X Factors steams on, Puberty Blues drops

By Wenlei Ma | 23 August 2012

Seven’s The X Factor continued its dream run with almost one and a half million viewers while Puberty Blues saw a marginal drop for Ten.

The X Factor was watched by 1.47 million metro viewers, according to preliminary overnight figures from OzTam. The talent competition program has had an enviable week since its debut on Monday night to 1.59 million viewers and has maintained its momentum since then.

Seven took the top four slots in the ratings ladder including US crime series Criminal Minds in third which had 1.12 million people tuned in.

Ten’s local scripted drama Puberty Blues saw a slight decline for its second episode. It was watched by 843,000 viewers, down from 925,000 last week. The program won its timeslot in the 16 to 39 and 18 to 49 demographic. I Will Survive also slid on its second outing, however from a lower base. Last night, the program attracted 427,000 viewers, down from the previous day’s debut of 506,000 viewers.

On Nine, Big Brother stayed above the million mark with 1.03 million viewers while its late night Big Brother Confidential series was watched by 382,000 people. Farmer Wants A Wife commanded 936,000 viewers.

Gruen Planet returned after a month-long stint of Gruen Sweat, and was close to the million mark with 906,000 viewers.

Other programs in the top 20 were Seven News, Today Tonight (Seven), ABC News, A Current Affair (Nine), Nine News, Home and Away (Seven), 7.30 (ABC), QI (ABC), Ten News, Covert Affairs (Seven), The Project (Ten), Deal or No Deal (Seven), Dallas (Nine) and Hot Seat (Nine).

Across the main channels, Seven won the night with 24.6% of audience share, followed by Nine with 19.4%, the ABC with 13.9%, Ten with 11.7% and SBS with 4.6%.

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