The Block contestant ‘cheating’ controversy fails to boost ratings on Monday night

Controversy appears to have failed to stir a ratings boost for Nine’s The Block, with 1.191m metropolitan viewers tuning in last night, despite tensions on the renovation show heating up amid “cheating” claims against contestants Simon and Shannon,

The last two episodes on Sunday and Monday have seen the duo questioned over their attempt to secretly record the judges comments, but the ratings were slightly down on last week where the program drew an audience of 1.28m. On Sunday it recorded a series high of 1.6m viewers.

The result still saw The Block top the night, while over on Seven The X Factor pulled 1.057m viewers and The Amazing Race Australia vs New Zealand drew 663,000 at 8.40pm a slight improvement on last week’s 616,000. A second episode at 9.40pm pulled 517,000.

Nine’s House Husbands was helped by the strong lead in from The Block recording an audience of 928,000.

Natural Curiosities hosted by David Attenborough on Network Ten had a slight boost in audience from 475,000 viewers to 506,000, following the news of the death of his brother actor Sir Richard Attenborough yesterday.

In the news stakes Nine comprehensively won the night with 1.157m in the 6pm slot and 1.098m in the second half hour. While Seven pulled 1.066m at 6pm and 1.06m in the 6.30pm slot.

The result saw Nine narrowly win in terms of audience share on the main channel with 21.9 per cent compared with 20.5 per cent for Seven.

The ABC which posted solid audiences of 654,000 for Four Corners and 639,000 for Q&A had a 14.8 audience share while Ten had 11.7 per cent.

Top 15 shows
1 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE Network 9 1,191,000
2 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,157,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,098,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,066,000
5 THE X FACTOR RESULTS Network 7 1,057,000
6 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,006,000
7 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 994,000
8 HOUSE HUSBANDS Network 9 928,000
9 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 901,000
10 AUSTRALIAN STORY-EV Network ABC1 811,000
11 ABC NEWS  Network ABC1 780,000
12 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 774,000
13 FOUR CORNERS  Network ABC1 757,000
14 7.30  Network ABC1 726,000
15 MEDIA WATCH Network ABC1 678,000

Audience share
Network 9 21.9%
Network 7 20.5%
Network ABC1 14.8%
Network TEN 11.7%
Network 7TWO 5.8%
Network GO! 4.5%
Network Gem 3.7%
Network ABC2 3.4%
Network 7mate 3.2%
Network ELEVEN 2.9%
Network SBS ONE 2.5%
Network ONE 2.2%
Network ABC News 24 1.2%
Network ABC3 0.8%
Network SBS 2 0.8%
Network NITV 0.1%

Total audience share
Network 9 TTL 30.2%
Network 7 TTL 29.5%
Network ABC TTL 20.2%
Network TEN TTL 16.9%
Network SBS TTL 3.4%

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