TV Ratings October 18, 2021: The Block pushes Nine to another win

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• SAS Australia: Hell Week kicks off by sending two recruits home

Total TV Ratings for October 4, 2021

There had been talk all week about Love Island Australia‘s total TV ratings after a quiet week in the overnights, and the show delivered with an increase of 86%, bringing its final audience to 768,000.

While Nine had the most improved show, it also had the MVP thanks to The Block being the top non-news show with 1.472m.  The episode marked the beginning of backyard week which started in traditionally rainy weather.

Home and Away was the top show on Seven with 1.185m and was followed closely by SAS Australia with 1.141m for its penultimate episode.

On 10, Have You Been Paying Attention? was the top program with 1.111m for its episode that featured Anne Edmonds, Fifi Box, Marty Sheargold, Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee

Celebrity MasterChef had 962,000 as there was mac and cheese related drama as Dilruk JayasinhaIan Thorpe, and Chrissie Swan all served the dish.

October 11 Overnight TV Ratings

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Primetime News
Seven News 1,068,000/1,023,000
Nine News 1,003,000/985,000
ABC News 685,000
10 News First 341,000 (5:00pm)/ 213,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 168,000 (6:30pm) 128,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 826,000
7.30 567,000
The Project 267,000 (6:30pm)/472,000 (7:00pm)
The Drum 179,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 256,000
Today 217,000
News Breakfast 206,000

Late News
Nine News 88,000
ABC Late News 71,000
SBS World News Late 65,000


Nine was the top primary channel last night with a share of 21.5% which also helped steer the broadcaster to the top network share with 30.0%.

A Current Affair had 826,000 as the show covered James and Oliver Phelps, who played the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter films accusing an Australian events promoter of trying to “tarnish” their names, after the company pulled the pin on the show, refusing to refund ticket holders.

The Block was the top non-news program of the night with 956,000 as host Scott Cam was forced to intervene as Ronnie and Georgia‘s fixation on playing by the rules came back to bite them, when Mitch and Mark caught them out for ordering early.

Love Island Australia then followed with 265,000 as Jordan Tilli was the first contestant eliminated from the show. This was down on last week’s launch of 311,000.


Home and Away’s first episode of the week had 561,000 viewers, the show had an average of 580,000 last week.

SAS Australia: Hell Week saw 14 every day Aussies began a brutal one week version of the SAS selection course. Their first task was to fall backwards off a 10-metre high crane into a lake, which was swiftly followed by a ferocious physical thrashing known as a beasting. Off the back of another group beasting, brought upon them by duty recruit Bassim’s screw up, came a savage hand-to-hand combat test which left recruits bloodied, bruised and battered.

The DS had one final surprise, springing a kit inspection on the unprepared recruits in the early hours of the morning, before punishing them for their lack of attention to detail with a torturous 90-minute beasting.

The gruelling punishment took its toll, with both Lena and Kirsten choosing to hand in their numbers and voluntarily withdraw (VW) from the course.

The episode had 387,000 viewers.


On 10, The Project had 267,000 (6:30pm) and 472,000 (7:00pm) as the show discussed Queensland joining NSW and Victoria on the national Covid roadmap.

On Celebrity MasterChef, Tilly Ramsay lived up to her family name by winning the mystery box immunity challenge with her Scallops with sweet and sour beetroot. The episode had 588,000 viewers which was down on last Monday’s 620,000.

Have You Been Paying Attention? had 693,000 viewers for its episode which featured Tim McDonald, Kitty Flanagan, Lloyd Langford, and Alex Ward.


Australian Story profiled another important entertainer in satirist Max Gillies. In addition to extended interviews with Gillies, the episode also spoke with his wife, publisher Louise Adler, former ABC TV colleague Wendy Harmer and playwright David Williamson. The episode had 602,000.

Four Corners then presented a program made for European broadcaster France 5 on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which brought in 581,000 viewers.

A special episode of Media Watch then had 482,000 as it examined what it called News Corp’s dramatic U-turn over climate policy.


The top non-news show on SBS was 24 Hours in Emergency, which had 132,00 viewers.

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