TV Ratings October 25, 2021: The Block and Nine #1 again

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• Australian Story revisits one of its most popular stories

Total TV Ratings for October 18, 2021

The Block was the top non-news program in the Total TV ratings with 1.564m viewers, an increase of 21%. The episode saw host Scott Cam being 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.

Have You Been Paying Attention? was the top show on 10 with 1.146m. The episode featured Tim McDonald, Kitty Flanagan, Lloyd Langford, and Alex Ward. 

Also on 10, Celebrity MasterChef had 958,000 viewers for its episode that saw Tilly Ramsay win immunity.

The top non-news program on Seven was Home and Away with 1.123m.

Love Island Australia was the biggest riser, up 84%, bringing its ratings to 659,000.

October 25 Overnight TV Ratings

• Best of the rest: HYBPA?, MasterChef, and Home and Away

Primetime News
Seven News 1,009,000/989,000
Nine News 937,000/951,000
ABC News 706,000
10 News First 301,000 (5:00pm)/ 203,000 (6:00pm)
SBS World News 161,000 (6:30pm) 131,000 (7:00pm)

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 756,000
7.30 524,000
The Project 261,000 (6:30pm)/439,000 (7:00pm)
The Drum 180,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 263,000
Today 216,000
News Breakfast 208,000

Late News
ABC Late News 108,000
Nine News 82,000
SBS World News Late 49,000


Nine has continued its hot start to the week by winning Monday night with a primary share of 21.5% and a network share of 30.2%. This was thanks to a winning combo of A Current Affair, The Block, and Love Island Australia.

ACA had 756,000 viewers as the show covered the family of Deborah Boyd the mother-of-two who was murdered by her former partner Wayne Frederick Valenta, who have launched an online petition in a last-ditch attempt to stop him from beginning the pathway to parole.

The Block was then the top non-news program of the evening with 944,000. The episode saw Chaos Week kick-off as Foreman Keith and Dan found issues with Mitch and Mark’s front yard renovations. Josh and Luke started Front Yard and Façade Week focused on last week’s problems after the judges’ scathing review of their study/fourth bedroom and Venetian plaster wall. But soon found the motivation for one “last hurrah” when they get stuck into their front garden. This episode was down slightly on last Monday’s 956,000 viewers.

Love Island Australia had 285,000 viewers as Rachael Evren was eliminated after receiving the lowest number of votes alongside Lexy Thornberry. Chris Graudins, Aaron Waters and Taku Chimwaza chose to send Rachael home, after the boys were voted the Australian public’s top three to ‘find love in the villa’. 


On Seven, Home and Away started off its week with an audience of 598,000. The soap averaged 561,000 last week.

SAS Australia: Hell Week had 348,000 as the show sent three more recruits home. The recruits first task was the Fall and Brake, the ultimate test of trust in themselves, their partners and their equipment, from a 40 metre high platform. Bodybuilder Bassim again attracted attention for the wrong reasons, failing both attempts to brake his two oppos’ falls.

Dating coach Sarah’s lack of attention to detail with her kit then saw all recruits face a savage beasting in heavy mud. Sandy struggled due to a calf injury and was culled by Chief Instructor Ant Middleton who told her she could leave the course with her head held high. 

Bassim again proved a liability during an arduous four-kilometre team casualty haul, while surfer Mitch got roasted by DS Billy for his “pathetic” effort on the task.

Afterwards, Gary, feeling utterly depleted, decided to VW from the course. The DS then asked recruits to nominate the person who should be culled from the course, with the group unanimously choosing Bassim, saying it was “nothing personal”.

The Liam Neeson movie Cold Pursuit then had 133,000 viewers.


The Project had 6:30pm (261,000) and 7:00pm (439,000) as the show discussed the details of the net-zero deal between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Nationals.

Celebrity MasterChef had 527,000 viewers as Nick Riewoldt and Rebecca Gibney competed as a team to win this week’s immunity challenge.

Have You Been Paying Attention? then followed with 695,000. The episode featured Mick Molloy, Julia Morris, and Denise Scott.


As part of Australian Story’s 25th anniversary, the show asked for viewers to vote on which story they would like the program to revisit. Viewers chose With This Ring which was the story of central Queensland horsewoman Gayle Shann, who survived a horrific farming accident in 2002, with the enduring love of her husband Mac. 549,000 tuned in as the show revealed that Gayle is no longer a frail and vulnerable twentysomething but runs a highly successful horse and cattle breeding business with Mac.  

Four Corners had 528,000 viewers as it examined the unregulated world of cosmetic surgery.

Media Watch then had 503,000 viewers.


The top program on SBS was a repeat of Britain’s Most Historic Towns which had 162,000 viewers.

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