Nine has won the first week of the final month of ratings survey for 2019. In doing so Nine has now won the last seven weeks and 12 of the last 13 weeks.
With The Block’s final episode starting the third last week of ratings, and then Hamish and Andy driving the final two Sundays or the survey year, can Nine maintain or increase its lead in its best ratings year ever?
At the end of the 37th week of survey, Nine holds an all people primetime YTD share of 29.6% to Seven’s 29.2%.
Driving Nine’s win this week was The Block with three of the episodes in the top five.
Seven was some way back in second place, but the broadcaster remains #1 in news and breakfast where Sunrise’s competitor Today had another tough week. We’ve noted before that Sunrise doesn’t just win because people don’t like Today, they win because people choose Sunrise and its hosts Sam and Kochie.
10 had its second lowest share since the start of July despite having the #1 show of the week – The Melbourne Cup with 1.438m. The race of course falls outside of primetime. 10 has been able to again claim to be #2 across the week under 50 and in key demos. Both episodes in the penultimate week of The Bachelorette were close to 700,000.
The most-watched show on the ABC was ABC News Sunday with 654,000, narrowly ahead of Gruen on 649,000.
The biggest crowd watching an SBS program was 234,000 for an episode of Britain’s Ancient Tracks with Tony Robinson. Not far behind was the first episode of Secrets of the Railway a week ago with 223,000.