News wins the night for Nine while Seven wins reality war

21 July 2014

Nine's 60 Minutes backgrounder on the murder of Allison Baden-Clay won the biggest free-to-air TV audience last night, with 1.411 million people tuning in.

It set Nine up to win the night overall with 31.2% of the total audience share, with Seven following with 26.4%. Ten took 20.8%.

But in the reality TV battle, Seven's The X Factor won out, with an audience of 1.274 million people across Australia's five metro areas putting it in fourth place.

It beat The Voice Kids by almost 50,000, with the children's talent show on Nine pulling in 1.227 million viewers.

And MasterChef Australia, on Ten, finished in seventh spot with 1.076 million viewers, according to preliminary overnight ratings figures from OzTam.

Extant, Ten's latest offering from the US, starring Halle Berry, ranked 16th with an audience of 556,000 – the same position but with fewer viewers than last week.

Consumer show The Checkout: Snack Size on ABC1 also made the top 10, with 989,000 viewers putting it in eighth position.

Completing the top 10 was Nine News, second with 1.350 million viewers, Seven News, third with 1.315 million, Nine's House Husbands, sixth with 1.168 million, ABC News, ninth with 910,000, and Grand Designs on ABC1, 10th with 892,000.

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