Farmer finale attracts a million as Ten gets reprieve

By By Wenlei Ma | 27 September 2012

The season finale of Nine's Farmer Wants A Wife wrapped up with less than a million viewers while Ten overtook the ABC in audience share last night.

The Farmer Wants A Wife finale was watched by 987,000 metro viewers last night, according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam. Fellow Nine program Big Brother continued to hover around the million mark.

Seven's The X Factor was number one again with 1.41 million people tuned in while Criminal Minds attracted 945,000 viewers.

Ten's Puberty Blues remained steady with 653,000 viewers. However, the local drama series continues to perform well on consolidated numbers. The most recent time-shifting results saw Puberty Blues pick up an extra 23.9% viewers for the 13 September episode.

The return of The Chaser crew's Hamster Wheel program commanded 784,000 viewers for the ABC while Gruen Planet pulled in 913,000 people.

Other top 20 programs were Seven News, Today Tonight (Seven), Nine News, ABC News, Home and Away (Seven), A Current Affair (Nine), QI (ABC), 7.30 (ABC), Ten News, Embarrassing Bodies (Nine), Hot Seat (Nine), The Project (Ten) and Modern Family (Ten).

Ten overtook ABC for third spot in audience share during prime viewing days (Sunday to Thursday) for the first time in weeks with 13.7% to the latter's 9.4%. Across the main channels, Seven won the day with 24.4%, followed by Nine with 21.5% while SBS had 3.1%.

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