The Block powers to season high of 1.7m viewers

It was a dream Sunday for Nine. The Block pulled a whopping 1.7m viewers, with 595,000 in Melbourne and 468,000 in Sydney.

The episode, in which a couple was threatened with expulsion, was easily its highest episode for the year. It was also the highest in 3 years, excluding a series Final.

That thumped Little Big Shots which still pulled a healthy 1.23m viewers. Unable to compete, TEN’s Australian Survivor had to be roadblocked on 3 channels from 7:30pm.

Buoyed by an NRL Qualifying Final as lead-in Nine had a stellar night, with Nine News also at a 2017 high of 1.41m viewers and 60 Minutes winning its slot.

Nine network won with 36.6% then Seven 28.3%, TEN 14.8%, ABC 14.6% and SBS 5.6%.

The Block was #1 for Nine with 1.7m viewers, then Nine News (1.41m) and 60 Minutes (1.08m). Murder Calls was 479,000.

Little Big Shots (1.23m) was best for Seven then Seven News (1.07m) and Sunday Night (796,000). I Am Heath Ledger drew 276,000.

Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service drew 370,000 viewers then the Sunday Project (340,000 / 287,000), TEN Eyewitness News (292,000) and Family Feud (215,000).

ABC News (696,000), Grand Designs: Home of the Year (515,000) and Sherlock (478,000) comprised ABC’s night.

On SBS it was Life and Death in Herculaneum (199,000), SBS World News (152,000) and Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History (131,000).

Shaun the Sheep was best on multichannels at 193,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 10 September 2017

24 Comments:

    • I’m still watching and enjoying, but there are a combination of factors. It is being ignored by older viewers, against 2 juggernauts that have 30 minute jump start. Severe lack of lead-in problems which TEN is trying to address but will take at least a year to bed in. Also a hard format to drop into if you are not there from Ep 1. On those numbers and its budget a renewal is remote, but CBS may be a white knight. Also… pretty over extended eps that have 1 immunity and no reward challenge.

  1. You would have to pay me to watch the Block. I like the renovation genre. I just find the format/product style grating. But clearly it’s working for Nine.

    • I agree. Not only do I find the premise of the show boring, I feel like I am being treated like an idiot when I watch The Block. I don’t need a recap or narration of what’s happening every 5 seconds. I don’t need “hip” pop music to keep my attention. I don’t need lame toilet humour that will appeal to 10-year-olds. I need something of substance that is interesting to watch which The Block is the furthest thing from interesting, in my opinion.

      As you said, it is working for nine, but I think that speaks to who is watching that mess of a program.

  2. Looks like Survivor wont make it to season 3 based on its lack luster figures. Ten needs to revamp its whole suite of programs. Maybe time for some new blood.

        • Their decision to broadcast over 3 channels dazzles me, why?? If l am not going to watch it l wont and they loose me as a potential viewer. I mat decide to watch something else on One or Eleven. To me this is lazy or desperate programming programming.

          • Doubt it dazzles you Aussiecam more like baffles you. Note One and Eleven audience shares last night were both under 2 per cent, half what they are when they provide alternate programming. Stupid move Ten network.

    • No its right, everyone stopped watching when the producers decided to outwit, outlast and outplay others on the show was not enough and now they have to do the same with the producers. A few to many twists giving some an unfair advantage to my liking…

  3. A little controversy powered up The Block the last night! Meanwhile, Survivor is stuck well behind the pack with very poor figures for such an expensive format. Seven would still be happy with 1.2m for LBS – family viewing looks like the TV story of 2017.

      • The threat was real alright, as were the perfect 0’s scored by the judges.

        Whilst not thrown out immediately it was a huge deal and they are now obliged to catch up if they can rather than sit doing nothing.

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