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The Block takes Nine to a Sunday win

Ratings: The Block has its biggest episode all year, trumping My Kitchen Rules.

2014-03-24_0952The Block is powering home for Nine with its best result this season at 1.76m viewers, trumping My Kitchen Rules.

The “room reveal” episode, together with 60 Minutes at 1.51m was a strong combo for Nine, helping Nine to win the night.

Nine network was 36.9% then Seven 34.0%, ABC 14.2%, TEN 11.1% and SBS 3.8%.

Elsewhere for Nine was Nine News (1.43m), Fat Tony and Co. (983,000 / 544,000 -the latter in 3 cities). Person of Interest was 347,000.

My Kitchen Rules was still a strong 1.55m for Seven then Sunday Night (1.31m), Seven News (1.15m), Downton Abbey (1.13m) and Castle (322,000).

ABC News (823,000) led ABC1 followed by Rake (627,000), Ice Age Giants (also 627,000), Compass (406,000).  Waking the Dead was just 197,000.

TEN could not crack 500,000 with its 6.2% primary share close to the lowest on record. TEN Eyewitness News was 422,000, Elementary was a disappointing 372,000. Throwing a movie Kung Fu Panda 2 at 298,00 was lower than So You Think You Can Dance had been. Graham Norton was 243,000 and Have You Been Paying Attention? remained problematic at 193,000.

On SBS ONE it was The Vikings (206,000), SBS World News (181,000), I Human (160,000) and Dirty Business (111,000).

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom took the multichannel crown once more at 298,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 23 March 2014

22 Responses

  1. I’ve been thinking about why the ratings don’t reflect my type of viewer. Presumably the ratings boxes are computer based. So in order to get the viewer to indicate they are around computer graphics show up on the screen. So only viewers that have no problem with constantly showing up computer graphics possibly randomly too can operate the things for years. People that find constant use and random computer graphics would not subject themselves to such a scheme. It would be too much torment at best.

    If this is not just an assumption then there is a potential fatal flaw at the heart of ratings. So the error rate might be more than 3%. What it might be is anybody’s guess. For the record I do believe in sample based statistics. But how do you include people that don’t like the format to make sure it reflects reality?

  2. Why doesn’t Ten bring in a major international band or singer to sing live on sytycd, as long as ten can get people viewing even 1 ep hopefully most will notice how good the show is and start watching it.

  3. Loving Rake. Great Australian humour.

    Pity Elementary is not rating. He may be an annoying character, but Johnny Lee Miller plays him so well. Was and still is one of my favourite shows of the week.

  4. @glennc: Nine showed double episodes of Fat Tony & Co in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth last night so the series finale will air next Sunday and not the Sunday after, when it will have been up against primetime AFL on Seven.

  5. Ten will only get worse unless they have a crisis meeting and identify all their problems immediately and tackle each challenge with a new strategy – Hamish Maclennan should also resign for this pathetic performance

  6. @Lyn It makes sense though, Sunday night is always their highest rating night of the Block so they want that momentum to carry through the week. I agree its annoying though

  7. Bit annoyed with the promos for Rake that the ABC had been running during the last week. They featured some big scenes which weren’t in last night’s ep but are from next week’s final. I hope that this isn’t a sign that they’re going to descend to the commercial network’s level of chicanery with program promos.

    It is completely unnecessary. It certainly didn’t seem to give them a bump in the ratings.

  8. 10 are in a world of trouble, how can they even begin to fix the holes in the schedule? May don’t worry about John Stephens, get someone in and give them 3 months to fix, otherwise a more drastic overhaul is needed….. is Bob Shanks still around? I wouldn’t mind Family Double Dare in primetime again 🙂

  9. I don’t watch a lot of reality tv
    but I watch some of “The Block”.
    Last night was advertised ( on tv & online)
    as the reveal & the winner of that room (as all Sundays)
    But someone decided to split it over the 2 nights!
    With 1.76m viewers, a tactic like that isn’t really needed!
    Poor form, I say!

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