TV Ratings: is The Block the last format standing?

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

It is only the first week of November and there are still just over three weeks of survey left, however it feels like The Block is the last format standing. It is certainly the last format delivering big time for its channel. Seven’s The X Factor also continues but it is not delivering like Nine’s renovation format. Meanwhile TEN’s Australian Survivor and The Bachelorette were the last of TEN’s big guns for 2016 and wrapped last week.

Nine won both the primary channel shares and the combined channel shares. Nine’s GO! and Gem were both on 3% or better but Seven’s 7TWO had the biggest multi share on 5.2% with Doc Martin its best.


Home and Away dipped to just under 700,000.

An ob doc fest followed with Highway Patrol on 742,000.

With summer around the corner Beach Cops posted its best numbers since it returned three weeks ago with audiences of 731,000 and 700,000 for the two episodes.

Ramsay’s Hotel Hell then did 432,000.


A Current Affair featured the horrifying story of a father convicted of murdering his step daughter in the family home, with an exclusive interview with his wife. The program also interviewed a former winner of Big Brother battling red tape. The midweek episode did 818,000 after 763,000 last Wednesday.

Nine’s The Block was another magnet for viewers with 1.03m as finetuning continues including work on the rooftop garden ahead of Grand Finale week with the auctions to be shown on Sunday week.

Nine’s new drama Doctor Doctor had 819,000 viewers, which is close to what the series has been averaging since launch.


The Project featured Waleed Aly in New York where he will be covering the US election for the show. (Aly also helped launch the program on Snapchat yesterday.) The 586,000 viewers after 7pm also got to seeZöe Foster Blake talking about her role on TEN’s drama The Wrong Girl.

The second night of Jamie Oliver did 400,000 after Tuesday’s 419,000.

That didn’t prove a great lead-in for The Wrong Girl with 415,000 watching after 501,000 a week prior.


After the numbers slid substantially last week, Hard Quiz was up week-on-week from 508,000 to 556,000.

Upper Middle Bogan had a small lift of 10,000 from the week prior with 482,000 last night.

Rosehaven however was steady week-on-week with 456,000.


The channel had its biggest audience at 9.30pm with 312,000 watching the miniseries Tutankhamun.

Earlier in the night India: Nature’s Wonderland was on 228,000 with 24 Hours In Emergency on 219,000.

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