fall so when a huge show like AGT falls the repercussions for hundreds of people are huge. Especially when all you ever read about talent shows is constant negativity. It´s not as simple as just jumping onto the next show because without doubt less and less shows of this scale and budget will be commissioned.

  1. Same, I was expecting around 338k viewers. Hope this means they can finally ditch the 6pm similcast, knowing if people want to watch it, they will go to Ten. One and Eleven need their own content at that time.

  2. Farmer wants a wife lacked engagement. The new host was not as warm as Natalie in my opinion. Some of the farmers were less likable than other seasons and I think the storytelling was also less. Perhaps if they did less of what was coming up and what had just happened there would be more time to connect to the potential wives seeking a farmer. Although there seemes more wlak outs this year then ever before!

    1. Lol, it appears that networks think we all suffer from short term memory loss, it’s one of the main reasons I don’t enjoy live TV as you can’t skim through the “here’s what you just saw” and “here’s what we’re about to show you”

  3. really good numbers for Celebrity Family Feud last night- it was good. I hope AGT returns, however they should make these changes to its host and judges;
    AGT Host; Eddie Perfect
    AGT Judges; Anthony Callea, Eddie Perfect and Tina Arena

  4. Watched AGT for the first time last night and I must say I really enjoyed the show. What a great talent young Fletcher Pilon is. Pity about the poor choice of Dave Hughes as host for this show.

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