Spill nets ABC audience audience spike - X Factor still most watched

Rachael Micallef
By Rachael Micallef | 15 September 2015

Australia may have received a new prime minister last night, but 1.2 million people still tuned into the X Factor rather than the ABC's rolling coverage of the historic leadership spill.

The Seven Network reality show was the top most watched show of the night and also topped the 18-49 age demographic, according to overnight metro OzTam figures.

As a result of the liberal leadership spill, ABC shifted its entire Monday night line-up to feature rolling political news coverage, with regular programming, including Q&A, moved onto its ABC2 channel.

It means its overnight OzTam figures are still split out into program segments instead of producing a holistic viewer figure for the evening's programming.

The 7.30 timeslot, which would normally house news program 7.30, picked up 1.058 million metro viewers, according to figures and was the fifth most watched show of the night. By comparison, last Monday (7 September)'s regular programming of 7.30 picked up 877,000 viewers.

Its 9.20 timeslot – which usually shows Media Watch – had 868,000 viewers, while its 8pm timeslot – which ordinarily shows Australian Story – had 805,000 viewers. Last Monday's viewing picked up 717,000 viewers and 837,000 viewers.

While corrected viewer audience for the ABC rolling coverage won't be available until tomorrow, its audience share is indicative of its viewer audience, with the network picking up 27.5% share, marginally behind Network Seven on 27.6%.

Network Nine picked up 24.6% , with reality show The Block will drawing 891,000 viewers as the ninth most watch show of the evening.

Ten picked up 15.7%, with newly launched TBL Families reaching the 17th most watched show of the night on 685,000 viewers, while SBS drew 4.5% audience share.

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