TV Ratings August 23: The Block launch is down year on year but close to 1m

• Farmer Wants a Wife came close with 864,000

•The Block is the top non-news show in its return
• Farmer Wants a Wife came close with 864,000
• Vera and Shetland continue to perform for ABC

Seven News 1,190,000
Nine News 1,073,000
ABC News 755,000
The Project 282,000
Insiders 314,000
Sunrise 271,000
10 News 239,000
Nine News Late Edition 268,000
Today 211,000
SBS World News 199,000

Sunday TV

Seven: Seven finished second in both Network and Primary shares last night with 19.8% and 28.7% respectively. Seven’s top show for the night was Farmer Wants a Wife which increased its numbers from last Sunday from 853,000 to 864,000, despite heavy competition from The Block

The other big performers for the Network where 7News Spotlight: Catching a Madman which had 342,000 viewers, and the AFL afternoon football which had 483,000.

Nine: The network welcomed back one of its flagship franchises in The Block which returned for its 16th season. The show’s launch episode was down year on year going from 991,000 in 2019 to 947,000 last night. 60 Minutes followed with improved ratings compared to last week (486,000) with 559,000. This powered Nine to a Sunday night network and primary win with 23.1% and 31.7% shares for the night.

10: 10 came fourth last night in both network (7.5%) and primary shares (12.5%). The top show for the night was The Sunday Project with 398,000 which is down from the 471,000 posted last week by the show. Family Feud continued its run of primetime specials with 293,00 viewers which were a decline from last weeks 330,000.

ABC: Vera and Shetland have continued their strong one-two punch for ABC on Sunday nights with the shows getting 691,000 (Vera) and 577,000 (Shetland) to both find themselves in the top 10 last night. This saw the ABC come third last night with a primary share of 14.9% and a network share of 18.6%

SBS: The top performers for the public broadcaster were The Virus: What Went Wrong? with 190,000 and Lost Pyramid of the Aztecs which did 182,000. SBS had a primary share of 5.8% and a network share of 8.6%

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