Audience for The Block finale declines again as renovation climax attracts 1.8m viewers

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Deal and Shay Paine celebrate: Photo Martin Philbey Source:Channel 9

A little more than 1.8m metro viewers tuned in for the auction finale of The Block on Nine last night, the lowest audience for the show’s climax for a number of years.

The home renovation show drew 1.57m for the Grand Final, climbing to 1.81m when Dean and Shay Paine were declared the outright winners.

Earlier this year, The Block: Triple Threat finale drew 2.027m for the winners announcement, with 1.971m metro viewers tuning in for the auction.

That itself was down on last year’s The Block: Fans v Favs which pulled in 2.156 tuning in for the live auction while The Block: Glasshouse, which aired in the second half of last year, grabbed 2.764m metro viewers, with 1.796m tuning in for the rest of the show.

In 2013, The Block had 2.80m for the winner announcement, a number that was slightly up on the 2.715m it had in 2012, with 3.089m tuning in in 2011.

Both parts of last night’s final were the two most watched shows of the night and helped Nine comfortably win the night with a share of 27.2 per cent, well clear of Seven’s 15.6 per cent. Ten dipped below 10 per cent – capturing a share of  just 9.1 per cent – while the ABC took 14.2 per cent, with the second part of Sarah Ferguson’s investigation into domestic violence attracting 613,000, down from last night’s 694,000.

Seven’s highest ranked non-news show of the evening was Home and Away which drew 761,000 while The Chase Australia pulled in 571,000.

Aussies Barbecue Heroes and Blindspot, which were up against The Block, pulled in 465,000 and 490,000 respectively.

On Ten, two repeat episode of The Modern Family, which aired from 7.30pm, attracted 344,000 and 304,000, while Madam Secretary was viewed by 302,000.

Seven won the news battle with 1.05m metro viewers at 6pm with Nine drawing 980,000 in the same timeslot.

Ratings data is copyright OzTAM and may not be reproduced, published or communicated without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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