TV Ratings Sept 12: Nine holds #1 while new-look schedule lifts Seven

first dates

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

First Dates

• New-look schedule lifts Seven – best Tuesday share in 10 weeks
• Nine holds fast at #1 though with The Block and Big Bang Theory

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Home and Away held above 700,000 for its second episode this week.

First Dates got the 7.30pm slot and the new series returned with 699,000 to rank second in the slot behind The Block. The consolidated audience numbers for both seasons last year were over 800,000, which is within reach.

800 Words returned later in the night with 696,000 first up. Episodes screened last year on Seven had a consolidated number of 984,000.

The UK ob doc from the BBC, Hospital, then launched with 217,000.


After starting the week over 900,000, A Current Affair dipped to 774,000.

The teams on The Block enjoyed five-star dining last night with host Scott Cam as Sarah and Jason work to present two spaces this week or face eviction from the show. They need to finish that master bedroom suite and then their kitchen. The Tuesday episode did 1.17m after 1.07m last Tuesday.

The Big Bang Theory had a better night with 808,000 after 593,000 last week.

Two episodes of Kath & Kim then did 447,000 and 398,000.


The Project featured comedian Bert Kreischer, who stripped to the waist during his appearance. The Tuesday episode had 583,000 watching after 7pm.

There was big money flying around again on Shark Tank, with Steve Baxter offering one entrepreneur $1.5m for the entire business. The episode was on 470,000, much better than 394,000 last week.

An NCIS repeat at 8.30pm then did 325,000.


The final of The House with Annabel Crabb was on 544,000 as the host cooked dinner for her team at home while they watched the final ep being broadcast.

Catalyst examined the heart at 8.30pm with 454,000 after 507,000 last week.

Inside London Fire Brigade then did 216,000.


Great American Railroad Journeys was back over 300,000 to 322,000 after 296,000 a week ago.

Insight then did 274,000, after on last week’s 258,000.

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