Just Desserts melts down as Block & Married win for Nine


Seven may have led with The Chase and Seven News but it was bad news on Monday from there.

Zumbo’s Just Desserts fell to fourth in its slot, dropping another 112,000 viewers to 657,000 last night. That impacted on Australia’s Cheapest Weddings down to 391,000.

Nine led from 7pm onwards with ACA, The Block and Married at First Sight, with the latter two also leading the Demos. While The Block was down slightly, MAFS enjoyed a modest lift.

HYBPA? and Australian Survivor were both third in their slots behind strong outings from Australian Story, 7:30 and Four Corners in their respective slots.

Nine network won Monday with 28.3% then Seven 23.9%, TEN 20.5%, ABC 20.25 and SBS 7.0%.

Nine News was 1.07m / 1.06m for Nine then The Block (903,000), A Current Affair (885,000), Married at First Sight (843,000) and Hot Seat (555,000). Footy Classified was 194,000 in 3 cities.

Seven News was #1 with 1.17m / 1.1m for Seven followed by Home and Away (764,000), The Chase (671,000 / 404,000), Zumbo’s Just Desserts (657,000) and Australia’s Cheapest Weddings (391,000).

Have You Been Paying Attention? (694,000) led for TEN. The Project was 656,000 / 444,000, Australian Survivor was 662,000, TEN Eyewitness News was 485,000 and The Odd Couple was 268,000 / 164,000.

Australian Story (854,000), ABC News (828,000), 7:30 (805,000), Four Corners (793,000), Media Watch (674,000) and Q&A (472,000) comprised ABC’s night.

On SBS it was 24 Hours in Emergency (271,000), Definitive Guide to the Bermuda Triangle (236,000), Definitive Guide to Sea Monsters (197,000) and SBS World News (167,000).

Best on multichannels was Peter Rabbit with 277,000.

Sunrise: 337,000
Today: 318,000
ABC News Breakfast: 95,000 / 68,000

OzTAM Overnights: Monday 5 September 2016


  1. I’ve watched survivor and it looks cheap compared to the US version, there’s no slick aerials and the challenge i watched was people throwing bean bags, it’s looked like the Big Adventure. I think the format is a little old fashioned for contemp audiences? As for Zumbo, it’s just wooden and the first episode I watched was just wall to wall talking, there was no gloss like the British version and very little time to hang in the moment with the characters, all clipped and propped within an inch of their life to make a staccato narrative. I am mystified as to why Seven keep investing in the same people to make the same shows that invariably amount to less than average television, can someone explain why?

  2. Mr game show fan

    Survivor deserves so much better then 662,000.
    At least it beat Zumbo (although only by 5,000).

    How could The Block beat Survivor by 241,000? As far as I can tell, The Block has only gotten what I call a new coat of paint with the new contestants. The format of The Block I don’t think has changed at all.

  3. I saw enough of the promos during the Olympics, I was sick of Zombo already before the first episode went to air. It’s nothing more than a D grade ripoff of Masterchef.
    Q&A? It needs a total overhaul, starting with a new host – Tony Jones is part of the problem. And most episodes resemble a left wing inner city Sydney or Melbourne lovein, with the token right wing person put on the panel to play the villain. An example was last night – a discussion on Shakespeare was really a front to let Germaine Greer dominate the hour and be worshipped by the adoring audience and the social media crowd.

  4. I don’t think starting Survivor at 7pm on Sundaybwill make any difference. It would still get pummelled by the competition regardless of the start time

    That said I am loving the show, excited for the tribal merge tonight

  5. It was reported in the paper this morning that Ashley, one of the contestants on Zumbo’s Just Desserts ran his own successful dessert store before appearing on the series, throwing into doubt claims participants on the series are amateur home cooks. Ashley pumped out thousands of multi-coloured meringues, cakes and tarts to sweet-toothed customers from his store Charlie Buckett in Elwood. The 7 network’s claim that this show is for amateur cooks is looking a little bit dodgy.

    • Maev....Sydney

      Hmm…yep…just Googled….Facebook page…pic of Ashley…was on Instagram but it and the web page have been deleted…..Story was in SMH ..Sept. 1st.

  6. Two things here: 1) Seven can’t expect success simply by copying other cooking shows with Zumbo. It even appears cooking generally doesn’t work best for them if it’s not MKR. 2) Clear evidence that Survivor is lost on Sundays (Whether thats lead in, not starting at 7.30 or simply the strong competition).

  7. As a Block watcher because of my partner of the last two years we are starting to get sick of the same old thing all week of the drama and crying on the block so last night we did not watch it we are going to just watch sunday night only now
    we are first times watching married at first sight and are enjoying it

    • Not just that but a contestant from ZJD started crying because she made a mistake last night. It really made me think that a lot of disturbing scenes happened around the cooking place.

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