Nine News beats Seven News as The Block powers home
Ratings: Nine's early evening shows topple all of Seven's as the network wins Thursday, while SBS immediately feels the loss of Letters and Numbers.
The Block has been #1 every night this week and is on track for a bumper finale this Sunday night.
The question is can it lift higher than 2011’s high of 3.3m viewers (strategic coding for “The Winner Announced” will help it achieve that), and the follow up question is how much it will affect Nine’s other shows without it being in the schedule?
Last night Nine News topped Seven News and A Current Affair beat Today Tonight (as it has done for every night this week). Nine comfortably won Thursday night against the competition.
The Block pulled 1.58m viewers with what was effectively a “Room Reveal” episode last night. Dale & Sophie scored the show’s first ever perfect 10 for a room (including previous seasons).
Hamish & Andy’s Euro Gap Year enjoyed The Block‘s “halo effect” with 1.41m, Nine News was 1.28m, ACA was 1.17m, then Big Bang (812,000), The Footy Show and Hot Seat (both on 742,000).
Seven News was 1.26m for Seven then Today Tonight (1.12m), Home and Away (849,000), Deal or No Deal (582,000), Grey’s Anatomy (561,000), Better Homes & Gardens (522,000 in 3 states), and in 2 states The Force (446,000) / Medical Emergency (404,000) / Border Security (385,000). Desperate Housewives had a network figure of 371,000.
MasterChef eliminated Tregan with 1.04m viewers for TEN. TEN News was 718,000, Modern Family was 689,000, Thursday Night Football had a combined figure of 465,000 and Law and Order: SVU was 426,000.
ABC News had 904,000 on ABC1 then Silk (705,000), Stephen Fry’s 100 Greatest Gadgets (671,000), 7:30 (549,000) and Photo Finish (422,000).
Heston’s Feasts was 293,000 on SBS ONE then One Born Every Minute USA (222,000), Island Feast with Peter Kuruvita (219,000) and French Food Safari (208,000).
But the loss of Letters and Numbers is immediate. On Wednesday it had 140,000. Its replacement ADbc was 64,000, lower than Weatherwatch and the Korean News. That saw the World News Australia drop from 178,000 on Wednesday to 155,000 on Thursday.
Neighbours led multichannels with 297,000.
ABC News Breakfast: 45,000 / 30,000