NSW brothers Simon and Shannon were accused of “the biggest scandal in Block history” for secretly recording the judges by leaving a phone under their bed. Simon, who admitted it was his idea, explained he was trying to get some further feedback but has in turn accused producers of overplaying the moment for ratings.
Scott Cam even suggested, “Don’t you trust me?”
While the show’s biggest scandal was arguably the year 3 of 4 homes were not sold at auction (yes Richmond, we remember), it nevertheless played into Nine’s hands with bumper ratings.
Nine network won with 32.7% then Seven 29.2%, ABC 16.9%, TEN 16.7% and SBS 4.6%.
Following The Block for Nine were 60 Minutes (1.26m), Nine News (1.26m) but a 2002 movie: Die Another Day (418,000) limped home shedding far too many.
Seven News (1.18m) was best for Seven then The X Factor (1.12m), Sunday Night (888,000) and Castle (493,000 / 282,000).
ABC News (834,000) topped ABC followed by ANZAC Girls (758,000). Doctor Who scored 710,000 in primetime but another 148,000 were keen enough to view it Live at 4:50am AEST (it was also on iview throughout the day). Compass was 433,000 and Midsomer Murders was 396,000. A Utopia replay was 244,000.
Once again TEN could not rise about the 500,000 mark with 3 x Modern Family at 481,000 / 407,000 / 382,000. A first run movie: Ice Age: Continental Drift was iced at 460,000. TEN Eyewitness News was 432,000, Formula One was 314,000 in 3 cities (113,000 on ONE). A big problem seems to be the lack of competitive content at 6pm with a Bondi Rescue replay at just 249,000.
On SBS ONE it was Alexander’s Lost World (281,000), SBS World News (206,000), Searching for Sugarman (125,000) and United States of Secrets (98,000).
Peppa Pig at 254,000 / 236,000 ruled multichannels.
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 24 August 2014.