TV Ratings Sept 6 2017: Nine #1, Front Bar outrates Footy Show in earlier timeslot

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

• The Block pulls the biggest Wednesday audience this season
• Nine #1 thanks to Blockheads and Doctor Doctor over 700,000
• The Front Bar outrates Footy Show – Mick, Sam and Andy get earlier slot
• New Ray Martin/Endemol Shine Australia series debuts on SBS

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


Home and Away had its smallest audience of the week so far with 652,000 although some markets saw one episode and others two.

Border Security screened at different times across the network to 595,000.

Viewers in AFL markets then saw The Front Bar at 8.30pm with a three-market audience of 253,000 – 177,000 in Melbourne. The show outrated The AFL Footy Show, but it did start over an hour earlier.

Criminal Minds subsequently went out at different times too with a national metro audience of 406,000.


A Current Affair was again under 850,000 with 821,000 watching.

The Block had its biggest Wednesday audience of the season so far with 1.03m, meaning it has achieved another week with all episodes over 1m.

Doctor Doctor had a strong Wednesday too with 704,000, well up from 601,000 a week ago.

The AFL Footy Show had a late start and had a three-market audience of 242,000 – 166,000 in Melbourne.


The first of the two episodes of The Bachelor this week did 717,000, an improvement on the 680,000 achieved on Wednesday the week prior.

The Project 7pm was on 621,000 for an episode that included comedian Kevin Bridges.

The channel then screened the 2017 TV remake of the movie Dirty Dancing with 288,000.


The final episode of Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell for this season was on 740,000 as it jostles with Utopia for the mantle as most-watched ABC program of the week. Utopia won last week, but Mad As Hell might win this week as Utopia ended its season on 739,000 after 752,000 last week.

The second week of Get Krackin’ did 413,000 after launching with 448,000.

Earlier in the night Hard Quiz was on 585,000, down from 623,000 week-on-week.


The channel is catering to trainspotters bigtime this week over four nights at 7.30pm.

Extreme Railways returned last night with 325,000 watching host Chris Tarrant in Australia.

The premiere of the Ray Martin-hosted Endemol Shine Australia-produced Look Me In The Eye did 285,000.

The Good Fight followed with 167,000 and then The Handmaid’s Tale on 78,000.

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