The Block wins biggest audience yet with 1.829m on fragmented viewing night

Channel Nine posted its biggest audience yet for The Block with 1.829m across the five cities in the absence of My Kitchen Rules (MKR) on Channel Seven, preliminary overnight metro ratings from OzTam show.

Seven ran the first of a two part series with MKR chef Manu Feildel returning to his home town in Brittany, France ahead of the My Kitchen Rules finals this week. However the show was not on in Melbourne and Adelaide where Seven’s AFL coverage ran from 7pm to 10pm.

My France with Manu rated 813,000 despite only being broadcast in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth and Downton Abbey followed with 694,000 in those three cities.

Meanwhile Nine broadcast the final of its drama series Fat Tony and Co only in Sydney and Brisbane where it had 381,000 from 8.40pm, but was beaten in its timeslot in those cities by Downton Abbey.

The fluctuations in schedules across the other channels saw Ten lift its audience share to 8.6 per cent, after falling to 5.9 per cent last Sunday night, a record low for the network.

Nine had split its schedule after the Sunday Afternoon NRL aired in Sydney and Brisbane to 479,000 from 4pm and instead of Fat Tony and Co the network broadcast a repeat of Inside Story in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, after the finale of the crime drama had already aired in those markets, winning 415,000.

Downton Abbey and Fat Tony and Co were the most watched shows in catchup viewing as consolidated ratings show Downton Abbey gained 237,000 viewers over the last seven days, increasing its audience from 1.091m last week to 1.328m in total. And Fat Tony and Co’s audience grew by 141,000 to 1.177m total metro viewers.

Ten ran a repeat episode of Modern Family at 8.15pm to win 416,000 metro viewers, after the film Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black had 370,000 from 6.30pm to 8.15pm. Elementary followed Modern Family to 415,000 from 8.45pm in the five city metro.

Nine had the top three programs of the night and the top three in people 25-54 with The Block, 60 Minutes and Nine News. Seven News and Sunday Night were fourth and fifth in all programs as well as in the key 25-54 demographic.

Nine won the night with a 27.6 per cent audience share and Seven averaged 23.5 per cent. ABC1 had the third biggest audience share with 10.9 per cent as Ten averaged an 8.6 per cent share of the audience.

Sunday’s top 15 shows:

  1. The Block: Fans v Faves Nine 1.829m
  2. Nine News Sunday Nine 1.550m
  3. 60 Minutes Nine 1.372m
  4. Seven News Sunday Seven 1.233m
  5. Sunday Night Seven 892,000
  6. My France with Manu Seven 813,000
  7. ABC News ABC1 808,000
  8. Downton Abbey Seven 694,000
  9. ABC News Update ABC1 581,000
  10. Ice Age Giants ABC1 580,000
  11. Ten Eyewitness News Ten 504,000
  12. Sunday Afternoon NRL Nine 479,000
  13. Jonathan Creek: The Clue of the Savant’s Thumb ABC1 451,000
  14. Seven’s AFL: Sunday Night Football Seven 442,000
  15. Seven’s AFL: Sunday Night Football Pre-Match Seven 425,000

Sunday’s share:

  • Nine 27.6%
  • Seven 23.5%
  • ABC1 10.9%
  • TEN 8.6%
  • GO! 4.5%
  • 7TWO 4.0%
  • SBS ONE 3.9%
  • 7mate 3.0%
  • ELEVEN 2.9%
  • Gem 2.8%
  • ONE 2.7%
  • ABC2 2.6%
  • ABC News 24 1.1%
  • ABC3 0.7%
  • SBS 2 0.7%
  • NITV 0.4%

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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