2.76m Block auction was no fizzer for Nine
Ratings: A night of high drama nets Nine their biggest single audience of the year, but Seven stays in the race thanks to Bathurst.
Nine strategically divided the show into 3 parts with the Auction at 2.33m and Grand Final (which was presumably the first hour) at 1.8m viewers. These will be adjusted to 2.77m / 2.32m / 1.79m.
It makes the show one of the biggest audiences of the year, higher than NRL Grand Final (2.6m), My Kitchen Rules Grand Final (2.6m) and State of Origin (2.58m) on metro audiences.
It was a night of overruns with Seven’s Bathurst also running late and pushing shows back by some 40 minutes. That kept Seven in the game in terms of network share for the night, but numbers have not yet been adjusted accordingly.
Nine network won the night with 36.7%, Seven 31.6%, TEN 13.9%, ABC 12.2% and SBS 5.6%.
Aside from The Block‘s bumper finale, Gotham premiered to 1.24m / 896,000. Nine News was 1.05m.
In preliminary figures Seven News was 1.99m, Bathurst was 1.78m / 1.56m / 1.22m, The X Factor was 1.19m, Sunday Night was 1.09m and Castle was 776,000 / 540,000. But numbers will be adjusted to Seven News (1.5m), Bathurst Race (1.35m / 784,000 / 587,000), The X Factor ( 1.13m), Sunday Night 984,000 and Castle 578,000 / 526,000. Seven indicates the final ten minutes of Bathurst coverage averaged 2.3 million.
Nine and Seven both made things tough for other networks but both actually saw some rises compared to those competing with last week’s NRL Grand Final.
TEN’s best was Modern Family (461,000 / 368,000), Scorpion (415,000), NCIS: New Orleans (410,000), TEN Eyewitness News (338,000), Bondi Rescue (214,000) and FIA Formula One was 210,000 in 2 cities (127,000 on ONE).
ABC News was 775,000, The Code was 578,000, Doctor Who was 526,000 / 91,000, Compass was 350,000 and Mad Dogs was 219,000.
On SBS ONE it was Stonehenge Empire (289,000), Twilight of Civilisations (283,000), SBS World News (162,000) and Corman’s World (93,000).
7TWO’s Escape to the Country (260,000 / 238,000) led multichannels.
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 12 October 2014