TV Ratings Oct 18: The Block a winner for Nine while The Grand Tour stalls on debut

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

• Waxing of Wombat a winner in penultimate week of The Block
• The Bachelorette featured bad Blake as show holds above 800,000
• The Grand Tour stalls on debut with 500,000 and fourth place
• New: Sunshine, Ending: Doctor Doctor, Wrong Girl, Handmaid’s Tale, Get Krack!n

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.

Breakfast Television

Sunrise has taken top spot again in the Wednesday ratings.

Sunrise 289,000
Today 274,000

Sunrise 262,000
Today 301,000

Sunrise 284,000
Today 261,000

Last week M-F averages
Sunrise 277,000
Today 254,000


Seven has had its equal-lowest midweek primary share since the final State of Origin game in early July.

The premiere of The Grand Tour had a modest crowd of 508,000 watching Jeremy Clarkson and his colleagues on the FTA premiere of the Amazon Prime series.

Earlier in the night Home and Away was on 670,000 after audiences of 725,000 and then 655,000 earlier in the week.

Later in the night Seven tried another episode of Behave Yourself with just 222,000 watching.


The penultimate week of The Block ended with a midweek audience of 1.21m as it set a new record for Wednesday episodes this year in Brisbane. Among the highlights was the waxing of Wombat in between work to get the facades and front gardens in order for their Sunday night reveals.

The season final of Doctor Doctor then did 735,000, securing a place in the top 10 and attracting an audience of 229,000 in Melbourne.


Hamish Macdonald was co-hosting The Project with Carrie Bickmore last night with 537,000 tuning in after 7pm.

The Bachelorette remained a viewing magnet with 800,000+ again with bad boy Blake a highlight for many viewers.

The audience halved though when the reality show finished with 408,000 watching the season final of The Wrong Girl.


Hard Quiz managed 591,000 at 8pm followed by Gruen on 813,000, close to last week’s 830,000.

The final episode of Get Krack!n then did 388,000.

Adam Hills: The Last Leg was on 217,000.


A repeat of Extreme Railway Journeys pulled the biggest crowd with 272,000.

The launch of the local drama series Sunshine did 228,000 at 8.30pm.

The drama Riviera followed with 148,000 while the FTA screening of The Handmaid’s Tale wrapped with 71,000.

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