2.8m watch The Block: The Winner Announced
Ratings: The Block goes out with a bang as Nine nabs its biggest audience for the year.
Nine strategically divided its Block finale into not 2 but 3 titles, to ensure the highest-possible audience figures for the show.
As a result they have netted 2.8m viewers in Overnight figures for “The Winner Announced” -the second-highest rating for any 2013 show. In Melbourne there were 930,000 watching with 814,000 in Sydney. “The Auctions” which roughly from 8pm onwards was 2.6m while “Grand Final” from around 6:30-8pm was 2.13m. Nine is already claiming The Winner Announced will be adjusted to 3.075m.
However you divvy it up, Nine thumped the competition last night.
Nine network share was 40.7% then Seven 25.6%, TEN 15.4%, ABC 14.2% and SBS 4.0%.
Underbelly: Squizzy’s double episode was also divided into two halves, oddly titled “Launch” (1.68m) and “Episode 1” (1.15m), which would logically have been episode two. The Launch numbers are yet to be adjusted and presumably include overruns from The Block. Elsewhere Nine News was 1.54m and CSI: Miami was 436,000.
Seven News (1.43m) was best for Seven then Sunday Night (1.07m), Highway Patrol (821,000 / 810,000), Bones (771,000) and Castle (642,000 / 403,000).
In the face of tough competition TEN had a disappointing night. MasterChef Australia was best at 606,000 then Ripper Street (579,000), TEN News (544,000), Modern Family (444,000 / 391,000), The Simpsons (335,000), and Formula One 293,000 in 3 cities.
Grand Designs (890,000) was strategically moved to a 7:40pm start to avoid viewers switching off before Time of Our Lives. ABC News was 807,000. Dream Build, brought forward to 7:30pm was 757,000. Time of Our Lives was 752,000 -a good result given the heated competition. Compass was 460,000 and First Footprints was 324,000.
The Valley of the Kings (309,000) topped SBS ONE then World News Australia (201,000), The Observer Effect (133,000) and a 9:30pm Better Man repeat was just 62,000 -unlike Squizzy it was averaged over 2 episodes.
Shaun The Sheep was best on multichannels at 309,000.
Insiders: 204,000 / 74,000 / 31,000
Bolt Report: 202,000 / 94,000
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 28 July 2013