Week 41 TV Ratings: NRL Grand Final and The Block key to Nine’s win

• The week started very well for Nine with the NRL Grand Final

With seven weeks of official survey left to run, Nine has slightly widened its lead all people. Nine’s year-to-date share is 29.7% to Seven’s 29.4%.

The week started very well for Nine with the NRL Grand Final on the first evening of week 41. Although the audience was the smallest NRL Grand Final ever, the match was easily the biggest thing on TV last week and one of the biggest programs of the year.

The Block ranked #2 for the week with its Monday episode on 978,000. The long-running Nine series had a rare Thursday episode because of the NRL taking its Sunday slot.

Love Island launched last week with 456,000 on Monday with the primary channel overnight numbers sliding on each successive evening. But Nine has pointed out the format is recording massive numbers on digital via 9Now and the program has gone straight to #1 on the VPM rankings.

Seven’s best was again its News bulletins and Today Tonight in Adelaide and Perth. Seven’s next highest rated program was Home and Away, but it was well down the chart of the week’s best at #27.

Seven had the #1 multichannel with 7TWO on 3.8%, just narrowly ahead of GO! On 3.7%.
Seven also maintained its strong lead in breakfast TV with Sunrise.
Seven’s primary share of 17.1% was its lowest this year.

Because Network 10 splits the coding of The Masked Singer into the Reveal and then the rest of the episode, the primary channel was able to claim two spots in the top 10 at #4 and #9.

Have You Been Paying Attention? continued is strong performance with another 800,000+.

In the week of its Sydney Upfront event, 10 was able to report it secured four of the top 10 spots in under 50s and 25 to 54s, six of the top 10 spots in 16 to 39s and five of the top 10 spots in 18 to 49s.

The ABC’s best was Gruen with 715,000. That was well ahead of the ABC News average of 620,000.

Julia Zemiro’s new season of Home Delivery returned with 596,000.

The return of Struggle Street for season three drew the biggest audience on SBS with 259,000 watching.

Three other shows were also very close to 250,000 – Insight, Britain’s Most Historic Towns and Britain’s Ancient Tracks.

SBS had its best primary share since July.

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