TV Ratings Oct 3: Block-buster – another giant crowd leads Nine to victory

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

• Block-buster – another giant crowd leads Nine to victory
• Déjà vu: The Big Bang Theory hits 1m for penultimate episode

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


After starting the week on 685,000, Home and Away recorded a Tuesday audience of 712,000.

Lots to squirm about during First Dates with 526,000 watching at 7.30pm.

800 Words then did 624,000 followed by Kitchen Nightmares on 225,000.


A Current Affair saw Tracy Grimshaw back at the desk this week with stories last night about the Las Vegas shootings and also a cowboy doctor. The 7pm program did 832,000.

The backyards aren’t that massive – but putting pools or spas into them is causing all sorts of grief on The Block. After a huge Monday audience of 1.40m, Tuesday did 1.34m which was biggest Tuesday episode this season.

The penultimate episode of The Big Bang Theory was called The Gyroscopic Collapse and had 1.02m watching, which is easily best audience this year.

Two episodes from season three of Kath & Kim then did 563,000 and 508,000.


The Project 7pm featured a strong commentary again from co-host Waleed Aly about the need for gun control as he claimed the US was a country in denial there was a problem. The audience was 553,000 after 542,000 on Monday.

There were just five contestants left at the start of Australian Survivor with Locky failing to get through to the final four after 49 days. The Tuesday audience did 595,000 after 617,000 on Monday.

A repeat episode of NCIS from season 14 – The Shell Game – did 340,000.


No Tuesday records with a share of 9.8%.

The numbers after 8pm were Micro Monsters on 311,000 and then Catalyst on 307,000.


An episode of Insight exploring the world of criminal law was the channel’s best with 302,000.

Earlier in the night Secrets Of Our Cities did 271,000.

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