TV Ratings Oct 8: Nine #1 while Bathurst 1000 a winner for TEN

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

• Bathurst 1000 a winner for TEN
• The Block #1 show on Sunday night with 1.57 watching

See full ratings figures on the Mediaweek Morning Report here.


The diversity of the Little Big Shots performers appeals to the audience. The pint-sized all-stars last night attracted 881,000 after 758,000 last week up against the NRL Grand Final.

On Sunday Night Kerri-Anne Kennerley revealed how a violent fight with her first husband almost ended in murder. For the first time, the Australian entertainment legend opened up on her experience being a victim of domestic violence to Seven’s Sunday Night host Angela Cox. The episode drew 637,000 after a repeat audience of 518,000 a week ago.


The Block will have to hustle to live up to last week’s numbers. The new week started with the reveal of the backyards which included the infamous pools and spas. Despite all the grief they caused, Ronnie and Georgia finished second last in backyard week.

There was an audience of 1.571m watching Josh and Elyse narrowly win with 29.5, ahead of Sticks and Wombat. There was no Sunday episode last week because of the football.

This week on The Block work will need to be completed on the studios and garages, which should really enhance the value of these properties at the forthcoming auctions.

Escape From Salt Creek was one of the feature items on 60 Minutes about the monster living in South Australia who kidnapped backpackers. The story was reported by Tara Brown. Meanwhile Allison Langdon got to spend a few days with P!nk and her family. The episode had a metro audience of 1.085m watching. With a national average audience of 1.605m (metro + regional) this was its highest rating episode of the year.


During the afternoon TEN Sport’s Matt White led the team including former Supercars driver and expert commentator Mark Larkham, current Nissan Motorsport Supercars driver Rick Kelly, TEN Sport’s Mark Howard and reporter Kate Peck. David Reynolds was the new King of the Mountain after claiming a dramatic victory in the wet at the 2017 Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. The Podium presentation was watched by 1.02m, while the race itself was watched by 905,000.

The Project Sunday was on 413,000 after 7pm .

After 50 days in the jungle Survivor is getting very close to the end with 644,000 watching last night as Jericho eliminated Tessa from the jury perhaps making it easier for him to win the half million dollars.

Then it was time for the first part of the miniseries Wake In Fright. Stranded in the outback town of Bundanyabba, schoolteacher John Grant faced a series of dangerous actions, reckless decisions and wild mistakes that change his life forever in a fresh retelling of the Kenneth Cook novel. The drama attracted 408,000 viewers last night.


A big night of drama started with Doc Martin returning to the early Sunday slot with 832,000.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries then followed with Ballarat’s finest GP attracting an audience of 793,000.


The Greeks screened at 7.30pm to 158,000.

Two episodes of Robert Redford’s The West then followed after 8.30pm with an average audience of 157,000.

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