TV ratings October 16, 2023: The Block holds off challenges from SAS and Masked Singer

TV ratings

Sam Neill episode of Australian Story climbs into Monday top 10

Total TV Ratings October 9

Seven TV ratings

It has been a week since the premiere of SAS Australia 2023 in the TV ratings. A Total TV audience of 894,000 saw convicted drug smuggler Cassie Sainsbury relive her Columbian prison hell and heard her desire to leave the “Cocaine Cassie” moniker behind. Actor Craig McLachlan headed to the mirror room for interrogation where DS Ant Middleton and Jay Morton questioned the actor over the 16 criminal charges laid against him in 2014 for his role as Dr Frankenfurter in The Rocky Horror Show.


The Block saw the Blockheads working hard in the final 24 hours before revealing two kids’ rooms to the judges for 1,447,000 viewers. This was a room reveal episode as there was no Sunday episode a week ago.


Have You Been Paying Attention? was on 933,000 with Alex Ward, Ray O’Leary and Emma Holland joining Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang.


Overnight TV October 16

Primetime News
Seven News 841,000 (6.00 pm)/855,000 (6.30pm)
Nine News 767,000 (6.00 pm)/740,000 (6.30pm)
ABC News 530,000
10 News First 210,000 (5:00 pm)/167,000 (6:00 pm)
SBS World News 119,000 (6:30 pm)/107,000 (7:00 pm)

Daily Current Affairs
A Current Affair 642,000
The Project 218,000 (6:30pm)/315,000 (7pm)
The Drum 119,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 225,000
Today 197,000
ABC Breakfast 144,000

Share summary

Nine ranked #1 with a primary share of 22.1% and a network share of 30.5%.
Seven was in second place with 18.3% and 26.8%.
10 snagged the second and third shows for viewers under 50 and its all people shares were 12.9% and 17.8%.


A Current Affair included a story on Australians who have been trying to bring Israelis and Palestinians together. The six-nights-a-week program started the week on 642,000 after a weeknight average of 596,000 last week.

The Block saw the start of Backyard and Pool Week with questions about how one of the teams had enough cash to afford their landscape army. The Monday audience was 667,000 after 756,000 a week ago.

Nine then devoted the night to cricket with the World Cup Australia v Sri Lanka clash. A rain delay during the first session didn’t help with an audience of 252,000. For those who managed to stay late into the night they were rewarded with an Australian victory.


Home and Away saw Kirby make a final bid for freedom. Will Summer Bay lose one of its own? The highest-rating drama on Australian TV started its week on 476,000 after an average of 466,000 last week.

SAS Australia included heartbreak for Olympic champ Stephanie Rice as a medical withdrawal ended her time on the course, while Olympic runner Peter Bol opened up about the trauma of being falsely accused of blood doping. DS Ant Middleton made the decision to medically withdraw Rice. For the first time in SAS Australia history, Ant acknowledged her resilience by dismissing her from the course with her #11 armband. The episode was on 430,000 after a launch with 464,000 a week ago.

Back-to-back US dramas followed in The Rookie (186,000) and The Rookie: Feds (105,000).


The media was awash with analysis why the YES vote failed on the weekend. The first weekday edition of The Project carried on that tradition. Also on the program was Guns N’ Roses bass player Duff McKagan. The 7pm half hour was on 315,000.

The Masked Singer Australia saw the arrival of another Wild Card and Pete Murray was revealed as one of the singers. The audience for the reveal was on 452,000 after 315,000 watched the start of the episode.

On Have You Been Paying Attention? Ed and Sam were joined by Urzila Carlson, Guy Montgomery and Anne Edmonds. For those keeping score, Guy was the winner. The show paid tribute to regular guest Cal Wilson who Tom called his favourite guest on the show. The episode was on 555,000 after 547,000 last week.

The Betoota Advocate Presents premiered on Paramount+ and is now available for viewers on 10. The first episode screened last night, with 153,000 watching The Hillsong Story: Houston We Have a Problem.


On Australian Story, host Leigh Sales introduced an updated episode on Sam Neill which coincides with the release of his memoir. Asked about his mortality, Neill replied, “I’d be irritated, but I’m not afraid of dying.” The original episode screened in 2020. The audience of 554,000 last night was enough to push the program into the top 10.

Four Corners looked at allegations of the torture and mistreatment of people living with disabilities and mental illness who are being held by the state with 341,000 watching.

Media Watch covered the Israel-Hamas conflict and the referendum day media coverage for 348,000.

Patricia Karvelas hosted Q+A where guests included Dee Madigan and Alexander Downer. Discussion kicked off with the panellists asked about their thoughts on the Israeli response to the Hamas attacks. The episode was on 207,000.


Laura Linney was on 10 Sunday night with Graham Norton, but last night she popped up on Finding Your Roots at 7.30pm. The series about helping people trace their family trees had an audience of 90,000.

Scotland’s Extreme Medics followed with 83,000 at 8.30pm.

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