TV Ratings August 27: Nine continues win streak

Mediaweek editor James Manning rounds up last nights TV ratings.

• Nine stretches its lead with hit combo ACA, The Block, Doctor Doctor
• Dance Boss final night sees Seven’s share sink to record Monday low
• Wil, Kitty and Urzila lift audience for Have You Been Paying Attention?


It was the coldest day in Sydney in two years yesterday with gale force winds. However, come 7pm it was a beautiful day on Pittwater, aka Summer Bay, just north of the city, for the cast on Home And Away. The first episode of the new week was on 633,000 after a week 34 average of 653,000.

Getting audiences to watch one episode of Dance Boss has been a challenge, so getting them to sit through two was going to be even harder. The series ended last night with a double episode with 349,000 for the first and then 264,000 for the late night grand final.


A Current Affair started with a Martin King report on a young teenager going off the rails and how the parents are coping. After an average of 732,000 last week, the Monday episode did 840,000.

The Block then saw the Blockheads checking out last week’s bathrooms before they got into work on the master bedrooms. And Scott Cam managed to convince Sara to stay! The Monday episode did 1.08m after 1.01m a week ago.

Doctor Doctor then did 639,000 after 687,000 last week.

The late night footy talkshows followed.

Footy Classified did 175,000 with 134,000 in Melbourne. Better than Nine’s AFL Footy Show that was on 120,000 on Thursday last week.

100% Footy then had another small audience with under 50,000 combined in Sydney and Melbourne for its slot close to 11pm.


Monday night on The Project means Steve Price at the desk and the episode did 560,000 at 7pm after a week 34 average of 495,000. Dean Lewis was the program’s major guest as he sits atop the ARIA singles chart for a second successive week.

Day 25 on SurvivorJonathan LaPaglia asked who might be going home at the start of the show. Judging on past form that would more than likely be another of the Contenders tribe. It wasn’t to be though after the tribes were mixed with some crossing from both tribes, which caused a fair bit of angst. The first episode for the week did 674,000 after 666,000 a week ago. The channel will be sorry to see the back of Dance Boss as competition.

Have You Been Paying Attention? delivered one of its best episodes of the year with 801,000 after 746,000 a week ago. Fuelling the gags were guests Wil Anderson, Kitty Flanagan and Urzila Carlson while Barrie Cassidy was one of the guest quiz masters. The series is currently up 10% on its 2017 all people average.

Street Smart then did 242,000.


Australian Story did 638,000 after 8pm.

Four Corners featured an hour-long episode looking at the challenges to Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership last week with 779,000 watching, well up on last week’s 461,000.

Media Watch did well too with 738,000, which cracked it a place in the top 10.

Q&A then did 525,000.


A repeat of Empire Of The Tsars: Romanov Russia did 223,000 at 7.30pm.

Episode one of The Body Coach then did just 98,000.

The audience then climbed to 166,000 for 24 Hours In Emergency.

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