TV Ratings October 20: Scotty tells Blockheads three more weeks

• Best of the rest: Karl faces sharks on 60 Minutes, ABC’s Total Control

Sunday Week 43 2019

• Scotty tells Blockheads three more weeks work still on TV’s #1
• Best of the rest: Karl faces sharks on 60 Minutes, ABC’s Total Control
• Jumbo jets lift SBS Sunday share to best result in 19 weeks

• Seven News 840,000
• Nine News 790,000
• ABC News 598,000
• The Project 232,000/363,000
• Insiders 340,000
• 10 News First 237,000
• SBS World News 142,000
• Offsiders 138,000

Breakfast TV

• Sunrise 289,000
• Today 172,000


Going into Upfront week, the channel has recorded its smallest Sunday primary share since January.

Seven is giving the last few weeks of Sunday Night the timeslot it would have hoped for all along – Sunday 7pm. It did 398,000 last night, but that was down on last week’s 430,000.

Border Security did 361,000.

A double episode of the British crime drama A Confession then did 291,000 and 210,000.


Sunday night is where Nine is really getting its programming in order. It hasn’t had a Sunday share under 20% this year (and many well above), while Seven has had 25 Sundays under 20% so far.

Host Scott Cam broke the news to the contestants on The Block that if they were in last year’s series they would have finished by now! He then told them they have three more weeks of work ahead. The Sunday episode ranked #1 even well ahead of the 6pm news bulletins, with 1.097m.

On 60 Minutes Karl Stefanovic was thrown to the sharks in a story about a shark whisperer. The episode did 533,000 after 703,000 last week.


The Sunday Project ended with an appearance from Trinny Woodall who is in Australia to launch her new makeup range. The episode did 363,000 which was 10’s biggest Sunday audience.

The Graham Norton Show was not far behind with 345,000 watching guests including Debbie Harry and Arnie.

NCIS then did 305,000 with a repeat following on 198,000.


The channel had three of the top seven Sunday shows with ABC News on 598,000 followed by Grand Designs: The Street on 435,000 and then the second episode of the drama Total Control on 446,000. The Blackfella Films drama debuted a week ago with 538,000. However in the seven days since the TV catchup added another 184,000 to 722,000 without factoring in any iview crowd, which looks like another 100,000 over the past week.


The channel has recorded its best Sunday share since June thanks to a repeat of both episodes of Jumbo Jet: 50 Years in the Sky after 8.30pm. The average audience watching both episodes was 233,000.

Prior to that Great Continental Railway Journeys did 194,000.

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