TV Ratings November 2, 2021: Melbourne Cup stops the nation as big audience tunes in

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• Seven wins the night despite struggling at 7:30pm

Total TV Ratings for October 26 2021

The Block was the top non-news program in the total TV ratings with 1.510m viewers thanks to an increase of 24% on its overnight ratings. The episode saw Kirsty and Jesse and Tanya and Vito both forced to send labourers home due to shrinking budgets. 

Home and Away was the top program on Seven with 1.162m while the final episode of SAS Australia: Hell Week had 605,000 viewers.

Dog House Australia was the top program on 10 with 806,000 viewers as Schnitzel, Frosty, and Raj looked for their forever homes.

Love Island Australia was once again the big riser with an increase of 95% on its overnight ratings bringing its viewership to 599,000.

November 2 Overnight TV Ratings

• Dog House Australia wins timeslot with highest rating episode yet

Primetime News
Seven News 911,000/923,000
Nine News 883,000/852,000
ABC News 657,000
10 News First 364,000 (5:00pm)/ 293,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 138,000 (6:30pm) 66,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 635,000
7.30 526,000
The Project 286,000 (6:30pm)/434,000 (7:00pm)
The Drum 148,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 242,000
Today 237,000
News Breakfast 194,000

Late News
The Latest 101,000
Nine News 91,000
ABC Late News 60,000


Seven has won the night with a primary channel share of 18.4% and a network share of 26.5%.

Home and Away was the top non-news program on Seven with 541,000 viewers.

Big Brother VIP had 380,000 viewers tune in for its second episode. This follows the lacklustre audience of 377,000 that the show had for its launch on Monday night. 

One of the highlights of the episode was former Married At First Sight contestant Jessika Power sharing with her fellow celebrities about how Australian cricket legend Shane Warne contacted her on social media recently.

“Shane Warne, mate, he’s a freak. Some of the things he was sending me … inappropriate. I replied a little bit to him and then he just got real X-rated. No wonder he gets into trouble all the time – you don’t write that over a text message if you have a (famous) name.”

Afterwards, Seven aired the documentary Conjoined Twins which focused on, you guessed it, conjoined twins. The doco brought in 194,000 viewers.


The second episode of Parental Guidance had 547,000 viewers which was down on its premiere of 629,000 on Monday night. The episode gave parents one more night to get to know each other before they need to vote for the two sets of families they want to send through to the super challenges.

Love Island then followed with 191,000 viewers. The episode saw Lexy Thornberry breakdown after discovering Ryan Reid‘s kiss and striptease with Tayla Mellington

A repeat of Travel Guides then took 152,000 viewers to North Queensland.


Despite Verry Elleegant‘s best efforts, 10 was the real winner of the Melbourne Cup yesterday after bringing in a robust crowd of 1.213m for the race that stops the nation. This was the top program of the day beating out competition from the prime time programs.

Last year’s Melbourne Cup had 1.410m watching on 10.

The Project had 286,000 (6:30pm) and 434,000 (7:00pm) as the Melbourne Cup coverage continued while the program also discussed the rising tensions with France.

Dog House Australia‘s fourth episode then had 566,000 viewers, this follows the show having an audience of 507,000 the last two weeks. This was the top rating episode of the season and also the #1 program for its timeslot.

The Cheap Seats had 402,000 viewers, a big crowd for the program which has enjoyed a slightly earlier timeslot (8:30pm) since being paired with Dog House.


On the ABC, The Greek Islands with Julia Bradbury took 343,000 viewers to the Greek Island of Rhodes, which is the medieval capital. 

Going Country saw 256,000 viewers tune in to see the first part of Justine Clarke’s road trip in a 1959 FC Holden into the heart of Australian country music.


The top program on SBS was a repeat of Great American Railroad Journeys with 165,000 viewers.

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