The Block season final Glenn Dyer's TV Ratings ratings

The Block returned to Nine last night and helped it win the night convincingly (1.33 million nationally), aided by the first session of day four of the first Ashes Test — 792,000 nationally on 9Gem. With the audience on GO and other digital channels, it meant that well over 2.1 million people in total were watching Nine from around 8pm for an hour or so before viewing numbers started tapering off.

But The Block’s return audience of 1.33 million last night was down 15% from 2018’s 1.57 million (which was the highest series opening audience since 2014). Even the audience reach figure Nine loves to trumpet these days saw a big drop off — from 1.94 million in 2018 to 1.64 million last night. The audience fall was spread between metro — 991,000 last night against 1.161 million in 2018 — the regionals which had 385,000 against 414,000.

Australia’s Got Talent pulled in 1.25 million viewers which was solid for Seven. The ABC started the dramatisation of Robert Barrett’s Les Norton books series last night — 8th nationally with 799,000. Australian Survivor on Ten pulled in 792,000 — enough to push Ten into third on total people but 4th behind the ABC in the main channels. Insiders, 538,000 from 9 to 10am. In the regions Seven News won with 527,000 from Australia’s Got Talent with 436,000, then Nine News with 385,000, Sunday Night with 363,000 and The Block with 342,000.

Network channel share:

  1. Nine (39.3%)
  2. Seven (25.6%)
  3. Ten (15.0%)
  4. ABC (14.7%)
  5. SBS 4.8%)

Network main channels:

  1. Nine (20.7%)
  2. Seven (19.1%)
  3. ABC (11.0%)
  4. Ten (10.0%)
  5. SBS ONE (2.9%)

Top 5 digital channels:

  1. Gem (12.9%)
  2. GO (3.7%)
  3. 7mate (3.0%)
  4. 10 Bold (2.9%)
  5. ABC Kids/Comedy, 9Life, 10 Peach (2.1%)

Top 10 national programs:

  1. Seven News — 1.58 million
  2. Nine/NBN News — 1.37 million
  3. The Block (Nine) — 1.33 million
  4. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven) — 1.25 million
  5. 7pm ABC News — 955,000
  6. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 924,000
  7. Sunday Night (Seven) — 922,000
  8. Les Norton (ABC) — 799,000
  9. Australian Survivor (Ten) — 793,000
  10. The Ashes, Test 1 Day 4, Session 1 (Nine) — 792,000

Top metro programs:

Seven News — 1.05 million

Metro news and current affairs:

  1. Seven News — 1.05 million
  2. Nine News — 993,000
  3. 60 Minutes (Nine) — 673,00
  4. 7pm ABC News — 642,000
  5. Sunday Night (Seven) — 559,000
  6. The Sunday Project 7pm (Ten) — 350,000
  7. 10 News First — 272,000
  8. The Sunday Project 6.30pm (Ten) — 225,000
  9. SBS World News — 144,000

Morning (National) TV:

  1. Insiders (ABC, ABC News) — 538,000
  2. Weekend Sunrise (Seven) — 418,000
  3. Landline (ABC) —348,000
  4. Weekend Today (Nine) —309,000
  5. Offsiders (ABC, ABC News) — 236,000
  6. Sports Sunday (Nine) — 234,000

Top five pay TV programs:

  1. NRL: St George v Parramatta (Fox League) —217,000
  2. AFL: Brisbane v Footscray (Fox Footy) — 186,000
  3. NRL: Easts v Gold Coast (Fox League) —145,000
  4. AFL: Carlton v gold Coast (Fox Footy) — 139,000
  5. AFL: Collingwood v Gold Coast (Fox Footy) — 125,000

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