TV Ratings August 22: The Block pool plan dispute pulls 1m

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

• Tension on TV’s #1: 1m watch The Block dispute over pool plan
• Nine again Tuesday champ, but True Story numbers dip
• Best of rest: Nine’s ACA, Seven’s Home & Away, TEN’s The Project

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Series 30, episode 30 of Home and Away did 702,000 after 725,000 on Monday.

Lunchtime service with Marco Pierre White featured on Hell’s Kitchen Australia as he decided who is worthy of the last chance cook-off. The Tuesday episode did 540,000 after 529,000 on Monday this week and 527,000 on Tuesday last week. The series seems to have been running for a while, but David Oldfield became just the third celebrity to depart after losing the cook-off.

Gordon Ramsay visited Woodland Park, Colorado on Kitchen Nightmares USA to try and work his magic on an Italian restaurant with 390,000 watching.

First Dates UK followed with 203,000 around 10pm.


A Current Affair started with a look inside Aussie call centres as the Tuesday episode did 824,000 after 867,000 on Monday.

There were threats to the construction of the house extensions on The Block and an ambitious plan for a backyard pool was blocked by just one of the Blockhead couples. There was also a problem with wall mounting a TV near a fireplace. The third episode of the week did 1.04m after 1.07m a week ago.

True Story with Hamish & Andy investigated a fishy story on the penultimate episode of season one. The audience slipped from 881,000 last week to 766,000 last night. The series launched on the first Monday of June with close to 1.3m.

This week’s double dose of Kath & Kim was again two episodes from the first series in 2002. The first ep did 476,000 and the second 393,000.

An encore screening of Doctor Doctor then did 96,000.


Guests on The Project included actor and writer Osamah Sami with the Tuesday episode doing 553,000 after 621,000 on Monday night.

Shark Tank started with sisters looking for funding for their online beauty business. The 7.30pm screening attracted 461,000 after 464,000 last week.

The NCIS franchise took over the remainder of primetime with NCIS episode 22 of series 14 starting the triple play with 442,000 after 420,000 last week. A repeat NCIS ep then did 299,000 and an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles did 191,000.


Annabel Crabb looked at Question Time in her third episode of The House. At 8pm the channel attracted 603,000 after 619,000 watched The House episode two a week ago.

The new-look Catalyst posed the question: Can Seaweed Save The World? The episode did 492,000 after launching with 442,000 last week.

A repeat of the air travel doco City In The Sky then did 284,000.


Great American Railway Journeys saw Michael Portillo on and off trains across Kansas and Colorado. The episode was on 333,000 after 352,000 last week. Portillo hosted two of the three most-watched shows on the channel last week.

Women on the Edge was the title of last night’s episode of Insight with 317,000 watching after 242,000 last week.

Dateline then looked at Syrian refugees with 187,000 tuning in.

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