TV Ratings: Nine inches ahead for first win this week

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings

Nine inched ahead of Seven last night to record its first win of week 46. The last week of The Block and the First Test should have perhaps positioned Nine better to start the third-last week of the survey year.

The Block was key to Nine’s Tuesday win though with support from Nine News and A Current Affair.

Seven was not far off the pace with big numbers for First Dates and with Gold Coast Medical winning its timeslot.

TEN screened the final episode of Todd Sampson’s BodyHack after it revealed last week he would be putting himself through more ordeals for a second season.

ABC screened the first episode of Tim Ross’s Streets Of Your Town.

Seven

Home and Away was just over 700,000, down 50,000 on last week.

First Dates did a very strong 854,000 up against The Block, after Dates launched last week on 798,000.

Gold Coast Medical didn’t set any records, but 566,000 these days is often the new norm after 8.30pm and was enough to win the slot last night.

The Cold Feet season is not setting records either, but fans are enjoying reconnecting with the lives of the stars. It’s just that there’s not a lot of them. Last night the show set in Manchester did 293,000.

Nine

Tracy Grimshaw was onstage at the Star Event Centre yesterday for part of Nine’s Upfront where she talked about career highlights and the nightly show she now hosts. She later hosted the Tuesday program for 784,000 metro viewers where the reports included Caroline Marcus on the new Freeview app with interviews with Mediaweek’s Andrew Mercado and Freeview CEO Liz Ross.

The Block’s Scott Cam and the series’ stars were also at the Nine Upfront. The penultimate episode of The Block did 897,000, which was short of its Tuesday best, but it was still the biggest non-news audience last night. However, it was a packed episode that drew to a close the hard work from the previous 11 weeks with a celebratory rooftop barbecue, showed the teams moving out and then catalogued how the crowds descended on the Port Melbourne property for the open for inspection ahead of the auctions which Nine will screen on Sunday night.

Unreal Estate then featured urban fantasies with 525,000 watching.

TEN

After cracking 600,000 last night The Project slipped a little to 577,000 with more of Waleed Aly in New York with guests including Jamie Oliver and Christopher Pyne while the program ended with Tommy Little visiting an old folks home.

Jamie Oliver was back again after 7.30pm on Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics on 379,000 which is helping TEN get to the end of survey on weeknights at 7.30pm. Presumably this time next year it will still be the final three weeks of Australian Survivor.

The final of Todd Sampson’s BodyHack saw him dealing with his fear of water with 450,000 watching. The biggest audience this season was 588,000 watching the first episode.

NCIS: Los Angeles did 291,000 later in the night.

ABC

Catalyst has copped some horrid criticism after some slip-ups this year yet it still manages over half a million. Stories last night included tick bites.

The first episode of Streets Of Your Town from Tim Ross and boutique production house Mint Pictures did just over 450,000 at 8.30pm. That’s a significant improvement on what Man Up managed in the slot over three weeks last month.

Next was Mambo: Art Imitates Life from Paul Clarke’s Bombora Film & Music Co with narration from Celia Pacquola which had 267,000 watching.

SBS

A repeat of the Geoffrey Rush episode of Who Do You Think You Are? did 240,000.

The numbers lifted to 306,000 for the first of a two-part Insight special which sees Jenny Brockie inside a maximum security women’s prison.

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