The Block underpins Nine’s winning Monday

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA -JUNE 10TH 2016;Contestants and Cast of The Block Port Melbourne 2016 on Week 2 on the 10th of June 2016 in Melbourne Australia. (Photo by Martin Philbey) *** Local Caption ***The Block 2016

Nine’s million dollar night paid off with Hot Seat nabbing its best figures all year with 749,000 viewers and a timeslot win.

Married at First Sight debuted with 805,000 viewers, up season 2’s 771,000 in an earlier slot. However the strength of Nine’s night was actually The Block winning its slot with 932,000 viewers. That’s ultimately good news going forward.

ABC had a strong night with ABC News and Four Corners both winning their slots.

Seven News won for Seven with Zumbo climbing slightly from its last outing. Australian Survivor improved on its Sunday numbers but remained fourth in its slot.

Nine network won with 29.0%, then Seven 25.4%, ABC 20.6%, TEN 19.6% and SBS 5.4%.

Nine News was best for Nine with 1.1m / 1.05m then The Block (932,000), Married at First Sight (805,000), A Current Affair (804,000) and Hot Seat (749,000). Footy Classified was 205,000 in 3 cities.

Seven News was #1 with 1.17m / 1.12m then Home and Away (806,000), Zumbo’s Just Desserts (769,000), The Chase (647,000 / 428,000) and Australia’s Cheapest Weddings (485,000). Big Bang was 283,000 / 238,000.

ABC News won its slot with 886,000 for ABC then 7:30 (846,000), Australian Story (835,000), Four Corners (809,000), Media Watch (704,000) and Q&A (546,000).

The Project was best for TEN with (768,000 / 538,000) followed by Have You Been Paying Attention? (728,000), Australian Survivor (677,000), TEN Eyewitness News (462,000) and The Odd Couple (320,000 / 203,000).

On SBS it was 24 Hours in Emergency (261,000) Yeti Man Myth or Beast? (197,000) and SBS World News (162,000).

Shaun the Sheep sure was best on multichannels with 237,000.

Sunrise: 318,000
Today: 287,000
ABC News Breakfast: 116,000 / 53,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 29 August 2016



  1. A lot of these reality shows would likely do better if just on once or twice a week max in a tightly edited one hour episode, but perhaps (from the network’s point of view) it is more cost effective to produce multiple extended episodes of the same production, and suffer lower (but relatively consistent) ratings over multiple nights.

  2. Totally over reality shows, the same thing over and over again, renovations, cooking, weddings, boy meets girl etc. what happened to the comedy shows that were made a few years ago why cant we have more of those and also new faces in the Australian Drama series that are being made, I am sure we have some great actors/actresses out there, give the new comers a chance to shine.

    • I’ll tell you why: Money. That’s all there is to it, unfortunately. Cheap reality or expensive drama and comedy? The networks have spoken!

  3. Zumbo is only on 2 days a week and I think that’s tolerable.

    How about Married at First Sight on 3 days a week? That’s just greedy and a fast tracked way of killing a show. I believe it will return again in Feb next year.

  4. I gave Survivor another shot last night for a bit. Unfortunately, it’s biggest fault seems to be that it’s just quite boring, which it shouldn’t be. That’s not to say that The Block and Zumbo’s are any better. Anytime I’ve watched them recently, they’ve bored me to tears. It’s such a shame Australian TV networks think that every Reality show needs to be 5-6 hours long across a week. Thank goodness for HYBPA…such a good laugh.

    • I am loving Survivor. It is comparable to an above average season of the US show. However I do have to agree that Ep was the most boring of the 4 so far, given the exit that occored.

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