The return of The Block has beaten the debut of Australian Survivor.
Nine’s reality show pulled 1.07m viewers last night while TEN (which annoyingly split coded the show) went as high as 784,000 viewers.
However what is worth noting is that Australian Survivor had to build from a lower base while Nine sailed from its Sunday night news into its reno show. On social media the show won rave reviews from fans -even trending worldwide last night.
The Block return is on par with its 2015 result, also 1.07m viewers, so the result during Olympics is good. A decision to shift the premiere from tonight to last night paid off handsomely. Remarkably, Nine actually matched Seven in primary channel share on an Olympics night.
Seven network won Sunday with 30.2% share then Nine 27.7%, TEN 18.85, ABC 15.4% and SBS 7.8%.
Seven News was #1 for the night with 1.39m viewers. Olympics coverage then drew In Rio Today (755,000), Day (713,000) and Evening (627,000).
Nine News (1.16m) was best for Nine then The Block (1.07m) and 60 Minutes (928,000). But Movie: The Dark Knight Rises was just 199,000.
Australian Survivor (784,000 / 783,000) led the night for TEN. All Star Family Feud was 528,000. TEN Eyewitness News was 324,000 and Movie: Taken was 309,000.
ABC News (767,000), Grand Designs NZ (683,000) and Wallander (585,000) comprised ABC’s night. Compass was 222,000.
SBS had a strong night too with a repeat of Great Wall of China: The Hidden Story pulling 469,000 viewers. Mongol was 231,000 and SBS World News was 220,000.
7TWO’s Olympics highlights topped multichannels with 227,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 21 August 2016.