Singing their hearts out: The Voice and X Factor do battle

15 July 2014

Nine's The Voice and Seven's The X Factor went head-to-head for the first time last night – with The Voice singing much louder than its arch enemy.

A total of 1.247 million fans tuned in to The Voice, making it the second most-watched free-to-air TV show, while The X Factor was back in eighth spot with an audience of 970,000.

Adding to the reality TV battle, Ten's MasterChef Australia won more than a million viewers, with its audience of 1.042 million across Australia's five metro areas putting it in seventh place.

Meanwhile, 883,000 soccer fans were up before dawn to watch the World Cup Final on SBS One from the comfort of their sofas. That audience figure doesn't include the fans who watched the action on screens in pubs and bars across Australia.

But the program that won the biggest audience was Nine News, with 1.326 million viewers, according to preliminary overnight ratings figures from OzTam.

Ten's new game show, Family Feud, debuting in the tough 6pm slot against news on Seven and Nine, won an audience of 690,000, putting it in 17th spot.

Nine won the biggest overall free-to-air audience, with 30.2%, followed by Seven with 27.4%, the ABC with 18.6% and Ten with 17.4%.

News programs dominated the rest of the top 10, with Nine's A Current Affair in third place, winning 1.237 million viewers, followed by Nine News at 6.30, fourth with 1.229 million, Seven News, fifth with 1.203 million, Seven's Today Tonight, sixth with 1.118 million, Seven's Home and Away, ninth with 901,000, and ABC News, 10th with 890,000.

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