The Block topped the night with 1.76m viewers, it’s highest this season, on the same weekend that thousands flocked to its open inspection weekend in Melbourne.
Thanks to the Ashes, GEM again beat TEN’s primary channel, ABC1 and all of SBS combined, with a huge 13.3% share. The night saw a convincing win for Nine.
Nine network share was 38.4% then Seven 27.4%, TEN 14.9%, ABC 13.6% and SBS 5.6%.
Following behind The Block for Nine was Nine News (1.5m), 60 Minutes (1.4m), but The Mentalist dropped nearly 800,000 of its lead in to just 610,000 viewers and 453,000 for a second episode.
Seven News (1.47m) was best for Seven then A Place to Call Home (1.25m), Sunday Night (1.1m), The Force (1.03m), Border Security (830,000) and Castle (502,000 / 302,000) -a loss of nearly 750,000.
MasterChef clung to 773,000 for TEN followed by Elementary (647,000), Modern Family (574,000 / 515,000), TEN News (491,000), The Simpsons (410,000) and Graham Norton (386,000).
Grand Designs (890,000) led ABC1. ABC News was 803,000, The Time of our Lives was 638,000, Compass was 448,000, First Footprints was 369,000 and South Pacific was 229,000.
On SBS ONE it was A History of Celtic Britain (288,000), World News Australia (215,000), Tour de France (203,000). The Observer Effect was 80,000.
The Ashes stormed multichannels was a huge 679,000 / 558,000 for its two sessions.
Insiders: 204,000 / 98,000 / 32,000
The Bolt Report: 168,000 / 94,000
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 14 July 2013