Well, the big story from last night was the turnaround in the fortunes of the winners on The Block last night, compared to the ending of the last 2014 series. Nearly a million bucks last night, versus the smell of a very oily rag in 2014. In fact the rewards were inversely proportional to the ratings of the two series — very strong ratings in 2014 against very small payoff. This year had moderate to weak ratings and a record payoff. Nine would no doubt be happy for the winners — great publicity and makes recruiting for the next series easier — but those ratings!

Nine won easily (as expected) and the winner’s announcement on The Block just made the 2 million metro viewer level (phew, Nine can boast, at last!). The winners announcement had more than 2.8 million nationally. Overall the program had a very solid national average across its entirety of more than 2.7 million viewers. The Weekly With Charlie Pickering lost more than 230,000 metro and regional viewers and its national audience fell to 807,000 from 1.038 million on its debut last week.

In the mornings, ABC News Breakfast, Sunrise, Studio 10  and Today added around 100,000 extra metro viewers because of the executions in Indonesia.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (35.1%)
  2. Seven (26.8%)
  3. Ten (16.0%)
  4. ABC (16.0%)
  5. SBS (6.0%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (28.4%)
  2. Seven (18.5%)
  3. ABC (11.5%)
  4. Ten (10.6?%)
  5. SBS ONE (4.7%)

Top 5 digital channels: 

  1. 7TWO (4.8%)
  2. GO (4.1%)
  3. 7mate (3.6%)
  4. Eleven (3.1%)
  5. Gem (2.6%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. The Block Winner Announced (Nine) —  2.926 million
  2. The Block Auctions (Nine) —  2.829 million
  3. The Block Grand Final (Nine) — 2.388 million
  4. Nine News — 1.683 million
  5. Seven News — 1.326 million
  6. Home and Away (Seven) — 1.277 million
  7. ABC News — 1.247 million
  8. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.243 million
  9. Nine News — 1.166 million
  10. Mrs Brown’s Boys episode 1 (Seven) — 1.147 million

Top metro programs:

  1. The Block Winner Announced (Nine) — 2.027 million
  2. The Block – Auctions (Nine) — 1.971 million
  3. The Block Grand Final (Nine) — 1.645 million
  4. Nine News — 1.189 million
  5. Nine News 6.30 — 1.166 million
  6. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.035 million
  7. Seven News — 1.007 million

Losers: The Weekly With Charlie Pickering (Should be The Weakley) 18 more weeks on ABC 1! Randling rebirthed? It can still be saved if it becomes more aggressive and topical and Charlie Pickering has a red hot go)and turns it into something with its own identity. At the moment it looks as though it is being produced by a committee.Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Nine News 6.30 — 1.166 million
  2. Nine News 6.30 — 1.166 million
  3. A Current Affair (Nine) — 1.035 million
  4. Seven News — 1.007 million
  5. Seven News/ Today Tonight — 937,000
  6. ABC News  – 852,000
  7. 7.30 (ABC) — 688,000
  8. The Project 7pm (Ten) — 660,000
  9. Ten Eyewitness News – 570,000
  10. The Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 489,000

Morning TV:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) – 360,000
  2. Today (Nine) –  235,000
  3. News Breakfast (ABC 112,000 + 56,000 on News 24) — 168,000
  4. The Morning Show (Seven) — 147,000
  5. Mornings (Nine) –137,000
  6. Studio 1o (Ten) — 79,000

Top five pay TV channels:

  1. LifeStyle  (3.1%)
  2. Fox8  (2.4%)
  3. Sky News (2.3%)
  4. TVHITS (2.0%)
  5. Arena (1.7%)

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. Selling Houses Australia (LifeStyle) – 136,000
  2. The Flash (Fox8) – 103,000
  3. AFL: 360 (Fox Footy) — 88,000
  4. The Billion Pound Hotel (LifeStyle) — 64.000
  5. The Simpsons (Fox8) –  63,000

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Peter Fray

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