Block beats Brownlow, Bathurst.

Ratings: Two big sporting events are down on 2019. Melbourne flocks to all-important press conference.

It was a a big weekend of sport, including some events trailing into Sunday night viewing.

But they were not enough to halt The Block which was #1 at 1.01m rising to 1.08m for the Room Winner.

A COVID-adjusted Brownlow Medal 2020 drew 683,000 down on 2019’s 895,000, then Junior MasterChef (498,000 from 7:30pm) and Restoration Australia (496,000 from 7:40pm).

Later 60 Minutes was 524,000 then Grantchester (431,000), and movie: Aquaman (311,000).

Earlier Bathurst 1000 Race drew 669,000 for 10 down on 795,000 last year.

Nine network won Sunday with 32.3% then Seven 30.5%, ABC 16.2%, 10 14.9% and SBS 6.2%.

Nine News drew 989,000 with a late edition at 258,000.

Seven News (984,000) was best for Seven.

ABC News pulled 648,000 for ABC. Doc Martin was 261,000 and Australia Remastered was 181,000.

The Sunday Project was 414,000 / 277,000 with FBI at 217,000 / 178,000.

On SBS it was SBS World News (171,000), Ancient Superstructures (149,000), and Jumbo Jet: 50 Years In The Sky (121,000).

A Daniel Andrews press conference on ABC News led multichannels at 373,000 -311,000 of whom were in Melbourne.

OzTAM Overnights: Sunday 18 October 2020

11 Responses

  1. Why wasn’t the Brownlow Medal kept tonight as normal? I know there’s still The Block and the count would still be weird with all virtual, no Crown Casino and red carpet, but surely a better chance when The Block isn’t as high and when viewers expect the Brownlow?

    I have a feeling this was a Seven push for SAS Australia??

    1. I didn’t even realise it had been moved to Sunday night until about half way through the count, at which point the winner looked to be locked in so I didn’t stay with it. I must say moving the Brownlow to a Sunday night seems silly to me. Those of us that follow the game know it’s always the Monday night before the grand final, so I wonder how many others also didn’t realise it had been brought forward one night.

      1. It was announced it would be on a Sunday months ago; when they announced the new dates for the finals.

        Anyone following the football closely would’ve been across this as it was fairly well publicised across all forms of media in the weeks leading up to it.

    2. I think AFL decided to air Brownlow Medal on Sunday night so that they not want to clash with premiere of SASA. I get the feeling that there’s no Red Carpet this year as it goes virtual.
      Tonights Dally M Medal (NRL version) will have a similar format to Brownlow Medal. I believe that they won’t have a Red Carpet special. The Fox hosts will present the awards from the Fox Sports HQ and filmed live so players, coaches and fans will get updates on screens

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