X Factor slumps on last year's debut while Thorpe revelations draw almost a million

14 July 2014

The X Factor 2014 premiered to 1.226 million people last night – more than 400,000 short of last year's season launch.

The talent contest, on Seven, was the second most-watched free-to-air TV show, behind Seven News' 1.364 million viewers, while Ian Thorpe's much-hyped interview on Ten pulled 982,000 viewers across Australia's five metro areas to take eighth spot.

The Voice Kids, on Nine, was down on last week's 1.255 million viewers, with an audience of 1.150 million putting it in fifth place.

Ten's MasterChef Australia also made the top 10, in ninth spot with an audience of 956,000, according to preliminary overnight ratings figures from OzTam.

The premiere of Ten's new sci-fi series from the US – Extant, starring Halle Berry, finished in 16th spot with 614,000 viewers.

Completing the top 10 was Nine News, third place with 1.195 million viewers, Seven's Sunday Night, fourth with 1.167 million, Nine's 60 Minutes, sixth with 1.131 million, Seven's A Place to Call Home, seventh with 1.050 million, and Grand Designs on ABC1, 10th with 920,000.

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