TV Ratings August 23: The Block makes it over 1m every night in week 34

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

• The Block makes it over 1m every night this week to keep Nine #1
• The Bachelor up again week-on-week, demo hit and #1 for women
• Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell again amongst ABC’s best for the week

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Home and Away posted an audience of 685,000 for its Wednesday episode after starting the week with 725,000 and then 702,000.

A Chinese couple featured on Border Security with 668,000 watching.

The Force followed with 628,000 tuning in to see Macquarie Fields detectives investigating robbery and abduction.

Then it was Criminal Minds time with the new ep on 442,000 after 441,000 last week. A second episode did 329,000 after 345,000 a week ago.


After two nights in the 800,000s, A Current Affair did 789,000. Reports included a former Home and Away star who is now in jail.

It was challenge day on The Block with the teams heading to Ronald McDonald House to work on transforming five of the rooms where families stay when visiting their children at a nearby hospital. The final episode before the next room reveals did 1.02m after 1.01m a week ago.

Episode two of the new series of Doctor Doctor did 690,000 with Hugh and the hospital staff trying to oust their boss. The series launched with 710,000 last week.


The Project guest list included Isla Fisher and Magda Szubanski with 628,000 watching the midweek edition, which was the biggest audience this week.

The Bachelor has taken ownership of the 7.30pm slot for two more nights. A Moroccan-inspired single date, a group date, and then one unlucky lady was sent home. After 737,000 last week, the show last night climbed to 749,000.

This season of Offspring has flown by with 568,000 watching episode nine, up from 551,000 last week.


Hawke and Keating plus Rabbitohs were amongst the special subjects Tom Gleeson was faced with from his Hard Quiz contestants. The fifth episode this season did 631,000 after 601,000 last week.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell was the most-watched non-news ABC show last week with 734,000. Most of that crowd returned last night with 723,000.

A tweet and an airport rail link kept some of the team at the National Building Authority busy with 702,000 last night after 667,000 last week.

The sixth and final episode of Growing Up Gracefully then did 308,000 following ep five’s 252,000.

David Tennant was a guest on the repeat of the first episode of season 10 of Adam Hills: The Last Leg with 198,000 watching.


Inside The Old Bailey got the 7.30pm doco slot with 228,000 watching.

The first episode of Ireland with Simon Reeve was on 230,000 at 8.30pm.

The US imports followed – The Good Fight did 188,000 and then The Handmaid’s Tale, in a very late slot, was on 117,000 for the second episode.

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