Seven proves it has the X Factor

By By Wenlei Ma | 4 September 2012

Seven once again sang its way to victory with The X Factor while Nine's Underbelly: Badness dropped below the million mark for the first time.

Talent competition series The X Factor was the most-watched program last night with 1.46 million viewers, according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam. A double episode of Good Christian Bitches attracted 758,000 and 585,000 viewers across two hours.

On Nine, Underbelly stalled below a million viewers for the first time this year with 990,000 people tuned in. The live nominations portion of Big Brother was watched by 1.01 million people while the regular broadcast garnered 1.00 million viewers.

Ten News, with 783,000 viewers, was the highest-rated program on the struggling network. Can of Worms marginally increased its numbers on the previous two weeks to 600,000 while Don't Tell The Bride continued to slip as 513,000 people tuned in. The penultimate episode of The Shire clawed back into the top 50 list in 48th place and had 220,000 viewers.

Other top 20 programs were Seven News, Nine News, ABC News, Today Tonight (ABC), A Current Affair (Nine), Home and Away (Seven), Australian Story (ABC), Four Corners (ABC), 7.30 (ABC), Media Watch (ABC), Q&A (ABC) and Hot Seat (Nine).

Across the main channels, Seven won the day with 22.4% of audience share, followed by Nine with 19.4%, the ABC with 15.6%, Ten with 10.4% and SBS with 3.7%.

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