2.71m Australians watched as Brad and Lara were named the winners of The Block.
The show pulled 950,000 viewers in Melbourne and 753,000 in Sydney, helping Nine to a huge 37.7% share over Seven 27.9%, TEN 16.8%, ABC 10.8% and ABC 5.8%.
Nine divided the finale into three titles in overnight ratings:
Winner Announced: 2.71m
Grand Final: 2.14m
But despite the record-breaking sales for the show, it wasn’t a record breaking audience. Last year The Block: The Winner Announced was the year’s top rating show with 3.37m viewers. So far this year The Voice tops the list for the biggest single audience at 3.1m.
But by any measure 2.71m is still a glorious set of numbers.
Nine’s other figures in preliminary data were 60 Minutes (including The Block overrun 1.76m Update: adjustment to 1.2m is expected), Nine News (1.57m) and Unforgettable (581,000).
Seven News (1.42m) led for Seven then Downton Abbey (1.4m), Sunday Night (1.1m), Billy Connolly’s Route 66 (930,000) and Castle (672,000).
MasterChef with guest Heston Blumenthal held at 1.07m then TEN News (506,000), New Girl (504,000), Touch (466,000), The Project (397,000) and Last Man Standing (395,000).
ABC had a tough night with ABC News (816,000), Sporting Nation (662,000), Wallander (508,000), Compass (392,000) and Antiques Master (259,000).
Tour De France led SBS ONE with 256,000 then World News Australia (191,000), Inside Nature’s Giants (181,000) and Clash of the Dinosaurs (146,000)
The Big Bang Theory topped multichannels with 300,000.