TV Ratings Sept 11: Nine secures four of top five Monday programs

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

• Nine’s kitchen week sets a cracking pace for Blockheads and viewers
• Nine’s primetime lineup secures four of the top five Monday programs
• Seven next best all people, TEN is Nine’s toughest competitor 25-54

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Home and Away just missed the top 10 with 718,000 to start week 37 after its week 36 average audience of 658,000.

An hour of Highway Patrol took over the 7.30pm slot with the first episode on 612,000 followed by a repeat on 643,000.

The first of the two-part ITV miniseries Little Boy Blue then did 490,000, just missing the top 20.


A Current Affair featured host Tracy Grimshaw speaking with Victorian MP Rachel Carling-Jenkins who reported her husband to the police. The episode also featured Trevor Long talking about new cheap Aldi SIM card deals. The show’s new week started on 923,000 after last week’s average of 806,000.

The Block had another huge night with the audience climbing above 1.3m as kitchen week got serious. Both the Blockheads and the audience are getting into it as the show continues to be the backbone of Nine’s midyear ratings surge, keeping the momentum going that Australian Ninja Warrior started.

Karl Stefanovic spent his second successive night drumming up primetime audiences on This Time Next Year after his 60 Minutes appearance on Sunday night. This Time Next Year did 876,000 after 797,000 last week.

AFL markets then saw Footy Classified with 245,000 in three markets – 161,000 in Melbourne. Hutchy and Caroline Wilson continue to predict a wildcard weekend before the finals and Hutchy highlighted a tweet from reporter Nathan Templeton which reminded people they should research before they tweet.


Have You Been Paying Attention? continues to be the highlight of TEN’s Monday. Last week the comedy quiz show and two eps of The Bachelor were the channel’s only programs over 700,000. Last night HYBPA? was on 737,000 and was the #2 show for the night 25-54 behind The Block. The program this week featured Jane Kennedy and Mick Molloy as guests, previewing what listeners will soon get on Triple M drive.

Earlier in the evening Rachel Corbett was back on The Project for a second successive night with 618,000 watching. The episode ended with an appearance from comedian Luke McGregor. Last week’s average audience was 531,000.

The second episode of Australian Survivor this week did 595,000 after 617,000 Monday last week. Odette left the series last night after being blindsided by the whole tribe.


Four Corners was up week-on-week from 675,000 to 718,000 with last night’s program a BBC report on North Korea.

Earlier in the night Australian Story did 685,000.

Dick Smith had another good run on the ABC on Media Watch with 543,000 watching after 557,000 last week.

Q&A then did 417,000, up slightly from 390,000 a week ago.


The Obesity Myth continues at 7.30pm with 263,000 after 285,000 last week.

The repeat of episode two of London’s Super Tunnel did 188,000 followed by 24 Hours In Emergency on 182,000.

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