Underbelly: Badness down 40% on premiere

By By Wenlei Ma | 18 September 2012
Underbelly: Badness.

Nine's Underbelly: Badness drew a decent audience of just over a million viewers last night in the run up to its final episodes but the figure is significantly down on its debut numbers.

The local crime drama was watched by 1.01 million metro viewers, according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam. The latest instalment in the Underbelly series has attracted around a million viewers the past few weeks. It premiered mid-August with 1.78 million people tuned in.

Two segments of Big Brother drew 1.00 million and 961,000 viewers as the reality series continues to meet expectations for Nine.

Seven's The X Factor predictably won the night with 1.58 million viewers while 975,000 people tuned in to Good Christian Bitches.

Ten's rejigged Can of Worms missed out on the top 20 programs list and was watched by 494,000 viewers, down from 561,000 the previous week. Don't Tell the Bride was similarly down to 483,000 viewers from last week's 515,000. The return of Hawaii Five-O to the schedule failed to fire as the US series drew in 273,000 viewers.

Other programs in the top 20 were Seven News, Nine News, A Current Affair (Nine), Today Tonight (Seven), ABC News, Home and Away (Seven), 7.30 (ABC), Australian Story (ABC), Ten News, Hot Seat (Nine), Q&A (ABC), Deal or No Deal (Seven), Modern Family (Ten), Media Watch (ABC) and The Project (Ten).

Across the main channels, Seven won the day with 27.5% of audience share, followed by Nine with 21.4% and the ABC with 13.7%. Ten dipped below 10% again with 9.9% and SBS had 3.3%.

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