Curious results last night in the ratings game with 1.3m viewers tuning into The Block just to see four couples paint some beach boxes, but only 610,000 remaining for Jamie Durie’s Top Design.
Top Design was even beaten by The Renovators on 782,000. Both shows had episodes that involved recycling. It raises questions about some suggestions the shows are struggling because there is not enough renovation. Is the reason The Block has worked better due to its simplicity of four couples that viewers have bonded with? Casting is everything in Reality, but game play runs a close second.
The 7:30 timeslot was won by neither with World’s Strictest Parents on 1.13m. ABC’s 7.30 was in third place on 683,000. The very last episode of The New Inventors at 8pm was 615,000 and Tropic of Capricorn on SBS was 326,000.
The Block‘s 1.3m was well in front of Home and Away (973,000), ABC News (924,000) and The 7PM Project (697,000).
At 8:30pm ABC won the hour with The Gruen Transfer on 1.12m and Spicks And Specks on 1.02m. It led Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (997,000), Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation (889,000), RPA (632,000) and The Hotel -which last over half its lead in on SBS.
Covert Affairs won at 9:30pm with 607,000 viewers.
Earlier in the night Hot Seat took a big lead of 675,000 over Deal Or No Deal‘s (558,000). TEN News At Five averaged 630,000 across its 90 minutes.
Heartbeat topped multichannels on 377,000 viewers.
Seven won its second night of the week.