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Eurovision a ratings winner for SBS but still a niche audience

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It was the battle of the voicepipes but local talent won over overseas glitz when The Voice beat Eurovision in the TV ratings on Sunday night.

The Nine Network reality talent show retained its perfect number one record with an audience of 1.894 million. Eurovision’s mammoth four hour grand final telecast was 16th, but returned healthy figures for SBS.

The Eurovision finale ran from 7.30pm to 11.15pm and, while it lost out to The Voice, it beat several big shows on the commercial networks.

Eurovision, which was won by the bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, garnered an average audience of 476,000 on OzTAM’s overnight Sunday ratings.

It finished one spot ahead of Network Ten’s crime series Elementary (470,000) and two spots clear of the Seven Network’s Mr Selfridge (441,000).

Eurovision also proved a winner for SBS on Saturday night when a repeat of the semi final finished fifth with more than half a million viewers.

Nine also snared second and third spot with 60 Minutes (1.552 million) and Nine News (1.218 million), respectively.

Seven’s reality series House Rules and Ten’s MasterChef are holding up well in the face of going head-to-head with The Voice.

House Rules was fifth with 1.058 million viewers and MasterChef held down 10th spot with 770,000