TV Ratings October 22: Penultimate episode of The Block wins, HYBPA? audience lifts

Jess Eva and Norm Hogan

Mediaweek editor James Manning examines last night’s TV ratings.

• Penultimate episode of The Block wins as Nine rules Monday
• Jane Kennedy lifts audience for Have You Been Paying Attention?


Home And Away started very quietly with a Monday audience of 629,000 after a week 42 average of 592,000.

The ob doc hour started with Emergency Call on 557,000 and then lifted slightly to 567,000 for Border Security.

Rebecca Gibney’s crime caper Wanted followed with another double episode – 450,000 for the first and then 379,000 for the second. The episodes last week did 455,000 and 396,000. The drama’s episodes last week topped the Monday consolidated ratings with both episodes adding over 100,000 viewers in the following week.


Tracy Grimshaw was on assignment for A Current Affair with Leila McKinnon guest hosting. The show started its new week on 769,000 after a week 42 average of 715,000.

The last Monday episode of The Block, and the penultimate episode this season, did 945,000. That’s a strong number given it was largely an open for inspection episode leading into the auctions.

The FTA premiere of Tom Hanks’s 2016 movie Sully then did 452,000.


The Project was again working hard to cross-promote Blind Date with celebrity contestant Casey Donovan recalling her dating experience – or as much as she was allowed to reveal. The Monday episode did 441,000 at 7pm after a week 42 average of 471,000.

Blind Date then dropped from its launch audience of 448,000 to 377,000 last night.

Working Dog managed to lift the audience again, with Jane Kennedy making a welcome return on Have You Been Paying Attention? She and her radio co-host Mick Molloy were wondering yesterday if he had been banned from the soon-to-be international format. Answer – no. He returns next week. The show did 778,000 last night after 769,000 last week.


No Australian Story last night with Invictus Games Today taking the slot for 482,000 viewers.

Four Corners then did 480,000 followed by Media Watch on 489,000.

A strong panel on Q&A, including the much sought-after Dr Kerryn Phelps, did 424,000.


Britain’s Most Historic Towns visited Norwich with 273,000 watching.

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