Film & TV

Mar 14, 2014

Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Nine’s biggest night of the week

The Block is a big winner for Nine... but only when My Kitchen Rules isn't on.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

A fair average quality night last night — in other words nothing much doing. Nine won thanks to The Block with 1.898 million national/1.328 million metro/ 590,000 regional viewers). It was The Block’s highest week night audience, which is easy to understand when you look at what was not on Seven — My Kitchen Rules. Nine won metro markets easily and won the main channels in regional markets, but lost overall in All People because of the strength of Seven’s digital channels. Ten was fourth in both regionals and metro markets with the ABC well ahead in third for the night and the week, again.

Seven’s special on that missing Malaysian Boeing 777 had 1.206 million national/ 797,000 metro/ 409,000 regional viewers. (Where’s the Bermuda Triangle when you want a good conspiracy theory or aliens, or the CIA?) It was a good idea. But odd that Nine, which generally does a ‘news special’ at the drop of the hat, didn’t rush one to air. The ABC’s 7.30 (1.160 million national viewers), The Checkout (1.167 million) and Janet King (1.170 million) were all solid and top 10 programs nationally. Ten can only dream.

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