TV ratings September 21: The Blockdown has 885,000 as tools are put down

The Block

• Scott Cam arrived on-site and called “tools down”.

• AFL helps Seven to equal best Monday since Big Brother launch
• Blockdown: Scott Cam send the Blockheads home as Covid spreads

Primetime News
Seven News 1,068,000/905,000 (no Adelaide)
Nine News 1,004,000/1,018,000
ABC News 781,000
10 News First 338,000/220,000
SBS World News 179,000

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 776,000
7.30 627,000
The Project 318,000/457,000
The Drum 195,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 265,000
Today 205,000
News Breakfast 194,000

Late night news
Nine News Late 221,000
ABC Late News 198,000
The Latest 144,000

Monday TV

Seven: Seven has enjoyed its equal best Monday since the launch week of Big Brother back at the start of June. The primary share of 19.5% equalled what the channel recorded for the night of finale of Farmer Wants a Wife four weeks ago. Seven ranked #1 in network share last night.

Monday night football featured Collingwood v Port Adelaide with 596,000 watching (Melbourne 303,000, Adelaide 146,000).

To make way for the football, Home and Away screened on Seven and 7TWO to 495,000 after an average of 563,000 last week.

Nine: A Current Affair was on 776,000 to start the week after a week 37 average of 700,000 and the audience helped Nine narrowly rank #1 primary.

At 8.15pm on The Block last night Scott Cam arrived on site and called “tools down”. He told the whole site including tradies and camera crews that he was shutting down so the Blockheads could return to their homes to be with their families. The Monday audience was 885,000, up from 790,000 a week ago. The shutdown can’t have impacted the series too much as Domain reported yesterday the houses have hit the market with indicative selling prices between $3.2 million and $3.4 million – that’s at least $400,000 above Brighton’s median house price of $2,617,500.

Celebrity IOU then had 311,000 watching as Viola Davis surprised her best friend with a renovation.

10: The Project started its weekday run on 457,000 after an average of 491,000 at 7pm last week. The Monday episode looked at saving cute koalas from extinction.

Family Feud was perhaps not the ideal bridge between The Project and Have You Been Paying Attention? with 268,000 watching the game show. It was better than the 230,000 watching on Sunday.

The bi-centennial episode of Have You Been Paying Attention? featured the guests wearing their best formal wear. Celia Pacquola (first show back November 2013) said host Tom Gleisner looked just like James Bond’s grandfather. Also guesting was Tony Martin and Melanie Bracewell joining regulars Ed Kavalee and Sam Pang. (“You know what I’m most proud of over 200 episodes Tom? Saving your career!” said Sam.) Ed had one of many great lines delivered by all last night. When asked to explain the “ring of steel”, he suggested it was “curry night on Plate of Origin”. Optus got some mileage later in the episode with Daniel Riccardo talking about his new sponsorship deal. The episode did 572,000, down from 766,000 the week prior.

Drunk History went to air around 9.40pm with hosts Darren McMullen and Nikki Osborne to an audience of 310,000 after 267,000 a week ago. “Let me tell you the story of Alexander Pearce…he was a bad ass montherfucker,” said McMullen about the character portrayed by Wayne Hope.

ABC: 7.30 featured a cracking investigation from Elise Worthington, Alison McClymont and Mario Christodoulou into the dirty little secrets of major US banks and the connection to a home business on the Gold Coast linked to setting up shell companies, which have been used by money launderers, arms dealers and Mexican drug cartels. Carrington Clarke then investigated what’s going to happen to aviation in the next few years. The episode was on 627,000 after a week 38 average of 603,000.

Part two of Australian Story’s Beenham Valley Road did 575,000 after 611,000 watched part one.

Four Corners did 483,000, Media Watch was on 447,000 and the Q+A featured an episode about the US Presidential election with 326,000 watching.

SBS: The final episode of How the Victorians Built Britain was on 195,000.

A repeat of 24 Hours in Emergency was on 165,000 and then a repeat of 8 out 10 Cats Does Countdown did 92,000.

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