The Block tops My Kitchen Rules as The Vikings doco rates same as Ten’s dance show

The Block outrated My Kitchen Rules for the first time last night as the show had 1.568m metro viewers on Channel Nine while MKR had 1.55m on Seven, according to OzTam.

Preliminary overnight metro ratings show Channel Nine also won the 6pm news battle by a small margin with 1.326m while Seven News had 1.321m, as the networks led into their flagship reality shows.

My Kitchen Rules has been dominating the 7.30pm timeslot since the shows began on January 27, winning over 2m viewers for some episodes with its shows from Sunday to Wednesday the four most-watched programs last week.

However, The Block has been steadily gaining viewers throughout the series, recording bigger audiences week on week, and last night gained on the 1.521m it had last Sunday. The Block was also the top program in people 25-54, followed by MKR, 60 Minutes and Fat Tony & Co last night.

In the 7.30pm slot SBS One’s documentary on The Vikings also managed to pull the same audience as Ten’s reality show So You Think You Can Dance with 314,000 viewers for its hour-long run.

Following The Block Channel Seven edged ahead of Nine with 1.297m for Sunday Night as 60 Minutes had 1.201m on Channel Nine. Both shows focused on “ghosts” of Japan as 60 Minutes explored the “ghost cities” destroyed in the explosion of the Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011 and Sunday Night visited Hashima Island off Japan where every inhabitant disappeared suddenly in 1974.

Channel Seven was also ahead in the 9pm timeslot with Downton Abbey as it won 1.081m metro viewers as Channel Nine had 941,000 for its new Underbelly drama Fat Tony and Co from 8.40pm to 9.40pm.

Meanwhile ABC drama Rake was third in the 8.30pm timeslot with 561,000 as So You Think You Can Dance had just 314,000 on Channel Ten between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, just ahead of its lowest rating recorded this season of 313,000. The show had its biggest audience for the results portion of the show with 331,000 from 9.09pm to 9.42pm.

Channel Ten led into the show with a program about baby animals in cold climates called Snow Babies which had 245,000 metro viewers from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, up against The Block and MKR. Ten Eyewitness News was the network’s top rating program with 483,000 at 5pm. Channel Ten’s audience share fell from 7.6 per cent last Sunday to 6.7 per cent last night, nearing its record low of 6.4 per cent a fortnight ago.

Seven won the night with a 28.9 per cent audience share and Nine followed with 25.9 per cent. Channel Ten had 6.7 per cent share, with just 5 per cent in Adelaide last night, while ABC1 had 9.4 per cent.

Channel Seven was just ahead of Channel Nine in the weekly audience share with 23.6 per cent for the week as Nine had 23.4 per cent. Channel Ten’s audience share was 8.8 per cent last week, and ABC1 had a 13.7 per cent share. SBS One had an average audience share of 3.9 per cent for the main channel last week.

The NRL game between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Wests Tigers helped Channel Nine win 461,000 on Sunday afternoon ranking 13th in all programs despite only showing in Sydney and Brisbane.

Sunday’s top 15 shows:

  1. The Block: Fans v Faves Nine 1.568.
  2. My Kitchen Rules Seven 1.55m
  3. Nine News Sunday Nine 1.326m
  4. Seven News Sunday 1.321m
  5. Sunday Night Seven 1.297m
  6. 60 Minutes Nine 1.201m
  7. Downton Abbey Seven 1.081m
  8. Fat Tony & Co Nine 941,000
  9. ABC News ABC1 791,000
  10. Rake ABC1 561,000
  11. Person of Interest Nine 490,000
  12. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 483,000
  13. Sunday Afternoon NRL Nine 461,000
  14. Richard Hammond Builds a Planet ABC1 440,000
  15. Compass ABC1 403,000

Sunday’s share:

  • Seven 28.9%
  • Nine 25.9%
  • ABC1 9.4%
  • TEN 6.7%
  • SBS ONE 5.4%
  • 7mate 4.1%
  • 7TWO 3.5%
  • GO! 3.5%
  • Gem 3.2%
  • ELEVEN 2.6%
  • ABC2 2.0%
  • ONE 1.7%
  • ABC3 1.1%
  • ABC News 24 1.1%
  • SBS 2 0.6%
  • NITV 0.2%

Data © OzTAM Pty Limited 2013. The Data may not be reproduced, published or communicated (electronically or in hard copy) in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of OzTAM.


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