A season-ending double episode of Winners & Losers had mixed results, with fewer people watching the finale than the penultimate episode.
The Seven Network drama was put to rest for 2014 with back-to-back episodes to make way for the highly anticipated US fantasy drama series Resurrection, which premieres next Tuesday.
The second-last episode of Winners & Losers on Tuesday was ninth with 968,000 viewers, while the finale that followed was 13th with 860,000 viewers, according to OzTAM’s overnight ratings.
Seven appears to have sacrificed the finale because of the hype that surrounds Resurrection, which had a huge reception in the United States when it aired earlier this month.
More than 13 million viewers tuned in for the first episode of Resurrection in the US.
It’s fair to say the 9.45pm timeslot for the finale of Winners & Losers was the reason that episode was down more than 100,000 viewers on the previous hour’s episode.
Winners & Losers may have have shed viewers but the same cannot be said for Seven’s reality series My Kitchen Rules, which won the night.
The departure of Melbourne mates Harry Curtis and Christo Gibson attracted an audience of 1.664 million viewers.
The cooking series beat the Nine Network’s The Block: Fans v Faves, which was second with 1.302 million viewers.
Nine also filled the No 3 spot with The Big Bang Theory (1.185 million, and the fourth and fifth positions with Nine News (1.165 million) and Nine News 6.30pm (1.094 million) respectively.
Most watched shows on Tuesday
1. My Kitchen Rules (Seven) – 1.664 million
2. The Block: Fans v Faves (Nine) – 1.302 million
3. The Big Bang Theory (Nine) – 1.185 million
4. Nine News (Nine) – 1.165 million
5. Nine News 6.30pm (Nine) – 1.094 million
6. Seven News (Seven) – 1.074 million
7. Seven News/Today Tonight (Seven) – 1.012 million
8. Home And Away (Seven) – 972,000
9. Winners & Losers (Seven) – 968,000
10. A Current Affair (Nine) – 961,000
13. Winners & Losers ep2 (Seven) – 860,000
* Source OzTAM