TV Ratings August 19: Nine wins with The Block on top + Survivor has 741k

• This Time Next Year drops below 600,000

• Nine wins with The Block on top as five lucky agents chosen
• Karl’s This Time Next Year drops below 600,000 for episode 2
• Survivor surfer crashes out, literally, in biggest series episode

• Seven News 1,065,000/1,032,000
• Nine News 888,000/961,000
• A Current Affair 913,000
• ABC News 668,000
• 7.30 571,000
• The Project 281,000/477,000
• 10 News First 396,000
• The Drum 173,000
• SBS World News 159,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 283,000
• Today 201,000


It was bitterly cold and blowing a gale on Sydney’s Pittwater as the sun set last night as some of the Home And Away cast and crew continued filming the soap opera that is so much a part of the life of many viewers in Australia, the UK and elsewhere. The soap averaged 617,000 last week and has started week 34 with 672,000.

Australia’s Got Talent gets all sorts competitors. Last night on the first semi final viewers got to see different forms of dance to a dog act and a comedian. The episode did 641,000 after 865,000 on Sunday night this week and 686,000 on Monday last week.

An episode of The Rookie was on 427,000 followed by 318,000 watching S.W.A.T.


Nine’s Steve Marshall was able to report on what A Current Affair was labelling the feel-good story of the year as the show rallied to help out single mum Stephanie Stevens after BankWest repossessed her home and auctioned it off. After an average of 711,000 last week, the episode did 913,000 last night which must be close to the year’s best.

On the The Block, Scott Cam told the Blockheads the show was doing it a little differently this year in that the producers have chosen five agents to sell the homes. A competition followed with the winner getting first choice of the five agents. Monday last week was on 845,000 and last night the episode did 893,000 to easily win the timeslot.

The second episode of This Time Next Year followed with 595,000 watching after 677,000 last week.

Footy Classified was on 157,000 with 108,000 in Melbourne.


Big night for comedy on The Project, sort of. Special guests were Hughesy and Mrs Hughesy, Holly Ife, who have produced another kid’s book. Then Steve Price got to do his best with the three best gags from the Edinburgh Fringe. The 7pm audience was 477,000 after a week 33 average of 450,000.

A memorable episode of Australian Survivor followed with big wave surfer Ross exiting the show after breaking an ankle during the immunity challenge. He becomes one of the few contestants to ever leave the show with out being booted out by his fellow competitors. It was a pity there was no vote, because the scheming going on prior to what would have been tribal council meant it would have been a very interesting poll. The Monday episode was on 741,000 after 711,000 a week ago.

Have You Been Paying Attention? then did 736,000 for another week over 700,000 after 735,000 seven days ago.


Australian Story was on 538,000 followed by Four Corners on 653,000.

Media Watch was also over 600,000 with a look at Alan Jones and his recent controversial comments about Jacinda Arden. When you hear the detail of his attack you wonder why he hasn’t been disciplined, yet, in any way.

Q&A then did 327,000.


The first of the two-part Royals At War did 180,000.

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