TV Ratings August 6: The Block has another big night

Mediaweek editor James Manning reviews last nights TV ratings.

• The Block shock: Scotty Cam can’t give away penthouse apartments
• Nine takes Monday: ranks #1 primary channel and combined shares
• Smaller audiences greet Dance Boss launch and Australian Survivor


Home And Away was just over 700,000 after a week 31 average of 667,000.

Dance Boss launched with a disappointing 599,000. The show got really hammered in Melbourne where the audience was just 121,000 ranking it fourth in the slot and not too far ahead of SBS’s Windsor Castle special. It was a little better in Sydney where it outperformed Survivor. It will need some special care to lift these numbers.

The channel then devoted much of primetime to Gordon Ramsay with 24 Hours To Hell And Back (329,000) and Kitchen Nightmares (229,000).

On 7mate, Talking Footy did 125,000 with 70,000 in Melbourne. AFL boss Gillon McLachlan was talking about calls for a send-off rule after the Andrew Gaff punch on Sunday in Perth.


A second successive night in top spot was driven by another good crowd for The Block and the return of Doctor Doctor.

Both Nine News and A Current Affair also did their usual heavy lifting for the first 90 minutes of primetime. ACA was on 854,000 after a week 31 average of 755,000.

The Block EP Julian Cress gave episode two a wrap in our interview last week and he was right. The look on host Scotty Cam’s face said it all when the first two people given a choice of the apartment to renovate overlooked the penthouse spaces. We won’t know just how big a mistake The Blockheads might have made until auction day. The second episode continued the strong figures for the Sunday series return.

The Block: Season 14, Week 1

Sunday 1.16m

Monday 1.13m

Doctor Doctor then returned to the schedule with season three launching on 726,000. That is a good result after the first episodes of seasons one and two both launched close to 750,000.

100% Footy didn’t start in its northern markets until close to 11pm with just 53,000 – 34,000 in Sydney and 20,000 in Brisbane.

Footy Classified meanwhile did 190,000 with 134,000 in Melbourne on a night where there was renewed interest in the ramifications of the on-field violence from the Perth v Fremantle Sunday game.


Pointless started its week on 288,000 after an average last week of 283,000.

The Project did 550,000 after 7pm with a special report from Bathurst farmer Grant Denyer about the effect drought is having on farmers in the region.

Survivor saw elimination three on episode three with a disappointing 592,000 watching after audiences of 716,000 and 615,000 for the two episodes on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

Have You Been Paying Attention? managed to lift the audience to 661,000, but that was nearly 200,000 short of last week’s numbers after a MasterChef lead-in.


7.30 started with a report on the drought, which led into a Leigh SalesMalcolm Turnbull interview, which is always entertaining. The crowd was 576,00 after an average of 546,000 last week.

Australian Story featured Queensland chef Matt Golinksi with 639,000 watching as the show took back the timeslot from Back Roads.

Four Corners then featured a Facebook investigation, but it attracted one of the show’s smaller audiences this year – 517,000. The numbers were still up on last week’s 400,000+, but well short of the 803,000 from three weeks ago.

Media Watch was then on 465,000 followed by Q&A on 327,000.


Part two of Inside Windsor Castle did 288,000. It was the second-most-watched show on the channel last week on 257,000.

How To Get Fit Fast then did 155,000 with the audience then climbing to 189,000 for 24 Hours In Emergency.

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