The Block return tops competitive Sunday

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.


  1. Street Smart was cheap, not funny and truly awful – made the scipts of Houso’s and Fat Pizza look like intellectual masterpieces.

      • I thought Houso’s was very funny as well, Street Smart was not funny, looked cheap, was poorly written and left the performers stranded as a result.

  2. Love seeing Russell back on our screens, daggy and unco as ever.
    A truly unforgettable “adventurer and rancatour”, old Russ is clearly influenced by the Leyland Brothers and Steve Irwin, not to mention Alby Mangels : )
    The voice-over this time around seems much more exaggerated than previous series.
    Also gave Smart Street a go but it was atrociously terrible. Won’t be going back for seconds..
    Casey Donovan was the only good thing about it.

    • Not entirely. Paired with MasterChef it was arguably up, and Sunday editions have been quietly going up. But last night no Lisa Wilkinson. Also is now following a new lead-in whenever it appears, so this will impact.

  3. No MasterChef…no Ten network? An audience share of 12.4% for the evening is pretty bad. Good to see quality Australian drama like Jack Irish is rating well

  4. The idea and storyline of Street Smart had potential however not quite sure why but I think it just missed the mark. Mildly entertaining but not sure I would watch it next week.

  5. Loved Rusell Coight, was in fits of laughter.
    Didn’t like Street Smart, struggled to get one laugh. I’d like to see Russell as an hour next week and Street Smart bumped to Eleven.

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