On stage it was a good news story as a talented Indigenous teen won The X Factor on his birthday, overcoming his elimination the preceding year.
But off stage The X Factor has struggled this season, revamped and trimmed yet failing to draw respectable numbers in either total people or the demos. Last night was the final ignominy, with 751,000 its lowest ever finale -beaten by ABC’s 7:30 and Australian Story.
Seven didn’t break out a separate “Winner Announced” figure, leaving the show to sit third in its timeslot behind RBT.
Have You Been Paying Attention? won its timeslot on 757,000, wrapping up another good year for the TEN show. The finale of Nine’s Hyde and Seek had to settle for 567,000 putting a renewal as a long shot for Nine.
Seven News and ACA both won their timeslots.
However there was also a silver lining with Seven Network winning the night on 29.5% then Nine 25.6%, ABC 20.6%, TEN 18.9% and SBS 5.3%.
Seven News was #1 for Seven with 1.05m / 1.04m for Seven then The X Factor (751,000), Home and Away (706,000), The Chase (632,000 / 393,000) and Australia Beyond 2020 (382,000).
Nine News (916,000 / 912,000) led for Nine followed by A Current Affair (844,000), RBT (759,000), Hyde and Seek (567,000) and Hot Seat (494,000). Australian Crime Stories was just 267,000.
ABC News (844,000), 7:30 (770,000), Australian Story (770,000), Four Corners (718,000), Media Watch (640,000), Q&A (475,000) and Pointless (250,000) comprised ABC’s night.
Have You Been Paying Attention? (757,000) led for TEN. The Project drew 582,000 / 412,000, All Star Family Feud was 548,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 469,000 and Life in Pieces was 410,000 / 196,000.
On SBS it was The Supervet (167,000), O.J. Simpson: Made in America (135,000) and SBS World News (132,000).
7TWO’s Rosemary and Thyme (237,000) was the top show on multichannels.
ABC News Breakfast: 77,000 / 51,000
OzTAM Overnights: Monday 21 October 2016.