TV Ratings Sept 19: Nine keeps 11-week Tuesday winning streak intact

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

• The Block kitchen challenge maintains momentum with over 1.2m
• Nine keeps 11-week Tuesday winning streak intact with sitcoms too

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


After starting the week with 693,000, Home and Away dropped to 664,000.

First Dates Australia followed with 613,000 after the new series launched with 699,000 on Tuesday last week.

The second episode of the new season of 800 Words did 633,000 after launching with 696,000. The eight episodes screened earlier this year started with 800,000 overnight and dropped to 600,000 twice.

Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares then replaced Hospital in the schedule, with Ramsay pulling 213,000, close to what Hospital did last week.


A Current Affair dipped from Monday’s 877,000 to 832,000 with Tuesday stories including a Centrelink cougar!

Lots of activity on The Block with work on hallways and laundries plus a challenge that saw the Blockheads testing their new kitchens. After massive audiences of 1.5m and then 1.3m so far this week, Tuesday did 1.24m after 1.18m on Tuesday last week.

The Big Bang Theory is getting close to the end of season 10 with three episodes left. New episodes will be available to Nine after season 11 launches in the US next week. Last night’s 735,000 was down a little on last week’s 767,000.

A Kath & Kim double followed with 480,000 and then 439,000.


An important and long episode of Australian Survivor last night with South Australian labourer Henry, who pretended to be a yoga instructor at one stage, leaving the show after tribal council. And get this – he had an immunity idol he didn’t use! The third episode this week did 567,000, which was 100,000 better than Shark Tank did in the timeslot last week. However, it is one of the smallest Australian Survivor crowds this season.

The Project 7pm was on 553,000 with the episode featuring London Grammar without their lead singer and a goat yoga mastermind!

The season final of Shark Tank saw the episode back to a 9pm start with 389,000 watching. The series closed a total of 26 investment deals.


A repeat of David Attenborough’s Micro Monsters was on 325,000 at 8pm.

The journey and end of the US spacecraft Cassini was featured on Catalyst with 401,000 watching after 454,000 a week prior.

Inside London Fire Brigade then did 171,000.

ABC2 had another big share thanks to the women’s football match between Australia and Brazil with 155,000 watching. Game one of this series pulled 174,000 on the primary channel on Saturday afternoon.


Great American Railroad Journeys was the channel’s best last week with 324,000 and it could take that trophy again this week with 331,000 last night.

Insight then did 247,000 with a program examining how people rebound from failure.

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