Block on top but Nine, Seven tie in network shares.

blkg2It’s looking like we’re in for another tight week between two big guns.

For the second week in a row, Nine and Seven drew for the win on Sunday night.

Both networks tied on 31.4%. But Nine’s primary channel was 24.2% to Seven’s 23.0%, meaning it was the latter’s multichannels that made up the difference.

Elsewhere ABC was 17.8%, TEN 14.9% and SBS 4.5%.

The Block was the night’s top show matching the 1.5m viewers it received a week ago, which is excellent retention. Next for Nine were Nine News (1.32m), 60 Minutes (1.06m) and Movie: Casino Royale (547,000).

Seven News (1.26m) led Seven then The X Factor (1.13m), Sunday Night (1.02m) and Castle (561,000 / 322,000).

Grand Designs Revisited (939,000) topped ABC. ANZAC Girls dipped from last week but was still strong at 875,000. ABC News (828,000), Compass (376,000) and the final episode for The Tunnel (351,000) followed.

TEN had a dreadful night, unable to rise above 500,000, again dominated by reruns. Modern Family was 481,000 / 376,000 then TEN Eyewitness News (428,000) a new Bondi Vet (393,000), Movie: Star Trek (377,000) and Bondi Rescue (290,000).

On SBS ONE it was Alexander’s Lost World (213,000), SBS World News (164,000) and The Curse of J. Edgar Hoover (153,000). A Masters of Sex replay was 68,000.

7TWO’s Escape to the Country was best on multichannels at 251,000 / 233,000.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 17 August 2014


  1. Once again The Block is based in Melbourne and re-hashes the same old mindless, lowest common denominator television formula. I can’t understand why people are watching more of this rubbish and the throw-away mundane reality celebrities performing like newly trained seals to canned music, played like incessant repetitive circus sound bites. The program boasted it was bigger and better earlier in the year but that evaporates in the hope that the mindless masses will leave their critical thinking to be melded within the endless rushed bathroom plaster spackle that will most likely have an even shorter life. What does it say about our television content, and the audience it is meant to reflect, when this sort of program sits at the top of the most watched list? It’s sad to say the least.

  2. I have enjoyed The Tunnel – yes, it ‘s essentially a remake of the Danish/.Swedish Bridge but has been surprisingly good.
    The two leads, whilst not quite as memorable as the originals, Saga and Martin, have done a great job.

    The second ep of Anzac girls was an improvement on last week but way too “soapie” for my liking.

  3. @Secret Squirell – I enjoyed both seasons of The Bridge the show the Tunnel is based on. Not the U.S one of course but the original Denmark/Sweden co-pro. Couldn’t get past ep 1 of the tunnel as it just felt odd watching a remake.

  4. Ten are doing their usual, moving new shows and not telling anyone!! When did Bondi vet start showing on Sundays? I’ve seen not 1 promo for its move

  5. Secret Squirrel

    I’m not surprised that Anzac Girls is down nearly 18% on last week’s opening. I had a look at it last night and couldn’t make myself watch more than 10 minutes of it. It could most charitably be described as “earnest tosh”.

    I also turned off The Tunnel when it became clear that it was only going to get worse, not better. Last week’s ep was bad enough but this was not in the least bit credible. It was as if the writers from Spooks had been called in to wrap the series up and, no, I don’t consider that to be a good thing.

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