• Gruen blitzes the ratings, ABC share soars to #2 all people
• The Block keeps Nine #1 as Shelley Craft breaks down the walls
Seven News 955,000/911,000
Nine News 912,000/839,000
ABC News 727,000
10 News First 290,000/197,000
SBS World News 161,000
Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 623,000
The Project 287,000/437,000
The Drum 179,000
News Breakfast 203,000
Late night news
Nine News Late 143,000
ABC Late News 141,000
Seven: Home and Away was again close to 550,000 for the third successive night.
An hour of Highway Patrol was on 372,000 and then 387,000.
The Wednesday movie was 2013’s Man of Steel with 218,000.
Nine: A Current Affair was down over 100,000 from Tuesday to 623,000 last night.
The Block saw work well underway on what the show has branded “future living” in the upstairs space of the houses with offices and retreats being built ahead of the Sunday reveal. Helping with the work was co-host Shelley Craft who was swinging a sledgehammer to knock down a wall. The episode was on 744,000 after the exact same number a week ago.
Australian Crime Stories then investigated what is possibly the most puzzling episode this series which details the work of one of Australia’s top forensic pathologists and why the state government involved doesn’t seem concerned about what happened during his career. The episode was on an improved 384,000.
10: The Project was under 450,000 after 7pm.
The Bachelorette slipped below half a million with its smallest audience ever despite the attraction of having two sisters deciding on the best bachelors. The episode did 468,000 after launching on 628,000 last Wednesday.
ABC: The return of Gruen for 2021 pulled 943,000, the biggest audience the show since the launch episode in 2016. Host Wil Anderson pointed out early it was good to hear Russel Howcroft on TV on TV (he was broadcasting from the ABC studio in Melbourne). There was much chat about Covid including how both the government and brands had reacted during the year.
Gruen boosted ABC share – the channel was the #2 network and even managed to win the night in Adelaide. The ABC had its best Wednesday share of the year and the third best share on any night of the week in 2020.
Gruen also helped other shows grow – Hard Quiz was on 756,000 after 644,000 last week and Utopia did 535,000 after 354,000 a week ago.
Planet America continues to rate well too with 438,000 last night.
SBS: The premier of Australia Come Fly With Me saw the WildBear Entertainment program on 230,000.
Earlier in the night Walking Britain’s Roman Roads was on 232,000.