TV Ratings August 27: The Block & Australian Survivor top the night

Tuesday Week 35 2019

Australian Survivor outplaying the opposition at Nine, Seven
• Seven’s tough Tuesday: Dogs & first night of The Proposal flop

Seven News 966,000/936,000
• Nine News 910,000/929,000
• A Current Affair 816,000
• ABC News 609,000
• 7.30 500,000
• The Project 309,000/512,000
• 10 News First 372,000
• The Drum 167,000
• SBS World News 133,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 285,000
• Today 198,000


The primary channel seems ill prepared for the ratings battle this week. It is just the early evening hour of news at 6pm and then Home And Away that is keeping Seven’s share competitive. Seven ranked third last night 25-54 behind Seven and 10, but it wasn’t far off the pace.

Seven fell short at 7.30pm when Dogs Behaving (Very) Badly trailed the reality franchises on Nine and 10. The Dogs did 463,000 after 519,000 last week.

Seven then launched the latest in what has been a poor collection of dating/relationship reality shows. This one was called The Proposal and it managed 307,000 on debut. That’s half of what the final episode (ever?) of Denton did in this timeslot a fortnight ago.


A Current Affair dropped a little from Monday, but managed to keep above 800,000 to win the timeslot again. Amongst its reports was the revelation that former Aussie soap star Susan Hannaford is taking legal action against 22 people – including Seven’s Kerry Stokes and Matt Doran, following an interview on Seven’s Sunday Night.

The Block then continued with family bathroom week and there was some drama at the first body corporate meeting. The audience was 883,000 after 852,000 a week ago.

SeaChange then did 548,000, close to last week’s 555,000 and a number that should be more than acceptable now at this time of night.


The Project was on 512,000 after 7pm with supermodel Adut Akech and comedian Anne Edmonds amongst the guests.

Australian Survivor continues to deliver big time this season. The audience of just over 800,000 was the biggest Tuesday audience in six seasons and it is the third time over 800,000 this season. The show won its timeslot (it went until around 9pm) and ranked #1 under 50 and in all key demos. The mullet man was voted out as John joined the jury. Early in the episode Daisy found the immunity idol that was returned to the game after David left. Janine and Abbey won the reward challenge, a Chinese meal, and Simon won immunity.

Two episodes of NCIS followed with 230,000 and 157,000.


Foreign Correspondent did 409,000 at 8pm.

The audience then climbed to 478,000 for the five-part Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds.

The Jane Caro doco New Dads then did 282,000.


The final of the four-part London: 2000 Years Of History did 233,000 and could again be the channel’s #1 show this week.

Insight followed on 195,000.

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