The Block has topped a competitive night of television with 1.16m viewers.
That was enough to beat Little Big Shots on 973,000 and All Aussie Adventures on 881,000.
Nine’s start at The Gatwick drew almost an identical audience for 2017 when 1.17m tuned into its Elsternwick season premiere. The show also topped the demos for Nine, with the biggest audience unsurprisingly in Melbourne.
Against such tough competition Little Big Shots was well down on its 2017 debut of 1.67m viewers, whilst the return of Russell Coight performed well in the 7:30 slot. But Street Smart could not sustain the audience with a disappointing 365,000 viewers and appeared to polarise viewers on social media.
The other stand-out of the night was ABC’s Jack Irish with a bumper 738,000 viewers, up on last week’s 611,000 and only beaten by 60 Minutes on 809,000. Sunday Night and Bull followed. With Timeshifting still to come for the ABC drama it should top the magic million.
While Sunday was a battle between Nine and Seven, TEN took a big hit.
Nine network won Sunday with 33.3% then Nine 30.9%, ABC 16.9%, TEN 12.4% and SBS 6.5%.
The Block was #1 for Nine at 1.16m viewers followed by Nine News (992,000), 60 Minutes (809,000), and The Turpin 13 (470,000).
Seven News (1.15m) was best for Seven then Little Big Shots (963,000), Sunday Night (597,000) and Crime Investigation Australia (253,000).
Jack Irish (738,000) led for ABC followed by ABC News (666,000), Grand Designs (582,000), Wrong Kind of Black (206,000) and a War on Waste replay (196,000).
All Aussie Adventures returned with 881,000 for TEN then Street Smart (365,000), The Sunday Project (358,000 / 229,000), TEN Eyewitness News (264,000), Bull (221,000), Sports Tonight (96,000) and Elementary (49,000).
On SBS Julius Caesar Revealed drew 224,000 then The Sugar Conspiracy (198,000) and SBS World News (155,000).
7mate movie The Martian topped multichannels with 256,000.
OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 5 August 2018.