TV Ratings September 17: Jess and Norm win buyers jury on The Block, Yellow Wiggle gets candid on Australian Story

Mediaweek deputy editor Kruti Joshi examines last nights TV ratings.

• Gold Coast couple add $10k to their bank after winning the buyers jury on The Block
• Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins opens up about illness and marriage breakup on Australian Story
• TEN’s best performers: Have You Been Paying Attention? and Australian Survivor


It was time for the buyers jury on The Block last night. Familiar faces to longtime viewers, agents Greville Pabst, Frank Valentic and Nicole Jacobs, made up the jury. They were responsible for all the purchases at The Block auctions in 2018.

The team tipped to win was Bianca and Carla from apartment five. However, it was the Gold Coast couple, Norm and Jess, who took home the $10,000 prize money with a total of 27.5 points.

Bianca and Carla came second with 26 points. This episode of The Block had 1.092 million watching.

Other shows from Nine inside the top 10 TV shows for last night were News (1.002 million and 994,000) and A Current Affair (869,000).


Seven started its afternoon schedule with The Chase 5pm on 394,000. The audience built up to 1.061 million for News in the first hour starting at 6pm, then 1.041 million at 6.30pm.

Home and Away then followed at 7pm on 655,000.


The numbers for Have You Been Paying Attention? slipped week on week. However, the show still had 744,000 watching and ranked #8. Fifi Box, Peter Helliar and Melanie Bracewell joined the usual contestants Sam Pang and Ed Kavalee on the show. Actor Madeleine West from TEN’s upcoming drama Playing For Keeps and The Bachelor’s eliminated contestant Tenille were the guest quizmasters on last night’s episode.

Australian Survivor just managed to secure a spot in the top 10 shows with 732,000.


Four Corners was the channel’s most-watched show with 755,000.

Last night’s episode of Australian Story was about Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins. She opened up about her battle with endometriosis and her separation from Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie. Watkins described 2018 as one of the “strangest” years in her life. This episode of Australian Story had 718,000 watching.

Other shows from the ABC in top 20 were News (733,000), 7.30 (674,000), Media Watch (627,000) and Q&A 455,000.

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