TV Ratings August 19: The Block guest bedroom reveal helps Nine win Sunday TV

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings.

• The Block guest bedroom: Luxury accommodation & big ratings
• Seven’s Little Big Shots holds close to 900,000 again
• Day 1 TEN’s Pilot Week: Skit Happens out-rates Disgrace


Little Big Shots returned this week with 883,000 after 878,000 last week and a series two launch audience of 963,000 a fortnight ago.

Sunday Night then did 567,000 after 449,000 a week ago (in four markets only).

Crime Investigation Australia then followed on 347,000.


The Block featured the guest bedroom reveals with the judges hammering any ordinary work. The start of the new week saw the episode on 1.11m after 1.19m a week ago. This week promises plenty of action with master bathroom week and the most expensive bathroom in Block history.

60 Minutes followed with 621,000 after 721,000 a week ago.

An encore screening of Bite Club did 205,000 after the same episode premiered last week with 510,000.


A Bondi Rescue repeat started the primetime evening with 172,000.

The Sunday Project featured Jimmy Barnes as a guest with audiences of 232,000 at 6.30pm and then 334,000 at 7pm.

Russell Coight’s All Aussie Adventures did 629,000 to be the channel’s best for the night. That is close to the previous week’s 635,000.

Pilot Week then launched for the channel with two projects from CJZ getting the Sunday night slots. Skit Happens screened just after 8pm with segments poking fun at Married At First Sight, The Project, The Voice, The Good Doctor and My Kitchen Rules. There was also a skit about Matt Preston and then gags involving Aussie backpackers in Paris and a beauty blogger. Some segments worked better than others and predictably much comment on social media seemed very negative. The program did 350,000.

Disgrace followed and while it seemed to fire as a format with promise, the audience dropped to 229,000. The guests – Becky Lucas, Stephanie Rice, Greg Baxter and Peter Deppeler – all contributed. Host Sam Dastyari also did a good job and he went on the road with paparazzo Jamie Fawcett although it didn’t offer much. After the segment, Greg Baxter commented – “He’s a rolled gold grub”!

Sam Dastyari (Right)

A Jimeoin stand-up special Yeehaa! followed with 141,000.


Rake was the star attraction last night and it delivered big time for the channel with 715,000 watching the funny first episode.

Earlier in the night the third part of Grand Designs: House Of The Year did 573,000.


Egypt’s Lost Princess did 218,000 at 7.30pm.

It was an 8.30pm screening of The Blue Brothers that attracted the channel’s biggest audience with 227,000.

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