Hands up all those who thought Downton Abbey would finish as the top show for Sunday night?
But it turned out to be The Block with a Room Reveal episode hitting a big fat 1.67m viewers -its best so far this year. The question for Seven is whether it waited too long to screen Downton and devoted fans had swooped upon DVDs of the second season from the UK. It may now need to look much harder at options to run Season Three after the Olympics.
At least for Seven it won the night. Seven News was its best with 1.61m viewers, followed by Downton Abbey on 1.53m, then Dancing with the Stars on 1.23m.
Nine’s other performers were Nine News (1.44m), 60 Minutes (1.11m), The Mentalist (814,000) and Unforgettable (519,000).
MasterChef won its slot for TEN on 1.33m, Modern Family was 865,000, New Girl was 665,000, Touch was 602,000, TEN News was 449,000 and The Project was 351,000.
The Diamond Queen led ABC1 (968,000) followed by ABC News (954,000), Midsomer Murders (620,000), Compass (345,000) and Auction Room (235,000).
Secret Cities of the Amazon was 306,000 for SBS ONE with Prophets of Science Fiction on 230,000 and World News Australia on 223,000.
Big Bang on GO! led multichannels with 285,000.