ABC beats Nine in news ratings
Guy Sebastian, Melanie Brown (Mel B), Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Ronan Keating are judges/mentors on The X Factor. Picture: Seven.

The X Factor may have claimed top spot in the ratings on Tuesday night but a notable victory came to ABC television with it eclipsing commercial rival the Nine Network in the all-important news ratings.

Seven pulled off a ratings trifecta with The X Factor filling pole position with 1.662 million viewers followed by Seven News (1.205 million) and family drama Winners & Losers (1.135 million).

Fourth spot, however, was ABC News with 1.095 million viewers, ahead of Nine's Big Brother (1.071 million) and then Nine News (1.066 million).

ABC News virtually matched Nine's viewer numbers in Melbourne and Sydney and was clearly ahead in Adelaide and Perth. In other good news for the ABC, 696,000 viewers tuned in to 7.30 to give it the 10th spot.

Today Tonight (1.060 million) and Home And Away (999,000) filled seventh and eighth spots respectively to provide Seven with five shows in the Top 10.

Nine's A Current Affair (949,000) was ninth.

It seems Charlie Sheen's latest show Anger Management, which airs on Nine, could follow the same way as Dallas and be removed from the programming or switched to a digital channel if it continues with poor ratings.

Anger Management, which started at 8.30pm, was 20th overall with 483,000, finishing well behind a repeat of NCIS on Network Ten, which was watched by 604,000 viewers to be 13th.

Top ranking shows on Tuesday night

1. The X Factor (Seven) - 1.662 million

2. Seven News (Seven) - 1.205 million

3. Winners & Losers (Seven) - 1.135 million

4. ABC News (ABC) - 1.095 million

5. Big Brother (Nine) - 1.071 million

6. Nine News (Nine) - 1.066 million

7. Today Tonight (Seven) - 1.060 million

8. Home And Away (Seven) 999,000

9. A Current Affair (Nine) - 949,000

10. 7.30 (ABC) - 696,000

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