Week 44 TV Ratings: The Block rules, Seven’s recovery, 10’s best Saturday

• The penultimate week of The Block saw three of the four episodes screened last week in the top four shows.

With just four weeks of the survey year left, Nine is looking good to complete it’s best year ever with a win all people. Nine’s combined channel share YTD is on 29.6%, 0.4 ahead of Seven on 29.2%.

After week 44, the 36th week of survey, Nine finished 2.1 ahead of Seven, while Nine’s combined channel share was also a winner, 1.9 in front of Seven. This despite Seven having one more multichannel, for now.

The penultimate week of The Block saw three of the four episodes screened last week in the top four shows. The Sunday episode was again the best with 1.08m.

Nine News, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes were all in the top 20.

RBT and Hot Seat were Nine’s next best.

Seven had its best share in four weeks with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the best performers with share over 18% for the primary channel on each night.

Seven’s best primetime performer and timeslot champ was the 6pm Seven News each night of the week.

Home and Away was the #1 drama and Better Homes and Gardens was #1 lifestyle.

10’s numbers were down a little on the previous three weeks, but thanks to the Rugby World Cup, the primary channel had its best Saturday night share this year.

10 again managed to fill most of the spots in the key demos with five shows in the top 10 under 50s,18 to 49s and 25 to 54s and six out of the top 10 in 16 to 39s.

Have You Been Paying Attention?, The Bachelorette Australia, The Amazing Race and The Rugby World Cup Grand Final took out the top spots. The Rugby World Cup Grand Final almost quadrupled its 2015 audience, and achieved its biggest audience since 2011.

The Amazing Race Australia launch episode was up 8% on the premiere of the most recent season of The Amazing Race Australia in 2014.

The biggest ABC audience was watching ABC News Sunday followed by Gruen, weekday News and Australian Story.

SBS managed to crack quarter of a million metro with two series – the final episodes of Building Britain’s Canals and Struggle Street.

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