Not the best of nights for TV viewing. Faux reality on Seven and Nine, faux current affairs on Seven and Nine, nothing really on the ABC. At least Ten’s Brock was a bit of story telling.

Bathurst during the day on Ten and part one of the mini-series on the life and times of Peter Brock (the second part is tonight at 9 on Ten) were the colour and movement (literally). The race was a bit ho hum. As usual, lots of talk about fuel, tyres, times, a broken gear lever was a crisis, overtaking and then the final 10 laps of the car race and the red mists descended on Jamie Whincup for another year and off went a couple of rivals. The dummy spit appeal from Whincup (AKA run ‘em off the track if they cant’t be passed) will prolong interest until it is held and rejected.

The race averaged 1.590 million viewers nationally on Ten and 330,000 on Fox Sports. But there was a repeat of what we saw with the AFL Grand Final the previous weekend on Seven (but not the NRL Grand Final on Nine) when there was a big turn on from the actual event to the presentation. Yesterday evening the podium (that’s the first three teams yahooing and spraying bubble at each other and their tired mostly male supporters below) saw a massive turn on of 640,000 (nationally) viewers from the race.

In the metros for example, the race averaged 997,000, the podium part averaged 1.408 million. In the regions 593,000 people watched the race and 824,000 watched the podium stuff. That’s a jump of 40% in the size of the audience. Two thirds came from the metros, the remainder in the regions. (For the AFL Grand Final, the jump from the game to the presentations was just over a million, or more than a third). There was a much smaller, 12,000 turn on from the race to the podium stuff on Fox Sports 5.

The Brock mini series was OK, but not up to the standard of the biopic on Molly Meldrum on Seven. Both were icons of the 80s and 90s: Molly cultural and endearing, Peter Brock a memory because of his untimely death. Part 1 of the Brock mini series averaged 1.3 million viewers, which was a solid enough effort. Both played a major part in defining and shaping Australia for more than 20 years.

But thanks to The Block (1.639 million nationally), it was Nine’s night in the metros and Ten finished a distant third. Seven was a well beaten second as The X Factor (1.372 million) failed to fire and Sunday Night sagged. But it was also Ten’s day.

In the regions the most watched programs were The Bathurst Podium, 824,000, Seven News, 608,000, The Race, 593,000, Bathurst Wrap up fourth with 580,000 and The Block fifth with 481,000. — Click here to read Glenn Dyer’s full TV ratings.