Ratings: 1.5 million for The Voice final, lowest ever audience

Nine’s signing contest The Voice that saw Alfie Arcuri crowned as this year’s winner saw its audience drop for the fourth consecutive year with the winner’s announcement rating 1,287,000 in preliminary numbers and the bulk of the show averaging 1,153,000.

That is the lowest result in the franchise’s history and compares to 1,589,000 in 2015 for the winner’s announcement and 1,502,000 for the main program that year.

However, it was still a good night for Nine with the two-hour show diving the network to an easy win with 33.7% of Sunday’s metro TV audience. Seven was next with 27.0.%, Ten had 18.3%, ABC 13.8% and SBS 7.1%.

This year’s season of The Voice got off to a good start in early May with 1.4 million tuning in for the launch with the auditions rounds producing the highest ratings. A familiar pattern of previous years was repeated as eleven of these early episodes out-rated the grand final as the audience dropped across subsequent rounds until last week’s semi-final saw 993,000 tune in.

Overall, the 2016 season averaged 1.2 million in overnight ratings compared to the 2015 season that averaged 1.48 million including a high of 1.82 million in the third week.

Meanwhile, Nine News was the night’s top bulletin with 1,252,000 with a late-starting 60 Minutes currently listed with 885,000 viewers in preliminary results. Later, See No Evil had 423,000.

Seven News Sunday averaged 1,250,000 with Sunday Night, last night back at 7pm, on 963,000 for Seven. Later, the premiere of Billy Connolly’s Tracks Across America got off to a slow start with just 494,000, placing the new show fourth at 8.30pm. Bones that followed managed 319,000 while the Wimbledon Final had 397,000.

Over on Ten, MasterChef, secured its highest Sunday audience since launch with 982,000 while Modern Family (445,000 and 296,000), Family Feud (421,000) and Bondi Rescue (430,000) made the top twenty list. The Supercars had 242,000 in the afternoon and the Formula One 237,000 and 185,000 in three cities.

ABC struggled against the commercial competition with ABC News (769,000) their best title. The 50 year anniversary of Play School managed 612,000 while the first episode of ABC’s new Australian drama Barracuda drew an audience of 514,000. In the morning, it was back to business as usual for Insiders with 301,000 watching this week.

Over on SBS, Rome: Empire Without Limit averaged 253,000 with the latest stage of Tour de France on 189,000.

It was a close result in the morning with Weekend Today (301,000) just ahead of Weekend Sunrise (297,000).

See [Sunday 10 July 2016] (Sunday 10 July 2016) for a more detailed look at the ratings numbers in the Media Spy forums.

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