TV Ratings August 4: Nine owns Sunday with The Block, 60 Minutes & Steve Smith Show

The Block 2019

• Plus: Olivia, Mack Horton, Les Norton launch, ET goes home

Sunday Week 32 2019

• The Block: Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, one week…it’s big!
• Plus: Olivia, Mack Horton, Les Norton launch, ET goes home

• Seven News 1,059,000
• Nine News 993,000
• ABC News 642,000
• The Project 225,000/350,000
• Insiders 275,000
• 10 News First 272,000
• Offsiders 158,000
• SBS World News 144,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 253,000
• Today 216,000


The second Sunday of Australia’s Got Talent was on 819,000 after launching on 814,000.

Great get for Sunday Night with Australian swimmer Mack Horton speaking: “In the last week there’s been a lot of, I guess, talk in the media and I don’t think it’s been as clear as it could be or should be,” Horton told Seven’s Melissa Doyle. The audience of 559,000 (up from 486,000 a week ago) also saw Pete Evans reporting on cannabis.


The return of The Block for 2019 was the #1 non-news program, although it didn’t quite crack 1m, with an audience of 991,000 getting to understand just how big a challenge the contestants are facing in St Kilda. At the start of the 2018 season at The Gatwick, also in St Kilda, the audience was 1.16m.

Nine’s Liz Hayes then reported on Olivia Newton-John in an episode that filled the hour and included interviews with not just Olivia, but her daughter and husband and even her doctor who talked frankly about her stage four cancer. The audience was 673,000.

9Gem did good business as the home of day four of the first Ashes Test. The audience watching the first session was 566,000 and it dropped to 399,000 after lunch.


The trend on Australia Survivor continued last night with yet another athlete from the Champions getting sent home. This time it was the much-loved ET. The episode did 630,000.


The final episode of The Planets did 489,000.

The premiere of Les Norton faced some tough competition with three major reality franchises overlapping its start and then the Ashes Test too was drawing a crowd. Nonetheless the Roadshow Rough Diamond series from producers John and Dan Edwards drew a very respectable 525,000.


A repeat of Natalie Imbruglia’s Who Do You Think You Are? did 136,000 at 7.30pm.

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