TV Ratings August 30: Challenge day on The Block delivers Nine win

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

• Challenge day on The Block keeps audience close to 1m for Nine win
• Penultimate episodes of Mad As Hell and Utopia push ABC share higher

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Home and Away had its second episode of the week just below 700,000 with 690,000 last night after 696,000 on Monday.

The ob doc hour delivered audiences of 623,000 for Border Security and 645,000 for The Force.

Criminal Minds is one of the few CBS-made programs not available to TEN. A new episode did 436,000 last night with a repeat following on 332,000.


Malcolm Turnbull was a guest on A Current Affair as the prime minister spoke with Tracy Grimshaw about the power cost crisis. The episode did 769,000.

The Block featured an auction challenge where just for a change host Scotty Cam had a chance to bid for something on the show. The final episode of week 34 did 957,000, which was only the second episode under 1m so far this season.

Doctor Doctor followed with 632,000 after 647,000 last week.


Maude Garrett did some great work on The Project with an interview with the stars of The Hitman’s BodyguardRyan Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson and Salma Hayek. The midweek episode of the show did 638,000 after 7pm, outrating A Current Affair in Melbourne.

The Bachelor pushed close to 700,000 – the first of two eps this week was on 680,000 after 750,000 watched on Wednesday last week.

The season final of Offspring, and possibly the last episode ever, was on 545,000. The 10-episode season averaged 580,000 in metro overnight numbers with a season high of 724,000 for episode one and the audience dropped to 459,000 against one of the State Of Origin games. The program remains competitive in the key demos where it was #1 in the timeslot 25-54. Catch-up viewing pushes the numbers higher too, with TEN calculating last week’s episode reached 868,000 metro viewers when adding catch-up, online and encore screenings.


Hard Quiz was on 625,000 after 627,000 last week.

The penultimate episodes of two midweek staples followed – Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell did 721,000. Last week it did 719,000 and was the most-watched show of the week on the channel after ABC Saturday News and Father Brown.

Utopia is also soon to wrap with episode seven of season three featuring a defence white paper and then a risk and safety audit! The show did 744,000 after 717,000 last week.

The new show from Kates McLennan and McCartney, Get Krackin’, launched with 433,000, which is significantly better than they would get if it really did broadcast at 3am.


There was more Princess Diana doco content last night on both SBS and Foxtel. Some of the usual suspects turned up in Diana v Elizabeth at 7.30pm. The audience enjoyed it though with 291,000 watching.

A repeat of Ireland with Simon Reeve did 256,000 at 8.30pm.

Another CBS series not on TEN is The Good Fight, which did 153,000.

The Handmaid’s Tale then did 73,000.

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