TV Ratings Sept 5: Nine’s The Block the only show over 650k after 7.30

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

• The Block’s Master Suite Week only show after 7.30pm over 650,000
• Real life Kitchen Nightmare over as Hell’s Kitchen ends on 500,000
• TEN’s Shark Tank losing its bite with audience under 400,000 at 7.30pm

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


After starting the week on 699,000 Home and Away Tuesday was on 689,000.

It wasn’t supposed to end like this…but Hell’s Kitchen Australia featured the teams battling it out in the grand final last night. The long final episode did 482,000 with the announcement of the winner on 528,000. The series launched back on August 6 with 818,00. For the rest of that week the show was close to 600,000 and the pattern was set and it never recovered. By Seven’s own standards, it underperformed significantly in its critical timeslot.

It was somehow fitting that the program was followed by the aptly named Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares last night, which sums up a challenging few weeks for the channel. Kitchen Nightmares did 244,000.


A Current Affair did 836,000 after starting the week on 939,000. There was a longish segment on a new Coles shopper offer that Nine could probably invoice the supermarket chain for. The program also updated viewers on reporter Ben McCormack back in court and the latest on the next royal baby.

Master Suite Week continued on The Block and despite the biggest room challenge ever, the Blockheads found time for some fun and a barbecue. The Tuesday episode was on 1.06m after 1.09m last week.

The Big Bang Theory returned to the schedule after True Story with Hamish & Andy finished last week. The BBT episode from season 19 did 637,000.

Two more episodes of Kath & Kim followed with 360,000 and then 315,000. The episodes last week did 420,000 and 342,000.

Nine’s combined channel share was bumped by GO!’s 7.8% share with 462,000 watching the Socceroos playing Thailand after 7.30pm.


The channel had its third-lowest Tuesday share of the year. It is often a high point of the week, but it wasn’t the case last night.

The Project was able to feature its lead-in Family Feud in one story and ended with a great interview with fashion designer Tala Raassi. The episode delivered a metro audience of 506,000 after 588,000 on Monday.

On Shark Tank Glen Richards and Janine Allis undertook a joint investment for $150,000 and successfully negotiated for 50% equity in the business. The episode did 394,000 after 458,000 last week.

The season final of NCIS season 14 was next with 370,000 after the penultimate episode did 409,000 a week ago.


The penultimate episode of The House with Annabel Crabb was on 551,000 after 633,000 a week ago.

The new-look hour-long Catalyst followed at 8.30pm with an episode on dinosaurs. The show did 503,000 after 438,000 last week.

The repeat of City In The Sky continued after 9.30pm with 258,000.


Michael Portillo returned at 7.30pm this week with Great American Railroad Journeys and a train ride across Colorado. The scenery, as always, was spectacular. The episode did 290,000.

Insight followed and asked what happens when the drive to be healthy becomes unhealthy? The episode attracted 268,000.

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