Seven dominated a three-way Reality tussle with The Block (1.14m) and The Biggest Loser (560,000). So competitive was the timeslot that Nine trimmed A Current Affair to have The Block launch at 7:29pm, while Seven had a ticking clock watermark throughout its soap -looks like Programmers are back from holidays.
Seven Programmer Angus Ross is elated with the numbers.
“This result has exceeded our expectations. The show is beautifully produced, Brad and his team have excelled again,” he told TV Tonight.
“MKR is our own format and our philosophy to keep developing the story content, is working very well.”
In the one-hour news dance Nine won the first half hour (1.33m) but Seven took out the second (1.25m) and Home and Away‘s return was strong at 1.22m. Hot Seat (752,000) thumped Simon Reeve’s debut on Million Dollar Minute (492,000).
It wasn’t the only good news for Seven, either. Sunrise‘s cruise liner broadcast averaged 338,000 and pushed Today all the way down to 200,000. ABC News Breakfast‘s new-look set netted 72,000 / 48,000 and Wake Up was 22,000. But it should be noted public holidays and events send figures into all kinds of flurry.
You can check out Sunrise‘s own tribute to The Love Boat here.
Seven won the summer ratings night.
Full ratings reports resume with the official OzTAM survey.