TV Ratings August 20: News, reality TV and drama steer Nine to big victory

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

• News, ACA, The Block and Doctor Doctor steer Nine to big victory
• Day 2 TEN’s Pilot Week: Drunk History pulls best audience so far


The channel had trouble competing after 7.30pm with Dance Boss on 447,000 followed by Gordon Ramsay on 279,000 and then the final Single Wives on 131,000.

Earlier in the night the channel led the 6pm hour with News while Home And Away started its week on 730,000 after an average of 669,000 last week.


A memorable edition of A Current Affair featured reporter Chris Allen confronting the man accused of murdering Lyn Dawson on a Gold Coast street. The episode did 886,000 after a week 33 average of 754,000.

The Block then kept its number above 1m followed by Doctor Doctor on 684,000 after 665,000 a week ago.


The Project featured actors Kat Stewart and then Gyton Grantley with 533,000 watching after 7pm.

Survivor then featured a double elimination with Anita the first to go followed by Zach at tribal council at the end of the show. After 651,000 watching on Monday last week the audience last night was 666,000.

Have You Been Paying Attention? hovered close to 750,000 again, which is where it was last week. Tony Martin made his first appearance on the show since his gig doing voiceovers at The Logies.

Drunk History

Pilot Week then continued with Eureka’s Drunk History. It is perhaps a big ask expecting viewers to warm to the unusual format in one go. However, despite the late timeslot, a good lead-in helped the show pull the best audience yet after two nights. There was much to like about the program and watching the hosts was as entertaining as the historical recreations. The numbers for far:

Pilot Week:

• Skit Happens 350,000
• Drunk History 367,000
• Disgrace 229,000


Australian Story did 591,000 followed by Four Corners on 463,000.

Media Watch then did 459,000.

After 9.30pm Q&A was on 356,000.


The biggest audience was 304,000 for Inside Windsor Castle.

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