TV Ratings October 15: The Block delivers the nights for Nine

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Mediaweek editor James Manning rounds up last night’s TV ratings.

Week 42 Sunday

• The Block again a strong start for Nine as the auctions loom
• All Together Now down, but still viewers’ second 7pm choice
• The Honey Badger not as popular on second successive Sunday
• ABC’s best Sunday since June with Joanna Lumley & Pine Gap


The second episode of All Together Now featured the first contestant to score 100 with a positive vote from every judge. After debuting with 813,00, the second outing dipped to 745,000.

Sunday Night then did 603,000 after 500,000 a week ago.


It was the first reveals from the challenge unit last night as one lucky winner probably got a glimpse of what they will be winning. The episode led the pack for the night with 1.15m after 1.14m a week ago.

60 Minutes then did 699,000 after 640,000 the week prior.


The second appearance of The Honey Badger on The Sunday Project in two weeks was much more convincing than his first. However, the audience didn’t return. A week ago at 7pm The Sunday Project did 620,000. However, last night, when he sat at the desk and opened his heart, the number watching was 416,000.

The lead-in didn’t help the new Game Of Games. It launched on 536,000 a week ago, yet dropped to 416,000 last night.

New NCIS then did 311,000.


The final episode of Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure offered many highlights in wonderful cities in unlikely places. However, there was an anticlimactic ending when Lumley revealed, at the border, she and her crew had been denied entry to the final destination – China. The episode did 662,000, which was the biggest of the four episodes.

The Screentime drama Pine Gap then launched with a double episode on 581,000 as it revealed a mystery many viewers should be keen to see unravel.


A repeat of Italy’s Invisible Cities did best with 181,000.

SBS World News was on 128,000 with True Evil: The Making Of A Nazi on 114,000.

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