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Big Brother still pulling in a million
Big Brother still pulling in a million

Relaunching Big Brother has proved to be the right decision for the Nine Network after it again pulled in more than a million viewers on Wednesday night.

The reality show had been off the air since 2008 before Nine took the bold decision to bring it back and put a family-friendly spin on it.

On Wednesday night it attracted an audience of 1.106 million viewers to finish behind the Seven Network's successful singing contest The X Factor and Seven News.

Seven's talent quest has won the ratings on each of the six nights it has aired, and on Wednesday 1.435 million viewers tuned in while Seven News had 1.180 million watchers.

Nine News (1.106 million) was fourth followed by Today Tonight (1.071 million), ABC News (1.042 million) and A Current Affair (1.008 million).

Big Brother's main competition for the first half hour was Seven soapie Home And Away which came in eighth with 976,000 viewers.

US crime drama Criminal Minds was ninth with 956,000 and The Farmer Wants A Wife is doing solid numbers to finish 10th with 894,000.

Network Ten's highest-rating show was its seventies-based teen drama Puberty Blues.

The third episode of the eight-part series finished 12th with 751,000 viewers, but the network's reality show I Will Survive finished in 29th spot with 360,000 viewers.

There also appears little appetite for revived eighties soapie hit Dallas on Nine, which was 28th with 368,000 viewers.

Australian TV ratings on Wednesday night:

1. The X Factor (Seven) - 1.435 million

2. Seven News (Seven) - 1.180 million

3. Big Brother (Nine) - 1.106 million

4. Nine News (Nine) - 1.106 million

5. Today Tonight (Seven) - 1.071 million

6. ABC News (ABC) - 1.042 million

7. A Current Affair (Nine) - 1.008 million

8. Home And Away (Seven) - 976,000

9. Criminal Minds (Seven) - 956,000

10. The Farmer Wants A Wife (Nine) - 894,000